Pam Golding Properties is marketing high quality, investment yielding residential property in prime locations in Spain to the South African and international markets. “Spain joins other destinations such as Mauritius, Seychelles and Portugal in offering residency programmes to foreigners acquiring property at prices in excess of €500 000,” comments the CE of Pam Golding Properties, Dr Andrew Golding. “A key attraction, particularly for South Africans, is that investors will have unrestricted access to move within the Schengen zone.”

Non-EU citizens who invest €500 000 in property in Spain are granted automatic residency and will have access to European countries like France, Germany, Belgium, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands and other countries in the Schengen zone.

Pam Golding Properties focuses on quality property in prime locations like Barcelona, particularly for investment yielding property, and the Costa Brava - an appealing and upmarket holiday destination home to picturesque villages and cove beaches just north of Barcelona. The islands of Mallorca and Ibiza are also showing strong rental returns and capital growth.

Chris Immelman, MD of the International and Projects Division says, “We have visited Spain to meet with lawyers, reputable developers and real estate companies to ensure we fully understand the intricacies of the new law and how it will be applied, and to establish partnerships to source sound investment opportunities to offer potential property buyers.”  

He adds: “With our success over the past 10 years in marketing prime located property in sought after leisure, we anticipate high interest from South African investors in specially selected properties in Spain.”

Spain’s long beaches and hidden coves, famous throughout Europe; its Mediterranean climate, diverse landscapes, unique café culture and excellent infrastructure only scratch the surface of all that Spain has to offer.

Explore Spain

Festivals and celebrations

Festivals and celebrations

Few places celebrate like Spain. Some of the most famous ‘fiestas’ take place in Spain, such as the popular annual ‘Tomatina’ or ‘Tomato Battle’ in Buñol where thousands participate in throwing tomatoes at each other, until all is drenched in red. Additionally, most Spanish villages have individual summer fiestas including the likes of folk dances, flaming effigies and more food battles involving meringue, grapes or oranges.

Cuisine

Cuisine

With both the best and the oldest restaurant in the world, there is no doubt that Spanish cuisine is superb. ‘El Celler de Can Roca’ has ranked consistently among the top restaurants in the world, taking 1st place in 2013. An enjoyable custom in Spain is the tradition of serving free food when a customer orders a drink. Spain’s countless varieties of paella are a source of traditional pride and contain ingredients like rabbit,

Sightseeing

Sightseeing

From Egyptian temples like the ‘Temple of Debod’ in the centre of Madrid, to thousand year old Mosques like the World Heritage Site of the ‘Mezquite’, Spain has more than its fair share of priceless and spectacular historical sites to offer. Other must-see sites include the Moorish palace ‘Alhambra’ in Grenada or its varied breathtaking cathedrals such as the ‘Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela’ – a place of international pilgrimage.

Culture

Culture

The Spanish are renowned for their hospitality and generosity. Spain has a population that is helpful and accommodating to outsiders, sharing their relaxed lifestyle as a kind of second nature. Spain has a very rich artistic heritage and culture. The invention of the Spanish guitar in the 1700s has also created a unique Spanish culture around music and ‘flamenco’ – a cultural trend involving music, dance and fashion.

“Sip sangria at a sidewalk café in Las Ramblas while watching flamboyant street performers, then create your own moveable feast by floating from tapas bar to tapas bar.”

TripAdvisor on Barcelona, Spain

Living in Spain

Lifestyle

The Economist Intelligence Unit placed Spain’s quality of life among the top 10 in the world. Spain’s low crime rate offers a safe and ‘free’ environment. The Mediterranean lifestyle consists of summers on the coast, Sunday siestas and long family meals. Day to day living is approached with an informal attitude, contributing towards the enjoyable quality of life which is enhanced by the pleasant weather year round and a social culture.

Owning property in Spain

In 2008 prices in Spain fell by as much as 70% in some locations. There is an opportunity for buyers to take advantage of excellent property values as the market will have an upward trend for 2015 due to growth in the Spanish economy and better access to loans. Spain constantly tops the lists of European countries for increased property values. Properties in regions like Murcia are still undervalued, making them potentially valuable investment

Healthcare

The Spanish healthcare system with its modern hospitals and excellent, quick medical treatment is ranked among the best in the world and is one of the most comprehensive systems in Europe. Spain has one of the highest rates of organ donations in the world and those living and working legally in Spain have access to free state healthcare. The WHO has even named Spain as a “near perfect environment” for one’s health.

Travel

Barcelona is just 2.5 hours from the ski slopes of Andorra in the Pyrenees Mountains and is very accessible to several other European cities. London and Paris are just a two hour flight away and South Africans can reach Barcelona with only one stop via either London or Dubai. Within Spain, there is an extensive system of interlinked transport modes. The Madrid Metro and other underground systems are some of the most modern networks in the worl

For example Camps Bay or Mauritius