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Elle, along with Alan, is the owner of Spain Buddy and the busy web design business - Spain Web Design by Gandy-Draper. Born a "Norverner", she then spent most of her life "Dann Saff" before moving to Spain in 2006. Elle's loves are Alan, the internet, dogs, good food, and dry white wine - although not necessarily in that order.


    July 18, 2018 @ 1:33 am

    We’ve been offered the chance to live in Almeria in the Vera region, my hubby has been offered a permanent job there. Were going out for a couple of days to get an idea of the area as we’ve never been to this area. Is there anything we need to check out before we arrive on the 23/07/18

    cheers carol


    • Elle Draper
      July 18, 2018 @ 10:16 am

      Hi Carol. I’m a big fan of Vera as it is so central to some lovely areas. Personally I wouldn’t live there because there are too many Brits about and I prefer to be more integrated with the Spanish – but while that’s a downside for me, it can be a real pull for others who need that reassurance of an English speaking support network. Vera Pueblo (the village itself) has a really Spanish feel and is a great place to sit… have some tapas…. and watch the world go by. You have a choice of beaches nearby – Vera Playa, Mojacar, Garrucha and more. You’ve got good access to Almeria City, some beautiful white villages within a very short drive. Almeria is Spain’s driest region and we’ve lived here since 2012 very happily.
      Aside from that – what would you like to know?
      It’s a shame you’re only over for a couple of days… or I would have said to pop up to Velez-Blanco to see me. We could have done lunch and had a good old chat. If you still fancy that, drop me an email to
      Elle xx


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