Top spots for beachfront living in New Zealand

Are daydreams of living beside the beach when you move to New Zealand keeping you going right now? Just imagine waking up in the first part of the world to see the sun each morning, enjoying more than 2,000 hours of glorious sunshine every year, and making the most of it by taking up the hobbies you’ve always liked the sound of – surfing, hiking…lazing in a hammock. To help you decide on your New Zealand beachside paradise of choice, we’re running through 10 of the best…

Building a swimming pool in Portugal

Found the perfect property in Portugal but it lacks a certain something? Like a swimming pool? Don’t worry, if you have the space and the planning permission, installing a swimming pool in your home in Portugal isn’t too difficult. Here is what you need to do.

Finding a builder in Spain

Whether you’re having your home built from scratch or just need your patio repointed, finding a builder in Spain is easy. But where do you start, what will you pay and what are the local rules about building? For example, your neighbours won’t want their summer ruined while your extension goes up. In part 3 of our series on self-building in Spain, we’ve got to the business end of the process!

Is Basilicata the new Tuscany?

With Apulia and Sicily already wowing international property buyers, the latest southerly region turning heads is Basilicata. Is it time to look for a property in Basilicata? Matera is a great place to start looking. EU Capital of Culture 2019, the city has been attracting buyers from around the world. We give you the lowdown on the city and wider region, and speak to Greg from Manchester, one of the first foreigners to fall in love with the authentic Italian lifestyle. He didn’t only fall in love with the region…

Family-friendly Italy: Locations your kids will love!

Will children be coming to stay at your Italian property? Whether they are family or rental guests, you’ll discover that if the kids are having fun then the adults can also relax and enjoy their time in Italy.

Your ten best new friends when you move to Spain

Moving to a new area can be quite daunting so when you decide to change countries, it’s good to know that help is at hand. In Spain particularly you don’t need to find your way through a forest of bureaucracy alone as there are many people here to help smooth the journey for you. Don’t be afraid to ask though as you might appear to be finding your way when, in fact, you would just love someone to clear your path.