Bob and Diane have made the life-changing decision to retire, leave England and live in Roquetas de Mar – a coastal town in Spain.
Lazing on the beach is not their main preoccupation, however. They want to explore the countryside of their adopted country.
They visit 'pueblos blancos' in the Alpujarras. They enjoy the wonderful scenery of Andalusia.
On one such journey to the medieval city of Ronda they discover the spectacular Sierra de las Nieves – a biosphere reserve. This type of encounter is to be repeated throughout their expeditions. They experience the stark beauty of the Tavernas desert; the enchanting Palmeral of Elche; the grandeur of the Sierra Nevada and the fantastically diverse landscapes of the Cabo de Gata with its unique flora and fauna.
On their journeys they explore the culture and customs of the Andalucian people – tapas, fiestas, music, soccer, bad driving, noisy Spaniards. They share a typical Spanish Christmas with their friend Jaime and pick chestnuts in the Alpujarras.
In short, Bob and Diane have fallen in love with their newly adopted country and are looking forward to visiting other areas of Spain and learning the language properly because Spanish matters!
Starting a new life in Andalucía
Publication date: 30/11/-0001
Travel writer, Robert Bovington, writes about his first year in Spain
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