Catalonia property, with its two wonderful Costas, its beautiful rural interior and its vibrant cities, ticks all the boxes for international lifestyle investors. Whether it is for a holiday home or a second home, property in Catalonia is the natural first choice for many buyers.
A beautiful part of Spain, Catalonia offers everything from the Pyrenees in the north to the Ebro delta in the south, the Costa Brava, the Costa Daurada, the inland areas and the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona. The contrasts in scenery are immense.
The location of Catalonia, just across the French border, is hard to beat in terms of lifestyle and accessibility. From the rugged ski resorts of the Pyrenees, down to the beautiful transparent-blue Mediterranean, Catalonia offers an incredible range of breathtaking landscapes, coupled with a warm, lively culture deeply rooted in the rich festive traditions.
With the Pyrenees at the doorstep, it is perfectly feasible to head off for a day´s hill walking, some serious mountain biking or superb skiing. Long beaches of golden sand, blessed with clear water and interspersed by occasional coves, make the Costa Brava ideal for swimming, snorkelling, kayaking and sailing. The coastline is dotted with quaint and unspoilt seaside towns, which have retained their typically Spanish feel.
Away from the coast, Catalonia is just as varied. Hills are covered in picturesque vineyards. Farmers harness the Ebro River to turn out excellent wine, fruit and olive oil. And there are incredible historic buildings, villages and towns, filled with exceptional architecture.
With over 35 courses, Catalonia is a golfing paradise in the sun. Catalonia has hosted the Open de España three times in the past five years, an indication of how these courses are regarded with such admiration and esteem. The internationally famous PGA Catalunya Resort is undoubtedly one of the main golf attractions in the region. There are two exceptional courses at PGA Catalunya Resort: the Stadium Course, ranked No.1 in Spain, No.5 in Continental Europe and named amongst the World’s Top 100; and the Tour Course. PGA Catalunya is one of the finalists in the competition to host the 2022 Ryder Cup.
Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is known as the most cosmopolitan city in all of Spain. Apart from the emblematic old town, the old fishing quarter, multiple Michelin-starred restaurants and Gaudí’s extraordinary architectural legacy, the city boasts outstanding parks alongside the Montjuic, a prominent hill that features a large number of attractions that include the Spanish Village, the Magic Fountain and Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, one of the city’s most important museums.
Also not to be missed is the ancient city of Girona, a beautiful jewel of the region. The city is situated at the midpoint between the coast and the mountains and is noted not only for its cultural riches, but for its superior gastronomy. The hugely atmospheric Jewish Quarter is one of the most beautifully preserved historical districts in the world, a place criss-crossed by narrow streets and passageways, some of which date back nine centuries.
Traditionally, most of the foreign buyers of Catalonia properties are Europeans, although metropolitan areas also attract buyers from Asia and the Middle East. Most of the foreigners who buy on the Costa Brava are from Scandinavia, Britain, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Germany. In recent years, Catalonia real estate has also drawn investors from further afield, including Russia, the United States, the Middle East and even a few from Asia.
Catalonia properties run the gamut, from luxury penthouses overlooking the glistening Mediterranean waters, to modern family villas and exclusive apartments and Catalan masías, from impressive country homes to fine castles in the hills.
Here, one may find one of the finest climates anywhere in the world, a place where a rich history and culture combine with the details of modern living to produce one of the best qualities of life anywhere. From the salt air of the coastline, to the fresh mountain air, from the Mediterranean, to the mountains and the national parks, Catalonia boasts year-round appeal.
A high quality of life and a highly developed infrastructure make Catalonia real estate one of the best choices for those in search of a popular overseas destination, a place prized by holidaymakers and investors alike.