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I’ve never been happier

“There was a time that I felt lost, running around all over the place, with no real direction. But that was before. I now live in Agaete.

Of course, it’s a tiny place, but it’s that size for a reason.

Puerto de Las Nieves
Puerto de Las Nieves

It’s the perfect spot for people who have chosen to downsize, a place made to measure for people who want to swim in the sea all year round if they feel like it, or just to bask in the sun on the little harbour beach,  go fishing and eat fish, papas arrugadas and drink wine in their fishing gear, whiling away the hours with the locals and the tourists who come for a rest at the hotel, or smoking a cigar listening to the sound of the crickets in the evening.

You know what I mean – all those kinds of small, simple pleasures.

Shrine of Nuestra Señora de las Nieves
Father and son on the beach at Puerto de Agaete

I’ve chosen to live here because it’s my kind of place. Other people get their kicks out of having a private helicopter that takes them directly to their board meetings, or having the kind of car that has so many gadgets you can pretend you’re a racing driver. Each to his own is what I say.

I prefer to have my fishing gear and tackle in the Puerto de Las Nieves, so that when I feel so inclined (which is very often), I can spend the day fishing, coming back in the evening with only the seagulls for company, wheeling round the boat, with the steep cliffs behind me. But that’s me, that’s what makes me happy.

Boat on the coastline of Agaete under a blue sky
A smiling seafarer in the sun

Agaete is also a place to take your holidays, to wind down and disconnect. A quiet place – apart from when there is a local festivity, when things are totally different, or on Sundays, when everyone makes a beeline for Agaete for time out. So much the better, because life is short, so let’s make the most of it.

Or, at least, that’s my opinion. Each to his own,as I say. Me, I’m going to be hanging out a bit longer here, in Agaete.