Popular Costa expat Joan Davies has died


JOAN DAVIES, a popular and well-known expatriate figure on the Costa del Sol, has died aged 85.
Joan and her husband Gerry moved to the Costa del Sol in 1964 due to Gerry’s work with the Daily Mail media group and later decided to remain in Spain, where they ran a restaurant, bar and pub before joining forces with Diario Sur in 1984 to create the Sur in English newspaper.
Following Gerry’s death in 1995 Joan continued to write and was an active member of the expatriate community, founding Welsh Roots group and acting as honorary president of the Costa Press Club. Her life story was put on paper in 2013 in a biography, Joan Davies: Memories, Musings and More.
Joan had expressed a wish to be remembered as “a person who has enjoyed life and never, at least intentionally, hurt anyone,” and will certainly hold a place in the collective expatriate memory on the Costa for many years to come.


  1. A true lady in every sense of the word.
    The coast has lost a priceless treasure.
    Rest in Peace Joan – thank you for being the mentor that you were.
    Joan Davies – the Queen of Advertising – never to be matched.
    God Bless


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