Murcia greeted 342,054 foreign tourists in the first several months of 2013, up 8.1% on the very same period of time the previous year. 25,589 more visitors have so far picked the region for their holidays in 2013, with all the French and British leading the charge.
Chris Mercer, Director of Murcia-based estate agent Mercers, is contributing the good news to a fairly effective year so far. “Last month we revealed that Mercers had accomplished 70% more residential property sales within the first half of 2013 than for the same timeframe in 2012,” says Chris, “and it seems like this positivity expands from the real estate industry to the tourist industry. Not only has Murcia relished a bumper year, but Spain altogether obtained 34 million foreign guests – up 2.9% on 2012 and officially a new Spanish record. What’s more, they’re spending more money – 6% greater than 2012. Extremely great news for any country that depends on tourism to fuel its economy.”
According to information from the Government’s official tourism statistics department, Frontur, Murcia’s 8.1% increase is well above the national average of 3.9%. It comes only second to the adjoining region of Valencia which experienced a growth of 11.8%.
For July, the UK was Murcia’s main origin of tourists with a 2.8% rise over 2012 adding 50.1% of oversea arrivals to the area. The French took an 11.4% share, a sizable 15.4% rise over July 2012. In the mean time the Nordic nations of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden supplied Murcia’s third largest source market for July at 10.6%, an increase of 15.1% over 2012. By far the biggest rise at 45.8% came thanks to German, Dutch and Belgian visitors, each taking around 8% of the total. Russian arrivals were up six fold however figures are small in comparison.
Looking at Spain overall, July squashed all previous records with the appearance of 7.8 million foreign tourists, 321,000 more than in 2012. Russians once more staged the largest increase, 30% every year, with the Nordic nations at 18%. Catalonia, capital Barcelona, is Spain’s biggest draw getting 25.8% of all visitors to Spain. Imbalances in Tunisia, Turkey and Egypt is believed to have led to Spain’s extraordinary tourism success.
For the price of several family package holidays, this two bedroom one bathroom Clasico-style terraced villa is offered in perfect condition (Ref CLAC100 – Clasico Style Villa, Camposol Golf, Mazarron, Murcia) for only 47,995 euros (approx 40,990 GBP).
Listed to sell, the home is fully furnished, has satellite tv plus a small front garden with citrus trees as well as front and rear patios – the former south facing for year-round sunshine. A real bonus is the rooftop mountain-view solarium with built-in barbecue reached from stairs on the rear patio. Storage space for sun loungers is found up here with additional storage created beneath the access staircase. Within just the lounge includes a feature flame effect fireplace, the kitchen fitted with white goods, both bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and the bathroom has a shower over bath.
Built area 92m², two bedrooms, one bathroom
Price – 47,995 euros (approx 40,990 GBP)
Or what about a very cheap property for just 35,000 euros (approx 29,800 GBP) that ought to be priced 15,000 euros greater than it is, but in necessity of an urgent sale (Ref RED105 – Terraced Villa, Camposol Golf, Mazarron, Murcia). Never been lived in yet already partly furnished, the terraced ‘Rebecca’-style home needs a little cosmetic attention after which it’s your blank canvas for holiday living. To the front is a sizeable full-length open terrace with pergola and there is a similar terrace towards the back with stairs up to a third considerable roof terrace. Inside is a favorable lounge with dining area, fitted kitchen and 2 dual rooms both with fitted wardrobes. The family bathroom includes a shower over bath.
Two bedrooms, one bathroom
Price – 35,000 euros (approx 29,800 GBP)
Camposol Golf has an 18-hole course, four star Spa hotel and many shops, bars and restaurants on site along with an opticians, vets, medical centre, hairdressers and a weekly market. The blue flag beaches and marina of Mazarron are within just a 15 minute drive.