Where to buy your dream Spanish holiday home
The British love affair with Spain endures, despite Brexit.
Its sun-drenched coastlines remain our go-to escape for an outdoor lifestyle, whether you seek to slow down a gear or party long into the balmy night.
British buyers bought nearly 10,000 properties during 2022, according to the Registrars (the Spanish land registry), and in the first quarter of 2023 they remained the biggest national group in Spain.
Where are we aspiring to buy? Beaches and popular holiday resorts dominate the list of the 15 most searched-for locations in Spain this month on the portal Rightmove, and amid high inflation and rising interest rates here in the UK, affordable locations feature strongly.
Here, we take a closer look at look at the most desired second Spanish home.
Marbella’s old town offers a slower pace than the glitz and glam of the nearby port – Manfred Gottschalk
The Costa del Sol’s glitzy hub is home to around 45,000 foreign residents and the British dominate the recent arrivals, according to the town hall.
From the shaded squares of the charming old town to the shops of Puerto Banus, the beaches or the golf courses, it remains top of many wish lists. Expect to pay around €400,000 (£342,000) for a good two-bedroom apartment, says Sean Cannon, of agent Panorama Properties.
Green Golf townhouses Estepona
Homes in Estepona sell at roughly a 40pc discount compared to those in nearby Marbella
Around half an hour west of Marbella on the Costa del Sol, Estepona has been growing in popularity as an affordable alternative. Its smartened-up beach promenade is awash with new bars and restaurants, and there’s the cultural pull of art galleries, museums and theatres.
“Estepona appeals to the UK market as Gibraltar airport is an alternative to Malaga airport, both an hour away,” says Taylor Wimpey España.
Javea’s old town is full of picturesque streets that play host to a cosmopolitan culture
Sitting between two capes on the northern Costa Blanca, this verdant peninsula of olive groves, secluded coves and crystalline waters is a cosmopolitan town popular with holiday-home owners and expats.
Tony Holmes moved from Ashford in Kent two years ago with his wife and two children. He’s extending their four-bedroom villa while his wife teaches at a local school.
“The quality of life here is great. The children are mixing with children from all over the world and we enjoy a very active, sporty life outside,” says Holmes.
“You might pick up a villa with a pool for €450,000 but most are nearer €800,000,”