Life in Spain is (almost!) back to normal. The property market has also started to recover, with home sales up 25% this summer, compared to the same time in 2019. But as we near the two-year mark since the start of the pandemic, some Spanish properties are still sat empty, with many receiving little to no maintenance throughout this period.
If you’re dreaming of a home in Spain, but you can’t find the one you want, or it doesn’t fit your budget, buying off-plan could be the answer. Essentially, this means buying a property that’s either not yet built or still in the process of being built, as opposed to an older property (known as a “resale”).
Ever watched a movie and thought “I’d love to live there”? Being somewhat photogenic, Italy has been the luscious backdrop for dozens of movie greats. But where are they? Let us take you on a trip to Italy’s most famous film sets… No matter how weak the story line, I can watch a film showing Italy, over and over again, just to see the Italian locations. I watched Inferno just after visiting Florence, and spent most of the film spotting places I’d seen. “Look there’s the Boboli gardens, the font in the baptistery, and Palazzo Vecchio”.
If you are searching for a scenic location rich in history and art, where your budget will stretch to a property larger than a bedsit in Florence, then Umbria is just the place. Just like neighbouring Tuscany you will find rolling hills, vineyards, olive groves, woods, lakes, rivers and mountains. There are country lanes bordered with cypress trees, and charming hill top villages to explore. No wonder, the Umbria tourism website , refers to it as the “Green heart of Italy” (Cuone verde d’italia)
With the easing of travel restrictions, we can now easily hop on a plane to visit and purchase properties in Cyprus. But what will we find there? What’s changed since the pandemic and the end of the Brexit transition period?
Tuscany is the dream location in Italy, with its gently rolling hills, cypress trees, every jaw-droppingly beautiful village, it seems, offering a quiet church with renaissance frescoes. But Tuscany is bigger than Wales and includes many different types of landscapes and cities. Read our guide to the 10 provinces of Tuscany.