Mi Casa Es Su Casa

JULIAN ROJAS for TIME

CROWDING: Foreigners flocked to Spain for years, but now property is cheaper elsewhere in Europe and North Africa

Like thousands of other Europeans from chillier climes, Ray and Anne Harvey have seen their relationship with Spain ripen since they first came to visit in 1975. "Back then we did the full tourist thing, including a day trip to Morocco; we caught food poisoning and went home laden with straw donkeys, enormous sombreros and a couple of Moroccan vases," says Ray, 61. "I blush now when I think what we must have looked like."

But they liked it, and they kept coming back. In the late 1980s they bought a holiday apartment for around €30,000 in [an error occurred while processing this directive]

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