Pretty properties. Where to Stay Warm this Winter: Check Out the Costa del Sol
As the weather turns colder, there are plenty of reasons to look overseas in search of somewhere warmer to spend the winter. Spain is a particularly popular destination both for tourists and for those purchasing second homes to use for frequent holidays.
This winter, visitor numbers look set to reach record-breaking levels. Spanish airport operator Aena reports that passenger traffic through Spanish airports was 85.3% higher during the first eight months of 2022 than it was during the same period in 2019. That equated to 159 million passengers between January and August, with Aena projecting a similar uptick over the winter season, compared to the winter of 2019/20.
Spain’s southern coastline, with its beautiful beaches and plentiful sunshine, is a particularly popular visitor hotspot. And when it comes to seeking winter sunshine, destinations don’t get much better than the Costa del Sol – the clue is in the name!
To discover more about the charms of the Costa del Sol and why it makes such a great winter holiday destination, we caught up with the team at Taylor Wimpey España, which has been building properties on the Spanish coast for more than 60 years. They shared their insights into the Costa del Sol’s appeal and pointed out the best places to visit for those looking to keep warm this winter.
“The gastronomy of southern Spain is a major part of the appeal,” explains Marc Pritchard, Taylor Wimpey España’s Sales and Marketing Director. “The abundant seafood, the deep, rich flavours and, of course, the outstanding local wines combine to deliver an exciting and diverse gastronomic experience. The range of dining options is impressive. You can try different tapas in different bars and cafes as you explore local towns. There are also some extremely popular Michelin starred restaurants dotted around the Costa del Sol, which are well worth a visit during the quieter winter months.”
Surrounded by hundred-year-old trees and overlooking the La Concepción reservoir by Istán is Taylor Wimpey España’s Almazara Boutique Residences development. The site covers land that was formerly home to a dilapidated house with an ancient oil mill and fruit trees. Taylor Wimpey España has designed the new homes, which consist of townhouses at Almazara Views and apartments at Almazara Hills, to include as many of these original features as possible.