Best Place to Buy a Holiday Home in Spain
Looking to buy a place in the sun for your holidays, or perhaps somewhere to rent out for others to enjoy as well?
It’s not always easy to decide where to buy and questions do crop up when choosing your dream holiday home in Spain. The nation offers such a vast array of exciting destinations that you’d be forgiven for getting a bit confused.
Let me help you narrow things down a little by giving you my own, honest perspective. After all, I’ve been captivated by Spain – and the Costa del Sol – since I arrived here some 20 years ago!
Why is the Costa del Sol the best place to buy a holiday home in Spain?
Stretching 150 kilometres from Nerja in the east through to Sotogrande in the west, the Costa del Sol not only sits on a privileged location, it offers a great deal of luxury too. Golf, beach clubs, designer shopping, glitzy marinas and five-star facilities are but a few of the things that make this area one of the most popular and up-market holiday destinations in the world.
Many people buy holiday homes on the Costa del Sol to make the most of sunny holidays, retirement or even a buy-to-let investment in Spain.
The most striking thing about the Costa del Sol is that it positively breathes excellence and top, international standards of living. With that in mind, property prices may appear higher than in other parts of Spain. But of course, the more popular the destination, the higher the price and the better the standards you can enjoy.
With over 12 million tourists every year, it’s undeniable that this part of Spain is the place to be. And with increasing numbers of holidaymakers choosing holiday lets over hotels, I have found that high demand has had a knock-on effect for rentals.
The Coast of the Sun - about the Costa del Sol
The sunshine says it all. Even the name “Costa del Sol” translates to the Coast of the Sun.
With over 325 days of sunshine a year and hundreds of beaches, sports clubs and country walks on the doorstep of your holiday home, the Costa del Sol is paradise for healthy outdoor living. Beaches vary from quiet, hidden coves to longer stretches of sand with trendy beach clubs frequented by celebrities and beautiful people from all over the world.
Thanks to the vibrant native population mingling with an international jet-set, the infrastructure on the Costa del Sol is of a high standard. Public transport is at its best between Malaga city and Fuengirola with the Cercania train line providing an easy link to the airport. Elsewhere, it’s best to catch a bus or hire a car or taxi to get around, all of which are readily available.
Things to do on the Costa del Sol
As the proud owner of a Costa del Sol holiday home, you will benefit from an excellent array of things to do. Aside from the beach, there’s so much for both adults and children to enjoy. From over 50 world-class golf courses (they don’t call it the Costa del Golf for nothing!) water parks and adventure parks to watersports, large shopping malls, wellness spas and international restaurants, there truly is something for everyone.
If night-time is your time, you’ll find a multitude of bars and clubs along the coast, particularly around Marbella and Puerto Banus. Choose from beach bar fun to chic and sophisticated clubs that party until dawn.
Costa del Sol weather
With temperatures rarely falling below 11-12 degrees centigrade in winter and averaging approximately 16-18 degrees all year round, owning a holiday home on the Costa del Sol means you can swing a golf club, take a beach-side walk or eat al fresco at just about any time of the year. Summer temperatures can hit the 40s but tend to sit at a balmy 30 degrees. Sounds hot? No worries – you’ll find many homes and public places with swimming pools and air conditioning to keep things bearable.
Rain does fall (approximately 582 mm annually compared with 1,400 mm in the UK) but it really isn’t long before the sun comes out again.