We’re Moving to Spain

Valencia cathedral el miguelete tower spainWe’re moving to Spain! I’ve been waiting for a long time to be able to put that in writing. As you can probably tell from the recent focus of this blog, Spain has captured our hearts. Time that we spent there in the spring confirmed for us that we want to explore this country and culture in depth. We decided that we could only do this by living there and experiencing life as locals. After a long, difficult process we have received our residence visas and we’re packing our bags for Valencia.

The third largest city in Spain, Valencia is interesting enough to keep us busy exploring but will also serve as a home base from which to visit the rest of Spain and surrounding countries of the Mediterranean. We’re looking forward to traveling through Portugal, France, Italy…there are so many exciting possibilities.

Over the next few weeks, you will see a lot of changes taking place on this website. We will continue to shift our focus to Mediterranean food, culture and lifestyle. Because food and culture are inseparable, we will eventually expand to include recipes for Mediterranean cooking and more cultural sights. Of course, we will still be putting together fun, informative and delicious food crawls as we delve into this beautiful part of the world. I hope you will follow along with us.

16 thoughts on “We’re Moving to Spain

  1. Hi Julia, Valencia is a fab city – we spent a week there in the spring and have been in Spain for 10 weeks total over the spring/summer. We have been restricted by the schengen 90/180 day rules. We are looking at temporary residence visas (up to 5 years) as well. Do you mind expanding on your experience of the process?

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    • Hi Glen,
      We applied for the Non-Lucrative long-term stay visa, which can be renewed for up to 5 years. It was a complicated, frequently frustrating process but we feel it was worth it to be able to stay in Spain for more than 90 days. We are still waiting for our residency cards here in Valencia. Once we have fully completed the process, I am planning to write a series of posts detailing our experience from the American point of view. I’m guessing that it will be different depending on which country you are moving from. In the meantime, if you have some specific questions I’ll be happy to share our experience. Good luck to you!

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      • Hi Julia, thanks for the quick reply. We’ll look forward to seeing your other posts. I am Australian and my wife has a UK passport and trying to find ‘accurate’ information is proving challenging.
        How did you initially go about finding what you needed to do?

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      • We started by checking the website of the Consulate of Spain nearest us in the U.S. for information on long-term stay visas. There we found the list of requirements. We then scoured the internet for information and read many bloggers sharing their experiences. We found the following two websites to be very helpful, although they were both written by U.S. citizens. Hopefully you can find some Australian websites with some searching.

        http://www.billdietrich.me/MovingToSpain.html

        http://wagonersabroad.com/non-lucrative-residence-visa-spain/

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      • We have checked the Spanish embassy website in Australia and there appears to be conflicting information – surprise surprise. Anyway, I have sent an email to them with a query. Hopefully, we will get a reply…
        I will do some further searching as well. Thanks for the links. 🙂

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