If you are thinking about buying a Spanish property, you will need to think long and hard about the location. Different areas of Spain vary quite a bit, and it is a good idea to visit various regions and see how the locals live before you make a rash decision.
Most people who move to Spain from the more northern European countries choose to live on the coast in a popular resort such as Javea, Marbella or Salou. Having said that, La Zenia is still popular with investors. The number of tourists visiting these towns in the summer means there are usually work opportunities in restaurants, hotels and bars; at least during the summer months. For those who do not need to work these resorts are seen as attractive places to live because they’re generally well geared up for foreigners and finding British groceries and getting UK TV set up is not a hard task.
The large expat communities also make these areas more appealing to those who worry that they may not be to fit in with the locals due to not speaking the language. There are many activities organised by expats for expats so moving to a town like Javea or Benidorm where expats make up a larger percentage of the community is a good idea for those who might struggle to socialise with the locals.
If being among your own compatriots does not appeal to you, you might want to consider moving to one of the larger cities such as Barcelona. Barcelona has a wonderful selection of shops, attractions and furthermore, it is also a city located on the beach with many miles of coastline to enjoy during the summer months.
Your budget will also determine where you can buy. Although property prices in Spain are still relatively cheap compared to six or seven years ago, they can vary greatly from one area to the next. Being prepared to live around 10 km inland will give you a lot more bang for your buck than if you insist on living in a coastal town in a building with a sea view.
At the time of writing in 2017, prices have risen around 30% since the Spanish property market crashed in 2008. The market is gaining strength so prices are likely to continue to rise over the next few years, so if you are thinking about buying a home in Spain, you are advised to do it sooner rather than later.