Real estate in Spain

spanish-beautyAre you such a person who likes exploring the real estate’s market in Spain? By reading this article, I will be able to give you realistic feel of Spain and what this country can offer in terms of way of life and properties.

For investors, travelers, or a person who is thinking of buying a second home, Spain has become a destination for many. The real estate in this country could be getting better since the country’s climate is welcoming especially in the southern parts.

For a long time it has been a popular spot for Europeans who want to find retirement or vacation homes in the sun. Other benefits, which Spain offers to the real estate investors, are low living costs and great tourist destinations in cities like Seville and Granada. These facts have raised expectation on good capital returns and stable rental income flow.

The first thing for investor to know is where and what to invest in. Most houses made there are those which many people dream to own. Olive tree garden, sound of the waves and mountain views on the other side is something which most real estate’s developers offer in Spain. Most property investors prefer location such as Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga, and Seville just to mention a few. However, most of the real estate properties venture around the coastal region.

City apartments and golf courses are not the only things which this country can offer, other areas such as Costa de la luz , Andalucia hinterland, Costar Azahar and the bay of Biscay will amaze you due to their centuries old life style and secludedness. These places have not yet been discovered by many foreign tourists and yet they can offer good investment opportunities. For those people who cannot part with luxurious places, Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca around the Mediterranean coast can be their options.

Another thing, which is important to know, is about buying a property in Spain. Buying property in this country has many benefits. The constitution of Spain assures the buyer that the property, which she or he purchases, is his or her private residence regardless of where he or she comes from. In addition, buying a real estate in this country allows a person to reside in Spain for ninety days after every six months. To make things better your visa can be renewed yearly for unlimited times. Financial loans are also available and a person can acquire a property the moment he or she has settled the initial transaction.

Another question is the amount he or she will have to pay for the real estate. Since they are more than fifteen regions where a person can buy real estate, the costs are expected to vary from region to region. Prices start from around one hundred and twenty thousand dollars for a village home to six hundred and forty five thousand dollars for an apartment on the coast.

To conclude take your time and do your home work when you want to buy a property in Spain. Some properties are sold within a blink of eye while others stay in the market for many months as owners are expecting to sell them at higher prices. Spain has many regions, which have good opportunities for investors and you cannot afford to miss to make any kind of investments.

Guide for travelling to Spain

spanish-coastSpain also called the Kingdom of Spain, is a sovereign country and member of the European Union. Spain covers most of the Iberian Peninsula, Spain´s capital is Madrid, in the souther part of Europe. Spain includes the archipelagos of the Balearic Islands (western Mediterranean sea) and the Canary Islands (NE Atlantic ocean) and in northern Africa places of sovereignty of the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla. It has a population of 46.745.807(2009) people. Mainland Spain shares borders with France and the principality of Andorra to the north, Portugal to the west and the British overseas territory of Gibraltar to the south.

Spain has a very diverse climate throughout the entire country. Either seasons we travel to Spain the options we´ve got are unlimited. From winters skiing in the the Pyrenees Mountains to the mild Mediterranean climate enjoyable in southern Spain and the Balearic Islands, to hotter temperatures as we get inland of Spain where zero temperatures occur during the winter time. Semi-desertic regions with an arid climate can also be visited within the Tabernas Desert in Almería and the Ebro Valley.

Northern Spain, the regions of Galicia and Cantabria up to the Bay of Biscay have a very different climate, characterized by abundant rainfall throughout the whole year specially in winter. The summers are hot and not as humid as the southern areas of Spain. The lanscapes between between both sides of Spain varies a lot, the north of Spain being very green and mountainous, and the south of Spain generally being flat and dry. It´s entirely up to us when do we want to visit Northern Spain, we can expect rains and cold weather from Mid September up to April, and sunny temperatures from May up to September. Either season we go we will always enjoy the northern charm. Northern Spain covers the regions of Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, and the Basque Country and each one of the provinces have a unique charm.

Southern Spain, covers mainly the region of Andalucia and the south of Valencia. Southern Spain has generally a warmer climate than the interior and northern areas and less rainfall. The main destinations we can choose from are Seville, Córdoba, the coastal area of Costa del Sol(Benalmadena, Málaga..)

The Canary Islands has a privileged geographical location in the coast of Africa with a subtropical climate, with warm temperatures throughout the year and low rainfall (most abundant in the Western Canary Islands). Astonishing landscapes and nature, each Canary Island has it´s own climate and particular nature. From the tropical forests of Tenerife, to the long white sandy beaches of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.

If you want to get away from the “beach, Sun and Sangria” Spain, there is a lot on offer in the country. From the ski resorts in the Pyrinees Mountains, along the province of Aragón and the Vall D´Aran Valley in Catalunya, there is ski resorts and wonderful places for trekking and hiking. If you like wild trekking and astonishing views, in the island of Mallorca in the Balearic Islands, we can go to Mondragó, Soller, or Santanyí and countless places and pretty towns of Mallorca to explore for only a couple of hours or spend the whole day on the go. Northern Spain, from Galicia to the Basque Country we´ll be surprised how it varies from north to south of the country. Mountains, lakes, wonderful green scenary, charmy towns and an exquisite cuisine. With many people wanting to move to rural and country side areas of Spain there is associations in Spain that will give you advise and information on making that move.

Easter it´s a popular tradition in Spain, with ceremonial processions through out the country between March and April. Carnival, most famous in Tenerife, Seville´s April Fair in Andalucia, San Fermin -the “Running of the Bulls” in Pamplona, the “Tomatina” in Buñol, Valencia(Tomato Festival) are very famous festivals in Spain too.

Spanish cuisine includes numerous local variations. Of course seafood is an important ingredient as the country is surrounded by the sea and the ocean. Some famous local cuisines are from Mediterranean Spain with the use of a lot of seafood, then Inner Spain where meat, including the famous Spanish ham, as well as olive oil are prevalent ingredients, and finally the Northern coast where fish-based stews are the most significant local delicacies.

Spanish architecture refers to architecture carried out during any era in what is now modern-day Spain, and by famous Spanish architects worldwide. Due to its historical and geographical diversity, Spanish architecture has drawn from a host of influences, romans, arabs, celts. The arrival of Modernism in the academic arena produced much of the architecture of the 20th century. An influential style centered in Barcelona, known as modernisme, produced a number of important architects of which Gaudí is one of them. Spain is currently experiencing a revolution in contemporary architecture and Spanish architects like Rafael Moneo, Santiago Calatrava(Chicago Spire), Ricardo Bofill with works such as Les Temples du Lac, Paris, or La Place du Nombre d’Or, Montpellier both in France, have gained worldwide renown.

One of the influences in Spain´s society it´s the globalization and freemasonic societies behind politics and the lack of underestanding between the communities, regions and politicians of Spain´s(former Iberia) own languages, such as Vasc, Catalan, Galician and Spanish. Main concerns for spaniards today are unemployment and ETA´s terrorism. The so called “traditions” such as bullfighting are still common in Spain, join our campaigns to stop them. The Bull Tribune

Festivals are an important part we should consider when visiting Spain and a different way to see the country. The Classical Theatre Festival from Mérida it´s held in an old Roman Amphitheatre in Mérida, in the province of Badajoz. Sonar Festival it´s a very important event of electronic and audiovisual arts held in Barcelona, and the Los Monegros Desert Festival it´s an important electronic festival held in the spanish desert of Los Monegros. Ibiza is also flourishing with new festivals and events with musicians from all over the world coming over to the island, check About Ibiza for more.