In 2015, my husband, 2-year-old son and I rented a small apartment in Los Boliches, Costa del Sol, for 6 months.

We enrolled the 2-year-old in preschool and set about mastering the language. Halfway through our stay, we discovered we were pregnant with baby number 2, which meant returning to New Zealand.

But Spain never left us. The weather, the ocean, the easy way of life as well as the amazing train system and ability to travel all around Europe are huge factors pulling us towards Spanish life.

Who are we?

We are Emma, Dave, Dylan and Patrick. Emma is from New Zealand, Dave is from Ireland. Emma met Dave in Australia. Dylan was born in Australia and Patrick was born in New Zealand. Both boys are entitled to dual-citizenship of Ireland and New Zealand.

We’ve travelled with our first son since he was a baby (he took his first international flight at 3 months old).

Travel has always been our favourite thing to do, so basing ourselves near the excellent airport in Malaga means we’ll be able to fly to Ireland frequently for family events and take advantage of cheap flights around Europe when they pop up.