Galicia and Asturias are located in the North of Spain and form part of the Costa Verde (or Green Coast). This is where the Spanish come on holiday to escape the fierce heat of central Spain in the Summer. The climate is fairly similar to the UK although the Summers are a little warmer and a lot longer, and the Winters are less cold and much shorter. It is true Spain and is unspoilt by mass tourism.
Our focus is on properties in the area close to the border between Galicia and Asturias. The nearest airport is Santiago de Compostela (Ryanair) and this is just over an hour's drive away. Santander port (Brittany Ferries) is three hours away. Ribadeo is the nearest large town on the coast. Other towns of note are Vegadeo and Taramundi.
The majority of the properties are not habitable and require extensive restoration. There are only a few properties on the site as these are the ones felt to represent fantastic value for money.
The coastline is breathtaking with a mixture of beautiful white sandy beaches and rocky coves. There are no skyscraper apartment blocks here! Inland the countryside is gentle and picturesque with hills and valleys, cascading rivers, villages dating back centuries, and a lifestyle that is a million miles from the hustle and bustle of UK life. The food is fantastic, there are hundreds of fiestas every year, there is impressive architecture, the outdoor life is tremendous with walking, birdwatching, water sports and fishing all feauturing in the area. And then there is living here .......................
Choosing a property here is a fun activity and need not be as daunting as it seems. Yes, a basic understanding of Spanish is an advantage, but there are plenty of people who can help you who speak very good English. We can help put you in touch with these people. Buying the property, deciding what you want to do with it, and then embarking on the restoration process, is all an adventure. There will be moments of anxiety, stress and frustration, but at the end of it all is a lifestyle worth waiting for.
To help you get a better understanding of the area and the restoration process, have a look at these 2 blogs.