Spain opens for summer, as arrivals quarantine dropped from 1 July

·     Outdoor Spanish lifestyle is ideal for social distancing (Taylor Wimpey España)
·     Sunshine, golf, beaches and open-air dining likely to win over tourists this summer
·     65% increase in UK visitors to Taylor Wimpey España website in last 3 months

On 25 May, Spain announced that the two-week quarantine period for arrivals into the country would be dropped as of 1 July. This is excellent news for the country’s tourism sector, which accounts for more than 12% of Spanish GDP.


Spain has already relaxed a range of lockdown measures, with the result that life in the sun-kissed holiday destination is moving towards a new kind of normal. And, as leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España points out, the country is ideally suited to those looking to pursue a more socially distant life.

“With beaches, golf courses and restaurants with terraces all open for business once more, Spain has plenty of leisure options to offer those visiting. The fantastic sunny weather means that it’s the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors and there’s a real sense of gearing up for the summer season now, which felt almost unimaginable just a few weeks ago.”
 
Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Some 80 million tourists visit Spain every year, though 2020 is going to be a notable exception. While visits to major cities may not hold quite the same appeal, walks along the beach and a few rounds of golf in the sunshine seem like the perfect antidote to the cabin fever of lockdown.

At Taylor Wimpey España, the new normal is becoming established already. The company’s sales offices are open once more, for pre-booked viewings with strictly limited attendee numbers. Masks and gloves are compulsory and available at every site, while each show home is cleaned thoroughly between visits. Several appointments have already been booked, both by domestic buyers and by foreigners already living in the area.

“We’re working hard to ensure that those who want to view our show homes can do so safely and enjoy the experience. We’ve also introduced a fully refundable deposit of €3,300 for the duration of the Spanish ‘alert’ status, for those buyers who need a little longer to make up their minds in the current circumstances. The deposit is fully refundable for up to 60 days, to give buyers plenty of time to decide on proceeding with their purchase.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Figures from the company highlight the keen interest that those in the UK still have in Spanish second homes. Web visitors from the UK have risen by 65% over the past three months. Growth in April alone was up 56% when compared with the same month a year previously.

This significant pent up demand is further reflected by the number of leads, which were double in April what they were in February. Properties of interest include Pier, in Cadiz, and Recoleta III in the Costa Blanca.

Pier is a stunning collection of exclusive, key-ready penthouses and apartments in La Marina de Sotogrande. In addition to beautiful marina views, the homes offer pools and garden areas as part of a private, gated community. Prices start from €360,000 plus VAT for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom home with over 40m2 of outdoor space.

Homes are also ready to move into at La Recoleta III, in Punta Prima (Torrevieja) on the Costa Blanca. Available from €200,000 plus VAT, the bright, sunny apartments offer easy access to the beach and sea, just metres away. All of the two- and three-bedroom homes have private terraces, while owners also enjoy exclusive use of La Recoleta’s outdoor pool and gardens.

Spain’s islands are also working towards opening for the summer season, with Palma Tourism Board Manager Pedro Homar reporting that hoteliers on the island have been, “working through different scenarios to ensure that they are able to follow government advice and guarantee the safety of all their staff and clients, as well as being able to get up and running as soon as possible.”

Mallorca has long been a favourite destination with holiday home owners looking for beautiful scenery, a superb gastronomic scene and plenty of options for sports and leisure pursuits. One of Taylor Wimpey España’s loveliest developments on the island is Blue Cove, a collection of key-ready, frontline homes at Cala Lliteras. A variety of layouts provide something for every buyer, from ground floor garden apartments to penthouses with solarium terraces and spectacular views over the turquoise, crystalline waters of the bay. Prices start from €345,000 plus VAT.

“Spain is getting ready for summer once more. It’s likely to be a different kind of summer than we’re used to, but certainly one where visitors appreciate dining al fresco on the terrace and enjoying the outdoor lifestyle like never before.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit https://www.taylorwimpeyspain.com/. If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.