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Property buyers from the UK and other northern European countries, typically purchase in one of the following four areas: the Costa Blanca, Costa del Sol, Costa Brava, and the Balearic Islands. In this article, we will take a quick look at some of the pros and cons of each area.

The Costa Brava
The Costa Brava became very popular in the 60s with British tourists and one of the reasons is probably because it was within driving distance and tourists could arrive by coach. While most holidaymaker these days prefer to fly, it is still an advantage to be within driving distance from your home country.
For example, if you live in France it will take you around 9 hours to reach Paris from the popular Costa Brava town of Lloret de Mar. Germans, who enjoy driving holidays in general, can reach the Costa Brava within 17 hours from Berlin or 12 hours from Frankfurt.

Even though the drive from the UK will take you around 16 hours, it is still possible and within reason to make this journey if you do not like flying. However if you were to move to the Costa del Sol or even the Costa Blanca things get a lot more complicated as the further distance is quite considerable.

As the crow flies to the Balearics is not much further, but as this involves a boat journey, the islands are not as practical to reach from Northern Europe as the Costa Brava.
The downside of the Costa Brava is that it does not enjoy the good temperatures all year round experienced in the other areas. Winter on the Costa Brava can be quite chilly, especially at night.
The expat community on the Costa Brava, like the Balearics is very mixed, unlike on the Costas Blanca and del Sol where UK expats tend to dominate. This can either be a pro or con depending on your preference.

The Costa Blanca
The Costa Blanca experiences one of the best climates in the world, with bearable summers and usually mild winters.
The region is extremely well connected for expats and tourists with many flights coming in and out of Alicante and Valencia airports every day.
There are numerous towns to choose from if you are considering properties for sale on the Costa Blanca, each with their own distinct personality and atmosphere. If there are any disadvantages related to moving to the Costa Blanca, it is possibly that many parts are dominated by tourism and finding authentic Spain takes a little bit of work.

The Costa del Sol
The Costa del Sol is the second most popular location for Northern European expats after the Costa Blanca. It has a warm climate just about all year, although it can get quite unbearably hot in the summer with temperatures frequently reaching well over 30 degrees. This can be a problem for the elderly or the very young.
Like the Costa Blanca, the Costa del Sol is well connected for travelling with Malaga airport, and further down the coast Gibraltar.
A downside of the Costa del Sol is that it is really too far for northern Europeans to reach by car, unless you went to spend the best part two days driving.

The Balearic Islands
The Balearics have a great climate in the summer, and usually enjoy fairly mild winters. Like the Costa Brava, Brits do not dominate the expat community, and there is a good mix of diverse nationalities.
Because the Balearics are made up of four main islands, Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, each with a unique appeal, it is not so easy to generalise while discussing the Belearics as with the others popular regions of Spain. Would-be expats are advised to visit each island at least once before coming to a final decision and purchasing a property.

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