With a fiery culture, hot climate and miles upon miles of sea and sand, it is little surprise that Spain is one of the most popular destinations for Brits purchasing a holiday home abroad. The nation’s relaxed way of life could not be more different from the non-stop culture back home and provides much-needed respite for many a holidaymaker.
Spain has so much to offer that choosing where exactly you want your holiday home can certainly be a difficult prospect. Some buyers will want a rural retreat up in the mountains, surrounded by luscious greenery and pretty white houses, while others will dream of stretches of golden sands, rolling waves and rustic beach bars. There are also plenty of busy resorts in Spain where visitors can indulge themselves in the many bars and restaurants on offer, and enjoy a vibrant nightlife.
To find out where an expert would live, given the chance to purchase a holiday home in the country, we spoke to Dan Johnson, director at LeadGalaxy.co.uk, who specialise in international real estate marketing, who gave us an insight into his top three destinations.
1. La Manga, Murcia
La Manga is located in a fantastic spot for watersports lovers, incorporating the Mar Menor lagoon, which has five islands. The La Manga strip is a truly unique location, being a strip of land 21km long and just 300 metres wide (on average), and separates the Mediterranean Sea from the Mar Menor (small sea). As a result there are plenty of sailing and skiing schools, which run courses for all abilities, and there are numerous opportunities for windsurfing and canoeing too.
Dan told us: “As a sports-lover, I’d have to go for La Manga in Murcia as my first Spanish choice, with some amazing golf, spa and all-round leisure facilities.”
There are also a number of gorgeous blue flag beaches featuring expanses of white sands, which are never too busy.
Tenerife would be another of Dan’s top choices when it comes to Spanish holiday homes. As Tenerife is not situated on mainland Spain, but on the Canary Islands, which are situated further south, visitors to this part of the world tend to enjoy weather that is even warmer than that of Spain.
Indeed, as the expert pointed out: “The year-round sunshine is always so welcome in the dark months of November to March.”
The island is the largest of the Canaries group, and features golden sandy beaches, and offers up many opportunities for watersports, exploring typical villages and enjoying the atmosphere after dark. What’s more, Tenerife also encompasses Spain’s highest peak – Mount Teide – which travellers may want to take a cable car up for a fantastic view.
Ibiza has long been one of those iconic destinations that everyone wants to visit. While it is famous for its partying lifestyle – certainly, Dan admits he would like a property there ‘for the nightlife,’ there is so much more to see and do.
The island is something of a diving haven, with so many different dives in its crystal clear waters to enjoy, thanks to its coastline, which stretches over 200km. Visitors can also enjoy the ancient salt ponds in the natural park Ses Salines, or take a stroll among the stunning almond blossom trees, which flower in late January. There is also plenty of history to explore on the island, with many ancient civilisations, including the Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans passing through over the years and leaving their mark.