Holidaymakers and expats come to terms with the new regulations governing travel conditions since leaving the European Union. Costa del Sol, which includes hotspots such as Marbella, Torremolinos and Nerja is thought to be one of the worst-hit regions as the pandemic has also caused visitor numbers to dwindle. One Briton took to a blog to vent his frustration at living in Spain after his dream of living in the sun turned into a nightmare.
Nick Anders claimed he was fed up with crime levels, and the fear of “getting ripped off” after moving to Nerja.
In a blog post written by the unhappy sun-seeker, he said he had struggled to find work after relocating to the Costa del Sol with just £15,000.
He wrote: “I’ve had enough, get me out of here, whatever your choice, the end result is the same.”
He added: “There are lots of downsides to living in Spain and I didn’t know about them when I moved here.”
Mr Anders added: “An expats life in Spain can be a constant struggle, make sure you are prepared for all this.”
While fed-up ex-pat, from England, claimed the Costa del Sol is in real trouble after Brexit.”.
Bruce King owns a house in Nerja, a popular and pretty coastal town on Spain’s Costa del Sol.
He told Express.co.uk “I have never ever seen Nerja so quiet. Bars, shops, hotels closed.
“They need the Brits to carry the businesses through the winter.”
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With the UK rolling back its omicron-related travel restrictions, the outlook for holidays in 2022 is looking much brighter.
But the collapse in tourist numbers has been severe and according to official records, it’s been half a century since so few foreign travellers came to Spain.
The British Government still advises precaution when travelling to Spain.
It states: “Public health measures to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 remain in force across Spain and may vary between regions.
“New rules may be brought in at short notice, for example, due to a new COVID-19 variant.”