Golf is driving millions of people to the Costa del Sol this year, as the country’s tourism industry hits full swing.
According to the most recent Tourism Movement Survey from the National Statistics Institute (INE), Andalusia has enjoyed the greatest rise in international tourists so far this year, increasing by 18.1 per cent in comparison with 2015.
A major factor in that success is its reputation as a go-to golfing destination. Home to the largest concentration of golf courses in Continental Europe, the region has, in fact, earned the nickname “Costa del Golf” and continues to attract both professional and amateur players of the sport. It not just quantity but quality that keeps them coming: the latest rankings published by online UK guide Top 100 Golf Courses revealed that more than one in four of Spain’s top 100 golf courses calls the Costa del Sol home. Indeed, the Golfer’s Choice ranking of Spain’s top 50 courses places the Real Club Valderrama in Sotogrande top of the list for the second year running, while La Cala Club in Mijas continues to feature in the country’s top 25.
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.”
The south-west of Majorca is where holiday homes come with million-pound price tags. Villages such as Andratx and Portals have become international brands, famous for sleek, ultra-modern villas built into the cliffs and elegant, immaculately renovated rural stone fincas.
Taylor Wimpey España is selling three-bedroom townhouses with a communal pool from £473,600 at Marina Golf. The village is next to Santa Ponsa’s golf courses and a mile from Port Adriano.
Taylor Wimpey says: “Tapas has become a symbol of Spanish culture and is enjoyed by diners all over the world. The variety of dishes means there is something for everyone, from the traditional favourites to new, more daring creations. When visiting Spain, those with access to their own kitchen facilities can take full advantage of the local produce available, in order to create a personalised tapas menu”.
Leading Spanish homebuilder, Taylor Wimpey España is delighted with the results and have witnessed a surge of interest in seafront properties accompanying the Blue Flag announcement
Taylor Wimpey España also reports that the total year-to-date (YTD) sales, as of April 2016, have risen compared with last year, with British buyers increasing by 48%. As a growing number of Britons seek out their own slice of Spanish sun, it is the Costa del Sol that is proving most popular, with around half of buyers choosing to purchase a holiday home in that region.
Taylor Wimpey attributes the boom in residential construction directly to the “significant return” of overseas buyers to the Spanish market. The Costa del Sol is reportedly proving most popular, with almost half of buyers choosing to purchase their property in that region.
Brits now make up approximately 10 per cent of the population which is probably in line with other tourist areas in Spain. But it’s house prices that have seen the most explosive growth.
The homebuyers keep coming too; 22,500 Britons now live on the island, while another 35,000 are thought to own holiday homes, according to the developer Taylor Wimpey España.
According to the most recent data revealed by leading Spanish homebuilder, Taylor Wimpey España, the total year-to-date sales to April have risen in comparison to last year, with British buyers increasing by 48 per cent.
Figures from the Organisation for Economic Development (OECD) reveal UK buyers accounted for 21% of sales last year, while Swedish sales increased by 220%, accounting for 6%.
The statistics show that it is still possible to acquire a bargain in Spain, with property undervalued by 26%.
In contrast, the UK and Swedish markets were overvalued by 7% and 114% respectively.
“The Spanish housing market has experienced an encouraging start to the year and with an increasing number of overseas buyers looking to Spain, I would expect this positive trend to continue during the coming months,” said Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey España.
With more flights and more tourists, Mallorca is helping Spain retain its position as a second home hotspot for British buyers.
The largest and most developed Balearic Island, Mallorca is one of Spain’s most popular destinations. This year, it has recorded the greatest increase in tourists of all Spanish regions, enticing low-cost airline easyJet to open a base there.
Laura Richards, of PropertyGuides.com, says: “For homeowners in Mallorca, the prospect of more flights to the island will be hugely welcome. Improved access will just add to the appeal of the island, which really caters for everyone, from the international jet set, boat lovers and the Spanish royal family, to typical British families looking for a friendly beach destination.”
Meanwhile, Marc Pritchard, the Sales and Marketing Director at Taylor Wimpey España, comments: “easyJet’s decision emphasises Mallorca’s presence as a primary destination of choice for international tourists. As demand continues to grow, we are determined to provide an array of high quality properties in locations that reflect the best of Mallorca’s culture, culinary creations and coastline.”
A great example of what’s available to buy on the island today is the Bahia Sant Pere complex – less than an hour from Palma airport, and just a short distance from the local fishing port and Mallorca’s golden coastline. Each two and three-bedroom apartment, priced from €189,000, has two bathrooms, an open-plan kitchen with a breakfast bar and a private parking space. Each resident will also have access to the development’s two swimming pools and communal gardens.