"The Englishman always has to have his newspaper and his cup of tea"
Talk to a modern day cave dweller in Andalucia and you will probably be bombarded with a stream of factual information accompanied by an enthusiasm you have never seen the likes of before. Cave dwellers are very proud of their unique home and rightly so but living in a cave is not for everyone...
when the lights go out they go out!
Caves to a certain degree are still "tagged" with the poverty image, although this is disappearing rapidly. Many people still do not know what caves are and fear to imagine how a family could live in such a hole with damp walls, no water, electricity or services that they are used to in this modern age. All of this is of course rubbish but there are other factors to take into consideration...
So you fancy a cave life?
A village location is certainly an option but remember villages are still remote in Spain compared to UK living. The campo can be even more remote given its location so expect a 10-15 minute drive to the nearest shop - popping out for a pint of milk is a little difficult!
If you are claustrophobic - forget it, although that said many caves are even more spacious than a conventional house - the whole "underground" thing that sometimes gets to people.
Do you need your fish 'n' chips or a cinema or local Tesco's? Maybe cave life isn't for you. Feel you can't or won't speak Spanish? - its essential, you will be able to struggle by but a basic grasp of the lingo should be one of the highest priorities, it will help with day to day situations, jobs, medical circumstances, schooling etc etc.
There are many things to think about, not just the actual cave but its location and culture that surrounds the area. When we were looking at caves on the internet prior to buying we were very enthused but nothing prepared us for walking into our first cave and seeing it for ourselves. We loved it immediately but others will head for the airport...