Friday, May 2, 2008

Spanish beaches getting make over

Tim Hodges, director for property company Homesearch in Spain has said that regardless of recent doubts of a housing market crash, Spain still signifies a good market for long-term investment. HIFX has reported that Spain is seen by many as the ultimate retirement choice for its enviable climate, good healthcare system and its reputation for a relaxed lifestyle.

Expatica, Europe's leading lifestyle portal has reported that Spain's renowned coastline is being steadily revamped as according to tourism statistics 30% of tourist visit Spain for its fabulous beaches. The illegally built homes and beach bars, unnecessary jetties and industrial buildings are demolished. Spanish law states that beaches are considered public property and construction is banned within 100 meters of the coast, but the law is often defied by construction companies.

The Coasts Authority in the Ministry for the Environment has commissioned a report into coastal planning from Punta Carnero in the province of Cadiz to Almeria, carried out by the Alatec Consultancy, in which illegal construction on the Malaga coastline is analyzed.
Jose Fernandez, the head of the department, said that 12 of the demolitions were in the Almeria province, with nine in Murcia.

The construction along the most delicate parts of coastlines which have been blighted by property developments since mass tourism first arrived in Spain are monitored closely. The plan is an effort to save some of the most beautiful coastlines from further developments. Experts suggest that the makeover will add value to existing properties and also it would be aesthetically pleasing.

These areas be planned all over again, and this will be the chance to do it in a balanced way, taking the environment into account much more than before. The Spanish government is also acquiring a number of properties as part of its campaign to save its world famous beaches. Spain's sunny climate, fabulous beaches and welcoming people has attracted more immigrants than any other country in Europe

This comes after the Spanish newspaper SUR revealed that Spain generated huge interest during the recent Homebuyers and Property Investors show in London.