British appetite for second homes in Spain grows over the summer months

Denia Port, Costa Blanca.

Denia Port, Costa Blanca. Image: MiniMoon Photo /

From holiday searches to second homes, Spain is winning big right now when it comes to courting Britons’ favour.

Visitor numbers are soaring, with Spain’s national statistics institute (INE) recording more than 1.82 million British visitors in May 2023 (compared to 1.65 million in May 2022).

This positions Brits as Spain’s leading international visitor group, well ahead of French visitors (1.1 million in May), Germans (1.06 million) and the many other nationalities who choose to holiday in Spain.

Nor is it just holidays in the sunshine that Britons are seeking on Spanish shores.

According to leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España, the number of Brits reserving second homes in Spain for purchase has jumped during the past two months. In particular, British buyers are focusing on the Costa del Sol and Mallorca.

Research by Premier Inn, meanwhile, has shown that Malaga isn’t simply Briton’s favourite city in Spain – it’s their top choice globally, based on annual Google searches for holiday destinations.

Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España, Marc Pritchard, confirmed: “The British love for Spain remains unabated. Climate, cuisine, beaches, golf, proximity to the UK. Spain ticks all the right boxes for the perfect holiday destination, which is why it is so popular with British second home buyers.”

“We sold homes to over 40 nationalities last year, so our buyers are very diverse. The main groups of buyers were from the UK, Germany, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Belgium and France. Most are keen to enjoy the Spanish lifestyle and spend holidays outdoors in the sunshine.”

Marc added: “The weather is certainly important to our buyers! Many also want the chance to practice sports year-round – many of our clients are enthusiastic golfers who want to spend more time on the fairways.”

“Generally, our buyers are between about 40 and 60 years old. They are split between families with children and older buyers who are planning to spend some or all of their retirement in Spain.”

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Anna Ellis

Originally from Derbyshire, Anna has lived in the middle of nowhere on the Costa Blanca for 19 years. She is passionate about her animal family including four dogs and four horses, musicals and cooking.


    • Martin

      16 August 2023 • 01:10

      Typical developer hype to sell homes. Since the 90-day saga, people have been selling homes here because it´s hard to come up with the funds for residency. They don´t want to pay for a house that they can only use half of the year.

    • David Candlish

      16 August 2023 • 11:58

      Well, I’d argue with that. We bought a townhouse in Andalucia just last year and I’m applying for a NLV so I can spend more than 90 in 180 days there

    • Karen Jones

      17 August 2023 • 09:21

      You must be one of the lucky one’s who can afford to get an NLV then!

    • Wendy peacock

      17 August 2023 • 10:30

      How much is it to get full nlv .

    • Chris

      17 August 2023 • 11:07

      I think the real reason is it is getting harder to play the system now.

    • Brian Milner

      17 August 2023 • 11:57 This site tells you all about it. You need to prove about €35K a year for a couple or about €28K for a single person. You need a medical certificate to show you haven’t had certain health problems and health insurance. I don’t think you have to be super wealthy to comply with that.

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