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There is an interesting paradox in levels of second home ownership across Europe. Greek citizens are six times more likely to own a second home than Germans. The Spanish, Portuguese and Italians also have far higher levels of second home ownership that Europe’s wealthier nations.

According to the figures from RE/MAX Europe, just 5.4% of Germans own a second home. The figure rises to 15.2% in Italy, 17% in Portugal, 20.4% in Spain and 32.8% in Greece. Yet, in the UK, only 7% of citizens enjoy second home ownership. The data casts an interesting new light on how a ‘wealthy’ country is viewed. Is the German citizen who spends five days a week stuck in an office but has lots of shiny gadgets truly wealthier than the Greek one in his second home in the country, harvesting and preserving olives, figs and pomegranates grown on his own land?

Certainly second home ownership brings with it a host of lifestyle benefits. In Spain, those living in the city are most likely to purchase a second home, as a means of escaping the nine to five and spending quality time with loved ones, often in peaceful rural areas or by the coast.

For second home owners from countries such as the UK, better weather is often a draw and Spain is a perennially popular choice of location for such a purchase. Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of leading Spanish homebuilder

Taylor Wimpey España, comments,

“UK buyers have a long-term love of Spain when it comes to second home ownership. The beauty of areas like the Costa Blanca, with its seemingly endless stretches of white sand and glorious sunshine, exerts a charm that gets under the skin. Buying a second home there represents a significant shift in lifestyle – it’s about enjoying more of what Europe, and life, has to offer.”

Buying a second home can also be a shrewd financial move, particularly in times of record low interest rates. When buying overseas, it’s always a good idea to purchase a home directly from a reputable developer with a strong track record. Doing so means you know what you are buying into in terms of quality, which is particularly important when purchasing a home in another country.

Buying direct from the developer can also have added benefits. At La Recoleta III from Taylor Wimpey España, just two minutes from the beach and enjoying stunning sea views, the high spec apartments offer precisely the kind of quality finish for which second home buyers are looking. Each apartment enjoys generously proportioned outdoor areas (either garden or terrace, depending on the floor), high end appliances and its own secure, underground parking space.

Not only that, but apartments at La Recoleta III, which are available from €175,000 for a two bedroom home, currently also offer a free furniture pack. The limited time offer runs until 31 December 2015 (or sooner if the last remaining properties at this popular development sell out before then). It means that buyers can enjoy a stylish and tastefully furnished home, without spending a penny more than the purchase price. This is ideal for buyers who want to enjoy their Spanish second home from the outset and not spend their first holiday in it traipsing round furniture stores looking at cushions, when they could be relaxing on the terrace with a cool drink.

It all goes back to lifestyle benefits and having more time to enjoy what the world has to offer and it can certainly be seen as area where much can be learnt from the Spanish approach.

For more information, please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit www.taylorwimpeyspain.com. Those residing outside of the UK should call 0034 971 70 69 72.

Alicante-Elche Airport has opened new routes to operate over the winter season.


New connections to Hamburg, Newcastle and Berlin are being operated by Ryanair, while Vueling will also open a new national route within Spain flying to Santiago de Compostela. The flights to Hamburg will run three times per week, on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, while flights to Berlin will also fly three times per week, on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The new route to Newcastle will also fly frequently three times per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

The Ryanair flights will use Boeing 737-800 aircraft, with a capacity of 189 passengers. The Vueling flight will operate twice per week, on Tuesdays and Fridays. The British and German markets have experienced an increase in flight frequency and number of seats available for the winter season, which is a promising indicator for the tourist industry on the Costa Blanca.

EIGHT per cent more British tourists are expected to come to the Costa del Sol over the next six months, according to forecasts announced by the Provincial Council and Costa del Sol Tourism President Elias Bendodo.


The figure, together with the expected end of year surge in UK visitors to the Spanish coast, points to the ongoing importance of British tourists to the Costa del Sol. “It’s an important increase, especially from a market that is still concerned with quality of service and is becoming more demanding. The main attractions are still the sun and the beaches, but they’re looking for other things too now” Bendodo said. The Costa del Sol was well represented at the annual World Travel Market, in London from Monday November 2–Thursday November 5, with 300 meetings planned for the week. The province is looking for greater consistency across seasons and has been promoting its advantages as a winter destination.

Bendodo emphasised that the province is connected by air to 14 cities in the UK with extra flights planned between Malaga and the UK this winter. At this time Gatwick is reported to be the airport with the greatest number of flights coming to the Costa.

So the summer has finished for another year and taken the tourist trade along with it… Or has it?


According to the Airports authority AENA, airlines are expecting a bumper winter season and have already increased their schedule by 8.5 per cent from last year to accommodate for the increase in passengers. It’s not only the sun that attracts people to the Costa del Sol.

With the Sierra Nevada mountains and ski resorts of Granada, there is a huge winter influx of tourists as well. In addition, many homeowners return to the coast for the winter from Scandinavia and the UK. These factors and more each year increase movements to and from Malaga-Costa del Sol airport.

The number of seats which will be available this year has also increased by 10.5 per cent for the winter season, which is classed as running from Sunday October 25, to March 26, 2016. Malaga Airport predicts managing more that 30,100 commercial flights this winter with 4,994,014 seats available on the 150 routes that will connect Malaga to a total of 88 destinations.

Helped by new airlines such as Norwegian that have increased their routes and services, the strength of the European and domestic markets account for the majority of passengers. However, AENA state that the American and African markets are also on the up.

AENA go on to say that; “There will be 8.5 per cent more flights to other Spanish airports than over winter 2014-2015, with more than 7,300 flights planned, and 1,014,366 seats available, which equates to a 13.1 per cent increase on last winter.

The UK is still the main destination with 41 of the 150 routes, 7.9 per cent more seats and 6 per cent more flights to the UK than any other destination.

But wherever they are coming from or going to, the good news is; they will all be using Malaga Airport.

More records have been broken at El Altet airport in Alicante-Elche after passenger numbers rose by 300,000 last month.


The increase has been welcomed by airport operators and airlines, with this being the highest number of passengers in September on record.

Top of the passenger nationalities continued to be British, with nearly half a million UK residents arriving and departing from the airport last month alone.