If you have been thinking of buying a home overseas, perhaps in Spain or Portugal, you are not alone. Property agents have recently said that they have seen a huge surge of interest in properties in Spain, with their data analysts stating that there was a 34% increase in May compared to May 2019. This was a continuation of what they saw in April which was up 50% on March this year
The countries with the biggest searches are currently Spain, with Mallorca being in the top five areas of interest, France, and Portugal in that order. One of the Rightmove directors, Miles Shipside, said that lockdown has allowed many people to re-appraise their lives and prompted a lot of home-hunters to get serious about moving to Europe. In particular, Spain, France, and Portugal have cultures that are similar to our own, and the warmer climates and reasonable prices are appealing to people who have not been able to take holidays.
The head of international sales at BeckettHanlon said that he has seen the same thing happening. It seems that being confined in cities and towns in the UK has made people reconsider the way that they live, and the thought of being crammed on buses and trains has made it seem very attractive to get away to somewhere like Mallorca with its’ better weather, more of an outdoor lifestyle, and access to swimming pools and beaches.
Indeed, one of the towns that has generated a lot of interest is Santa Ponsa in Mallorca. This is in the Southwest of the island and is only a dozen miles by road from Palma. It has been popular with British tourists since the 1960’s and, surprisingly enough, has managed to avoid having as many high rises as other coastal towns in Mallorca. Santa Ponsa has a huge blue flag beach 1,300 metres long, with a backdrop of hills rising 300 feet or so behind it which are covered with tastefully built villas and apartment complexes.
The water in the bay at Santa Ponsa is shallow and calm, and there is a plethora of water-sports available. You can hire jet skis, paddle boats, kayaks, banana boats, water skis, and even paragliders, right on the beach. Sun loungers and umbrellas are available, and there are changing rooms, showers, and toilets.
If you want to eat on the beach there are chiringuitos at the edge of the beach which let you do exactly that, and you can get burgers, fries, sandwiches, and ice creams. If you fancy a short walk, there are plenty of bars and restaurants in the town including Italian, Asian, local Mallorcan dishes, and British-style pubs as well.
Less than a couple of miles away is Port Adriano, a harbour designed by Philippe Starck boasting moorings for 80 yachts and motor yachts, 40 fashion boutiques, bars, and restaurants.
If you want to get away from the beach, Nova Santa Ponsa is close by and sports a choice of 18-hole and 9-hole golf courses, so is an ideal place for golfers who want to take a break. Santa Ponsa also has a tennis club with eight courts and some top instructors.
Not very far away is Palma Nova with more great beaches and a top-class mini golf course. There is also plenty of nightlife.
So there is certainly a lot to do and enjoy if you buy a holiday home in and around Santa Ponsa, or for that matter a retirement home. If you are one of the Britons who has recently taken more of an interest in getting away from it all, and looking for a Santa Ponsa villa for sale, at BeckettHanlon we can help you. We are the foremost international estate agents on the island, and we have over 20 years’ experience of sourcing the right property for the right client.
Of course, you might want to downsize to an apartment or a townhouse, and we can help you with those as well. Just let us know exactly the sort of property that you would like, whether as an investment, holiday home, or permanent home, and we will come up with the perfect solution for your needs.