Fallen in Love with the Costa del Sol whilst on holiday this summer?

Fallen in Love with the Costa del Sol whilst on holiday this summer?

The most searched holiday home destinations on Zoopla is Spain with the most popular search term including: pool, beach and sea view.

Searches for Spanish properties has risen 44% year on year with Marbella, Estepona and Mijas having a huge increase in popularity.

Portugal searches were up 16% however actual sales have stayed steady and a huge reason for this is the short summer season compared to all year round markets in Costa del Sol.

Imagine sitting in the blazing sun by a swimming pool or the sea and the waiter brings you some more tapas, another cocktail and all you have to do is concentrate on topping up your suntan lotion.

Then its time to set off for the airport to head back home, you land, its rainy, cold and its August…..

What many people are doing is charging up that laptop, grabbing a cup of tea and a scone and start the search for their dream holiday home back where you just came from…

The biggest issue with searching for a property is not the property itself but the agent that is listing the property. Most are uninterested in what you want and are simply focused on what they want to sell you.

To avoid this you must go with an agency that has your best interests at the fore front of the search.

Absolute Marbella is well know for its no nonsense no frills approach to finding the right property for you the buyer. Tell one of the professional agents your exact specifications and they will do everything possible to find the right property for you. What many buyers do not know is that certain real estate agents in Marbella have access to every single property listed on the whole of the Costa del Sol. This means that if the agent does not have the listing then they will source it from another agent that may not have the capability to capitalise on international marketing.

So the property for you may be right out there, whether you want the old finca on the country or be located right near the coast in a modern villa or apartment where the main goal is to generate an income from long or short term rentals, Absolute Marbella can and will help with every single part of your search from the search, buying and renting and managing the property on your behalf should you need.

Search for properties for sale in Marbella on Absolute Marbella: http://www.absolutemarbella.com



Spanish Property Sales Continue to Rise

Spanish Property Sales Continue to Rise

According to the latest property sales figures from the National Institute of Statistics (INE) there has been a large increase in the amount of homes sold in Spain.

In June alone we can see figures up by 19% comparing to the same month last year with over 39,000 residential property sales taking place.

Since the huge Spanish recession that lasted for around 6 years, market analysis highlights that monthly home sales have risen annually almost every month since March 2014.

The analyst expects new home sales to continue to grow for the next few years as off plan sales lead to completions.

Even with brexit the Costa del Sol was the second most popular place to buy for British buyers where sales are up 12%.

Costa del Sol, culturally outstanding, nonstop sunshine with amazing food.

Costa del Sol has so much more to offer than the most recent image of cheap drinks and skyscraper hotels.

Visiting the Costa del Sol these days you will notice a huge difference to the older version that people once associated with. No more is it just another holiday resort for lager louts, bar crawls and cheap looking British bars, you will see a vibrant, culturally magnificent location that is home to some world class luxury properties and hotels. We have so much on offer when travelling to the southern coast of Spain and one should take it in for all its glory.

With over 320 days of sunshine per year being that we are on a micro climate you can appreciate why a short 3 hour flight from the UK at anytime of the year is a fan favourite for holidaymakers and holiday home owners.

Some of the more popular towns surrounding Malaga are Marbella, Torremolinos, Mijas, and Fuengirola with each offering very different styles of holiday and residence. whilst staying in any of the mentioned resorts each can be accessed by a short journey by bus, taxi or car to make a fantastic day out with something different to do in each town.

The easiest way to see the coast of the Costa del Sol is by flying into Malaga International Airport which is the 3rd largest in Spain and a short distance from the city of Malaga. Malaga airport is always evolving and taking in more passengers each year by increasing the number of flights from current origins but also opening up new flights. Recently it was announced that Malaga will welcome direct flights from Doha and also daily flights from New York. If you get time and want to divulge yourself in some great culture try to visit Malaga for a day or two. Visit the Old Quarter and the Picasso Museum which is located very close to the home that he was born in.

You can take a guided tour around the Gibralfaro Castle built around the 14th Century. Should you be here to shop take a walk down Calle Marques de Larios where you can find a lot of your favourite trendy chic boutiques and some fine food is available off on Calle Granada,

Heading off down to Marbella is one of the most popular things to do, a short journey by the local bus or hiring a car is the preferred way to travel the 55km’s to the old fishing village. Once you arrive in Marbella you will notice that a fishing village it is no more, Marbella is the most expensive and desirable place on the Costa del Sol.

Marbella is such a diverse town that has something offer everyone’s needs. You can visit the Old Town that has very narrow mosaic cobbled streets and some beautiful and charming buildings by taking a care free stroll. You will also find some popular boutique shops tucked away down every street, all of a sudden you will stumble across the main Old Town Square known as Orange Square where you can sit and have a tapas meal or just grab a coffee.

Moving west from the Old Town is the famous Golden Mile which is a the coastline leading to Puerto Banus. The Golden Mile has some very famous sights on it with the Hotel Puente Romano where Princess Diana famously frequented. Close by you will see the ‘White House’ replica of the original in Washington, however no US President lives at this one, it is the former home of King Fahd of Saudi Arabia.

Arriving in Puerto Banus you will notice wealth, this is the playground for the rich and famous. People come from all over to spend time during the days and nights around Puerto Banus and is also featured on many TV programmes. Puerto Banus has many world class fashion boutiques, Gucci, Armani, Tom Ford are only a few to mention. The marina is full of huge yachts, fast cars and expensive hand bags with famously owned yachts mooring here. You do not have to spend a mortgage to eat and drink in Puerto Banus, you will find bars and restaurant that suit everyone’s pockets and taste. Puerto Banus and Marbella itself is always hot for people of all backgrounds looking to buy properties, rentals are huge in Marbella and occupancy rates are unbelievably high annually. Marbella is a great place to invest in a holiday home or an investment property.

Marbella and its surrounding areas can appeal to every ages group, every holiday style and hosts every activity whether you are 6 months old or 106 years old. People like the laid back attitude, great food, amazing views and many people turn their holiday into a residency. More and more people are relocating to Marbella than ever before, more money is getting distributed across the region ny the government to refurbish the surrounding areas. Marbella can be easily accessed as mentioned via Malaga airport but also Gibraltar is becoming more popular and can be a little closer than Malaga airport with less traffic.

10 things to do in Costa del Sol

1. Beaches – In 2016, 22 of the Costa del Sol’s beaches were awarded the Blue Flag Award.

2. Golf – More than 70 golf courses, earning it the nickname “Costa del Golf”.

3. Ronda – It is famous worldwide for its dramatic escarpments and views.

4. Benalmádena – Take the cable car on a 15-minute journey you’ll climb to the peak of Mount Calahorro.

5. Cueva de Nerja – Stretching for almost 5 kilometres (3.1 mi), the caverns are one of Spain’s major tourist attractions.

6. El Caminito del Rey – Spain’s most thrilling (or terrifying) walk.

7. El Torcal – El Torcal is one of the most unique and important nature reserves in Andalusia.

8. Crocodile Park – with more than 200 crocodiles, enjoy a guided tour at feeding time for maximum thrill.

9. El Cielo Mountain – Marvellous panoramic views of the coast line.

10. Mijas Pueblo – Perched on a steep hill with a spectacular view of the coastline.