When deciding to purchase a home overseas, there are many things to consider, such as the beauty of a place, the availability of different types of attractions, from cultural to natural, the quality of life and also the average cost per square meter in a particular location.
There are several appealing second-home locations in Europe: here you can find beautiful villas in a picturesque landscape with relatively moderate purchase costs, eat good food and have access to a rich culture: that is why many foreigners decide to buy a house in this continent.
But what are the most popular locations in Europe among those who want to buy a second home? Let’s take a look at them.
Italy, stunning locations and affordable places
Italy is a place where many people want to buy a second home to spend holidays or to have a rental income. Beauty and culture are undoubtedly two of this country’s strengths, and you can choose cities or villages with beautiful landscapes and excellent food everywhere, from south to north, not to mention welcoming people and a rich program of cultural events.
Moreover, there are more than 20 Italian airports served by international flights to other countries. If you are looking for Italian villas for sale, you’ll be spoilt for choice in this lovely country. If you like a romantic holiday home, you can choose villas located in Como or near the Garda Lake, whereas if you prefer to look at the sea every time you get up in the morning, then you can buy a real estate in Sardinia or Sicily, two stunning islands, or make your offer for a villa on the Amalfi Coast.
On the other hand, if you are a city lover, Rome, Milan or Florence, may be the city to consider. Those offer high-quality standard of life, a rich nightlife and of course food and culture. In particular, Rome the so-called Eternal City is full of art and culture in every single corner, as well as Florence.
Balearic Islands, the perfect place to buy holiday homes
The Balearic Islands of Mallorca, Menorca, and Ibiza are fantastic holiday spots, just some miles away from the coast of Catalonia. Easy to travel to from many international airports, these small islands offer spectacular nature, beautiful landscapes and sand-covered beaches, great food and lots of fun such as from fine dining restaurants to the most famous clubs in Ibiza.
You can buy a holiday home to spend time with your family, decide to rent it out for extra income: in every case, you can purchase beautiful villas, properties with swimming pools or small flats at affordable prices.
France, desirable location for a second home
France is not just Paris. There are many stunning locations in this country where you can buy a wonderful second home, enjoy a pleasant weather, excellent gastronomy, good wine and enchanting scenery.
For example, the Bassin d’Arcachon, located on the Atlantic coast of France and just one hour from Bordeaux, is one of the best places to buy a second property. Here you can find small, charming villages and beautiful towns such as Cap Ferret and Arcachon, and the Dune du Pilat, the tallest sand dune in Europe along with an extensive natural landscape with pine forests too.
If you prefer to spend your holiday time during the winter season, or you want to buy ski propriety to rent, you should consider buying a home in one of the world’s top ski destinations in France. From the middle of the Alps, which have some of the world’s steepest and most varied skiable terrain, to smaller ski villages with fantastic off-piste and terrifying black lines, this country offers a variety of locations that are a perfect place for mountain’s lovers.
Chamonix, located in the foothills of Mont Blanc, in which were held the first Winter Olympics in 1924, today is a famous location for skiing, have fun with others winter sports and where you can have a walk in the beautiful forests in the Brévent-Flégère area.
In Courmayeur you can find modern houses, luxury proprieties and magnificent villas for sale. This small town is not only among the top winter destinations, but also a great place to spend summer holidays admiring the ancient stone houses in the nearby, eating delicious local food or just relaxing in the sun chairs.