August 15, 2005 at 12:53 pm #51203
We are visiting the Costa de la Luz in September this year with the view to possibly buy a property there. We have looked (on the net) at Isla Canela and Costa Esuri. Does anyone have any opinions on this area?
August 16, 2005 at 9:31 am #58663
I thought the beaches were beautiful and Ayamonte is a very nice traditional town (others nearby are a little grotty). The whole area, Isla Canela, Ayamonte, Punta Umbria and Lepe etc can all be accessed from each other within 15 minutes inc the golf courses.
1000 attractive apartments and hotel have been built at Isla Canela.
I went to the beach in Lepe in January and you can see the beach for miles ahead and I could only spot 2 people. The whole coastal area is deserted in winter and the nearby shops closed but the towns are busy as normal
There is not much by way of facilities and entertainment.
August 16, 2005 at 12:24 pm #58664
We are not looking for lots of entertainment, more a quieter pace of life. Ayamonte sounds nice.
August 16, 2005 at 3:25 pm #58669
Mark has an overview piece at http://www.spanishpropertyinsight.com/spanish_property_articles_spanish_algarve.htm
If you PM or email me I can give you the URLS from some forums that contain info on both developments.
Above all my advice is do not trust anything you hear from the sales people.
August 17, 2005 at 4:38 pm #58675
I nearly purchased a townhouse on Costa Esuri but pulled out. If you wish to live within the Spansh community then Ayemonte is a nice busy town. If you chose to live in Costa Esuri or Isla Canela then the places will be dead for all but the 3 peak summer months
August 19, 2005 at 7:30 am #58681
I think there is a big difference between an area that is peaceful and quiet such as a country area and living on a deserted urbanization.
As I mentioned earlier the beaches were deserted in January which is nice but when you’re in an apartment that is part of a large urbanization of other apartments away from the busy town centres and suburbs and there is nobody to be seen for 6 months of the year or more I can’t imagine it would be a pleasant place to stay and slightly eary and I would be worried about crime and graffiti over the years ahead
I think the marina would be OK as you always have people coming and going and shops open all year round and Ayamonte
If you see an out of town apartment in the northern Costa de la Luz/Huleva area and you visit during June, July, August and September be sure to visit the area in mid November or later to give a balanced perspective on the location
August 19, 2005 at 12:28 pm #58688
Thanks, you’ve all certainly given me lots of things to think about. We’re going over the first week in September, so I’ll bear all the comments in mind and let you know how I get on when I get back.
August 19, 2005 at 4:15 pm #58690
Just my 2 cents. I go to Huelva area (El Rompido) several times each year to visit friends. Just returned from a week there. I love the area, the beaches, the seafood, the people. BUT, I am amazed at how overpriced properties have become. Yes I know the whole coast has gone crazy over last several years, but seriously, the prices are not realistic! At least in Marbella and Costa del Sol there is infrastructure and businesses growing and economies growing – but from Huelva to Portugal there is very little. And yet prices are comparable to Marbella area!! It’s silly.
If I were to buy out there (which I do hope to someday) I would definitely take my time and look for a resale in one of the small villages or even inland a bit and stay clear of off plan. I have looked at most projects being built and I am not impressed. In my very humble opinion – the developers there have seen the riches being made in other areas of the coast and have become greedy, charging far more than what they are worth.
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