Living the life in Alicante

Moved to Alicante 14 months ago and now living the dream, it's a beautiful cosmopolitan city, with plenty to do and see.

My partner and I now own a Thai restaurant [Thai Corner} in the old town of the city which is the only authentic Thai restaurant for over 40 miles .

It is now quite established and we have many returning customers.

Fortunately I am a sleeping partner and am now able to enjoy retirement playing golf,tennis and relaxing , spending time with new found friends.

About your own a Thai restaurant business, may you help me to learn know more about business for foreigner in Spain? How to open own shop?

Thanks a lot.

What I was suggest is that you take advice from a good lawyer/accountant that speak your language and Spanish.
We were fairly lucky that we found the business and that is has a very good footfall(meaning that many people pass the restaurant and therefore notice us and if they don't eat on that day they will come back another time),that is very important.
We were offered a number of places by an estate agent,but turned them down because they were In quite areas,and since we have moved here we have noticed that other people have started businesses there and failed because it was in a quite area.
Hope this helps

Many thanks for your help :)

Sounds fantastic , that's the life I want  ... We want to come to Alicante as soon as house sells  as I suffer with fibromyalgia & need a more relaxed life ... My children are moving with me so excited .. X

Hi Liz,
I don't think you could move to a better place it's really more civilized here than other places I have been to in Spain and yet you still have the beaches and lots of culture, hope you sell soon and make the move , ***

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Good luck to all those who have succeeded.

I am often surprised by the number of good to very good restaurants and bars you find in and around Alicante that seem to have very few clients, no matter at what time you go there. Just wondering how they make ends meet.

Some folks I diuscussed this with say they probably make so much money during the couple of months of tourist season at the height of the summer that they can afford to idle a bit the rest of the time. But if its that, why don't the just close down and lock up at other times and enjoy themselves?

hello me and my partner and son age 12 are thinking of moving to Alicante, we are at the moment unsure of the best area?? where jobs are easier to find? we are skilled, beautician and a web developer, with other skills bar/waitress so we can do a few things. We are coming over this year to view renting and looking at what the jobs are like there, we are currently in the uk, we are moving for a better life, mainly more outdoor living.

Liz Powell :

Sounds fantastic , that's the life I want  ... We want to come to Alicante as soon as house sells  as I suffer with fibromyalgia & need a more relaxed life ... My children are moving with me so excited .. X

I don't agree with your comments most restaurants are open here for at least 11 months of the year like ourselves we close for a month in January when it gets very quite.
The problem with a lot of the restaurants they get a lot of tourists and the food is not always the best because they don't always care whether they see you again so you should pick and choose where you eat.
Often restaurants where the Spanish eat will be better.
Also of course our restaurant does care about our customers that is why we are number 7 out of 1100 restaurants in the Alicante area

Hope you get here soon the weather is always good here which hopefully will help with your problems good luck and enjoy Alicante


I'm glad you've made your dream come true!!!
It is also my dream to work in Spain but as a seasonal worker and then go back to my country :)
I'd like to ask you if there are job opportunities in Alicante related to massage therapies?

Do you think it is well developed?

All the best!

My husband and I are in the process of actively searching for our retirement home in Alicante.  Any advice would be welcome. Are there any retirees on this forum who live near or in Alicante? How do you find everyday life there?
Mary and John

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