Frontline Beach property – How badly do you want it?
A considerable number of holiday home buyers want to own a property that is as close to a beach as possible. Frontline beach property with direct access to the beach itself is a dream for many and properties in these locations usually command higher prices. Of course, it does depend somewhat on the quality of the beach, not just the residential property.
The imagination conjures up clean, golden sand and crystal clear waters, where children can play in safety and the entire family can enjoy beach-related activities. There is at last one way to identify frontline beach property that meet international standards for water quality, environment, safety and services, and that is the Blue Flag award.
Mallorca, for example, has 60 Blue Flag beaches and as the local office of Engel & Völkers told the Daily Telegraph, frontline beach property on or near Blue Flag beaches attract more buyers, not just because the beach is beautiful, but because it also provides a much higher rental potential.
The Playa de Muro is one of Mallorca’s most attractive beaches and is in a nature reserve. It also has a Michelin-starred restaurant nearby. For the best prices, forget the frontline and opt for one within easy walking distance.
Kleftiko beach on Milos in Greece, which was once home to the Venus de Milo, is one of 70 beaches on the island, but this cove with its sparkling waters and ‘swim-through’ caves is considered a paradise. And, staying in Greece, Balos beach and lagoon on Crete is famous for its pink sand and clear waters. Elafonissi beach on Crete is another spectacular beach, but it is a little off the beaten path, so you will have to make a journey from Chania to get there.
The Balearic island of Formentera is often overlooked in favour of Ibiza. However, the Playa de Ses Illetes is a little bit of the Caribbean in Europe and a popular stop-off for the yachting crowd.
If you prefer Italy, then Sicily’s Spiaggia dei Coniglia on Lampedusa island is a pristine, white sand beach. Lampedusa is fairly remote, which means that property prices are accordingly lower than on Sicily’s mainland.
In Cyprus, also home to many fine beaches, Protaras in the southeast has great beaches and a lively nightlife as well as water sports. Fig Tree Bay is one of the most popular beaches here. Ayia Napa also has 14 Blue Flag beaches and along with Protaras is well located for access from Larnaca airport.
And back in Spain, La Concha beach in San Sebastian is considered a jewel amongst European beaches by many. Sitting on the Bay of Biscay, it is a city beach that is perfectly located for visiting San Sebastian’s world famous restaurants. Just don’t expect to find many bargains here, as it is one of the most fashionable places in the world to own a holiday home.