Posted on 30 November 2016
It’s easy to get confused: which is the blingy one, the cheaper one, the one with all the golf courses….? So here is your quick and easy guide to five of the main property buying Spanish costas, beginning in the north-east. For more details, click on this link to Property Guides for free advice on not just where to buy but how to buy too.
Costa Brava: Pine-clad mountains sweep down to the northern Mediterranean in a series of beautiful bays and beaches. The closest of Spain’s Mediterranean coasts to the UK, the Costa Brava was a package holiday favourite until the authorities started subtly edging the cheaper end of the market out. It’s very classy now, a little pricey, but easy to reach and handy for the shops and nightlife of Barcelona. Slightly chilly in winter, when you have the extra option of nipping up to do some skiing, it has an artistic feel that encouraged creative types like Dali and Gaudi, and with a very warm welcome to alternative lifestyles – check out the Sitges carnival.
Costa Blanca: It’s a coast of two halves, and we don’t only say that because some high profile footballers are among the many expats living here! The stretch north of Alicante is mountainous, green and, despite the jolly presence of Benidorm in the middle, more relaxed and authentically Spanish than the southern section. Places like Torrevieja and Orihuela Costa are cheaper and very cheerful with golf and watersports literally on the doorstep.
Costa Calida: The 320 days of sunshine each year, with the edge taken off summer temperatures by sea breezes, has seen this coast on Spain’s south-east corner dubbed “the healthy coast”. Prices tend to be slightly lower than others, unless you’re buying in upmarket resorts like La Manga, so popular with celebrity golfers. It’s a popular area with Spanish tourists too, and is a little greener than the coast to the south-west…
A popular watering hole and golf course with some beautiful sun-drenched villas just off the fairway.
Costa Almeria: Inland from this coast is a bona fide desert, although it has been brought to bloom with citrus farms and golf courses. The Desert Springs resort is a popular watering hole and golf course with some beautiful sun-drenched villas just off the fairway. On the seaside, the resort of Mojacar is known for being a little bit more alternative, arty and bohemian than some other expat favourites. That might be why it has more than its fair share of naturist beaches, most notably at Vera Playa. The prices are pretty stripped back too, compared to the next costa along…
The Costa del Sol: The best golf courses, marinas packed with super-yachts, this is Spain’s answer to France’s Cote d’Azur, New York’s Hamptons and Britain’s Sandbanks. Expensive? Yes it can be but there are always bargains to be had. Whereas in Britain everybody seems to be looking for that bargain property to fix and flip or buy to let, even in Spain’s hottest of hot spots you can sometimes find an amazing bargain if you have patience. You’ll be flying into Malaga, from where a superb train service will whisk you to your resort, whether that is the expensive Marbella/Puerto Banus area (watch out for Simon Cowell!) or the more affordable Fuengirola or Benalmadena, among many lovely holiday home options.
You can read many more details about where to buy and how to buy in Spain at the Property Guides website.