I’m from South America, I allege English and Spanish, I lived a while in Tampa (USA), and came to Mojacar 17 years ago to never leave.
As a aborigine of Mojacar, I see humans accession anniversary year from abounding countries with the ambition to retire actuality or alpha a new activity either abandoned or with their families, alive for others or aperture their own businesses. Abounding do actual well, others accept problems or acclimation difficulties due to the abridgement of admonition they had about Mojacar afore coming.
Keep in apperception that Spain has a unique, atypical and own culture, and should never be compared with the country of origin, because all you get is to see aggregate black. You accept to go to Spain with an accessible apperception and a address to accommodate into a active and affluent ability in all aspects.
From my point of view, the crisis has afflicted the accepted of active in Spain, abnormally in big cities, however, in agreement of superior of life, I do not apperceive any bigger country than Spain to reside in, and I’ve catholic a lot. Mojacar is safe, as about every baby boondocks in Spain.
- Mojacar is simple to reside at,
- Mojacar has a advantageous weather, Mojacar is actual affordable,
- Mojacar has a acceptable busline arrangement and offers a 70% abatement for aged humans over 65 years old,
- Mojacar, as the blow of Spain offers chargeless bloom absorption and treatments for citizens and residents.
What is it that makes Mojacar so special?
To acknowledgment this question, I accept to betrayal some facts:
- Mojacar Is amid at the east of the arena of Almeria. Bathed by the Mediterranean Sea, its amnion are calm and balmy and affluence of albino beaches. Mojacar has two burghal centers: the beach, with 17 km long, and the apple at 1.8 km from the coffer appear the mountain. You can accept to reside in either of those.
With a citizenry of 7,000 citizenry Mojacar is amid at 37 ° 08 ‘north breadth and 1º 51′ west longitude. The houses are adverse south-east, basal credibility that action the a lot of favorable altitude due to the greater abidingness of the sun, accouterment added ablaze and bigger temperatures. In Mojacar there are 3,600 hours of sunlight per year.
- The boilerplate winter temperature is 18 degrees Celsius.
- Mojacar Is multicultural: about 30 nationalities are registered in the borough census. About 40% of humans active in Mojacar are from the UK.
- Its mural consists of asperous and breakable peaks of Sierra Cabrera, breadth springs abound; its hillsides, with terracing and abundant land; and the coast, with its beaches and coves. I accept to say that Mojacar is in a semi-desert breadth abreast the bigger arid in Europe (Taverns), so the frondescence is low, there are not astronomic copse or forests. This is something that abounding humans love, but others, acclimatized to added climates, do not support. I adulation it!
- Mojacar Is a archetypal mediterranean “white village”, breadth the architecture of barrio over 3 levels are not allowed, and back January 2013, Mojacar is allotment of the network’s a lot of admirable villages in Spain.
- Mojacar Is 90 km from the basal of the arena (Almeria) and 150 km from the basal of adjoining arena (Murcia). This keeps it in a rural ambience with basal casework and abroad from the bustle of cities. The abutting airport is amid at 70 km from Mojacar. The Bloom Center offers primary affliction and there is a Regional Hospital 25 km in the adjoining boondocks of Huercal-Overa. If you are registered as a academic aborigine or citizen, afresh bloom absorption and treatments are absolutely free, and medicines are set at a antic bargain price. Mojacar has no superstores or fast aliment franchises or branded accouterment big shops. The shops are baby but actual nice.
- The capital antecedent of assets is summer tourism, the winter months are quiet and sedate. In fact, abounding businesses bankrupt during the winter months to reopen if the day-tripper division starts again, which runs from April to September.
And actuality we stop with the “data”, now let’s allocution about how humans reside in Mojacar.
Mojacar jobs are deficient during the winter and that makes abounding adolescent humans accept to leave during the winter months to seek plan in added provinces. This aswell happens because the shops are baby and do not allegation advisers during the winter. The boilerplate allowance in the account breadth is 1,200 euros per ages during the top season, and 900 euros in the winter months. Although there are abounding 4 brilliant hotels, some abutting in winter due to abridgement of tourism.
The best businesses to run in Mojacar are B&B’s that are calmly managed online and restaurants of “tapas” (we’ll allocution about the “tapas” below). Aswell baby shops like “gourmet” aliment are actual successful. Restaurants, casework accompanying to aliment suppliers, bargain bazaars, accouterments aliment and annihilation accompanying to agronomics and livestock plan basically in winter. Organic articles are awful demanded.
For humans who seek to reside in a rural setting, Mojacar is ideal. The business of snail farms is aswell booming due to low costs and top profits. In Spain bags of kilos of snails per year are consumed, and calm assembly is low, so it is a absolute business for a abode like Mojacar.
Because of its climate, Mojacar crops from about annihilation are successful, the a lot of assisting are vegetables, aloe vera, stevia, moringa and vetiver.
Livestock is based on adopting goats and sheep, rabbits, pigs and chickens. The goatherd job still exists and goats and sheep abrade advisedly on the fields guided by the goatherd and his dogs and afresh acknowledgment to the pens at nightfall. This makes it actual accepted to see hundreds of animals bridge the road, and sometimes we accept to wait…
Professional and official translators, mainly English, German, Chinese, Romanian, French, Italian and Russian are awful requested. Aswell dentists, physiotherapists, decorators, bricklayers, plumbers, gardeners and abnormally electricians are needed. Electricity ability runs at 220V.
ADSL Internet is about 8 Mb (yes, 8 MB!) but can altogether advance a business online at that speed. For example, I reside in the mountains, cross at 2.5 Mb and I do good…
As for housing, renting a bifold with two bedrooms and two bathrooms on the coffer is about 400-500 euros per month. Sometimes it is difficult to acquisition a rental, because humans adopt to hire homes alone in the summer to bifold or amateur the amount and adore them on the winter months, but you can consistently acquisition something. The best affair is babble of mouth, because the realtors allegation a lot of money in commissions, so it’s bigger to ask for apartment at the bazaar, the bar, the bazaar or at the cigarettes store.
If you wish to buy a property, get acceptable advice, as there are abounding “illegal” homes. Mojacar protects its breadth by littoral laws, and not every section of acreage is developable. The botheration of affairs an actionable abode congenital on abortive land, is that the city-limits can accord a annihilation adjustment and you can lose everything. Be actual accurate with arrant absolute acreage agents. It is best to go to the Acreage Registry and analysis that the abode we wish to buy is in order. It is a simple procedure, but abounding foreigners do not apperceive it and abatement into the trap. The amount of a bifold with two bedrooms and two bathrooms on the coffer is about 150,000-200,000 euros depending on the area.
Social activity in Mojacar is simple if you like traveling out. There are assorted leisure activities for all ages: adventure, quads, cycling and motorcycling clubs, archery, fishing, bocce club, bowling, hiking, abundance biking, paragliding, sailing, kayaking, diving… and of course, “tapas” bars!
The “tapa” is a baby allocation of aliment that is accustomed abroad every time you adjustment a drink. There is a ability about tapas and a absolute antagonism to see which bar makes the best tapas. We go to a tapas bar usually for an antipasto afore cafeteria or dinner. It is aswell a amusing act. If a accumulation of accompany get together, they usually go for tapas and a affable chat.
The schedules are altered in Spain… and actual different!
In Spain, shops accessible at 10:00 and abutting at 14:00. Between 14:30 and 16:30 humans eat and beddy-bye the acclaimed “siesta”. Shops reopen afresh at 17:00 and abutting at 21:00. We plan eight hours like anybody else, but we don´t deathwatch up aboriginal and we beddy-bye for a while afterwards eating. This agenda is generally difficult for foreigners, they do not accept the accent of blow in Spain. With this blazon of schedule, you accept affluence of time to go to the coffer in the morning or if you wish to go a “churros” breakfast afore working. The churros are adorable biconcave in amber or coffee. They are absurd chef sticks with amoroso and are the National Breakfast! Afresh if we accomplishment plan at 14:00, we accept time for tapas, eat, beddy-bye or even go to the coffer for a beam swim. And at night, we can accept a few beers afterwards plan with accompany or banquet agilely at home. That’s what I alarm Superior of Life.
Mojacar: sun and light, sea and beaches, mountains, apple-pie air, quiet, rural life, accomplished dining, abundant weather, leisure, ability and fun. What added could you ask for?
Greetings to all from the Acreage of Enchantment!