Spain is known worldwide for its colourful historical heritage, rich culture and the vibrant sense of tradition and customs inherent in the Spanish way of life. With its famously relaxed and carefree lifestyle, the allure of Spain has remained relatively unchanged over many centuries. Today, Spain is the third-most visited country in the world. According to a recent global report by the World Economic Forum (WEF), because of its excellent infrastructure and a great wealth in natural and cultural resources, Spain receives an average of 60.6 million arrivals per year, making it the most competitive tourism industry in the world.
Thousands of people purchase property in the region every year and choose the Costa del Sol as their new permanent home or holiday home because of the uniquely carefree, luxurious and healthy lifestyle that the South of Spain offers. You too can escape colder climates and relocate to a laid-back sunny nirvana with a cosmopolitan mix of nationalities, whilst enjoying an affordable and unrivalled European paradise. Your brand new home is the perfect base from which to relish all that Costa del Sol has to offer. Come, live, love and enjoy life under the sun.
Following one of the worst economic crises the Spanish had the misfortune of experiencing when the property bubble burst in 2007, some very favourable market conditions are currently creating an opportune moment to invest in Spain today, such as, low post-recession prices, rising low-rate mortgage approvals, high buy-to-let potential and increasingly rising prices.
Prices remain up to 40% below peak-levels and there are still a number of lucrative opportunities to invest in quality property while prices rise. Coastal property prices have reportedly risen by 6.2% over the past 12 months, further fuelling Spain’s recent surge in property sales.
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The quality of life the Costa del Sol offers is incomparable to many other parts of the world. With over 300 days of sunshine per year and bright blue skies that stretch through summer, autumn, winter and spring, the Costa del Sol has long been a melting pot of tourism and international expats who settle in the region. Featuring miles of sprawling golden beaches, pristine golf courses, first class restaurants and hotels and an average temperature of 19°C year round, living on the Costa del Sol is the dream for many - and we are proud at Domus Venari to be making that dream a reality. From the vibrant cosmopolitan coastal towns of Puerto Banús and Marbella, to the tranquil beauty and charm of villages such as Mijas and Benalmadena Pueblo, the Costa del Sol has an array of attractions and regions to suit a variety of tastes and needs, and a vast selection of high quality properties to match.
The Spanish property market is experiencing such an upsurge in demand that prices are reportedly rising at the fastest rate in Europe. In the aftermath of the economic crash, new rules and regulations have also contributed to making the property buying process safer, more regulated and with the right professional assistance, much more hassle free.
While prices remain low, demand continues to rise and tourism levels remain stable, investing in a Spanish property has high rental yields and lucrative potential returns.
The Costa del Sol is easily accessible from all major European cities. Malaga airport is located just 20 mins from Benalmadena and 40 mins from Marbella/Puerto Banus and offers easy and frequent connections to all European countries (even direct flights to New York offered by Norwegian during the summer).
The Costa del Sol has an incredibly sophisticated social infrastructure with a very high standard of healthcare and medical services, an advanced education system (offering a variety of Spanish and International schools), and a developed transportation service that includes train services between Malaga and Fuengirola as well as high speed rail services to Madrid and other parts of Spain (See: Top 4 Day Trips from the Costa del Sol).
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The Costa del Sol is a colourful melting pot of international communities that co-exist and contribute a large variety of cultural influences and traditions. The region is home to British, Finnish, Swedish, German, Dutch, French and Russian communities to name a few, and there are many institutions that cater to each individual community including schools, churches, healthcare and legal advisors. For advice and assistance before, during and after your house-hunting purchase, get in touch with us today to speak with a Domus Venari property specialist in your language.
The World Health Organisation ranks the Spanish healthcare system at #7 in the world. Whether down to the Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, fish and fresh vegetables, the excellent healthcare or the sociable society, Spaniards have the highest life expectancy in Europe. Spanish healthcare is free of charge to anyone living and working in Spain and is ranked among the best in the world. Spanish healthcare guarantees universal coverage with no upfront expenditure from patients apart from a proportion of prescription charges. If you are thinking of buying a property in Spain, you can benefit from free Spanish healthcare in four simple steps.
Healthcare standards in both state and private hospitals in Spain are among the highest in Europe. Nurses, doctors and medical staff are highly educated and well-trained and have access to state of the art equipment for every stage of the medical spectrum. Please find a selection of hospitals on the Costa del Sol below.
Carlos Haya Hospital - Av. de Carlos Haya, s/n, 29010 Málaga
Clinicas Rincon - Av. de la Torre, 24 & Pje Manuel Rincon, 14
Helicopteros Sanitarios - Ctra. N-340, Km. 175, Puerto Banús, 29660 Marbella
Hospital Costa del Sol - Autovia A-7, Km 187, 29603 Marbella, Málaga
Hospiten Estepona - Carretera Nacional 340, Km. 162, 29680 Estepona
Hospital Quiron, Marbella (private) - Av. Severo Ochoa, 22, 29603 Marbella, Málaga
Xanit Hospital (private) - Av. de San Rafael, 10, 29631 Benalmádena, Málaga
The Costa del Sol is home to a variety of Spanish schools and International schools of an extremely high standard.
Spanish state education is open to all EU citizens and is free from pre-school to 18.
International schools, the most popular choice for expats living on the Costa del Sol, are fee paying and fees vary from school to school.
Here is a selection of the most popular international schools on the Costa del Sol:
Aloha College - 3-18 years old - Urb. El Angel, Nueva Andalucía, 29660, Marbella Malaga
Benalmadena International College - 3-14 years old - Calle Catamarán s/n, Nueva Torrequebrada, 29630 Benalmádena Costa
Calpe School - Bilingual: 3-9 years old - C/. Los Eucaliptos 60, Urb. Linda Vista Baja, San Pedro de Alcántara
Mayfair Academy - Avenida Golandrina 16, Atalaya Park, 29680 Estepona Malaga
The British College - C/. Guadalmedina, Urb. Torremuelle, Benalmádena Costa
The English International College - 3-18 years - Urb Ricmar, Carretera Cadiz Málaga, 29600, Marbella
Sotogrande International College - Apartado 15, 11310 Sotogrande, San Roque, Cádiz
St. Anthony’s College - 5-18 years - Camino de Coin km 5.25, Mijas-Costa Malaga
Swans International Primary and Secondary School - 3-18 years - Capricho s/n, 29600 Marbella Malaga
Sunland International School - 3-18 years - Ctra. Cártama Estacion-Pizarra s/n, 29580 Cártama Estacion Malaga
Sunnyview - 3-18 years - C/. Teruel 32, Urb. Cerro del Toril, Torremolinos
Escuela Finlandesa - C/. José Salik 4, Urb. Los Pacos, Fuengirola
German College (Colegio Aleman Juan Hoffman) - Urb. Elviria, La Mairena, Plaza de Alemania s/n, Marbella
Norwegian School (Colegio Noruego/Den Norske Skolen Costa del Sol) - Avenida Cerro Del Viento s/n, Arroyo De La Miel, Benalmadena
Swedish School (Colegio Sueco/Svenska Skolan) - Avda. Acapulco 11, Fuengirola
For further information on Hospitals, Schools, Shopping Centres and Restaurant Recommendations in each area on the Costa del Sol, please visit our Area Guides.