I wish I had never moved to Spain and I urge anyone else thinking of Spain seriously to consider my story, especially any young families who I see writing on the expat forums about how they can’t wait to move to Spain, how they are fed up with life in the United Kingdom etc – you don’t realise how lucky you have it!
Don’t even think of moving to Spain if you have no money – it is not the cheap place to live that it used to be – the cost of living in Spain continues to match UK levels.
It is like you are doing them a favour by shopping there! Often I end up going to the local town hall and being sent from one department to another where I am told conflicting advice. If you are coming to live in Spain bring a photocopier! Everyone seems so desperate that getting cheated is a story every expat I know can tell.
I personally put a €8,000 deposit down on an apartment and the estate agent did a runner with my cash.
The amount of tyres we go through because of holes in the road is ridiculous.