New homes walking distance to my favourite beaches in Spain – what are the options?

Beaches are one of Spain’s big attractions, both for holiday makers and expats. The country has some of the best beaches for summer holidays in Europe, and being near the beach gives property a premium appeal. So if you are looking to buy a new home walking distance to a good beach, what are your options?

First of all, which are the three best beaches in Spain? It is, of course, entirely subjective, but here are three contenders: Illetes / Illetas in Formentera (voted best beach in Europe 2016 by Tripadvisor), Bolonia beach in Tarifa, and Es Trenc beach in Mallorca.

Ses Illetes (Illetas) Beach – Formentera

S'Espalmador beach, Formentera
S’Espalmador beach, part of Ses Illetes, Formentera

Bolonia Beach – Tarifa

bolonia beach tarifa

Es Trenc Beach – South West Mallorca

Beach of des Trenc at the island of Majorca in the Mediterranean Sea. The Beach of Des Trenc is one of the most popular beaches and is surrounded by a National Park. Majorca is the largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago in Spain.

Beach appeal

Many people want to be walking distance to a beach for logistical reasons, as parking is often a problem, so proximity to a beach gives property a premium that is almost always reflected in the price. Higher demand for property near a beach also makes it a more liquid investment with a buyer on hand at the right price when the time comes to sell. You can argue that, outside of city centres and prime urban areas, property near the beach has the best investment potential in Spain, even if it is more expensive. So there are good reasons for focusing on property near a beach.

New homes appeal

There are also good reasons for focusing on new or professionally renovated homes just coming onto the market. A coat of paint is one thing, but few people fancy the hassle of renovating a property from abroad, and many of the homes built in the 90s or before are now in need a makeover, whilst many of those built between 2000 and 2007 were boom-time homes – small, badly-designed, and badly built. The new homes being built today are superior in design, layout, and quality than those built in the boom years.

5eh Colonia Sant Jordi

So, if you want to buy a new home close to a stella beach, you only have one option – the 5eh new development beside Es Trenc beach in Mallorca. Largely thanks to the lingering effects of Spain’s real estate crash that starved the building industry of financing, there are currently no new developments for sale in Tarifa or Formentera, and only one in Colonia Sant Jordi, at the southern end of Es Trenc beach.

5eh Colonia Sant Jordi New development for sale Es trenc beach mallorca

5eh Colonia Sant Jordi a stylish project of four large apartments in a condominium with communal gardens, pool, private parking, just a short walk from the beach and the centre of town. This new development is being built with all the latest in design, fixtures, and fittings, so the homes will be easy to maintain and use both as permanent, semi-permanent, or holiday homes in an area you can enjoy year round.

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