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Fabulous Fuengirola

Fabulous Fuengirola

This stretch of coast has long been popular with tourists and due to its amazing attractions and superb beaches it is a place where many overseas buyers choose to live due to its proximity to Malaga airport meaning easier travel.

Sandwiched between Torremolinos and Marbella, the former fishing village of Fuengirola is now one of the Costa del Sol’s biggest draws. It does have some high-rise hotels but these are balanced by lively bars and tourist-friendly restaurants and side streets and squares crammed with upmarket tapas bars and chic boutiques.

There’s a whopping eight kilometres of sand, split into eight different beaches here in Fuengirola starting at Sohail Castle all the way to the marina and onward to Carvajal in the east. Paseo Maritimo is a bustling promenade that backs the beaches and chiringuitos – the perfect place to take an evening walk. There are plenty of international bars and restaurants here but if you are looking for something with a more traditional vibe head to the trendy tapas bars around the towns’ main square, Plaza de la Constitucion.

If it is culture you love then a visit to Sohail Castle is a must. This former Arabic fortress sits 40 metres above sea level and there are some spectacular views from the top of the towers. Living in this area of the coast you’ll find a superb array of golf courses including Golf Torrequebrada, La Cala and Calanova Golf Club.

Buying property in this area offers a wonderful investment opportunity as many holidaymakers love this area for all there is to do here and whether to choose to buy and live here or buy as a second home, you will never be short of things to do with vibrant ferias and the outdoor lifestyle as a whole being the biggest draw alongside the climate of course. Take a look at some of the prime properties we have in this area and you could just find your dream home in the sun.

Sizzling Sotogrande warms up for a summer of sporting fun

Sizzling Sotogrande warms up for a summer of sporting fun

Sotogrande is home to the International Polo Tournament, this year in its 47th year, that runs from 25th July to 1st September where the world’s best polo players, a wide choice of food and drink, boutiques, stands and music combine for a fabulous event for all the family.

The grand event is held in the elegant grounds of Santa María Polo Club, one of the leading places for equestrian activities. This polo tournament is ranked as one of the four most important in the world for this spectacular sport and, year after year, it attracts many national and international visitors who love the thrill of the sport. Whether you’ve seen a polo match before or not, we urge you to go along as a polo match can really get pulses racing.

Sotogrande is well-known for its love of all things sporting with a superb marina where you can moor or charter a boat. In the surrounding countryside horse riding and cycling are popular and of course golf features highly with the prestigious Valderrama Royal Golf Club based here.

This stretch of coastline is simply stunning and it is easy to see why we chose to work with Kronos Homes on the exclusive La Finca development. From here you can feel the best of Spain’s fertile green countryside, watch the shimmer of the Mediterranean as the sun dances off it and enjoy the luxury of peace and quiet with stunning sea views.

La Finca is a development 3, 4 and 5 bedroom luxury villas boasting private infinity pools, large terraces and contemporary open-plan design. Come along to the polo tournament and see how beautiful this area really is.

Besides the polo there is plenty to do as visitors have numerous places to eat, a shopping village and a children’s area as well as bars and evening parties at the After Polo. It is an experience not to miss and if you’d like to hear more about La Finca talk to one of our team today.

Five reasons 2018 is a great time to buy property in Spain

Five reasons 2018 is a great time to buy property in Spain

Just in case you are contemplating buying a property in Spain and the fabulous climate and outdoors lifestyle hasn’t quite made your mind up, here are five reasons 2018 is a great time to buy property in Spain.

High quality homes
Buying off plan quite often includes financial incentives and reserving a property in the early stages means you often buy at below market price and can personalize certain aspects of the property.
Buyers entering the market now are finding an amazing number of new projects for sale of a substantially higher quality than in the past. A more sophisticated, experienced and caring developer has arrived. Developers with projects underway are enjoying much more interest from buyers and substantial success in sales as a result. Buyers are finally receiving an increasingly broad choice of top end properties with an incredible range of luxury features, prices and locations.

Improved economic climate
When you invest in a country you need to be sure the economy is improving and the outlook in Spain is looking sunny in more ways than one. As of April 2017, Spain has shown 14 consecutive quarters of growth. The economy has recovered well since the government implemented a series of reforms including overhauling the banking system and reforming the labour market. Growth remains much higher than that in the Eurozone overall, thanks to thriving tourism and exports.

Attractive borrowing rates
Increasing government regulation of financial institutions and more effective regulations on banks and lenders has prompted a culture of financial safe practice. Base rates continue to fall in the Eurozone and currently sit at an all-time low and as a consequence mortgage rates in Spain are now cheaper than ever. In addition, lending by the banks increased by 17% in January 2017 against the previous year demonstrating that Spanish lenders are keen to lend to non-residents and overseas investors.

Increasing property prices
Spanish property sales are rising. After 7 years of falling house prices, the market has now returned to pre-recession levels and banks are predicting record property sales in the coming year. With confidence back in the market and demand steadily growing once again it’s inevitable that prices will increase so it is wise to invest right now.

Great rental income potential
If you are considering renting out your property in Spain, the unique micro-climate pretty much assures you of a return on your investment. The Costa del Sol is back in full popularity offering a charming mix of climate, fun, luxury living and affordability. With more than 80 golf courses in the region that alone draws tourists with short breaks and of course families love the and stunning beaches.

Make 2018 the year you buy in Spain. Talk to one of our multilingual team today to see how we can find the home of your dreams.

A long weekend in Marbella

A long weekend in Marbella

If you a yearning for a taste of the Spanish lifestyle why not hop over for a long weekend in Marbella and sample the delights the region has to offer.
Whether you fly in to Malaga or Gibraltar (great for tax free shopping) your trip must include a visit to the Old Town. Marbella’s Old Town is the perfect place to unwind in a beautiful restaurant drinking your favourite tipple. Wandering the streets of this part of town is the antidote to a stressful life. Los Naranjos Plaza is the centre point of where lovely architecture meets a chilled vibe. The buildings are all whitewashed and topped with terracotta roofs, and many date back to the Renaissance. Some are wrapped in bougainvillea; in fact the whole area is bright with flowers.
For a completely different feel wandering the luxury marina of Puerto Banus is a stark contrast where designer boutiques, sports cars and super yachts merge to create a place that draws visitors with its French Riviera feel.
No trip to Marbella would be complete without a trip to one of the 20 beaches that line this stretch of coast. Relax in a beach side chiringuito, wander along the beach or if you enjoy a party there are several lively beach clubs here including Nikki Beach.
If golf is your passion you will be spoilt for choice with no less than 32 golf courses in the region. There are clubs to suit every level as well as some elite clubs too. Just along the coast in Sotogrande you can play at the exclusive Valderrama or catch a game of polo. Head down to the marina for a bite to eat or charter a boat and head out for a little sailing.
There is so much to see and do in this area that living here is a real pleasure. Whatever your passions and pleasures living on this stretch of coastline offers an abundance of things to do that contribute to the Spanish lifestyle everyone loves.
If you are looking for property whether it is a holiday home or you are looking to transition to living here then talk to one of our knowledge team who can work with you to find the property and area best suited for you.

Caminito Del Rey to be extended

Caminito Del Rey to be extended

This was announced in provincial celebrations in Monda by the president of the Malaga provincial government. The well-known and breathtaking natural attraction in El Chorro near Ardales currently covers seven kilometres, including the “daredevil” gorge side path as well as the surrounding woodland.

The proposed extension estimated to be between 5.5 and seven kilometres long, will turn the walk into a circular route so it starts and finishes at the same point. At the moment, the current route is linear and one-way, so transport is required to get back to the starting point.

This tourist attraction is a real draw into the area with higher visitor numbers each year for those who love thrills and nature. Just one of the many reasons to visit Spain and come a little inland to discover some of the countries real treasures.

The Caminito Del Rey (or “King’s Pathway”) was originally built in 1901 as part of king Alfonso XIII’s ambitious hydroelectric energy project to unify three rivers. It was re-opened after refurbishment in 2015 and the new path is genuinely like few other places on earth. At its highest, it’s the closest you can come to feeling like an action hero.

The provincial authority recently met with the regional minister for the Environment, José Fiscal, and the local councils involved (Álora, Ardales, Valle de Abdalajís, Antequera, Pizarra and Campillos) to get the project off the ground.

It was explained that the new section of the route would include more raised walkways around the mountainside and take visitors through beautiful natural spaces that are not normally accessible to walkers.

There was no fixed timeline given and the project will be carried out as soon as possible, although it was pointed out that the new section would not be as complex as the first one to build.

If this is something you’d like to experience, booking in advance is required as only 600 walkers, all wearing hard hats, are allowed up on any one day.

Spring in Seville

Spring in Seville

Compact, rich in history and famous for its flamenco, tapas bars and orange trees, Seville is an ideal short break destination, especially in spring before temperatures rise.
Stay in the city’s old town and explore the cobbled streets of the Santa Cruz quarter and the breathtaking Alcázar Palace. Soak up the atmosphere on the banks of the Guadalquivir, and admire the views from the ancient cathedral tower and recently opened Parasol Metropol.
May is the perfect month to bask in Seville’s balmy spring sunshine and sweet scent of orange blossom. No trip to Seville would be complete without a visit to the famous Alcazar. Originally built as a Moorish fort, it’s a warren of tranquil courtyards, ornately tiled reception rooms and lush gardens. Enjoy the scents of the orange groves and 16th-century Jardin de las Damas with its beautiful fountains and bordered pathways.

Stroll through the cobbled streets and squares of the Santa Cruz area, formerly the Jewish quarter of medieval Seville. Tour the Museum of Flamenco where you will find an eclectic collection of costumes with audio-visual demonstrations of the dramatic movements and postures of this famed Spanish dance. There is an hour-long flamenco show here too.

Stroll through Maria Luisa Park to the vast, semi-circular Plaza de España where tiled alcoves represent each of Spain’s provinces. Take a walk along the banks of the Guadalquivir, past the 13th-century, dodecagonal military watchtower of Torre del Oro and cross the river to the lively Triana district.

For another glimpse into Spain’s past tour the cathedral, originally built as a mosque in the 12th century where you can climb the Giralda bell tower, formerly the minaret that boasts some superb photo opportunities.

Seville is a feast for the senses and May is the perfect time to enjoy the many cultural, historic and natural delights it offers.

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