Golf and Spanish property suit each other to a tee

To take advantage of golf’s growing influence upon the region’s international appeal, Taylor Wimpey España are teeing off a new addition to their Horizon Golf community. Situated in the Valley of Mijas, Horizon Golf is Taylor Wimpey de España’s second development at La Cala, introducing two and three bedroom apartments to the resort as well as luxurious penthouses.

Golfers go in search of the perfect pad close to the fairway

The prestigious Andalucian Open is returning to one of Europe’s most idyllic golfing destinations, the Costa del Sol, this September.

The event, held between 22nd and 25th September, is set to be broadcasted to over 100 countries and will see pro golfers Lydia Ko and Michele Wie go head to head. Having hosted over fifty tournaments in the last four decades, this region of Spain is more than prepared for the thousands of visitors due to attend this prestigious event.

As the Costa del Sol continues to host international events, the golfing prowess of the area is causing local property to become increasingly desirable to fans of the sport. The latest figures released by the Real Federación Espanola de Golf show that 68% of golf courses in Spain now have a direct or indirect link with a real estate development and it seems those situated on the Costa del Sol are firm favourites.

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey Espana believes golf properties are favourable with holiday home buyers and investors alike. He explains, “For fans of the sport, golf properties provide the idyllic base for any holiday or retirement plans with high quality facilities right on the doorstep. Buyers should consider properties near a golf course that is also considered a resort, offering an array of additional facilities to keep the non-golf players in the party equally as happy. Down on the Costa del Sol, also known as the ‘Costa del Golf’, the plentiful sunshine and dry, warm days allow for visits throughout every season or equally an exciting rental opportunity.”

Situated in the beautiful valley of Mijas, Horizon Golf is Taylor Wimpey de Espana’s second development at La Cala Resort within the complex’s famous Campo Asia golf course. With prices starting from €267,000+VAT, the private gated development offers 55 terraced homes, all with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a cloakroom, as well as 48 2 or 3 bedroom apartments.

Tourism’s flying in Alicante as highest number of international passengers recorded

Alicante-Elche Airport has surpassed its own records this summer. The number of passengers handled by the airport on international flights rose by 16.1% during H1 2016 to a record high.

Known as the gateway to the Costa Blanca and a hub for all those travelling to the east and south east of Spain, the airport’s increase in passenger numbers is no surprise. The area has proved a highly popular destination this summer and not only by holiday makers but also holiday home buyers.

According to the School of Property Registrars, in Q2 2016 a total of 7,901 homes were purchased in the province of Alicante. This is a 20.7% increase from the same period last year with half of the sales consisting of foreign investors buying a holiday home.

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director for leading Spanish homebuilder Taylor Wimpey Espana, which has operated successfully in Spain since 1958, has observed firsthand the rising demand for property in the Alicante region as tourists look for a more permanent holiday setting.

He comments, “The Costa Blanca has been popular with tourists for over half a century however we have noticed a surge of interest in recent months. The area has much to offer from the stunning Mediterranean coastline to the charming interior but now also boasts new leisure activities such as caving, climbing, hiking and diving, which is broadening its appeal. Indeed the sight of the large Boeing-787 Dreamliners carrying 320+ passengers now arriving at Alicante-Elche Airport just goes to show what a popular destination the Costa Blanca has become.”

August the most popular month to start a holiday home search reveals portal

For families with school-age children, August is the last chance to escape the daily grind and head off into Europe to catch some summer sun. It’s a month for long, dreamy days spent on the beach, fabulous al fresco meals with the sound of the sea in the background and catching up on everything from the latest bestselling novel to some much-needed sleep.

August is also the month to start turning those ‘wouldn’t it be nice to own a second home here’ dreams into reality, according to Spanish property portal .

August is the best month to take to the water in Alicante, with an average sea temperature of 26°C making swimming and splashing around in the shallows an enjoyable experience for the whole family. For those who can’t bear to leave the beach behind when their holiday ends, developer Taylor Wimpey España is offering south-facing, frontline apartments at Panorama Mar in Punta Prima, Torrevieja. With generous terraces and magnificent sea views, the apartments blend beautiful, spacious interiors with communal features such as three on-site swimming pools, children’s playground and landscaped gardens.

Have you caught the Balearics bug?

As an already established holiday hotspot, it is no surprise that Mallorca and the neighbouring Balearic Islands are currently some of the hottest places to buy overseas property in Spain.

So far this year, the Balearics have enjoyed a boost in both tourist numbers and property sales.

According to the most recent data from travel performance marketing engine Sojern, Mallorca was one of the top destinations searched for during the second quarter (Q2) of the year.

The Sales and Marketing Director of developer Taylor Wimpey España, Marc Pritchard, responds to the data: “We have certainly experienced a growing interest in property on Mallorca as it becomes a prominent must-visit destination on the international stage. As popularity for the island continues to grow, we are determined to provide an array of high quality properties in locations that reflect the best of Mallorca’s culture, as well as its coastline.”

Can you still afford to buy a property overseas?

The UK economy remains stable after the initial referendum shock, and sterling is clawing back losses against both the dollar and euro.

Dire warnings that Britons may lose their right to live in popular retirement destinations such as Spain and France after the UK leaves the EU look overblown.

Brexit Britons are still avid buyers of foreign homes.


Marc Pritchard, sales and marketing director at Spanish homebuilder Taylor Wimpey España, says prices are rising steadily in popular tourist areas such as Majorca, the Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol.

He adds: “Before buying, always check local shops, amenities and transport links, including proximity to an international airport with frequent connections throughout the year.”

Booming Balearics lead Spanish property recovery

The booming Balearics are leading Spain’s property recovery this year.

New figures from the National Institute of Statistics (INE) show that sales on the islands have surged 39 per cent in 2016, leading the rest of the country’s ongoing recovery. Indeed, 33,390 home sales were recorded in the country’s property register in June 2016, up 21 per cent compared to June 2015 and the fifth month of double-digit growth in a row.

The only negative figure was for sales of new build homes, which dipped 1 per cent year-on-year after two months of growth, although construction in Spain is climbing, while developers such as Taylor Wimpey reported rising sales in April 2016 compared to last year.

The builder is primarily focused on the Costa del Sol this year, with its recently launched Horizon Golf development. With the Costa del Sol welcoming 1 million visitors in May, up 11.8 per cent from last year, the builder is confident in the area’s international appeal.

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey España, comments: “The Costa del Sol has always been a popular destination with second home buyers and its scenic golf courses and idyllic climate only enhance it as a favourite, not only in Spain but in mainland Europe. We are delighted to launch the newest property options available within our Horizon Golf development and look forward to introducing prospective buyers to all that La Cala Resort has to offer.”

Want To Live Like a Royal? Buy In Beautiful Mallorca

With its picturesque scenery, it’s unsurprising that Mallorca is popular with kings, queens and Hollywood stars. Do you want to live like a royal? Buy an overseas property in the beautiful island to enjoy the gems it has to offer.

Mallorca, a Balearic Island, has attracted the world’s rich and famous for centuries. From Agatha Christie, to Grace Kelly, to Kate Moss, the postcard-esque island has become a popular setting for those in the spotlight to become inspired and take some downtime.

For those looking to live like a royal and buy their own home in beautiful Mallorca, Taylor Wimpey España has an array of properties to choose from.

Its Marina Golf complex is less than 30 minutes from the capital of Palma, and is located next to the famous Santa Ponsa III Golf Club.

The new, Mediterranean-style village has spacious, three-bedroom townhouses with private terraces, gardens and private parking spaces. In the communal area, there is a swimming pool for the exclusive use of property owners, surrounded by a solarium area with views over the golf course and a large communal garden. There are also changing rooms, showers and toilets.

Going for gold: Take ‘home’ the medals with these pads with top-class sporting facilities

With the Summer Olympic Games in Rio now in full swing, it is inevitable that many of us have caught the fitness bug. The sporting stars of Team GB have already motivated us to get involved but to follow in their footsteps and become the next gold medalist it is important to have top class facilities close-by both at home and away.

The first success story for Team GB in Rio 2016 was in the pool with Adam Peaty breaking the world record to win gold in the 100m breaststroke. Those inspired to emulate the 21-year old’s achievements can combine training with this year’s summer holiday as T3, Tenerife Top Training, boasts an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

Golf is another key discipline to watch this year as it has been classed as an Olympic sport for the first time in 112 years. Known as the ‘Costa del Golf’, Spain’s southern coast is the ideal location for those looking to perfect their swing. Situated in the beautiful Valley of Mijas, Horizon Golf is Taylor Wimpey España‘s second development at La Cala Resort within the complex’s famous Campo Asia golf course.

Mallorca registers biggest growth in property sales in Spain

The Balearic island has recorded the largest year-on-year growth of any Spanish destination, with property sales rising 39%, according to the National Institute of Statistics.

Meanwhile, tourists are also looking to get their Mallorcan fix, with Palma de Mallorca ranked as the third most searched destination in Europe, according to Global Travel Insights.

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey España, is delighted that Mallorca is doing so well.

“We have certainly experienced a growing interest in property on Mallorca as it becomes a prominent must-visit destination on the international stage,” he said.