Always looking on the bright side of life, meet Simone van Der Heide.  Simone has recently moved to Altea and fallen in love with the local vibe. Read her story.

Why Spain?

I already visited Spain with my parents when i was little. I already liked it then. When I was in my twenties I saw several parts of Spain and it always felt like home. A few years ago I had the plan to move to Valencia but because of some life changing event I decided to wait a bit. And now last year I decided to take the jump and move.

I first started at the Costa Calida but when I visited Altea I knew that’s the place. So now a few weeks since I am here, in Altea, exploring and trying to get my business running.

And where are you now?

I am in Altea because for me it has a special vibe – a bit bohemian and spiritual. I am in Altea la Vella which is very small and surrounded by mountains and sea.

I need to do some more exploring but I love it already.

What was the biggest challenge for your move?

Well I am in the middle of my citizenship, and filling for autónomo. So bureaucracy is not really my thing and here in Spain they take it to the next level. But I am getting there.

Do you have any advice for Women thinking about making the move?

Just do it.

How do you spend your days? 

Since 20 years I am keeping myself busy with natural health, coaching and develeping health food.

I recently made an online sleep course for people having poor sleep. And I am at the moment looking for venues to give meditation classes and cooking worshops. And organising health retreats with a friend.

Then I love being in nature and hiking and am fan of salsa dancing.  Recently I got an adorable puppy which is great but can be challenging at times.

Simone van der Heide

Something you are grateful for?

I am grateful to live in a place where I can see the sunrise out at sea. For my health and families health and lots of small things.

Who would be at your special dinner party?

I would just invite some very close friends, people who I love and respect.

What’s your secret accomplishment?

I developed a product line of organic food from scratch. I am a good organiser and love to invent new things.

Do you have a favourite quote?

Always look on the bright side of life

One thing you had to bring to Spain and could never give away?

Actually nothing.

Do you have a favourite book?

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (La sombra del viento) it has aspects in it that I enjoyed

Something you would tell your younger self?

Be more open

Thank you Simone where can we find out more?

My website: 

And Facebook


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Simone van der Heide