Hot off the press: Our book about Moving to Spain with Children has just been released by U P Publications. Available for Kindle on Amazon, due out any minute as a Paperback.

As we mentioned in our first post about the book , if you search online you will find a multitude of books about Spain; books set in spain; books about: moving to Spain; books about living in Spain and people’s stories about moving to Spain from UK. However, there is very little information available about Spain for children and almost nothing about Moving to Spain with Children.

Until now, that is…


moving to spain with children


Don’t even think of Moving to Spain with Children without reading this essential self-help manual. Compiled by a successful British working Mum who has experienced the relocation roller-coaster for you – the highs, lows and occasional shrieks of panic  – it could save you months of hassle and heartache.

Chapters cover:

Timing your Move;

Choosing the Best Location;



Learning Spanish;


Property purchase;

Taking Pets to Spain,

Starting a business …

… and other considerations crucial to ensuring a smooth transition to your new lifestyle.

With information that’s bang up-to-date and tells it like it is, spiced with the author’s own heart-warming anecdotes, you’ll arrive at the same place her own family is now – but in half the time: 

Living and loving family life in Spain!

If you’ve ever wished for the gift of hindsight, Moving to Spain with Children is just that: a gift of a book!

Read some reviews HERE.

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Get your copy now!

Here are some of the reviews written by people who bought the book on Amazon…

.. and her book not only gives a sense of what that process is like, but models the patience and good humor she …, March 10, 2015
By  griffy
This review is from: Moving To Spain With Children (Paperback)
Lisa Sadleir is immensely knowledgeable about the problems expats moving to Spain with school-aged kids will face. She’s particularly helpful on the issues of dealing with Spanish officialdom, and her book not only gives a sense of what that process is like, but models the patience and good humor she feels are the best qualities to bring to the encounter. What I like most about her book is that, after spending more than twenty years in Spain, she retains and communicates to the reader her original affection for the country, the culture, and the people. Though I agree with the reviewer who thought the book will be most helpful to those with EU citizenship, to me its greatest virtue is how encouraging it is. She wants your move to be successful, believes it can and will be, and mobilizes all her experience in support.
Concise guide for moving to Spain, with or without children, 29 Jun. 2015
By  renev
 This review is from: Moving to Spain with Children: Essential reading for anyone thinking about moving to Spain (Kindle Edition)
We have been thinking about retiring from the US to Spain for a few years now, and have attempted to research the possibility on and off on-line, getting frustrated with the often outdated and conflicting information, no doubt partly because of Spain’s frequently changing rules and regulations. That’s why we were delighted to find Lisa’s book “Moving To Spain With Children’. Even though it’s geared towards families with children, with lots of practical information about education and ideas to help children adjust, it had all the other information we were looking for as well, all in a concise and easy to read book. At no point is Lisa trying to sell you a dream life in Spain, instead she provides fact based information, ideas to consider, and real life experiences.
These are some of the other topics we specifically enjoyed reading about: pros and cons of locations to consider, the value of speaking the language in various areas (and how to learn), healthcare options, registration and residency rules, and considerations for renting and buying property. She even covers topics like starting a business in Spain, and bringing pets into the country. She basically covers subjects we haven’t even thought about, and all in a practical to-the-point fashion.
And best of all, Lisa has several ways to connect on-line for all the latest updates, and can even be reached for consultation.
All in all we have nothing but good words for this book, which we’ll keep with us for reference. It is well worth the money spent.
Essential reading, November 14, 2014
Thanks to Sadleir, this book can solve any problem which may arise when moving your children to Spain. This extremely comprehensive book covers everything, from the essentials, choosing your location and time of year in which to move (a classic error for many), how to cope with the language and cultural barrier, to the most important aspect for parents, the education of their children. The education section alone is stand-out, covering all ages and needs, with real-life experience from parents and children.
Another huge consideration, healthcare, is fully explored, with options to suit the needs and budgets of all families through the country. The NIE process, Número de Identificación de Extranjero (basically a foreigners pass) can be fraught with trouble. The book covers the process for EU members, though many steps are also relevant to non-EU members, provided you have completed your paperwork at the Spanish embassy in your own country first. The process of registering on the Padrón, having yourself registered with the town hall, is included and essential. Dependent on your home nation, your circumstances and even the mood of the staff member you encounter, gaining NIE or residency can be a real mixed bag, so having this information laid out could be a huge help for many. When I first moved to Spain, I managed to gain an NIE through a bit of a backhand deal, simplifying the process, but even then I had to jump through fiery hoops at the embassy. There is no such thing as being over-prepared.
The never-ending trials and tribulations of purchasing a property and starting a business in Spain is fully covered, along with more personal experiences and examples to help you, along with (finger crossed) simpler matters such as money and banking considerations. Another section is extensively devoted to bringing your pet to Spain (something I’ve never even thought about), for those furrier family members. The book finishes with things to consider when leaving home and a reminder not to burn your bridges before you leave. Moving to Spain is an incredible experience, but the move can be difficult. I have seen plenty of people fail at the experiment, right down to a husband at the airport, begging his wife not to leave their new life behind.
This book would appeal to anyone moving to Spain, even if there are no children to consider, with practical and realistic advice. But when moving your children, so many issues need to be well planned, and I wish this book had existed when I first embarked on life in Spain. Finally, solid advice all in one place, from someone who has succeeded at Spanish life.


Bought this book even though I’m moving to Spain without …, 2 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Moving To Spain With Children (Paperback)
Bought this book even though I’m moving to Spain without children, it’s a must have that will guide you through all the steps to make your move go as smoothly as possible. This book covers every step of the way from how to get your NIE right through to health cover a must have for anyone considering moving to Spain !!!
Thanks to this book though I have been able to get the ball rolling and I feel much happier about our decision now that I know w, 10 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Moving To Spain With Children (Paperback)
I bought this book a couple of months ago as we plan on moving to Spain next summer for a year. I had no idea where to begin with regards to residency, applying for schools and renting etc and was beginning to feel a little overwhelmed when I was finding conflicting information on line. Thanks to this book though I have been able to get the ball rolling and I feel much happier about our decision now that I know what to do. The book covers all the essentials and things I had even considered. So far so good. I now feel ready for Spanish bureaucracy and am looking forward to being through it to living the Spanish life.

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