Costa Blanca Expat Interview Joe Reed Adrenaline Junkie

What is your name?

Joe Reed

How old are you?


Where were you born?

Torquay, UK

Were do you live now?

Altea, Costa Blanca

How long have you lived in the area?

I have lived in Spain for 6 years, having spent 4 in Altea. The previous 2 were I the town of Sax, inland from Alicante.

Are you living alone or with your family?

Living alone. I originally moved out with my ex wife.

How often do you visit your home country?

Once a year give or take, mainly just to see family.

Retired or working (If working what do you do?)

Working, I have recently opened a business that specialises in taking people Tandem Paragliding and on guided Mountain walks. Working mainly on the Costa Blanca.

Do you speak Spanish and do you think it’s important to speak the local language?

Yes, I speak some Spanish, but certainly not enough, this I am working on, and probably will be for some time.

Do you miss home and family sometimes?

Yes, I certainly miss family and friends for sure. But the social scene in Spain is a very active one which can make you feel at home very quick, the friends out here can be like a second family, if you find the right friends that is! lol

What about housing, have you bought, or are you renting a home? 

Currently, I am renting and have never had the opportunity to buy. I live on a road just off the sea front of Altea, a 2 bed apartment and pay €450 a month. That is a good deal, normally you would pay €500 I think. But even that is still relatively cheap in my eyes.

What is your Favourite thing about living in this area?

For me, Altea has something special, its well known throughout the Costa Blanca for having a certain special something about the town. With its stunning old town, quaint streets and glorious beaches and famous bohemian atmosphere. The favourite thing I think would be the diversity of the people who live here, and make Altea what it is, then mixed with the atmosphere of the Old town, its simply amazing. A relaxed, friendly vibe.

Man arms folded in woods

What is the worst thing about living in the area?

Nothing really! .

What is the cost of living in Spain compared to your home country?

I haven’t lived in the UK for some time now, before I was in Spain I was in Germany, so can’t really comment. The rental prices seem to be a lot cheaper though compared to what some of my family members are paying in Torquay, and I think food is roughly the same, maybe a little cheaper for something. But, being out here in Spain, for me its to so much about living costs. Its the Sun for me, and you can’t put a price on that! :)!

How would you rate the healthcare in Spain?

I am in the social system but haven’t had to use it yet, thankfully. My Ex mother in law, with whom we moved out here with, sadly passed away 2 years ago in Spain from Cancer, that was in the Town of Elda. I can say the medical care seemed second to non, the doctors and nurses were very professional and relatively caring. I would rate it better than the NHS anyway, as long as you have a translator or speak Spanish though.

Is it easy to make friends in the area?

I think so yes. It all depends how much effort you want to put in. If you head out of en evening and go for a few drinks, even if you just sit at the bar and have a drink, I’m sure you will make friends very soon. There is such a diverse, multinational group of expats who live out here and they all love to mingle. .

Do you have any tips for our readers about living in Spain and any advice you would give anyone considering moving here?

Dont buy straight away, unless you are certain, I would certainly rent for first for 6 months then buy. I have heard of so many people who have made that mistake, and if you did want to sell after buying, more than likely you would struggle.

So yeah, rent first. The thing is the town you are moving to might seem beautiful on the outside but when you get to know it, things change. I have been in Spain, for 6 years, I have moved 11 times, and I’m not even on the run! lol Also, in certain areas of Spain, be careful of everyone, a lot of people make money from new visitors to the area, I mean its not that bad, just keep your wits about and do your research

If you have a business tell us about it

I have had a few jobs since living in Spain. My previous job was within in the Oil and Gas industry and since the drop in the Oil, many people lost their jobs, me being one of them. I then decided to do something I love!

Costa Blanca Expat Interview Joe Reed man stood on narrow ledge on Penon Calpe Costa blanca

I have just opened a business that offers Tandem Paragliding and guided mountain walks, all over the Costa Blanca. Its been open for just under 2 years now and is obviously a seasonal business so this coming summer will be interesting to say the least. Its called “Outbound Adventures“.

Do you have a favourite place to eat in the area?

If you head up to the old town of Altea, you will want to try every restaurant for sure! amazing food and amazing reputations. However, there is a little bar/restaurant on the sea from of Altea, close to the port called Cafe Citrus. thats the spot right there. Nice beer, amazing food and good company!

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