Just when you thought that every aspect and area of Spain had been explored, every secret delight of this stunning European nation had been uncovered and that each pristine beach, vibrant city and cultural and historic sight had been seen, the Spanish authorities announce that a brand new international airport is to be constructed in a hidden corner of secret Spain.
This new airport will open up the skies and indeed the entire region of magnificent Murcia to a global audience, revealing a brand new holiday hotspot in one of the leading travel and tourism destinations in the world for us all to explore and enjoy.
The autonomous region of Murcia is tucked away in a lesser known and once secluded part of south-eastern Spain. It has a fabulous Mediterranean coastline, an enviably attractive climate, a vibrantly exciting regional capital city, the largest saltwater lake in Europe, a wealthy cultural heritage, property prices well below the national norm and now, emerging and soon to be booming tourism and real estate markets.
If you’re seeking a brand new Spanish holiday hotspot or if you’re looking for a corner of Spain in which you can live, retire or invest in property whilst remaining confident in the knowledge that you’re getting in ahead of the rest, Murcia will be your destination of choice in 2008, and here are the top five reasons why: –
1) The region of Murcia will see construction of its international airport begin in 2008 with construction time estimated to take just two years. The region’s councillor for public works, housing and transport, José Ballesteros, is said to be confident that the airport’s private owned status will mean that it can attract low cost airlines and provide travellers with low flight costs and greater flexibility compared to state owned airports. It is understood that Mr. Ballesteros has already been in meetings with the lower cost European carriers such as Ryanair, Air Europa, Air France, Iberia and TUI which bodes exceptionally well for the likely number of tourism arrivals that the region can expect when the airport comes online as early as 2010.
Current predictions for the increase in arrivals that the new airport will bring to Murcia are in the region of 1.5 million passengers when the airport opens, increasing to over 5 million by 2015 – and if you’re going to be one of these passengers you will benefit from easy and affordable access to one of Spain’s most beautiful and unspoiled regions.
2) Murcia embodies diversification in terms of the travel and holiday experience it can offer its visitors. From the fabulous Mediterranean coastline with its soft sandy beaches, pretty fishing villages and inimitably evocative ocean views, to the mountainous and rural interior where the landscape is stunning, the climate is perfect and the lifestyle is so life-enhancing and laid back. Whatever type of holiday location you prefer, you will find it in Murcia.
3) Not only can Murcia offer visitors a laid back holiday location, it is home to a city of the same name where holidaymakers and residents alike are treated to a vibrant and positive atmosphere and where they can enjoy an exciting café, bar and restaurant scene, where they can indulge in fantastic retail therapy or take in the historic attractions of everything from the world famous Santa Maria Cathedral in Murcia to the Almudí Palace, from the Monteagudo Castle to the Ramón Gaya Museum in the Plaza Catalina.
4) Property prices in Murcia have completely defied the national norm in recent months. Whereas prices for homes in many of the most well known areas of Spain have declined in the last twelve months, prices in Murcia have continued to rise steadily at about 4% year on year At the same time, it is worth noting that the Kyero.com Spanish House Price Index records the median price of a home in Murcia as lying well below the national average, proving that there is plenty of room for price growth over the coming years. Interest in property for sale in Murcia has been increasing ever since talk about the proposed airport began. Now that construction of the airport has been given the go ahead, local developers are witnessing a strong increase in interest. Mike Hamilton, Director of Casas de Lorca a highly regarded real estate development company in Murcia, recently commented on his personal predictions for real estate in the region in light of the airport announcement:
“My predictions for the coming year are for a gradual rise in demand. Murcia is one of the fastest growing regions in Spain anyway, and a new international airport will further drive growth. The supply of property in the holiday home market has increased over the last 3 years and demand had been struggling to keep up. Therefore prices are currently very attractive but should naturally begin to rise towards the end of the year as demand begins to take over supply. The demand in the retirement or early retirement market still vastly outweighs the supply so I predict prices will increase more in this sector. This is where Spain is still a firm favourite versus emerging countries. So far in 2008 we have seen business more than quadruple and 90% of our clients are looking for properties to relocate to. We are looking forward to a very good year.”
5) Murcia is affordable, it is about to become highly accessible, it has the best climate in Spain, it is not over developed, it is rich in culture, history, heritage, gastronomy, nature, sport and leisure. It is a region in which to live, to retire, to enjoy a holiday and what’s more, it is one of the corners of Spain where there is still a buoyant property market, where prices remain affordable, where the real estate for sale is expansive and exclusive and where an investment made today could well reap significant dividends, gains and yields over the short to medium term.
Whether your interest in Spain lies in finding a hidden corner in which to lay your hat and find a home or in holidaying in a highly exciting emerging destination, Murcia embodies the realisation of all your personal interests. It is quite possibly the final part of Spain to be made so much more accessible thanks to the new international airport, and it is certainly a region of this beautiful nation that should not be overlooked or ignored for a moment longer. Discover the real Spain, visit Murcia.