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Alan, along with Elle, is the owner of Spain Buddy. He was born in the North of England (Lancashire) and travelled extensively before eventually settling in Almería. Alan has 3 sons from the first of his 18 marriages, (Sam, Joe & Ben) who are all now adults. You can read more articles by Alan on his personal blog at and see more of his photography on his photography website as well as on Flickr and Instagram. Also, for less than the price of a cup of coffee each month you can help support Alan's photography (and get some freebies into the bargain). Click here to visit his Patreon page to find out more.


  1. Lynne sweet
    June 30, 2016 @ 12:14 pm

    So happy for you, Alan and the pooches it sounds right up your calle !!!! Hope you have a great time in your new home xxx


  2. Mo
    June 30, 2016 @ 1:07 pm

    It sounds perfect. Enjoy it!


  3. K2
    June 30, 2016 @ 7:17 pm

    WONDERFUL . Enjoy and wishing you ‘Happy Ever After ‘ xxx


  4. Carol Goddard
    June 30, 2016 @ 9:41 pm

    We know this area quite well …hood luck to you ..You’ll love it and all the people so friendly
    A while back a friend of ours also lived there…Unfortunately her husband passed away
    suddenly. …We never ever have seen such kindness as these wonderful people were
    to our friend ..amazing place enjoy …be happy …pleased for you.


  5. Jen Ramshaw
    July 13, 2016 @ 1:44 pm

    So pleased you have both found your ideal home in a beautiful town. I can picture you Elle, meandering the streets and having conversations with the locals and, of course, the obligatory vino and tapas. Good luck to you both and the pooches. Have a great life.
    Jen xx


    • Elle Draper
      July 13, 2016 @ 3:22 pm

      Thanks Jen. Yeah… food wine and jabbering is very me ;)
      Make sure you both come to visit too! I’ll be organising a hash soon too.
      E x


  6. Phil Lloyd
    July 13, 2016 @ 5:10 pm

    Well done you two, the town looks lovely ,
    good luck


  7. Sarah walker
    July 13, 2016 @ 6:50 pm

    I so want to move to lanzarote but now we have left eu or in process of doing so my partner having cold feet I’m so gutted x glad you found where you want to be xxx


    • Elle Draper
      July 14, 2016 @ 8:59 am

      That’s such a shame Sarah. I can certainly understand people getting cold feet – it’s a period of uncertainty. That sad thing is, it would probably be much easier to do it now and be settled… than it would be to wait until after the two year period.

      I hope life eventually brings you what you want. In the meantime – have as many Lanza hols as you can.

      E x


  8. Chris Dove
    July 13, 2016 @ 8:43 pm

    Congratulations on reaching new heights, the feeling of being elevated can´t be beaten!


    • Elle Draper
      July 14, 2016 @ 9:00 am

      Thanks Chris! It sure is pretty up here ;)
      E x


  9. Victoria Twead
    July 14, 2016 @ 7:58 am

    Delighted you found the perfect spot! xx


    • Elle Draper
      July 14, 2016 @ 8:56 am

      Thanks Victoria. It must be perfect because right now it’s drizzling, there is mist and fog stopping me seeing the end of the street… and the temperature has dropped to 17ºC – and I’m still happy ;)
      We didn’t go as far as your move to Australia – but it has still been quite a change from life in the Campo. For the better.
      E x


  10. John Brindley
    July 14, 2016 @ 12:57 pm

    Good luck, Elle and Alan, it looks lovely. I love Asturias best of the region of Spain I’ve visited, but, as you say, I know why it is green, so your choice is more uplifting. I notice that the music on the Velez Blanco video is from Holst’s the Planets – Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity. Which of you two is that? :)


    • Elle Draper
      July 14, 2016 @ 2:29 pm

      He he he. We love the music. We knew it was from Holst’s Planets… but didn’t know about the “Bringer of Jollity.” I shall leave you to judge that. All I know is that it’s a laugh a minute here – usually at each others’ expense. ;)

      Of course you and Marilyn are always welcome to come and visit as you know. xx


  11. Pete calladine
    November 16, 2018 @ 8:50 am

    Beautiful town , I’ve had my house there for 13 years , which my daughter fern lives in , I took her there when she was 6 , she’s now 23 and speaks like a local , give her a knock she’s on (address removed for security), Bienvenidos


    • Elle Draper
      November 16, 2018 @ 10:17 am

      Ah Pete! We know Fern well. She dogsits for us from time to time and so is a Godsend when Alan is away and I need to escape for a few hours. I shall be messaging her abut booking her for an evening in January. Our three monsters adore her – as do we. You’ve raised a goodun there.
      Elle (and Alan). xx


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