Costa Versus Campo: The North/South Divide Among Brits Buying a Home in Spain

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People from the North and South of the UK have very different ideas about the ideal place for a home in Spain. Northerners rate secluded inland locations, while southerners want beaches, shops and bars on their doorstep.

According to a recent survey carried out by leading Spanish estate agent HomeEspana and its sister company, Country HomeEspana, there is a sharp division between people from the North of the UK and those from the South when it comes to buying a Spanish property.

According to the survey, fewer than 10% of people from Yorkshire or the north west of England are concerned with beach access. But a sun loving 43.75% of people in the south east of England wanted beaches nearby. 50% of south easterners also wanted to be near shops and bars as compared with a modest 42% in Yorkshire and an even more modest 25% in the north west.

So, it seems southerners are more attracted to the buzzing resorts of the Costas with everything on tap.

As for northerners, is their love of rural inland Spain a sign of that gritty, self sufficient character they are fabled to have?

Of course, the northerner's preference for inland Spain could be down to another typical trait - a canny business sense. You tend to get more for your money if you buy a property away from the coast - more room, more land and often a more authentically Spanish feel to your location. Inland rural villlages are rarely as commercialised as the coastal towns, and life still passes at a traditionally relaxed pace.

As for those beaches, with so much improvement to Spain's motorway network in the last few years, the coast ( and airports) are within easier reach of the most secluded inland finca.

For all these reasons, many property investors favour inland Spain. Perhaps the fun-loving Southerners need to think again?


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