Category: Holiday home in Spain

Using Your Holiday Home as a Base to Explore Spain

When considering buying a second home in Spain, one of the reservations in many people’s minds is that they will not get to see other places. However, many of the popular holiday home locations also have travel companies that provide a range of trips and visits. They can be used to explore nearby locations on day trips or to go further for a few nights.

Using a holiday home in Costa Blanca a couple booked a 3 day trip to Seville and Jerez. This enabled them to visit the world famous riding school and a bodega in Jerez where barrels signed by Margaret Thatcher, Bobby Charlton and Michael Schumacher and many more were stacked. On the other days they explored the beautiful city of Seville. The bonus was the journey there across Southern Spain past stunning countryside including the snow capped Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Interested in having your own base in Spain from which to explore the country? Contact Properties Overseas on + 44 3300011247 or email info@propertiesoverseas.co.uk for a free exploratory conversation.

Property Type & Style

When choosing to buy a property abroad or a home, what questions do we need to ask ourselves? What factors should be considered regarding the style of property? Here are some ideas for you to explore.

Unless you are able to build your individual bespoke designed property, the location you choose may have its own range and style of properties.

Price and location play their part, together with layout, light & space.

How does the property work for you or your family needs?

Does the layout give you the flexibility required?

Apartments – Traditional Style

Traditional apartments can be in well established communities and areas with facilities such as shops, restaurants and local transport nearby. They possibly offer more character features and a homely feel. The overall space can be larger than new builds and have larger communal gardens.

On the flip side, older windows with sometimes less floor to ceiling windows and bi fold doors may affect the light available and energy efficiency of the apartment.

ApartmentsModern Style

These type of apartments are common amongst new builds offering minimalist and a clean lines feel. The facilities can be a simple pool area or include gardens, gym and padel courts. The design tend to include open plan kitchens and living areas. This can be a long and narrow lounge area at the lower price range, with wider spacious more square living areas in the higher price bracket. A point to remember is older apartments may have less expensive annual community fees compared to new developments so your budget can sometimes make the decision for you.

In a Dilemma ?

We have many years of experience in the overseas property industry as well as personally purchasing a property back 1999. Contact us for some ideas to help with your search.

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Spanish Property Market

Latest data on property sales in sales show that the reduction in demand due to the pandemic has already ended. 19% higher than the year before Covid hit. Sales are nearly back at the levels seen just before the financial crash, 14 years ago.

The increased demand was experienced in nearly all regions. However, so far property prices have remained steady. If demand continues at current levels, though, it is possible that may change.

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Our Experience of travelling to Spain – June 2021

We had to travel to Spain for business and to check on our 2nd home recently. This is briefly is our experience.

Airport – UK

Setting out for Spain we decided to  allow a little more time than usual to get through check in and security at Gatwick. We had completed the extra forms for travelling to Spain and the Easyjet staff were on hand to check these when were at the bag drop stage. The airport itself was very quiet for early June.

Airport – Spain

Arriving at Alicante airport we  passed through the automatic passport readers and then waited for the border control staff to check and date stamp the passport as well.

Out and About

The standard Covid protocols regarding washing hands, using hand sanitizers, social distancing and wearing masks in shops all applied and now seems like second nature and the norm.  Walking outside in Spain we were  also required to  wear a mask, however the good news from 26th June 2021 in the Alicante/Valencia region this is no longer required. From personal experience this was the most difficult restriction, particularly, in hot temperatures and if climbing up steep inclines or steps. So this felt a relief and it was quite liberating to walk in the sunshine without a mask.

Most of bars and restaurants are open and appreciate and welcome the business, visitors and residents alike. Although we travelled in Summer early June and stayed for 3 weeks, it felt more like early Spring with the amount of people in the area. The plus side of things was the beaches were less crowded. Water sports were available on some beaches, with life guards in evidence on the main beaches on Orihuela Costa in Alicante Province.

We took a coach trip as theses trips are now being offered and the programme of events are opening up now for the summer. Our trip took us to the old of Caravaca a holy town (the town of the Cross), followed by Calasparra with the River Segura flowing by and the stunning Sanctuary OUR LADY OF HOPE to see.

Our journey home

It was necessary to take a antigen test to return home to the UK. After speaking to our neighbours we had 2 venues to choose from and more may come on stream in the future. We choose IMED based in Torrevieja and decided to pre book appointments on line. The service was efficient and our results arrived with 30 mins.  We took the opportunity to walk into town and visit the marina and take some lunch. We then took a slow stroll along the coast for 1.5 hour walk back to Orihuela Costa stopping off for liquid refreshment at the Nautilus at Punta Prima on way home.

The 2 day and 8 day tests required were booked on line choosing from a list of providers on the government website http://www.gov.uk – Spain.  We completed the Passenger Locator Form as required to get back into the UK.  We needed our flight and passport details to complete this as well as the reference for the 2 and 8 day tests. 

Gatwick Aiport

Upon returning to the UK we passed through the automatic passport control gates and onto baggage reclaim. The data required is held on the passenger  locator form and avoids any further checks, it seems.

Our 2nd and 8th day tests had been delivered when we arrived home. We received the result of our 2nd day test by email 2 days after we posted it. We are due to take our 8th day test now and have both received calls each from NHS track and trace to check.we are doing them. 

It was a trip with lots of forms and tests. However, it was worth the extra effort.

Why Use Properties Overseas?

Want to buy a property abroad? How do you ensure you make the right choice?

Whilst the internet can find properties with the attributes you search for, identifying those that are in an area that would suit you is very hit and miss. What looks good on the screen, in reality, is a great disappointment in real life. Photos are taken to show off the properties as best they can; pylons, building sites, industrial and commercial neighbours are avoided.

The biggest problem most internet searchers experience is the sheer volume of properties their searches present. Properties Overseas helps its clients avoid overload and confusion. Its experienced people will save you time and help refine your property requirements so you can focus on what suits your needs and preferences. We will give you access to the most appropriate properties. You will save time when visiting Spain to view properties and ensure you get the most from your visit.

Here are a few of the reasons why you should contact Properties Overseas

  • Property Overseas provides an individual service tailored to your personal needs and requirements; 
  • You will benefit from the experience of its people and access over 20 years of knowledge accumulated;
  • Take advantage of their personal experience of researching and buying a property abroad; 
  • Properties Overseas has long standing relationships with its agents, nurtured over many years; 
  • You get step by step advice as and when required; 
  • Face to face meetings and accompanied viewing trips are available if required *;
  • Property Overseas is the gateway to a network of professionals to assist with all aspects of buying or selling; Benefit from a deep understanding of the market and the decision making process; 
  • You are kept informed of the progress of your purchase regularly; 
  • Properties Overseas is member of AIPP (Association of International Property Professionals). The association requires its members to adhere to robust professional standards.
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If you would like Properties Overseas to help you find your Spanish Property, call us on 0300 001 1247 or email us at info@propertiesoverseas.co.uk

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