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Would really appreciate some candid feedback on local area

Posted: Wed May 19, 2021 1:48pm
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Chris1971

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Afternoon all,

I hope it's great weather in Spain as back in the UK at the moment it's miserable!

I have visited Spain a number of times before and me and my better half are seriously thinking of retiring there. 

Aside from the usual good advice of renting before buying/coming here off season etc can anyone tell me what the areas of Puerto Lumbreras/Lorca/Purias are like to live please? We speak a little Spanish and will learn a lot more before we come out so hopefully that will help. I'd like to integrate with the Spanish but also make some British expat friends - are there many of you out there? From what I have read it doesn't seem to be so!

Are there any walking/cycling clubs or places where expats can meet once in a while? Are the locals friendly if you make the effort?

Sorry if the above rambles on a bit but there is no substitute for advice from people that actually live in a an area.

Many thanks in advance for any advice.

Chris

Rodan

Posted: Wed May 19, 2021 6:08pm

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Posted: Wed May 19, 2021 6:08pm

Hi Chris,

I live 10 minutes from Purias and can highly recommend this area. Let me give you some brief information about each of the areas you mention -

Puerto Lumbreras - a mainly Spanish town with almost everything there, various shops, bars, good restaurants, weekly market, castle to visit, etc, etc. It has an older section and a newer part. Not sure how many ex-pats actually live there, but 10 minutes away,  is a small town called Estacion (actually La Estacion) where there are many ex-pats living in, or around the town. There are several bars, one of which pre-covid, had a weekly quiz night as well as other activities.

Several shops, supermarket, hardware stores, etc. and close to Lorca, Purias and the coast.

Lorca - a larger town than Puerto Lumbreras, mainly Spanish with all the usual facilities, shops, loads of bars for tapas or menu-del-dia lunch, very good restaurants, there are even the big burger chains there, if that us what you fancy !! Weekly market and lots of smaller shops where you can buy more or less everything. Excellent hospital, very pretty historical section in the old town plus a modern pedestrian area for shopping. A large shopping centre is nearby (on the road to Purias) which has all of the usual commercial centre types of shops.    

Purias - small village, Spanish, quite a few ex-pats live around the area, which is mainly agricultural, growing all sorts of vegetables for local and export. Because a house in this area has to have an acre of land, to be allowed to build, there are no "communities or streets of houses the same", as you find in areas south of here. We know quite a lot of ex-pats and we all like the slower pace of life here. Speaking Spanish obviously helps, but the local Spanish people are really friendly and always ready to help. A small supermarket, weekly market, hardware stores plus the obligatory bars and restaurants. There are even a couple of hairdressers !!

Lorca town is 20 minutes by car, the nearest coast is Aguilas  (25 minutes) and is beautiful. Mountain area (Sierra Espuna) is about an hour away and is huge. There are many walks there and cycling routes. 

We have been here 15 years and still love the area. As I said above, it is a slower pace of life than the busier areas (where there are far more ex-pats), it completely depends on what you want when you are here. 

Cycling is very, very popular in the area (as in all of Spain) and I'm certain that with some basic Spanish,  you would find a club to join. Mixing with the Spanish is the best and quickest way to improve the language ...... trust me !!

We were members of a walking group a couple of years ago, but it is no longer running. However, as the dreaded Covid starts to decrease, I'm  certain that most of the walking groups will be active again. A Google search for "Walking groups in the Murcia area), should show quite a few.

I am NOT an estate agent,  but I do know of several houses for sale in the area ....... if you are interested in seeing some when you are ready to make the move, please contact me and I will be happy to either show them to you, or put you in touch with someone who can help.

Good luck, as you already know,  renting first is a definately advantage and allows you to see an area in summer and/or winter.

If you need anymore information, or have any specific questions, the please do not hesitate to contact me. Contacting me by PM is probably the best way forward if that is OK with you.

Best Regards and hope to hear from you soon.

Rodan

Chris1971

Posted: Wed May 19, 2021 8:19pm

Chris1971

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Posted: Wed May 19, 2021 8:19pm

Rodan wrote on Wed May 19, 2021 6:08pm:

Hi Chris,

I live 10 minutes from Purias and can highly recommend this area. Let me give you some brief information about each of the areas you mention -

Puerto Lumbreras - a mainly Spanish town with almost everything there, various shops, bars, good restaurants, weekly market, castle to visit, etc, etc. It has an older section and a newer part. Not sure how many ex-pats actually live there, but 10 minutes away,  is a small town called Estacion (actually La Estacion) where there are many ex-pats living in, or around the town. There are several bars, one of which pre-covid, had a weekly quiz night as well as other activities.

Several shops, supermarket, hardware stores, etc. and close to Lorca, Purias and the coast.

Lorca - a larger town than Puerto Lumbreras, mainly Spanish with all the usual facilities, shops, loads of bars for tapas or menu-del-dia lunch, very good restaurants, there are even the big burger chains there, if that us what you fancy !! Weekly market and lots of smaller shops where you can buy more or less everything. Excellent hospital, very pretty historical section in the old town plus a modern pedestrian area for shopping. A large shopping centre is nearby (on the road to Purias) which has all of the usual commercial centre types of shops.    

Purias - small village, Spanish, quite a few ex-pats live around the area, which is mainly agricultural, growing all sorts of vegetables for local and export. Because a house in this area has to have an acre of land, to be allowed to build, there are no "communities or streets of houses the same", as you find in areas south of here. We know quite a lot of ex-pats and we all like the slower pace of life here. Speaking Spanish obviously helps, but the local Spanish people are really friendly and always ready to help. A small supermarket, weekly market, hardware stores plus the obligatory bars and restaurants. There are even a couple of hairdressers !!

Lorca town is 20 minutes by car, the nearest coast is Aguilas  (25 minutes) and is beautiful. Mountain area (Sierra Espuna) is about an hour away and is huge. There are many walks there and cycling routes. 

We have been here 15 years and still love the area. As I said above, it is a slower pace of life than the busier areas (where there are far more ex-pats), it completely depends on what you want when you are here. 

Cycling is very, very popular in the area (as in all of Spain) and I'm certain that with some basic Spanish,  you would find a club to join. Mixing with the Spanish is the best and quickest way to improve the language ...... trust me !!

We were members of a walking group a couple of years ago, but it is no longer running. However, as the dreaded Covid starts to decrease, I'm  certain that most of the walking groups will be active again. A Google search for "Walking groups in the Murcia area), should show quite a few.

I am NOT an estate agent,  but I do know of several houses for sale in the area ....... if you are interested in seeing some when you are ready to make the move, please contact me and I will be happy to either show them to you, or put you in touch with someone who can help.

Good luck, as you already know,  renting first is a definately advantage and allows you to see an area in summer and/or winter.

If you need anymore information, or have any specific questions, the please do not hesitate to contact me. Contacting me by PM is probably the best way forward if that is OK with you.

Best Regards and hope to hear from you soon.

Rodan

Hi Rodan,

Many thanks for your reply, it's much appreciated. I really like the look of the area and a slower pace of life appeals to both me and my better half!

All the Google searches I did, were nowhere near as informative. We will look to get out when the covid restrictions hopefully die down and stay in/around the area to explore a bit more. Good to see that there are Brits in the area. Like I said, we are happy to integrate and learn the language but at the same time there is nothing like meeting up with fellow Brits even if we wouldn't have the weather to moan about!

Once again thank you for taking the time to reply.

Best regards. Chris

andymac1951

Posted: Sun May 23, 2021 10:21am

andymac1951

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Posted: Sun May 23, 2021 10:21am

Chris1971 wrote on Wed May 19, 2021 8:19pm:

Hi Rodan,

Many thanks for your reply, it's much appreciated. I really like the look of the area and a slower pace of life appeals to both me and my better half!

All the Google searches I did, were nowhere near as informative. We will look to get out when the covid restrictions hopefully die down and stay in/around the area to explore a bit more. Good to see that there are Brits in the area. Like I said, we are happy to integrate and learn the language but at the same time there is nothing like meeting up with fellow Brits even if we wouldn't have the weather to moan about!

Once again thank you for taking the time to reply.

Best regards. Chris

Hi Chris,

I would agree with Rodan completely.  We moved here 2 years ago from France and ar just 12 kilometers north of Peurto Lumbreras.  A much slower pace of life compared to the Almerias of this world but with ample facilities within a 30 minute drive. If you are a golfer I can recommend Lorca Golf Club, just 20 minutes from Peurto Lumbreras.

Andy

Chris1971

Posted: Mon May 24, 2021 5:15pm

Chris1971

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Posts: 3

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Location: Puerto Lumbreras

Joined: 18 May 2021

Posted: Mon May 24, 2021 5:15pm

andymac1951 wrote on Sun May 23, 2021 10:21am:

Hi Chris,

I would agree with Rodan completely.  We moved here 2 years ago from France and ar just 12 kilometers north of Peurto Lumbreras.  A much slower pace of life compared to the Almerias of this world but with ample facilities within a 30 minute drive. If you are a golfer I can recommend Lor...

...ca Golf Club, just 20 minutes from Peurto Lumbreras.

Andy

Many thanks for your reply, Andy.

A slower pace of life really suits and there does seem to be activity if you want it.

Unfortunately my Golf game is one of the worst ever (I know a lot of people say that but mine really is)  so I doubt I'll be playing much!

Looking forward to exploring the area when restrictions die down a bit more.

Best regards

Chris

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