Moving with little ones

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Moving with little ones

Post by Islandgirl » January 30th, 2019, 2:36 pm

Hello everyone

I am new to here but wanted to reach out to anyone who has moved with little ones and how your doing now?

I know Menorca pretty well (Great Grandparents lived there and Grandparents etc etc) and we visit 4/5 times a year, we have two little ones, 4 years and 10 months and recently have been thinking seriously about the move. I am aware of the quieter times and would live nearer Mahon, we would not be looking for work as my partner would fly back and forth to the UK for his work and I have a small recruitment business (all online and home based) that could be run from Menorca.


I just wanted a few honest opinions on how your children adjusted, my 4 year old has spanish lessons currently but as you can imagine she is 4 and trying her best but they are great sponges children and she tries to embrace it as much as she can.


Was it the best thing you ever did? Nothing comes without hard work I am aware but Menorca has become like a second home to us and I have been visiting since I was 2, (41 now!) and many a night is spent over a bottle of wine wondering if it should be our actual home!, I don't want to regret not making the move and our children becoming fluent in two languages which opens so many doors for them as well as the beauty that would surround them every day.


Thanks everyone

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Re: Moving with little ones

Post by Sunseaker » February 2nd, 2019, 12:07 pm

:sad: Sorry you have not had any replys but welcome to the site any way.
As regards the children they adapt very quickly and at this young age I cant see them having a problem, they pick the language up very quickly, as you have said being near a town would be better as they are open all year unlike the resorts which become a ghost town in winter, as regards to your husband flying back to the UK winter flights are only once a week and only to Gatwick, unless he flys to and then from either Barcelona or Palma and once you get to be a permanent resident you will get a discount on flights to and from these air ports.
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Re: Moving with little ones

Post by kieronf » February 2nd, 2019, 1:36 pm

I can't offer specific advice other than saying that I know people with young children here that have made the move and don't appear to have encountered any particular difficulties along the way, and now seem settled and perfectly happy. Given the ages of your children, and the fact that they adapt so much easier at that young age, all I would say is that if I were you I would do it in a heartbeat. For a thousand reasons I could think of I would rather have my children enjoy their formative years living and growing up here in Menorca that back in the UK.

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Re: Moving with little ones

Post by Islandgirl » February 5th, 2019, 1:41 pm

Thankyou very much for both of your replies, we are back out twice in May and again in July which will give us more time to think about the move seriously...re winter flights gatwick is fine, I remember it was the same when I came out as a child in winter...back in the days when Monarch gave you a food menu! My family are in leigh on sea so in summer I have both Southend and Stansted close by, didn’t know about the discounted flights though thank you.

Did many of you rent before buying?

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Post by Sunseaker » February 6th, 2019, 5:50 pm

We rented for nearly eight years, and the rent from our house in the UK paid for some lovely villa's, we found it was a good idea as the villa's and apartments we rented were all very different and while our first two were in the centre of Es Castell we soon realised it wasn't for us as it was very noisy with traffic, our last villa was in Binnisafulla, it was perfect for the two of us but wouldn't really suit a family in my opinion as it was very quiet, hope you find your ideal place. :smile:
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Re: Moving with little ones

Post by Ksullivan » November 5th, 2019, 11:34 am

Hi islandgirl

I'm new here too. How did you get on with your visits this year? We are looking to move next year and I am so nervous about it but I know we have to try it for the sake of kids (and us!). I'm a swimmer and currently live in landlocked Birmingham. My son absolutely loves climbing. Our children are 7, 3 and 5 months and we plan to rent our house out and rent in menorca.

It would be great to keep in touch!?

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Re: Moving with little ones

Post by kieronf » November 6th, 2019, 2:44 pm

Renting before you buy is the best option although in your situation you will have to consider schooling as a priority otherwise you may find that by moving to sample different aspects of island life, your children might have to switch schools. The most important consideration is that living here is completely different to a two week holiday. We had been regular visitors to the island for 20 years before moving here and as much as we enjoyed our time in several resorts, I certainly wouldn't want to live in one full time. Most resorts are closed in the winter months, some without even a shop to buy the basics so it can be a bit soulless and given that you will want your kids to socialise full time, that may not be a good idea.

If the big towns aren't for you there are plenty of urbanisations dotted around that afford easy access to anything you might need without the hassle of living on top of them. Some people have a distinct preference for one end of the island over the other and the south coast resorts seem to have more life in them out of season.
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Post by Slartibartfast » November 6th, 2019, 3:29 pm

Definitely rent before you buy. At first you may need to use an estate agent, but this is a very expensive way to go. Once your there you can ask around and advertise for rentals in the local papers. I don't know if the laws have changed since we lived there [5 years back] but as a renter you have a lot of protection once you have a contract. I found Menorcan associations invaluable to get word round that you are in the market to rent.

DO NOT be tempted to rent without a contract as you need proof of house ownership or a rental for just about everything.

You will need help with all the paperwork, its a nightmare, finding schools should not be that bad, if you can try and find someone who will help even if it costs a few €'s, we did and it made life a whole lot easier while you're getting to grips with Menorca way of life. .
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