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5 destinations to escape to this December bank holiday

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Majorca is the largest in the Balearic Islands and has plenty of sun and beaches as well as valuable natural sites and quiet seafaring villages. 

In Deià you can get to know the house of the English writer, Robert Graves. In Valldemossa you will discover its charm and cross the path of the Archduke that leads to Puig del Teix; in Cabrera you will dive between more than 900 marine species and in Alcúdia you will step foot in the middle of the old town.

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Cantabria boasts of having impressive landscapes tinged with greenery, excellent seafood, a beach and northern villages with a lot of charm. 

Enjoy the monumental Comillas and Santillana del Mar, the typical seafaring setting in San Vicente de la Barquera, the beauty of nature in Potes, Mogroviejo, and the historic Puente Viesgo. The jewel of the community is Santander, which combines sea with nature and offers endless attractions to enjoy this December: the Magdalena Palace, the fishing port, the cathedral, the Maritime Museum of the Bay of Biscay and the Marítimo del Cantábrico Casa-Museo of Altamira.

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The Pyrenees are the perfect choice for those looking to practice sports and rural tourism this December bank holiday. There are plenty of ski slopes that will allow you to enjoy a good break: Baqueira Beret, in Catalonia, Candanchú and Formigal, in Aragón, or Masella, in Gerona.

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Known as the "Silver Teacup", Cádiz is a city and port with valuable monumental heritage, beautiful beaches that are deserted at this time of the year, and a tasty gastronomy in which there is no shortage of fried fish. Add to that its white mountainous villages, where you can enjoy mother nature and relax, such as Olvera, Grazalema, Zahara de la Sierra and Ubrique.

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Property on offer in Spain

In recent years, the Spanish property market has become a sector particularly valued by international investors, and it's no surprise. Between 2009 and 2014, property prices in Spain underwent notable changes, and as a result properties are currently being sold at very competitive prices. This situation applies to houses both for sale and to let, as well as to more luxurious properties, making Spain a practically unique case in Europe. The best investment possibilities can be found in Spain's high-end properties.

The high-end sector is the most interesting to the international investor. Many people the world over consider property in Spain, especially in the larger cities, to be some of the best patrimonial assets in Europe (a good example would be a luxury attic in Madrid or Barcelona). And as for the exclusively residential market, those who wish to have a second home in Spain, or buy a main house can also benefit from this situation. Logically, all of these benefits also reach the proprietors who wish to sell their houses.

Living and working in Spain

The quality of life enjoyed in Spain is the result of a unique combination of climatic, geographic, and of course, human factors. Living in Spain is an option that is contemplated by more foreigners every day, and buying a house is the first step towards that. Acclimatisation tends to be fast, and those who move in with the objective of developing business ventures can also count on easier administration when buying a house. Spain's high quality property market paves the way forward.

The type of property which one moves into in Spain will obviously depend on the newcomer's aspirations. Those who head to Spain, whether to live or to work, can enjoy the wonderful surroundings, either in an apartment with a view (of the beach, mountains or the city) or in a house right on the coast. For more information, it can be very useful to seek the advice of an estate agent in Spain, who will analyse the most interesting offers based on the prospective buyer's criteria.

Selling your house in Spain

Selling your house is another option for foreigners who live in Spain. Whether you are coming to the end of your stay in Spain or you just want to get rid of one asset in particular, the services of a reliable and trustworthy Spanish estate agent are essential. These professionals will examine the qualities of the villas in Spain that they want to commercialise, reaching the most advantageous sales agreements possible and getting the luxury properties in question on the market. Little wonder: if anything indicates the current context of the market it's that the role of the agent is basically to close a good sales agreement.

How to arrive in and travel through Spain

Alongside the properties that Spain has available, the country also offers areas of great patrimonial and natural interest. It's worth highlighting the excellent connections by land, sea and air to all the European capitals such as London, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Brussels, and Geneva, and many other European cities are less than a three-hour journey from the main Spanish airports. Those who travel to Spain have airports at their disposal not only in the main cities but also in the majority of the provinces. Another alternative to get around the country is via the complete train network that, on a smaller scale, consists of commuter trains to the inland regions, creating easy access to almost any town and property in Spain.