Thousands of British people love holidaying in Spain every year. And many of them come back year after year too. People of all ages love the warm weather and slower pace of life in Spain. Many ex-pats may be retirees, but there are also a growing number of working age residents all over Spain on a permanent basis. For the rest of us, a holiday home here may be just what we’re looking for.
I love Barcelona, and this city is a firm favourite for holidaymakers from all over the globe. The city has an exciting nightlife, a first class football team, and some of the best restaurants you could visit in the world. A lot of what makes Spanish culture so intriguing can be found here too, from the gardens to the architecture. Best of all, the museums are excellent for visitors of all ages to find out more about this little corner of Europe.
Properties in the cities do tend to be a bit more expensive, but it really does depend on what you’re looking for. There are beautiful apartments, or houses in the suburb areas. Of course, you might be looking for a villa nearer the coast. Whatever you want to buy, make sure you check out the process for buying a spanish house as some of the legal processes differ from region to region.
Madrid is the capital of Spain, and offers just as much as Barcelona in terms of nightlife and culture. Shopping is also very good here if you fancy buying a new outfit or some designer jewellery. Madrid doesn’t seem to share the same party life reputation as Barcelona. But like most cities in Spain, there is a twenty four hour culture if you know where to look.
Spanish property inland and away from the cities can be quite varied. You might be looking for a large estate near the mountains, or just a small village dwelling with a roof terrace. Most of us Brits might love the thought of hot, sunny days, but the reality is a little uncomfortable. You might want to look for a property with air conditioning or a ceiling fan already installed.
Villas within communities that include pools or golf courses all tend to have air conditioning. They also usually include a lot of the creature comforts we’re used to in the UK. This isn’t necessarily the case for some modest village properties. This can attract higher asking prices, and there may be stipulations on how long you can stay in one visit. Check with your agent before committing to anything.
The best thing about Spain is that the country has so many wonderful regions to explore. It is a big country too, with plenty of varied coastline. Having a property in the country gives you your own space to head back to each evening. It gives you the freedom to travel without all the heavy baggage or checking in times!
If you are thinking of buying a property in Spain, it’s best to make a list of why you want one first. This might help you determine where in the country you want to be situated, as well as the type of property you need. Happy house hunting!