Living in Tenerife is one of the best options for retirement, as the aerobics photo of Parque Sanabria confirms.
The weather of the Tenerife island of eternal spring is almost always like in that picture. We all know, what that means for our well being and happiness. The healthy Tenerife climatic conditions are ideal for the elderly, who often suffer of rheumatism, asthma, arthritis and pulmonary problems. The biggest Canary Island with its different climate zones lets you pick the region where to live, which is best for you.. For me and many of my friends, who are not so young either, the North of the island is best. It is generally two degrees Celsius cooler than in the south. Let's not argue, however... Some, never find it hot enough, our old dog does.
Note that great, true story when you scroll down. It's about the foreign semi expat with Alzheimer's. He and his charming wife were received with warm welcome by a Spanish Puerto Cruz Day Center where much fun is to be had by all sorts of events.
Health, food and fun must be what count most. Local agriculture gives you fresh vegetables and fruit with many subtropical varieties like oranges, lemons, mangos and the papaya which is rich in vitamin A. Fresh fish is caught by the island's own fisheries. Wine is grown and sold for every budget. Often it doesn't cost you more than a glass of mineral water.
Dairy products excel with excellent, locally made cheese. Above all, all is sold at affordable prices. Health shops are in all major
towns and cater for special diets for all who are living in Tenerife.
Get some Aderno chocolates and sweets for diabetics or the weight concious here or phone them in Puerto de la Cruz La Paz or in Buenavista del Norte. Perhaps new shops coming up in other towns? Just in case, it doesn't cost to ask them.
I would like to mention that I recently declared income tax and had a tax exemption (tax free up to) of about €9700/for year 2008.
A hot grilled take away chicken at Alcampo Hypermarkt La Orotava costs EU 3.95 = GBP 3.02
1 kg carrots fresh EU 0,69 = GBP 0,53
1 kg Kiwis EU 1,99 = GBP 1,52
A lattice 0,15 Cents (before Christmas) that was really special.
1 liter bottle sunflower oil = € 0,99 (at Mercadona Puerto de la Cruz supermarket).
By the way, most foodstuff has gone up by almost 5% since 2008, while value added tax of 5%, which is included in above prices, is as low as before.
I simply picked some articles where I found 1 item or a kg price in my last shopping list.
I pay EU 3,25 = GBP 2,48 take away food for a portion of noodles with chicken and vegetables at my Chinese shop where I live. The portion is quite generous and will feed a man if he gets some bread also.
The many Tenerife eating places are cheap compared to those in Northern Europe. Entertainment on the biggest Canary Island is often for free. Tenerife carnival, which is not only thought after by the large Tenerife gay community is, of course, tops for all who retire on the island.
The people in my Carnival picture above might be on retirement and living in Tenerife. Often, such people like Julia from the UK stay on after holidays on the island.
Tenerife seashores such as the Tenerife beach by Los Gigantes.
You know that ocean water and air are not only good for skin and eyes, but for your whole body.
Some retirees, I know, had operations in Tenerife. They were refunded by their overseas health care. Most of them had successful Tenerife medical care. Now, all you need is the European blue card to profit by local health care. Spanish public health centers are not only in all towns, but often in every suburb.
Please, find out from your overseas medical aid organization or social security, how to go about getting the blue card which entitles you fully to European sharing of health care. You can even use it while on a short holiday, if need be.
You can also apply for the form (106?):
by writing to:
New Castle Upon Tyne
England NE 98 1BA
The Residencia, also often called Tajeta de Residencia (residence card) is a hassle and also costly to get. However, the 'green document' also obliges you to declare income tax. If you don't have earnings, you will not get any written order from the Tenerife "Receiver of revenue" called Hacienda to declare any. This means 'playing with fire', which could make you a tax dodger.
We used to meet at a Cultural reunion in La Paz but, that is closed now.
Barbara looked further and she told me literally that she found a fantastic solution for socializing and fun with the locals, where her husband is welcome too. This so called Centro de dia para Mayores del Puerto de la Cruz (day center for elderly of Puerto Cruz) admitted Barbara and her hubby with open arms. Eventually, some members even had custom cloth made for them. Why? Now they even take part in folk dances. Can you imagen? It's pleasing Barbara's hubby very much. too. So much to the warm and welcoming locals of Tenerife North. Sometimes, they all dance in other locations on the island. Much fun, indeed...
However, it usually means almost endless problems if you had stop orders in the financial institution which you left. It can take more than half a year until all your stop orders work again, never mind being able to close the previous account. If you close it too early it could mean your vital supplies like electricity could be cut without warning.
Clubs for everything are to be found for those who are living in Tenerife. Some are for sports, others for games like bingo and other types of socializing. You name it, you'll find it. Tanssisaluuna is a Finnish club in North Tenerife, which caters not only for Scandinavians but, welcomes all who are not so young.
It's in the oldest Tenerife resort Puerto Cruz to the left opposite the bus station.
Note, the Marina Los Gigantes is popular for Tenerife living...
Find more information about advantages of living on the biggest of all Canary Islands called Tenerife click here ...
Lately, even foreigners from as far as Finland, Ukraine and Russia have opted for living in Tenerife and still do so, also, at advanced age.
Most of the singles who are living in Tenerife on their own say that they could never cook that cheap and good. This includes young people as well.
I've also met semi retired people such as a
Canadian lady who earns her living in Tenerife
with her work as Webmaster.
A German ex-architect lives happily
near El Sauzal as a pensioner and organizes Solstice parties on his grounds above the sea twice a year.
A neighbor of mine, a Finish lady, had
2 successful Cataract and other operations in Tenerife North.
The list could go on for ever.
In the context of health find information about a Dr.Theis a respected English speaking Doctor in Tenerife.
There are several places that cater for the elderly who prefer living in Tenerife to any other country.
By the way, the best investment in Tenerife is not only property investment but, in its healthy life style by living there.
Check out attractive Tenerife to spice up your life on the island.
Health in Tenerife which is not always guarantied to care for.
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