13 Answers

Is Lanzarote the place to retire to ?

Asked by: 27th November 2014


13 Answers

  1. Tom Iles on Nov 27, 2014

    Personally I would think twice before retiring anywhere abroad. When I was younger I dreamed of retiring to a holiday island with warm weather and cheap drink. As you get older however you realise that family and friends mean more to you than sitting on a terrace in the sunshine drinking gin and tonics all day. You have to have interests to keep you occupied and only a few people are capable of achieving that. Having said that, I love Lanzarote and hope to spend a lot more time there but only in 3 – 4 week bursts. I would prefer it to Eastbourne.

    • Steve p on Nov 27, 2014

      Lanzarote would be nice to retire to but like you Tom I too would prefer Eastbourne

      • Tom Iles on Nov 27, 2014

        Steve. Sorry to disappoint you but what I was trying to say was that I would prefer Lanzarote to Eastbourne.

        • Steve p on Nov 28, 2014

          Sorry Tom
          my ideal retirement would be Lanzarote but more likely at the moment it will be Eastbourne

  2. Fred on Nov 27, 2014

    Well said Tom. I have recently retired, and have a place in Matagorda, but only will go there in 4-6 weeks bursts. I would miss my UK based family and friends. Nice to have both and dip in and out of Lanzarote. Have never been a fan of Ex-Pat life anyway…

  3. Kevin Burton on Nov 27, 2014

    Kai, if you want to live abroad when you retire , I think Lanzarote would be a great choice. I love it, but my wife was very concerned about our family in the UK so we had to compromise and like Fred, we purchased a place in C T and expect to spend 4-5 months there each year during the winter. Think very carefully before making your decision. The tax regime in Spain is quite punitive if you have a reasonable pension but the cost of living over there is definitely lower and property prices are really low at the moment.Only you can decide whether to retire to Lanza. We have friends who have done so and are very happy but when push came to shove we opted for the expensive option of two homes. The weather is the major factor in our opinion and many people who suffer with arthritis and similar problems find much relief in the canaries. Good luck with your decision and retirement.

  4. david charles hind on Nov 27, 2014

    I love the north,the south,the west,the east of the UK and costa teguise.,also portugal,france,germany,crete,Weather is not that important in my life,variety is !!!

  5. Fred on Nov 28, 2014

    Some really great feedback to this really intelligent question. Suffice to say I agree absolutely with David and Kevin. A lovely place but dipping in and out is a great option in my view…

  6. Steve p on Nov 28, 2014

    I would miss some parts of the UK like Dorset, Sussex and Suffolk if we were to retire out there but I sure would enjoy 6 months a year out there

  7. Barry Dunne on Nov 28, 2014

    4 Weeks in April/may and 4 weeks in Sept/Oct are our preferences, Between cigs and medicines,what we save pays for one of them,lol.
    We do find that after the 3rd week we are looking forward to going home.
    I play golf every day at home which i could not afford in Lanza!

  8. Mr Grimsdale on Nov 29, 2014

    Think of it from the medical side . You only need to get a serious illness and it backfires on you . Medical help is expensive

  9. david charles hind on Nov 29, 2014

    I like Eastbourne Tom,getting the bus up to beachy head and walking back down is a real pleasure.But living in Durham city it is much cheaper to fly and stay in lanzarote. !

    • Tom Iles on Nov 29, 2014

      Ok David, when I fully retire I’ll give you and Steve p a race along the seafront at Eastbourne on our mobility scooters.