Over the last 50 years the Iberian Peninsula (spanning Spain and Portugal) has established itself as the headquarters of Europe’s golf scene.
Both Spain and Portugal are famed for their colourful histories, rich cultural heritage, distinctive gastronomy and impressive architecture, but the nations should also be known for developing a golf infrastructure that’s up there with the best in the world. A strong emphasis on the quality and environmental sustainability of the developments has meant they now set the standard other nations must try to meet.
Given that the Iberian Peninsula enjoys an impressive average of over 300 days of sunshine a year, it’s not surprising that golf is one of the most popular pastimes in the area.
The concentration of the best courses in the region follow its southerly coastline. Starting from Portugal’s enchanting capital city of Lisbon, following the Atlantic shore south to the Algarve, then crossing into Spain and continuing along the Mediterranean Sea to the Costa del Sol.
From here, Iberia’s golf trail continues northeast, hugging the Mediterranean shore to Valencia, then Barcelona and onward to the French border.
With 325 miles of coastline in Portugal, another 1,000 miles in Spain, and some of the best golf courses Europe has to offer, its little wonder that so many Brits buy properties there.
The scope of properties available in the region is impressive, and you can find homes to suit any budget. However, whatever the price of the property, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the most for your money.
That’s why it’s so important to consider how you’re going to move your money abroad to purchase your property. While you could use your bank, you won’t get a great exchange rate and you’ll probably have to pay transfer fees.
Doing a bit of research into your options and choosing a money transfer provider that doesn’t charge fees, offers excellent exchange rates, and provides a range of transfer services could save you thousands. This could give you more of a budget to make any improvements to your new home, and leave you with enough change to invest in a new set of golf clubs!
Moving along the coast into Spain’s Costa del Sol,
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