Find out all about meeting people in 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 a view towards relationships in Spain.
Now with social networking websites such as My Space and Facebook, people are more used to meeting others online without having actually met in real-life.
Luckily later I heard about the Javea, Moraira and Calpe area – the Northern 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.
We launched in February 2008, it 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 a 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. It’s a very practical way of immediately finding like-minded people who are looking for the same things as you.
Times have changed and the Internet has really helped.Also many couples end up staying in Spain because they came here for the lifestyle so they still don’t want to return to the UK.Certainly there is a growing number of single expats in Spain. 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.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. The situation is magnified because in the UK many couples are working and don’t see each other for very long.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.