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Thinking of moving to fuertaventura

Posted: Mon Apr 26, 2021 8:49am
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Manu7

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Location: Corralejo

Joined: 26 Apr 2021

Dear Forum

I'm new to this forum and I think it's an excellent space to exchange ideas and tips.

I'm a mature woman from Italy who has been living in London for over 30 yrs. 

I'm at a point in my life where I feel I need a better quality of life, warm weather, beautiful nature and most of all a more laid back quality of life.

I'm in a position of eventually to buy an apartment just for myself once I sell my London flat , I have no dependent. 

I'm a bit apprehensive about the whole idea of making such a big move from a place of security to the unknown .

I'd like to know if any of you were at my place before moving to Fuerteventura and how did you find the move. What were the stumbling blocks and how did you overcome them?

Also anything that you feel I need to be aware of if I decide to make the move are most welcoming.

Many thanks

Manu7

Adrianb

Posted: Mon May 10, 2021 1:14pm

Posts: 3

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Location: El Cotillo

Joined: 17 Mar 2020

Posted: Mon May 10, 2021 1:14pm

I cant really think of any pitfalls really. Fuerteventura is a very safe place. As you are italian, getting residency is very easy. Just come and after 3 months or before if you wish you go to the police station, show that you have some funds (not big checks here) and either private medical insurance or if receiving  uk pension you can get An S1 form and join the spanish health system for free.

I have just bought a house and like the uk, you just let estate agents and solicitors deal with it.

I wouldnt know about shipping furniture etc from the UK. I assume it would be straight forward. I doubt ifanyone would want to go through the hassle of shipping beds and sofas etc.

You dont actually need a solicitor to by a house. I used a 'tax advisor' which was cheaper and they are fully qualified and knowledgable.

chunky chica

Posted: Mon May 24, 2021 12:25pm

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Location: Fuertuventura

Joined: 12 Mar 2020

Posted: Mon May 24, 2021 12:25pm

I HAVE LIVED OUT OF ENGLAND FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS AND WAS SURPRISED HOW HELPFUL EVERYONE WAS.

FOR YOU AS AN ITALIAN WILL HAVE NO PROBLEM GETTING RESIDENCIA.

Manu7

Posted: Mon May 24, 2021 3:48pm

Manu7

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Posts: 6

Location: Corralejo

Joined: 26 Apr 2021

Posted: Mon May 24, 2021 3:48pm

chunky chica wrote on Mon May 24, 2021 12:25pm:

I HAVE LIVED OUT OF ENGLAND FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS AND WAS SURPRISED HOW HELPFUL EVERYONE WAS.

FOR YOU AS AN ITALIAN WILL HAVE NO PROBLEM GETTING RESIDENCIA.

Thank you so much for replying to my email. 

This makes me feel more hopeful as I'm a bit apprehensive to make such a big move after all having lived here in uk for such a long time I feel more British than Italian. I now have to decide whether to buy or rent .Thank you. 

chunky chica

Posted: Mon May 24, 2021 5:27pm

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Joined: 12 Mar 2020

Posted: Mon May 24, 2021 5:27pm

WHY NOT RENT FOR 3-6 MONTHS AND IN THE MEANWHILE LOOK AROUND BEFORE YOU COMMIT.

DEPENDING ON WHEN YOU WANT IT I DO KNOW OF SOMEONE WHO MAY BE INTERESTED IN A SHORT RENTAL.

Rose21

Posted: Tue May 25, 2021 1:16pm

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Location: El Cotillo

Joined: 30 Mar 2021

Posted: Tue May 25, 2021 1:16pm

I am in a similar situation to you! I have thought a lot about retiring in Fuerteventura. There are several issues to consider, especially if you are single as you get older. Easy access to Healthcare and Social care, finding an environment that offers a social network and is safe is important. I would suggest, if possible, that you go and live there for at least 6 months before making a decision based on the above factors. You could also consider moving somewhere else in UK and travel over to Fuerteventura for a couple of months in the Winter. I am considering moving to St Leonards/Hastings and travelling to somewhere warmer for Jan/Feb. Good luck 🥰

Manu7

Posted: Tue May 25, 2021 2:20pm

Manu7

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Location: Corralejo

Joined: 26 Apr 2021

Posted: Tue May 25, 2021 2:20pm

Rose21 wrote on Tue May 25, 2021 1:16pm:

I am in a similar situation to you! I have thought a lot about retiring in Fuerteventura. There are several issues to consider, especially if you are single as you get older. Easy access to Healthcare and Social care, finding an environment that offers a social network and is safe is important. I...

... would suggest, if possible, that you go and live there for at least 6 months before making a decision based on the above factors. You could also consider moving somewhere else in UK and travel over to Fuerteventura for a couple of months in the Winter. I am considering moving to St Leonards/Hastings and travelling to somewhere warmer for Jan/Feb. Good luck 🥰

Hi Rose

I've thought about moving down to east sussex as well from London where I'll have a less stressful life style or going back to italy . Either way I'll be able to travel to fuerta any time I want spend few months there and then go back. 

I've been duelling with this for a while now and I can't decide what is best for me. Obviously as I get older I may need more care I don't know life is unpredictable.  You have certainly clear some clouds. 

Best wishes for you  

Rose21

Posted: Tue May 25, 2021 3:09pm

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Location: El Cotillo

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Posted: Tue May 25, 2021 3:09pm

Manu7 wrote on Tue May 25, 2021 2:20pm:

Hi Rose

I've thought about moving down to east sussex as well from London where I'll have a less stressful life style or going back to italy . Either way I'll be able to travel to fuerta any time I want spend few months there and then go back. 

I've been duelling with this for a while now and I can't decide what is best for me. Obviously as I get older I may need more care I don't know life is unpredictable.  You have certainly clear some clouds. 

Best wishes for you  

I think once we can travel, freely again, go and walk about the places we are thinking about it will make the desision process easier. Have you joined some of the local Forums in Hastings and St Leonards, it gives you an insight into what's going on in the area. I lived in Bexhill/Hastings about 30 years ago it has changed a lot in recent years although on the surface it still looks a somewhat neglected, I think that will change in due course. There are some good estate agents, I would recommend Made, Almost Home, John Bray and Just Property. You have good rail links to London, Brighton, Ashford and Gatwick Airport. Hastings has a thriving art and music scene, great for walking, days out to historical and horticultural places of interest, Winery's. I recommend you take a trip down soon, base yourself near the old town and have a really good wander around. Hope this is helpful, as I'm making similar plans and decisions, Covid and Lockdowns have delayed the process but it also gave me time to really think through the priorities.🌻

Manu7

Posted: Tue May 25, 2021 3:33pm

Manu7

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Posts: 6

Location: Corralejo

Joined: 26 Apr 2021

Posted: Tue May 25, 2021 3:33pm

Rose21 wrote on Tue May 25, 2021 3:09pm:

I think once we can travel, freely again, go and walk about the places we are thinking about it will make the desision process easier. Have you joined some of the local Forums in Hastings and St Leonards, it gives you an insight into what's going on in the area. I lived in Bexhill/Hastings about ...

...30 years ago it has changed a lot in recent years although on the surface it still looks a somewhat neglected, I think that will change in due course. There are some good estate agents, I would recommend Made, Almost Home, John Bray and Just Property. You have good rail links to London, Brighton, Ashford and Gatwick Airport. Hastings has a thriving art and music scene, great for walking, days out to historical and horticultural places of interest, Winery's. I recommend you take a trip down soon, base yourself near the old town and have a really good wander around. Hope this is helpful, as I'm making similar plans and decisions, Covid and Lockdowns have delayed the process but it also gave me time to really think through the priorities.🌻

I know that part of east sussex I used to go often a couple of years ago before the pandemic but I would prefer brighton & Hove area for  me  if I decide to stay in UK.   The things is if I stay in Uk I'll still have to work somehow even if only part time until I'm legible for state pension in the next 3 years this is not what I want to do anymore  I think is time for me to enjoy life after a long working life .  So I've got a lot to consider . The move I'll eventually make is going to be for good so I need to be sure. 

Adrianb

Posted: Tue May 25, 2021 9:09pm

Posts: 3

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Location: El Cotillo

Joined: 17 Mar 2020

Posted: Tue May 25, 2021 9:09pm

Manu7 wrote on Tue May 25, 2021 3:33pm:

I know that part of east sussex I used to go often a couple of years ago before the pandemic but I would prefer brighton & Hove area for  me  if I decide to stay in UK.   The things is if I stay in Uk I'll still have to work somehow even if only part time until I'm legible...

... for state pension in the next 3 years this is not what I want to do anymore  I think is time for me to enjoy life after a long working life .  So I've got a lot to consider . The move I'll eventually make is going to be for good so I need to be sure. 

As others have said, for you, coming to fuerte is no problem and safe. To me the main thing is, what will you want to do when you live here. Its a small place and so you need to think about the things yoi like to do currently, and if thats the sort of thing you could do here. Coming for a prolonged holiday first  is a good thing as the towns are quite different and you would have the time to see, which if any, float your boat.

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