10 - Remember that old traditions die hard Of course Spain has come a long way in terms of equality between men and women, but there is still a long way to go.
If you survive the dating stage and think about getting serious and moving in together, it can become a battle of the sexes.
Perhaps it’s their passionate and intense nature, a trait that exists even if they work on Wall Street.
4 - Avoid Peter Pan Image of Peter Pan: Shutterstock Deciding to date from the expat pool can be risky indeed.On the one hand you don´t need word reference to send a Whatsapp message to them, on the other hand beware of the immature travelling type who will not only avoid commitment with any woman, but also be incapable of simple tasks like wearing a pair of matching socks or having a bank account.If you arrive on time, you´ll be sipping your two euro glass of rueda totally alone for at least 20 minutes to half an hour.8 - Beware the Rodriguez phenomenon Photo of a man hiding his wedding ring: Shutterstock When a married Spanish man gets left alone in the big city in the summer while his long suffering wife takes the kids to the beach house, watch out! 9 - Tear up the rules of seduction Photo of a man whispering in a woman´s ear: Shutterstock Being used to a rather less seductive approach of picking up women from my British exes, I was happily surprised at the way in which Spanish men played the game.5 - Don't expect him to keep up Photo of a man passed out on a bench: Shutterstock As a British woman, I can tell you for sure that I can drink any Spanish guy under the table.
He is stumbling to the bathroom to throw up on his shoes and I am searching for the shots menu.
Latin American guys are good for this reason (though wrong for so many others). These places are sweaty, sleazy pulling fests where the weak do not survive.
Beware of guys who are looking for a ‘2 for 1’ bonus of sex with you and free English classes. if your Spanish level isn´t great, you could end up dating a boring loser and not even realize until he has cleared out a drawer for you in the wardrobe of his mum´s house where he lives.
When Sally, a Brit, arrived in Madrid five years ago she had the rather unrealistic expectation that Javier Bardem lookalikes would be queuing up to sweep her off her feet. Now in her early 30s and a seasoned veteran of the dating scene she tells the Local how to avoid the pitfalls of a Spanish mummy´s boy and the perils of communicating through the language barrier.
Here are Sally´s top ten tips for navigating the perilous path to true love in Spain.
The Dos and don'ts of dating a Spanish woman From our other editions: If, on the other hand, you’re looking for love in another of The Local’s countries then we have plenty more tips for you.