Interest in homes in Spain and Portugal soars during winter lockdown – and you could buy one too
Cold days and long winter nights in lockdown have left people dreaming of sunnier climes according to property experts.
The Association of Portuguese Resorts said almost a quarter of international enquiries at the end of 2020 were from the UK and Ireland, while Taylor Wimpey Espana says its website traffic has rocketed in the first month of January.
Javier Piñanes, Spanish tourism board officer in London, said: “There is a strong desire to travel on the part of the British and they emphasise Spain is the destination they want to travel to, it is their top destination for holiday.”
TWE said Spanish property buyers were increasingly thinking about the environment in searches, with the Malaga area proving popular, particularly ahead of the designation of Sierra de las Nieves as the province’s first national park later this year.
A TWE spokesman said: “Both tourists and second home owners are increasingly conscious of the need for greater sustainability. Concern for the environment is being reflected in the questions buyers are asking as part of the purchase process.”
“Features such as energy efficiency, solar energy and thermal insulation are no longer ‘nice to haves’ – they are a core part of what many buyers are seeking.”
The park is home to the largest collection of pinsapo trees in existence, as well as golden eagles, griffon vultures, peregrine falcons, ibex, wild cats, and roe deer, while cycling, hiking, horse-riding, kayaking, climbing, abseiling, potholing and canyoning is all available there.