There's Something About Spain

Published on 18/02/2008 in Your Spanish Home

Retiring to SpainIt doesn't seem to matter that there have been reports of land grabs, falling property prices, estate agents going out of business and a general decline in the real estate related fortunes of Spain. You see, for Britons looking for a holiday destination, stunning Spain is still their number one choice and for the rest of the world Spain is number two on the list of favoured destinations.

It doesn't seem to matter than parts of the Spanish coast have been overrun with high-rise property developments and hotels, that tourism resorts are criticised for being pricey and that there are allegedly areas of Spain where no Spanish people still reside. You see, Spain is a vast land of stunning contrasts, where history, culture, climate and lifestyle are all rich and wonderful, unspoiled and unchanged.

It doesn't seem to matter what anyone says in terms of criticising or questioning the nation because there is more - far more - to Spain than the overcrowded beaches, British pubs, less than attractive apartments and falling property prices that are sadly synonymous with certain coastal regions. You see, the tiny portion of the Spanish landscape that has declined in attraction and appeal of late is insignificant when you view the nation as a whole and when you canvas universal opinion about the allure of the Spanish countryside, the attraction of the Spanish way of life and the desirability perfectly embodied by Spain.

It's true - there's something about Spain - something that means British and Irish property investors are keeping Spain firmly in their sights in 2008, something that keeps Spain in the top ten in terms of the lifestyle it offers retirees, something that has international experts in travel and tourism predicting continued and continuous growth in the numbers of citizens from around the world who will travel to Spain for at least the next decade¦something that means Spain has evergreen, undeniable, unstoppable appeal.

Could it be the inimitably fabulous climate? Could it be the affordable cost of living? Could it be the standard and availability of quality healthcare and education? Could it be the robust nature of the economy or the strength of the Spanish political democracy? Could it be the enviably laid back yet quality lifestyle? Could it be the charm of the people, the interesting culture, the fascinating history, the sumptuous cuisine? Or could it be the attractive property prices?

Attractive property prices?

Oh yes, for Spain is also home to a well kept and well preserved secret. Step back from the well beaten Costa del Sol track, head out from the hot and happening cities and explore the less well publicised regions of Spain and you will find land and property for sale at prices unimaginably affordable across many parts of Europe.

Take the region of Murcia as just a single example of a location in Spain where the weather is stunning, the lifestyle is fabulous, the towns, cities, villages and beaches are highly internationally accessible and where property prices remain affordable.

There is no land grab in Murcia, international citizens are welcome and will reside happily and securely alongside the Spanish, the property market in Murcia is steady and steadfast and the history, culture and integrity of the region remain firmly intact.

Spain deserves a second look and a second chance but Spain does not require a second opinion. Because once you've visited the many regions of the nation untouched and unspoiled by a slightly over-enthusiastic thirst for commercialism and consumerism you'll be bitten by the Spanish bug and will keep coming back for more and more. And the good news for you and all like you who find that there's something about Spain that keeps your interest is that the property market is healthy, affordable, buoyant and robust if you just know where to look!


Written by: Rhiannon Davies

About the author:

Rhiannon Davies is an expert in the provision of advice and support to those planning a new life abroad, particularly in retirement - for more information about retirement abroad or for personalised advice to support your own overseas retirement visit

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