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Costa de la Luz

Spain - Costa de la Luz

This tranquil part of Spain stretches from Tarifa to the Guadiana River and has some of the most unspoilt countryside in the country. It has always been popular with native Spaniards for holidays but in recent years has been discovered by other Europeans, mainly French and German. Parts of the area have been developed in order to attract more visitors to the region.

Reaching the Costa de la Luz is very easy as there are 3 international airports that serve the region and there are regular flights to and from many of Europe’s largest cities. Budget airlines also visit the region so travel does not have to be expensive.

Cadiz is one of the oldest cities in Europe and has very distinctive architecture and an old fashioned feel. It is located in the south-west part of Andalucia and is very close to some of the region’s best beaches. Temperatures average 25°C in summer and drop to around 11°C in winter. Cadiz is in a low crime area and burglaries are almost unheard of. House prices in Cadiz have risen in recent years, as more and more expats are discovering this part of Spain. Expats who want to integrate properly into Spanish life are moving to the area, but it is still possible to get a property at a lower price than in some other areas.

Huelva is a part of the area which has only just been discovered by property developers. This is the name of a province and a city and although the city has a more industrial background than the area around it, it is still an attractive place to visit. Property prices are fairly low here in comparison to other areas, but the new developments are being aimed at expats (expatriados) and those who are interested in a second home (vivienda secundaire) and the closer you get to the coast, the more expensive the property is. The city of Huelva will offer some employment opportunities for expats, although these will be limited if you do not speak Spanish.

Ayamonte is another town in the province of Huelva and has around 20,000 inhabitants and has a car free zone in the centre of the town. It is very much a tourist area and is the main crossing point into Portugal. There have been some developments here in recent years but not on the scale of other areas. Those who come to the area are drawn by the relaxed lifestyle, so it is popular with retiring expats.

El Rompido is a fishing village which has been overlooked by both tourists and expats. There is no new development , so those looking to move to the area should expect to be looking at older, traditional houses (casa de epoca) rather than new apartments. There is no nightlife to speak of, although there are several bars and restaurants.

Isla Canela is a small island just to the south of Ayamonte. The beaches on the island have made it a popular resort with tourists and there are developments in progress which are intended to draw more tourists in. Many people are choosing the area for investing in their own holiday home or buy to let property. The village of Costa Esuri, for example, is fairly new, and aimed completely at the tourist market.

Medina-Sidonia is a city close to Cadiz. It also has a very long history and remains a tranquil area, with narrow streets and old houses. Those who are interested in purchasing property here will find there are few new developments on offer and most houses are traditional Spanish homes.

Chiclana de la Frontera is a large town that is a short drive from Cadiz. The town has everything that an individual needs for daily life, with a wide range of shops and services. There are some employment opportunities in this area, although it is necessary to be able to speak at least some Spanish. Expats are only just beginning to discover this town and prices are very reasonable for properties.

La Antilla is a holiday resort and has been developed in recent years in order to draw in more tourists. There is a new market and a lot of new shops have opened. The properties which have been built are mainly for the holiday market, with many people buying second homes, rather than choosing to live there full time.

Los Barrios is a small town close to Cadiz which developed in the 18th century. The area was industrialised following the Spanish Civil War and is a good area in which to look for employment opportunities. Those who do not have fluent Spanish will find it hard though, and if you are looking for a skilled job then language skills are a necessity. Property prices are on a par with the regional average and properties available range from apartments (pisos) to large detached houses (chalets).

Tarifa is another small town that can be found near Cadiz and it is very popular with tourists and water sports enthusiasts. The town used to be a fishing village and fishing remains one of the main industries. Those who are looking for a traditional Spanish way of life will find that there are many older houses for sale, and if you are prepared to renovate (renovar) you should be able to pick up a bargain.

The village of Villablanca is also a tourist area and there are many villa-style properties for sale. Those who want to work will find that there are few skilled jobs on offer for expats although the hotels may have opportunities for English speakers. Punta Umbria is one of the largest tourist resorts in the region and is perfect for those looking for lively nightlife, as there are many bars and clubs, so there is more in the way of work, although it is not ideal for those expats who are looking for a quiet life.

Jerez de la Frontera is a municipality (municipio) between the mountains and the sea in the province of Cadiz. The town itself has a large commercial sector and the outlying areas are given over to farming. There are many employment opportunities here as well as a number of good schools for those who have families. Property prices vary depending on the part of the town you are in but are fairly average for the region.

The town of El Puerto de Santa Maria is a fairly large town which has not yet attracted large numbers of expats. There are some opportunities here for work, though mainly in shops. Isla Christina is beginning to attract a lot of tourists who come for the water sports and even though there are not many developments (urbanización) ongoing, some of the homes along the coast have been snapped up as holiday homes.

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