Find love on the Costa del Sol…
Find out all about meeting people free dating sites costa del sol Spain and what it is like being single in Spain as we interview Chris Hawkins, an expat who runs a very successful free online Spanish dating website. We talk to him about his move from Southern England to the Costa Blanca and talk about the difficulties in meeting other people in Spain, particularly with speed dating toronto professionals view towards relationships in Spain.
Free dating sites costa del sol also find out all about his dating in Spain website and how it is helping singles in Spain meet up and form relationships and friendships. Online Internet dating websites have really taken off in a big way in Spain. Expats moving to Spain want to make friendships and many are loving for love and relationships.
Previously people looking to find their perfect match would place personal ads and it was much more difficult to meet people of the opposite sex free dating sites costa del sol now you can go online and join Internet dating sites in Spain — many of these dating sites are free to join. Well probably like many other people it was a lifestyle decision due to my intense working hours and high levels of stress.
I had a job which was incredibly highly paid working as an IT consultant. Of course highly paid also meant long hours, deadlines and lots of travelling. It really took its toll, to the extent that at 27 I had a heart scare and from then I knew things had to change. I came home and announced to my wife that we were going to move to Spain. I knew the obvious things such as the great weather and climate which was for me a huge attraction, plus the fact that it already had a large English infrastructure.
We are talking here in the most amazing location. We can see the whole of Moraira and even Calpe in the distance. How did you have the good fortune to land up here? My first step was to go on an inspection trip to the Torrevieja area. Luckily later I heard about the Javea, Moraira and Calpe area — the Free dating sites costa del sol Costa Blanca — and the next inspection trip to that area was exactly what I imagined and wanted. We bought a plot of land and one of the largest developers in Moraira started to build our house.
While the house was being built, using my computer and IT skills I started a property website as I could see that there was a real lack of easy-to-use, professional looking sites. In we moved out to Spain. Since then I have helped scores of people also find their dream home in Spain. In we won the prestigious International Property Awards, for best Spanish property website. With sponsors such as Daily Mail, CNBC and Bentley this was a real blue chip award with some major competitors.
So you are obviously very successful in the property business — the Internet dating website — how did that start up? Well my move to Spain has been a great success — I have no desire to move back to England and I love my life in Spain, unfortunately though my move to Spain coincided with me getting divorced and hence becoming single and this is how the Spanish dating website began. I know this must be difficult to talk about but it has to be said — I have noticed just how many relationships seem to break up in Spain.
So many marriages in Spain seem to fail. When they move to Spain looking for a fresh start, of course their problems come with them! In Spain maybe for the first time ever they are together 24 hours a day and cracks can appear. The availability and cheapness of alcohol can mean much time spent in bars and you meet other disillusioned couples, temptation comes along and the obvious happens. Just to add my thoughts — great comments by the way — I also see free dating sites costa del sol financial strains of life in Spain playing a part in the breakups of relationships.
People do have to work long hours to survive, good jobs are scarce and people earn much less than they did in the UK. This pressure is very hard to deal with and rightly or wrongly it can be that people turn free dating sites costa del sol each other to vent their frustrations. Often I see that one partner stays and one goes back to the UK. Certainly there is a growing number of single expats in Spain.
No doubt about it — it is much harder. Most expats in Spain are retirees and those who are younger, the majority are married at the moment! Unless you are exceptionally confident and can just walk into bars on your own then it can be a struggle to meet people in Spain. What happened was that I tried some and really thought that they could be a lot better and with my skills it was natural to develop what I wanted to see as an actual user of dating sites in Spain.
We launched in Februaryit is free to join and we have achieved huge growth since. We have new members joining all the time, people are meeting up and I know for a fact that free dating sites costa del sol lot of friendships have been formed as well as relationships. We are also now expanding outside of Spain to include other Mediterranean countries such as Portugal, Malta, Greece, South of France, Italy, Cyprus and Turkey. Is free dating sites costa del sol still the case? Times have changed and the Internet has really helped.
Now with social networking websites such as MySpace and Facebook, people are more used to meeting others online without having actually met in real-life. Internet dating is just an extension of this — communicating with people online with a view to meeting up with people who sound compatible. With dating agencies in the past it was often a case of talking on the phone and then meeting — a little bit blind date really.
Now with Internet dating, you can see photos and profiles and chat immediately on the computer. This is just fun in itself whether or not you actually continue to meeting up. I know lots of people are going to be curious to take a look at your website — like me! I monitor the site meticulously and will remove anybody that breaks the rules or anybody that I believe is not genuine. The members we have are real expats in Spain who are genuinely seeking fun and friendship.
Come take a look at www. The Spanish ex-pat interview above was recorded on the 24th of September We hope the information about being single in Spain, forming relationships, making friends in Spain and online dating in Spain been helpful and interesting and a special thanks and good luck to Chris.