So give me a little of your time and let me tell you a story about the why where and when of our plan to buy a cave house in Spain.
Why where and when ?
Back in September 2012 we were sitting on an agricultural terrace overlooking Machu Picchu in Peru (no honestly) and the subject of our eventual move closer to home came up.
We both recognised that within the next 5 years or so we would be looking to leave the Turks and Caicos and this would be an opportune time to head back across the pond, among other reasons we wanted to be closer to friends and family.
The first question of course was where would we go ? The UK was never on the agenda, there were a number of reasons, though principally they were the weather, cost of living and the need to work full-time if we returned home.
We had previously spoken about returning to Gozo, working during the season and then living a subsistence existence the rest of the year. The cost of property though made this unrealistic, wherever we ended up we wanted to own a property, both as an investment and to avoid the ‘dead money’ spent on renting. The Canary Islands were also discussed due to both the diving and freediving opportunities, again the property prices were a stumbling block.
So … somewhere in Europe so that we were closer to home, preferably Southern Europe as the weather is more conducive. Slowly we were crossing countries off the list and so we returned again to one country that I have always inexplicably had a soft spot for – Spain.
We first visited Spain back in 1998, taking the ferry to Bilbao and travelling by motorbikes through the Basque region and into Catalonia, ending up on the coast at a place called Blanes. There were 4 of us – myself and Josie, along with Giz (one of my two best friends) and his then girlfriend. The reason we ended up in Blanes was that both had previously worked there as holiday reps, so it was part nostalgia for them as well as free accommodation on a camp site as they still had contacts. This was not only our first trip to Spain but also our first real experience of travel outside of the traditional holiday.
In 1999 Giz and I headed to Barcelona for 2 weeks and I was entranced with the culture, the architecture and the food. We were also fortunate enough to be there during one of the festivals that included bands, parades, fireworks and ‘Castellers‘ (human towers).
Then in 2000 Giz decided he was going to move to Spain, he knew people in Tossa Del Mar (along the coast from Blanes) and decided to pack up and start a new life.
Over the next few years I (and other friends) visited him in Tossa Del Mar, we dived there, visited the Dali Museum in Girona and spent more time in Barcelona.
By 2005 when we had finished our first season in Gozo I travelled down to Caceres (Extermadura) for 2 weeks to spend time with Giz and his Spanish girlfriend (she was attending University there).
We also visited him in Tossa Del Mar after our second season in Gozo and before moving to the Turks and Caicos Islands.
So, we had a little history with Spain … but its a big old Country, so where in Spain should we look to purchase property ? We had a couple of requirements – we wanted to be near an International airport for easy (and cheap) access to the UK, we wanted an outdoor lifestyle and we wanted to be close(ish) to both the sea and the slopes (to allow us to rekindle our love of skiing and snowboarding).
Then is 2014 I read an article in ‘The Telegraph‘ about Spain’s cave houses and instantly knew that these were for us.
Josie took a little more convincing, maybe the line ‘we’re going to live in a cave’ weren’t the best, but once I showed her pictures the idea became more appealing. We researched a little further into the area of Andalucia where they were located and Andalucia in general (it ticked all our boxes), so decided to combine a much overdue family reunion with a 3 week recky of cave houses and the area.
That in a nutshell is the why where and when of our plan to buy a cave house in Spain. I hope you will continue with us on our journey
So … Who are one foot in the cave ?
We (Danny and Josie) have spent the last 10 years living and working in the Caribbean. In 2015 we decided we wanted to move closer to family and friends so bought a cave house in the Granada region of Andalucia, Spain. We moved there full time in January 2017. Now we write about our experiences of cave living and how we are adapting to life in Spain.
We also have a Facebook page full of pictures, experiences and information that we have found useful along the way. If its your thing, you can also follow us on Instagram 🙂
5 words related to this blog entry …
Why – Por Qué
Where – Dónde
When – Cuándo
Story – La Historia
Country – El País