Nazareen Heazle

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Nazareen joined the IL Special Products team in Waterford in October 2006. A graduate of University College Cork, she studied English and History and has a master’s degree in English. These years spent as a student allowed her to indulge in her passion for travel. She has traveled extensively through Europe, even spending a summer working in an Irish pub in Florence, Italy. In 2004, Naz embarked on a round-the-world adventure that took her to Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand (where she lived for a year), the Cook Islands, and the United States. Nazareen is International Living’s lead editor for our books and products.

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Property Bargains in Southern Spain

It’s no secret that Spain’s property market has been at rock-bottom the last few years, but it’s slowly starting to pick up here in Mijas. Buyers, mostly from Western Europe, are making their way back to southern Spain. They are buying with a view to retiring to the area. (Mijas already has a very international community…I met an Irish woman who runs a chocolate shop and a relocation consultant who’s originally from England.) That’s good news if you like the idea of living here. There’s a good choice of rentals at affordable prices. And, despite the return of the European snowbirds, there are still plenty of great-value properties for sale.

Marbella, Spain

Beaches, Romance, and Rent of $540 a Month in Europe

Cosmopolitan cities, glorious sunshine, delicious cuisine, and low costs—as a retirement or second-home destination, Spain is hard to beat. The southern province of Andalucia, particularly the area around the Costa del Sol is the epitome of good-value, romantic Spanish living. It has everything: long sandy beaches perfect for strolling on…romantic, white-washed hill towns cling to the Andalusian hillsides…a sunny climate where snow and even rain are a rarity…and a cost of living so affordable you’ll find it hard to believe you’re in a European country.

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Bargain Buys in Three Spanish Mountain Towns

It’s a sun-drenched morning as I stand at a lookout point above the town of Mijas. Below me, the gleaming white buildings, with their roofs of rust-red tile, tumble down the mountainside. The pine-covered hills of the Sierra de Mijas mountain range reach up into the clear sky to my right. On my left, I can see the Costa del Sol—the Sun Coast—with the glittering Mediterranean Sea stretching to the horizon. It’s a comfortable 66 F here in Mijas, which is located in southernmost Spain. With more than 2,800 hours of sunshine a year around these parts, it’s the perfect place to escape a harsh winter back home.

PuntaPaloma

Punta Paloma: Southern Spain’s Most Unspoiled Beach

Towering sand dunes, an expansive, golden-sand beach that goes on for miles, kite-surfers battling the strong, but warm, Atlantic wind…although Spain’s tourist hub of Marbella is just 63 miles to the east, here at Punta Paloma it feels a world away.

Take a Wild-Island Road Trip in the Med

Take a Wild-Island Road Trip in the Med

My foot hovers over the brake of my little black Peugeot rental car as yet another hairpin bend comes into view. There’s a sharp intake of breath from my front-seat passenger, who is clinging to her seat as she tries not to look out her window at the steep cliff edge. By contrast, my back-seat passenger is furiously taking photos of the stunning scenery below us.

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