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Why make a real estate investment in Catalonia?

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Now is the best moment to invest in properties located in Barcelona and Costa Brava.

A few years ago, investing in (real estate) Spain has become a trend and a hot topic. Art of living, beautiful landscapes, financial advantages, etc. Whether because of the natural beauty of the Costa Brava or the admired and exceptional cultural legacy of Catalonia, these areas as well as many others in Spain are the centre of interest for an international real estate investment.

In this situation, the following aspects need to be questioned: beyond the financial sphere, can the country's overall situation allow future residents to prosper? Does this country provide the means to establish itself here in the long term? Invest in Spain, in Barcelona, invest in the Costa Brava?

The aim of this article is to clarify your objective and identify the real added value of a real estate investment in Spain.

Real estate investment in Spain, a smart choice.

As a potential investor, it is important to start by focusing on studying the key aspects of the area in which you want to invest. Investing in Spain, or in any other country, requires planning ahead: whether you are buying a primary residence, a second home or any other type of property; a good real estate investment in Spain is not made without a detailed analysis. Based on this premise, the Iberian Peninsula offers a great number of advantages that are worth knowing: 

  • The purchasing cost: Investing in Spain means expecting a return on investment, and in this aspect it is clear that the risk is worthwhile. In fact, Spain offers very attractive purchase prices. On the one hand, the price per square metre is around 2,800 euros in the capital of Madrid (compared to just over 8,000 euros/m2 in Paris, 17,000 euros/m2 in London); on the other hand, the taxes and fees associated with the purchase process are also very advantageous (lower VAT rate, no property tax, etc.). 
  • The cost of living: Here too you can benefit from low prices, enough to reinforce your desire to make a real estate investment in Spain. In general, the cost of living is much lower than in France and the rest of Northern Europe. For example, everyday consumer goods are between 10% and 40% cheaper, and the same goes for services (taxis, leisure, etc.).
  • Security: This is one of the main added values of investing in Spain, as the crime rate is one of the lowest in the world.
  • Logistics: Moreover, making an investment in Spain will allow you to benefit - or your future buyer - from a wide variety of public transport options, both in large and small cities. In general, the country has modernised considerably and offers world-class infrastructure, even better than some of its European neighbours.
  • Culture Gastronomy, history, art... Investing in Spain means betting on a plural history that has influenced the Mediterranean basin for centuries. Salvador Dalí, Don Quixote and much more...


Investing in Spain: the Costa Brava and Barcelona

Why make a real estate investment in Spain? Apart from the practical aspects, the main conclusion of expatriates leaves no room for doubt: quality of life seems to be the number one argument by far! It is excellent and much better compared to other European locations.


Investing in the Spanish Costa Brava

Magnificent beaches, a wild and unspoiled environment... the country of Cervantes has a well established reputation. In particular, many visitors speak of a sumptuous place, sheltered from bad weather, a "wild coast" located in the northeast of Spain, the Costa Brava! This captivating place, made up of picturesque villages and dizzying coves, enjoys an exceptional geographical location, especially for the French, as this coast stretches from the French border along 160 km of Mediterranean coastline. Investing in the Costa Brava also means opting for tranquillity, with very well preserved flora and fauna, a natural charm enhanced by a Mediterranean climate in tune with the beauty of the surroundings. The beaches and coves are strong arguments, with unbeatable conservation and clean, uncontaminated waters, as well as dozens of paradisiacal spots: the coves of Begur, with Sa Riera, Sa Tuna, Fornells and Aiguablava, the coves of Palafrugell, etc...


Invest in Barcelona and discover Catalonia

More generally, investing in Spain on the Costa Brava means enjoying a rich historical heritage, a place of culture and art conditioned by Catalan history. And it would not be possible to talk about Catalonia without mentioning its capital: investing in Barcelona means being able to enjoy an attractive city by the sea, to taste delicious tapas in a local restaurant you can trust. Investing in Barcelona also means opening up to an architectural heritage and a rich and unique cultural offer with its Sagrada Familia, Guell Park, La Pedrera or Casa Batlló .


The city of Girona

Investing in Barcelona, perfect! But when we talk about Catalonia, we must not forget the city of Girona: investing in property in Spain will allow you to enjoy a wide range of architecture of all kinds, and in this area Catalonia has a full and complex history. Phoenicians, Romans and Greeks, the heritage of this city is exceptionally rich. With its cathedrals and walls, Girona was built around majestic sites. In particular we would like to highlight the village of Tossa de Mar, with its medieval walls built between the land and the sea. However, we would also like to highlight the inland municipalities of Pals and Peratallada, and the fishing villages such as Cadaqués, with its typical whitewashed houses.


Real estate investment in Spain, beaches and mountains

To conclude with a touch of beauty, here is a list of the most beautiful beaches and mountains to highlight why you should invest in real estate in Spain:

The most beautiful beaches:

  • La Cala Pola, Costa Brava
  • Platja de Aiguablava, Bégur
  • Platja de Altafulla, Costa Dorada
  • Platja de Ses Illetes, Formentera
  • Platja de Muro, Mallorca

and some of the most beautiful mountain areas:

  • Sierra Nevada
  • Los Pirineos, con picos como Aneto o Els Encantats
  • Cuenca del Pirineo aragonés y de Lleida en Cataluña
  • Picos de Europa
  • Tramuntana, Mallorca
  • Parque Nacional del Teide
  • Montserrat

And many more!