Posted on 22 February 2017
Whether you want to hit the fairways, some peace and quiet or a bit of bling, the south of Spain has something for everyone. Let’s take a look at three very different locations that cater for very different expat needs.
Marbella for the moneyed
If you could use one word to describe Marbella, it would undoubtedly be ‘Bling’. It’s widely regarded as the Costa del Sol’s classiest (and most expensive) resort – a playground for the rich and famous, where celebrities and royalty converge to let their hair down.
The inhabitants and visitors are not shy in displaying their wealth, particularly when strutting down the Golden Mile in their gold bikinis and high heels. Lined with star-studded clubs, restaurants, palatial homes and hotels this world-famous seafront promenade, which stretches from Marbella to Puerto Banús – the flashiest marina in the region – is the epitome of opulence.
Aside from the extravagance, Marbella also possesses a certain natural beauty thanks to the Sierra Blanca Mountains, which provide a stunning backdrop and stark contrast to the city’s materialistic reputation. And the old town, replete with narrow cobbled lanes and pretty flower pots, is rather attractive too.
For as little as £161,800 for a two-bedroom apartment, you could find yourself living among the jet set, like local star and Malagueño Antonio Banderas, or rubbing shoulders with the stars of TOWIE in the bars and clubs.
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Mijas for a gentler pace
Nestled in the lowlands of the Sierra de Mijas mountain range, 428 metres above sea-level, the enchanting village of Mijas offers breath-taking views of the surrounding pine forests and glistening Mediterranean in the distance. Unlike Marbella, Mijas has managed to retain much of its traditional Spanish “white village” charm.
Wandering through the narrow cobbled streets of this Andalusian gem, it’s easy to see why so many artists, writers and expats fall for Mijas’s tranquil charms. For a start, its residents are able to enjoy 320 days of sunshine a year, but at arm’s length from the hustle and bustle of the more commercial costal resorts just seven kilometres down the mountainside.
Having snapped up your very own two-bedroom mountain retreat for less than £200,000, it won’t be long before you’ve adopted the locals unmistakably relaxed mañana outlook on life, where nothing needs to be rushed – a refreshing change from your hectic schedule back in Blighty.
La Manga for the sporty
For the sporty and active buyer, the coast of Murcia, and in particular La Manga, is an ideal choice. It is relatively affordable, easy to reach all year and packed with sailing facilities, tennis, golf and even football, a favourite training choice for British teams.
At the south-eastern corner of Spain, Murcia was bypassed by the tourists in the 1960s and 70s and only began to be developed in the 80s. The Costa Calida (“warm coast”) is more than warm, it is hot, dry and more arid than the Costa Blanca. But it has been brought to bloom in some sensational tourist developments, including La Manga on the coast and a few inland developments too, mainly built around golf courses.
The Mar Menor is a large lagoon, around which are fishing villages that have been opened up to tourists and holiday home owners, including plenty of Spanish second-home owners. La Manga resort is a welcoming and attractive residential resort that attracts active British residents and holidaymakers in their thousands.
It is a network of villages, all beautifully manicured, with swimming pools seemingly on every corner, golf courses and its own Mediterranean beach. There is a five-star hotel at the centre, with top-class tennis facilities, which makes it a popular holiday choice for Britain’s well-heeled tennis fans (so no problem with renting out your property). There is plenty of aprés-activity too, with spas, restaurants and the famous Piano Bar. All this with property from well under £200,000.
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