The Spanish city and province of Girona is enjoying an increase in interest in its property from overseas buyers, including those from the UK. According to research conducted by the Spanish Valuation Society, buyers from the UK, France, Russia and Scandinavia were behind an increase in enquiries in Girona in 2011, as compared to 2010. So, what is it that has been attracting overseas buyers to Girona?
Mountains, beaches and cities
Part of the Catalonia region, Girona has much to offer. With the resorts of the Costa Brava, historic towns and cities and the Pyrenees, Girona is a fascinating and lively area. Buying a home there should be a good investment and is likely to attract a reliable rental income. It’s an established tourist area which UK holidaymakers flock to all year-round, so if you choose wisely and back your purchase up with good overseas property insurance, buying a Girona home could be a great decision.
Where to buy?
The city of Girona has its roots going back to pre-Roman times, and is almost like a mini version of nearby Barcelona, without the crowds. It has a stunning Old Town, characterised by narrow, pedestrian-type streets, shops selling local arts and crafts and friendly tapas bars.
The city is only a short drive away from the Pyrenees. In summer, the mountains are lush and green, a haven for walkers, cyclists and nature lovers. In winter, they’re transformed into a wintersports paradise, with La Mollina and Mosella the most popular skiing area. Whatever the season, you’ll find incredible views and traditional mountain villages.
The real attraction of Girona for many is the beach, and if you time your visit right, you could be skiing one day, and sunbathing the next, such is the variety of the area. Larger resorts include Tossa de Mar and Lloret de Mar, but there are plenty of smaller seaside towns and isolated coves for those who crave privacy. Whatever you’re looking for from your holiday home, the chances are you’ll find it somewhere in Girona.