Spain remains home to more Blue Flag beaches than any other country in the world, as the country holds onto its top ranking.
The Blue Flag is an internationally recognised eco-label that identifies a beach as clean, safe and committed to sustainability, based on strict criteria addressing water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety and other services.
Spain has always been renowned for its beaches, particularly in the popular Costas. Indeed, Spain has well over a hundred more Blue Flags than its next nearest rival (Turkey, which has 436 Blue Flag beaches). This year, Spain has been awarded 577 Blue Flags in total, up from 573 in 2014 and has topped the league table from the Foundation for Environmental Education since it was first launched in 1987.
THIS week’s burst of warm spring weather will not be enough to satisfy millions of Britons who dream of retiring overseas.
Taylor Wimpey España, says: “The Spanish lifestyle is hugely appealing to those who have lived and worked all their lives in the UK. The low cost of living in Spain is also a draw.”
If you want the sun to shine on your retirement, you have to plan to make it a success, otherwise your dream retirement in the sun could easily turn into a foreign nightmare.
Taylor Wimpey España has experienced a fine start to 2015, with visits to the company’s website up by 16%. Additionally, sales increased during Q1 in the three areas in which Taylor Wimpey operates: namely Mallorca, the Costa Blanca and the Costa del Sol.
During the first quarter of this year Taylor Wimpey served buyers from 22 countries, with those from Russia, Britain, Germany, Scandinavia and Spain accounting for 61% of the overall number of sales.
“Spain offers a unique combination to buyers looking for sun-kissed luxury,” Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director at Taylor Wimpey España, commented. “Its numerous blue flag beaches (Spain has 573 in total – more than any other country) are perfect for families, while those with older children or travelling as a couple delight in its championship quality golf courses.”
Taylor Wimpey comments “Our golf properties are always incredibly popular and the panoramic sea and golf views at resorts like Avalon, near Marbella, really do take some beating. Spain’s excellent value as a golfing destination extends to its golf resort market as well – a two bedroom, luxury apartment in Avalon, which is located in the prestigious Los Arqueros golf course, costs from just €305,000, which is fantastic value for a property of this calibre.”
The Spanish lifestyle is hugely appealing to those who have lived and worked all their lives in the UK. The low cost of living in Spain is also a draw
For keenly priced properties of reliably good quality, Taylor Wimpey, which has half a century’s experience of building in Spain, has various well-located projects on both of the key coasts.
At the top of the price range, Taylor Wimpey Espana have luxury two-bed apartments in La Recoleta start from €142,000 (£113k). Lifestyle buyers may be tempted by the private terraces, sea views, communal swimming pool and shared gardens as much as the designer brands of fixtures and fittings, but these are generously sized apartments of roughly 100m2.
The positive movement in the market looks set to continue, with KPMG predicting that the number of jobs in the Spanish property sector will rise from the current level of 7 per cent to reach 10 per cent of workers by 2020.
Sales and Marketing Director of leading Spanish homebuilder Taylor Wimpey España, certainly believes that will be the case.
He comments: “We’re seeing property employment rise across Spain right now. Taylor Wimpey España has taken on six new employees in the last few weeks alone and the expanding property market should see additional increases in jobs over the course of 2015 and beyond. Right now, foreign demand for Spanish property is soaring and employment in hotspots like Mallorca is increasingly rapidly as a result.”
Sales from Spanish homebuilder Taylor Wimpey España are rising with more than six out of ten coming from overseas buyers.
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Taylor Wimpey España says real estate sales have increased during the first three months of the year in all of its offices in Mallorca, the Costa Blanca and the Costa del Sol and visitors to the company website are up by 16%.
The company served buyers from 22 countries during Quarter 1 2015 and investor from Russia, Britain, Germany, Scandinavia and Spain made up 61% of total sales.
“Spain is looking to court tourists by promoting its shopping offer this year,” comments Marketing Director of leading Spanish homebuilder Taylor Wimpey España. “The country has some fantastic shopping destinations, but many visitors simply overlook the stores in favour of the beaches. Mallorca, for example, has a fantastic high end retail offering, while places like Marbella on the Costa del Sol are packed with retailers, from independent, boutique stores to national and international chains.”