Dial 091 (Local Police)
Dial 062 (Medical)
908 - Town Council
038 - Post Office
128 - Firemen
297 - Civil Guard
080 - Local Police
Dirección Provincial del
Ministerio de Transportes, Turismo y Communicaciones
(Provincial Headquarters of the Ministry of Transport, Tourism and
C/- Hermanos Machado, 4
Tel: 950 257522.
Oficinas de Turismo de la Junta
(Andalusian Regional Tourist Board Offices)
C/Hermanos Machado, s/n
Tel: 950 230858 and 950 23 3549
Tel: 950 221954 Ext.2165
Tlf: 950 213700
Avda. del Mediterráneo, s/n
Tel: (950) 223704.
RETIRING IN SPAIN
Retiring to a life in the sun is becoming increasingly popular among
the British population. Many large property companies are offering
the ultimate retiring option where you spend your last days in a
secluded area in a house that will cost you about £85.000 to buy and
just as much to protect and feel safe in.
These retirement villages are usually located in the most popular
areas where the house prizes are booming and ex-pats from several
countries such as Germany and Scandinavia are settling down.
The advantage is that you have everything served in a location like
this: Beautiful beaches, the very best in entertainment and golf
courses and so on.
alternative is to move further south, away from the tourist areas
and in to the areas that welcome ex-pats with warmth and open arms.
In such an area you can find many other ex-pats who have created a
society where you will find an open and friendly atmosphere of
people willing to help each other.
The housing costs are much lower in such areas and for the same
price you would pay for a mini-villa in a retirement village, you
can get a decent sized house with a large garden.
As for the crime rate in these areas it’s virtually down to zero.
Even so, security shutters are always a welcome idea for many with
valuables and memories to protect.
The downside is of course that in many areas you will find yourself
farther from the golf courses and beaches.
The Almanzora area
However, in the Almanzora area you will
quickly find that many of these luxuries are available to everyone
who are willing to spend more than 15 minutes travel.
The roads are excellent and the local population are always willing
to help any lost soul who’s looking for direction in case you should
One thing to remember about living in Spain is that your health
insurance could turn out to be a trouble.
Spain is renowned for its up-to-date hospitals and clinics and its
well trained staff, something that comes as a welcome surprise to
many after having experienced the current degradation of the NHS in
As we’re part of the EC you will find that the E111 regulations
should guarantee you free health service all over the European
However, this is sometimes interpreted differently depending on what
area of Spain you are and sometimes even between different
Many seek a solution with private hospitals to get away from the
hassle, but end up paying a monthly fee. This might however be a
wise investment if you feel that you may need that extra bit of care
in your older days.
BUPA offers its members to trade their current policy for a policy
with Sanitas (owned by BUPA) with an extra option to have all major
operations performed in the UK.
A good advice is to ask other people how they have sorted their
health service. You will find that there are many options available
for you and the ex-pats already settled will be more than happy to
help you with any information you may require.