When you live here in Spain September is one of the all hailed and most looked forward to months in the year. Gone are the crazily busy beaches, you can get a parking space in your favourite resort and the chiringuitos are still open serving fine fayre to their patrons.
The weather is balmy and has moved from the sweltering 40-degree heat of long summer days into a wonderful 25/28 degree range. Swimming pools in urbanisations empty out as the children head back to school and many of the Spanish who have holiday homes on the coast go back to the city.
Night times become cooler and sleeping without the aircon is a pleasure. You can enjoy long evenings on the terrace in the warmth of early Autumn in Spain. This is the perfect time to visit some of the many awe-inspiring spots here.
Walking the streets of Malaga is a heady mix of culture and history with a dash of gastronomical delight thrown in. A few days in this magnificent city is perfect at this time of year as it is less crowded and enjoying all it has to offer is achievable without melting. Malaga Botanical Garden is the ideal spot for a balmy afternoon walk.
This is the perfect time to head inland too after the blistering summer temperatures have dropped a little. A few days in historic Granada at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and you will be spoilt for historical and architectural choice. The Alhambra is one of Spain’s must sees as are the gardens of Generalife.
Ronda is another gem in the Spanish crown. Again, great historical and architectural value here with so much to see over a few days. Of course, you could always opt to take a wine tour in the area to appreciate its delicious fayre.
September is a fabulous month in Spain so go out and explore some of its many delights.
Far from being a transport hub Malaga over the years has become a cultural city with so many attractions. Its port area has become a thriving tourist attraction as it is surrounded by fantastic restaurants, shops and leisure facilities.
With this popularity the number of yachts and luxury yachts mooring in the area has increased too and it is with this in mind, that the Junta de Andalucia are considering plans for expansion of the port into a glitzy Miami-style port for luxury moorings. There have been several mega yachts, including some of the most famous in the world mooring at the port to restock.
The port authority recently announced early plans for the new marina that would provide space for 40 luxury yachts from 40 to 100 metres in length, the length of a full-sized football pitch in fact.
The new facility would be on the Marqués de Guadiaro quay, the stretch of the port next to the dockside shopping centre that runs towards the city centre. It would resemble the huge private yacht marinas of Miami with a gardened protective outer wall.
The Melilla ferry terminal would move to the other side of its current dock to allow more space.
With data showing there are over 100,000 private yachts over 40 metres long with another 755 under construction having the facilities available for them to moor safely in Malaga would increase tourism and spending in the area.
Malaga is seen as an ideal stop over and resupply point before mega yachts sail to the Caribbean and with the proximity of Malaga airport this also opens up travel options.
There is talk of building a heliport so people could transfer quickly to the airport and onwards to Marbella or Puerto Banus.
No detailed plans have been produced to date but this kind of Miami-style marina would appeal to those who have property in the luxury regions of the Costa del Sol, perhaps drawing in further demand for high end property.
This shows the confidence in the property market as whole is moving in the right direction and this is something we can see with the influx of contemporary and modern new developments popping up attracting that foreign investment along the Costa de Sol. Foreign nationals have spent some €888 million on Spanish properties in just the first six months of the year. That is more than double the investment from January-June 2016.
Last year established itself as a hugely important year for foreign buyers. The British, Germans, Russians, French and other nationalities bought some 13.2 per cent of all homes sold in Spain which itself was the highest proportion in over a decade. That equates to 53,500 transactions during 2016.
A 2017 market report from JLL suggests that percentage will be easily eclipsed this year. It is beyond any doubt that 2017 will represent the eighth consecutive year of foreign buyer growth in the Spanish housing market. Again, this is something you can witness when you see all the building works taking place and those new developments include cost effective 1-2 bedroom apartments on urbanisations up to lavish 4-5 bedroom villas with private pools.
A breakdown of foreign-led transactions in 2016 shows that UK nationals still top the international rankings. The British bought 19 per cent of the 53,500 homes sold to foreigners last year and are continuing to break new ground in 2017 despite concerns over the potential impact of Brexit and the weakening pound. Several media reports show that Brexit is not stopping UK nationals from realising their dream of buying a holiday home in the sun.
The British were well ahead of the second-placed French, who had eight per cent of transactions slightly ahead of the Germans on 7.6 per cent, the Swedish on 6.7 per cent, and Belgians 6%, but this percentage split is something that could change. Economic factors do influence property transactions to a certain degree, but property still remains the most solid form of mid to long term investment.
Spain is well loved for its balmy climate, warm natured people, fabulous amenities and glorious coastline but it is becoming well known for its gastronomy having its fair share of Michelin stars, ranking it fifth in the world in fact for number of Michelin stars.
With some of the finest and freshest ingredients to work with including manchego cheese, extra virgin olive oil, jamon iberico, fresh seafood, Spain boasts an incredible selection of cuisine and is a top producer of cava, wine and sherry.
So where can you find some of these gems?
Costa del Sol/Costa Blanca: The region’s sole 3-star is Quique Dacosta in Denia on the Costa Blanca, halfway between Barcelona and the Costa del Sol. The 2-star Dani García in Málaga, named after its chef, whose personal slogan is “cooking with tradition.”
Costa Brava: The 3-star El Celler de Can Roca in Girona has twice topped the vaunted World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, and is currently third, arguably Spain’s most famous eatery. Miramar and Les Cols, also in Girona, round out the region’s 2-star winners.
Barcelona: Martín Berasategui is the nation’s only chef with multiple 3-Michelin starred eateries. His eponymous one is in San Sebastian, but his cuisine is more accessible at its sister restaurant Lasarte, Elsewhere in Barcelona, Abac, Enoteca and Moments are the city’s trio of 2-star winners for 2017.
Balearic Isles: For hardcore foodies, Mallorca has far and away the wealthiest fine dining selection in the island group, including the only 2-star, Zaranda. Mallorca is home to half a dozen 1-stars: Jardín, Es Moli d’en Bou, Andreu Genestra, Es Racó d’es Teix, Simply Fosh, and Es Fum.
In this vast country if you are looking for a gastronomical feast of Michelin starred quality you will surely find somewhere that whets your appetite. Along the Andalusian coastline there’s a great selection of fine dining to be had in Marbella and Puerto Banus with the resort of La Cala de Mijas vying for a top feasting spot too.
Bromley Estates Marbella has just been named by developer Kronos Homes as the exclusive promoter for the newly launched La Finca by Kronos Homes resort.
Since the company was launched in 2009, Bromley Estates Marbella has achieved a well-earned reputation as a leading real estate agency on the Costa del Sol. As longstanding property experts, they have the experience needed to identify projects that present the best value for money as holiday homes, permanent residences and investment opportunities for their clients. La Finca, Sotogrande falls firmly into all 3 categories.
Marbella real estate specialists, Bromley Estates Marbella, have officially launched this lifestyle and golf resort on the market on the 24th of June 2017 and sold the first units the same day. Prices start and 410,000 Euros and prime units will not be around for long.
La Finca by Kronos Homes comprise of luxury properties next to La Cañada Golf Course in La Reserva, Sotogrande one of Europe’s finest residential addresses. This brand new development of contemporary golf villas is the ultimate in stylish living offering the full package; deluxe property, idyllic location, close proximity to golf and incredible sea and golf views. These golf villas are set within an extremely desirable family friendly environment protected by 24-hour security. Residents have exclusive access to a host of onsite amenities including swimming pools, a gym, paddle tennis courts and even a running track. Property of this calibre which is available at this price point, will be in high demand amongst international investors.
Managing Director of Bromley Estates Marbella, Hayley Bromley, explains, “The stylish villas were designed by renowned architect Rafael de La Hoz and make a real statement. The surrounding area of Sotogrande is one of the most sought after exclusive areas on the Costa del Sol that attracts golf professionals and even royalty with polo events, marina and a yacht club. Gibraltar is just 20 minutes drive by car whilst the amenities of Marbella and Puerto Banus are only 20 minutes in the other direction. A perfect location with excellent facilities – in fact somewhere I know our clients will love.”
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