Guide to buying a restaurant, commercial or cafe bars in Costa del Sol, Spain - Part 1
This article is provided as a general guide to things to look for,
things to avoid and do's and don'ts of buying
a bar in Spain
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The idea of is obviously
much more daunting than making the leap as a couple or a single
person with no dependants. It's a fact that Spain offers a wonderful
lifestyle for people of all ages, particularly youngsters who
are generally adored by the Spanish.
In most children
are welcomed with open an arm which is a far cry from the very
British "children should be seen and not heard" mentality.
Spanish fathers, uncles and grandfathers openly kiss and cuddle
their children in public showing a touching kind of affection
which is rarely seen (and might even be frowned upon) in other
In Spain you'll see teenagers gathered in a bar drinking coffee
or coca-cola for hours on end, even though Spain's relaxed licensing
laws allow kids to consume alcohol at almost any age. It's rare
to see the drunken brawls which are now a normal part of the "teen
scene" in any of the major towns and cities in the UK on
Friday and Saturday nights.
In anywhere except the far north of Spain the climate enables
youngsters to be out of doors for most of the time (a boon for
anyone who's ever been cooped up with energetic children or teenagers
on a rainy day!).
So that's all the good news. But think very carefully before
removing your children from everything they're familiar with
because, especially with older kids, a permanent move to Spain
isn't always successful.
The age of your children is a vital factor when considering
a m, especially if you're thinking of sending them
to a Spanish school. The younger they are the better chance they'll
have of learning the language and settling into their new environment.
There are no hard and fast rules on this one of course as much
depends on the character and ability of your child. But generally
speaking, children up to the age of around seven will adapt well
and quickly to life in Spain (as long as they perceive that their
parents are adapting well themselves of course). ve to Spain
After the age of seven (sometimes earlier, sometimes later depending
on the particular child), mastering the language and adapting
to a completely alien environment will become increasingly difficult.
Spanish state schools accept children from EU countries with
a minimum of fuss and those in the popular tourist / ex-pat areas
normally make special provision for foreign children. They usually
lay on extra tuition to help the children learn Spanish and assign
(where possible) a pupil of the same nationality to accompany
your child for at least the first few days in school.
Very young children will pick up the language within a matter
of weeks but older children are more inhibited, self-conscious
and therefore unwilling to make fools of themselves until they're
completely confident in their ability to speak fluently. This
can lead to isolation, depression and a total inability to integrate
with the Spanish children.
If you're over the age of 10 you
should consider whether you can afford to put them into an international
school where they can continue their studies in their own language.
It's rare to find children above this age who adapt well to a
totally Spanish environment without some major problems along
the way. It's not impossible…but the older your children
are, the more difficult the move is likely to be.
Part 1 - Moving to Spain