What’s been on your mind during lockdown? Have you been daydreaming about some big home improvements you’d like to make once life returns to something approaching normal, or have you been thinking of jetting off to foreign climes?
If it’s the latter, you’re certainly not alone, at least not according to data from Rightmove. The website revealed that it has seen a surge in interest in overseas properties during the period of lockdown in the UK.
While the website noted that some people were seriously considering purchasing a holiday property overseas, many others were simply dreaming of a holiday away from the UK after their break was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to Rightmove, the number of new users on its Rightmove Overseas portal climbed by 41 per cent in May, while the overall number of searches on the platform were up by 33 per cent compared to a year ago.
Ibiza was named as one of the places that has seen the biggest surge in searches, with the number of people looking for properties on the Balearic island up by 174 per cent compared to May 2019.
Other top Spanish resorts in terms of property searches were named as the Costa del Sol, Mallorca, the Costa del Almeria and Tenerife.
In terms of the countries that have experienced the greatest boost in interest, Spain, France and Portugal are at the top of the list.
In France, the Dordogne was the most popular resort, followed by Brittany, Normandy, Languedoc-Roussillon and the Loire Valley.
Meanwhile, in Portugal it was the Algarve that topped the list, followed by the Silver Coast, Lisbon and the Lisbon coast, Albufeira and Vilamoura.
Miles Shipside, property expert at the organisation, said that lockdown had given many people “time to reappraise their lives”, which has resulted in a greater number of people considering the benefits of owning a property overseas.
“Social distancing would be far more straightforward if you’re lucky enough to be able to afford your own overseas pad. If other holidaymakers feel the same, then they may wish to rent your property, helping it bring in an income when you’re not there,” he explained.
If you’re not able to afford your own holiday home to buy, there are plenty of amazing apartments to rent in Spain that would still allow you and your family or friends to social distance, without the need to worry about finding the cash to buy your own place.
Spain has announced that Brits arriving in the country for holidays will need to fill in a form detailing where they will be staying for the duration of their trip and whether they have previously had Coronavirus. They will also have their temperature taken and undergo a visual inspection.
Should the health professionals carrying out these tests be concerned, the traveller in question will be required to see a doctor.
However, the Spanish authorities have revealed that they won’t require travellers to spend 14 days in quarantine on arrival in the country. While this is great news for Brits hoping to head off on holiday, the same currently isn’t true for arrivals to the UK, so any travellers will face a two-week quarantine on their return to the UK as it currently stands.