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Moving to Spain | Moving to Playa Blanca

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Matthew’s article this week concentrates on moving to Playa Blanca, in the south of Lanzarote.

Moving to Playa Blanca

Moving to Playa Blanca: Resort Lanzarote at its classiest

Ups

Do sunsets dominate your holiday snaps? The stunning ones in Playa Blanca happen 365 (head to the lighthouse at Faro Park for the best view). If you dream of laying by a sparkling private pool outside a whitewashed villa surrounded by palm trees, yet also have your pick of white sandy beaches – Playa Blanca’s for you. Playa Blanca’s infrastructure has come a long way in recent years with several large supermarkets, a bus station linking it to the rest of the Island, municipal offices and the up-market Marina Rubicon.

Downs

Playa Blanca may one of Lanzarote’s most gentrified resorts, but it’s still very much a work in progress rather than the finished article. The planned port redevelopment hasn’t started for one thing. The outskirts to the East still have a number of half-built complexes, and the promised golf course has been put on perpetural hold, for another.

Ins and outs

Lanzarote’s version of Land’s End is rather more accessible than the original. You can reach Playa Blanca within half an hour from the airport, travelling along the LZ-2. Fuerteventura’s Corralejo is only 25 minutes away by ferry and there are 17 crossings a day.

Education

Allow a daily one-hour commute if you enrol your children in Los Pocillos’ Colegio Hispano Britanico. And even more if you choose The British School of Lanzarote. A nearer, cheaper option for infants and primary-aged children is CEIP Playa Blanca on Calle Europa, the local state school.

Shop until you drop…

The beachfront promenade is geared towards tourists, offering cheap booze, fags, and fragrances in between the many restaurants. For a more upmarket shopping experience, head back one row for a sprinkling of designer stores or to boutique central Marina Rúbicon towards the east of the resort. The marina also hosts a bi-weekly market selling clothes and souvenirs on Wednesdays and Saturdays (9:00am-2:00pm).

Property in Playa Blanca

You don’t have to worry about your property only being big enough for a holiday in Playa Blanca. For as well as apartments, there are duplexes, villas and mansions on the market.

Market watch

Apartments tend to start above €80,000 rather than below. Whilst villas can cost as much as €3,000,000. Long term rental properties are like gold dust at time of press with villas being snapped up the day they are offered.

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CWS Maintenance

Once you have bought your dream property in Playa Blanca, there will no doubt be some changes that you would like to have – to make your property perfect for you.

We can heartily recommend Mike from CWS Maintenance who will provide a super job, inside and outside of your new purchase. Everything from giving your pool and terrace a great new look, to fitting your new kitchen.

Mike covers the entire island and will be happy to chat yo you about your property needs and maike suggestions that will leave you thrilled!

Grupo EstupendoTrusted Estate Agent in Lanzarote

We have had a relationship with Estupendo since we first moved to Lanzarote back in 2006.

This company was originally set up as a family business but its success and attention to client satisfaction has led to it being one of the leading estate agents on the island.

They cover the entire island, whether you are seeking a villa in Playa Blanca, an apartment in Puerto del Carmen, or a business in Costa Teguise – plus everything in between.

Make Estupendo your first port of call when seeking to purchase a property or business on the island.

In Praise Of

“Playa Blanca is a fabulous place to retire because it combines probably the best climate in the world – almost no rain, warm, sunny winters, hot, but not too hot summers – with modern amenities, including great state provided medical care and good shops, fantastic scenery and beaches, very few hills, and a good mix of Spanish and British culture, restaurants and bars. The British community is lively, and supportive. These days, Facebook has become a grown-up medium, and its Playa Blanca and Lanzarote oriented groups, and various other websites, such as Spain Buddy, provide a fantastic resource to answer almost any question you might have about life here. Communications, by internet or aircraft with UK, are excellent, and drinking water, electricity supply and buses are very reliable.” – John Brindley

  • Are you an expat living in Playa Blanca? What do you like/dislike about it? Let us know below.

About your questions…

Sorry – but we do not offer relocation advice on an individual basis through Spain Buddy. There are a number of relocation experts who are better placed to advise you on your new life in sunny Spain.
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