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Post-Covid housing: this is how the search for a home has changed

Post-Covid housing: this is how the search for a home has changed

Post-Covid housing is the result of the times we live in. Our lives are being influenced, not only by wearing a mask or social distancing. The very concept of home and, above all, its design and space distribution, have been put up for debate, and the preferences of those who are looking for a new home reflect the change in our needs. The prestigious publication Architectural Digest already predicted this a few months ago: “The way we create spaces to live and work will be drastically different”.

Because the good life begins when you live in a home you like.

Balcony, terrace, garden…

Never before has it been so important to be able to enjoy the outdoors without having to leave home. Sitting out on the balcony, taking a nap on the terrace, dining with a view of the sea… things are better this way. In addition, a good connection between the terrace and exterior areas and the interior of the house allows for air renewal and provides broad views, making the room look bigger. Balconies, terraces and gardens are no longer areas that are rarely used, but rather have become essential. And natural light always helps to see life more brightly. 😉

Outdoor spaces

In addition to having outdoor areas at home, common areas are also a plus. Having (almost) everything you need in your residential block makes life easier and avoids the need to go outside to get fresh air and enjoy a bit of leisure time.

Swimming pool, spa, garden areas, gym, gastro-bar, chill-out area, playground, running track and sports courts such as paddle and basketball courts… there is even a cinema for the more fortunate ones. Among our developments, Benidorm Beach, Gran Canet Residencial and One Residences stand out for their wonderful common areas.

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One Residences

Quiet, but well connected

When trying to avoid big crowds, homes in exclusive areas with wide streets and spaces in calm residential neighbourhoods earn points. The quality of life in these areas is the most valued aspect and, fortunately, teleworking allows us to live far away from work without having to worry about the distance. The distance between home and work is no longer a problem.

And, since living outside the city centre does not mean being isolated, the availability of services close to home and good transport connections to other areas are also increasingly important. Supermarkets, restaurants, pharmacies, gyms… new developments provide all kinds of services to their residents.

Large kitchens

We have already gotten used to cleaning everything we buy before using or storing it. Therefore, having a large, spacious kitchen with large countertops that are easy and quick to clean is more necessary than ever. The ventilation provided by large spaces is also a plus when cooking, because it allows the fumes and vapours to leave the room faster.

And, if you have a sea view, all the better!

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Denia Beach

Online search and visits

One of the trends in the real estate sector that has come to stay is online house hunting. This saves potential buyers a lot of time, trips from one area to another, transportation… And thanks to real estate agencies specialising in the digital sector, such as Sonneil, the search is much more personalised and adapted to the customer’s needs.

We provide our customers with tools such as our website, as well as weekly webinars in which we present our different developments and the possibility of visiting the properties virtually.

If you are looking for a new home, we hope that you find the one you are dreaming of! And if not, what better time to consider starting a new life on the coast? At Sonneil, we will help you.

Winter in Spain: ‘Overwinteren’ on the coast

Winter in Spain: ‘Overwinteren’ on the coast

Winter in Spain: the sea breeze, hours of sunlight, good weather… When the cold months arrive, our bodies crave the sun!  Why? Vitamin D is a micronutrient that is not produced by the body and therefore has to be obtained from other sources.

The supply of vitamin D from food is insufficient, so we need to expose our bodies to sunlight every day, especially in winter! That is why spending these months on the Spanish Mediterranean coast, where we enjoy more than 300 days of sunshine a year, is a perfect choice. This is what countries like Belgium, the Netherlands or Luxembourg call overwinteren.

In Spain there are more than 139,000 Germans, more than 65,000 Poles, more than 51,000 Dutch, more than 39,000 Belgians… It must be for a reason, right?

Why spend the winter in Spain?

In case you still do not know why the Spanish coast is the best place to spend the winter, here are a few good reasons, but surely there are many more!

  • Nice weather. The good weather on the Mediterranean coast is evident even in the ‘colder’ months. We put it in quotes because genuinely cold days are very rare. According to data from the State Meteorological Agency or AEMET, the average annual temperature on the coast of Malaga is 18.5 ºC, while on the coast of Alicante it is 18.3 ºC. When the Spanish wear a coat and a scarf, you will be wearing shorts, you will see!
  • Nature. Thanks to the good weather, you can enjoy the natural surroundings at almost any time of the year. Imagine taking a walk along the beach every day, or relaxing on your terrace overlooking the mountains. Spain is the country with the largest number of certified blue flag beaches (589!) and the country has fifteen natural parks.
  • Sports. The natural value of the Spanish coast can be discovered by practicing sports in spectacular natural surroundings. Yoga or beach volleyball on the beach, water sports such as windsurfing, kitesurfing, water skiing…, mountain trails with views that will leave you speechless, bike trails through hidden villages… and, of course, golf. Golf courses on the Costa del Sol are renowned for their quality.
  • Services. Living near the sea in Spain does not mean being far from the rest of the world. Coastal areas in the Spanish Mediterranean are comfortable all year round precisely because they are close to schools, shopping centres, supermarkets, airports, hospitals… and very well connected to each other. Mijas, Estepona, Denia, Calpe, Benidorm… these towns have everything!
Museo Picasso Málaga

Places to spend the overwinteren in Spain

Now that you know why it is worth moving to Spain in the winter months, we recommend the places where you can enjoy the sunlight more and better. Time to take note!

Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol, in Malaga, maintains the atmosphere of the most authentic and traditional Andalusia, while it is also cosmopolitan and contemporary. With 185 kilometres of coastline, it is one of the most coveted places due to its beaches and good weather and because it is designed for the comfort of visitors. Theatres, marinas, theme parks, spas, cultural spaces…

Reasons why we love the Costa del Sol…

  • Its white villages. If you want to discover rural Andalusia, where tradition and customs are best preserved, visiting the white villages is a must. Both in the interior (Frigiliana, Casares, the villages of the Serranía de Ronda…) and on the coast (Mijas, Nerja, Estepona…), you will find landscapes that seem to be taken from paintings, streets with Arab designs, balconies decorated with flowers…
  • Beaches for everyone. The Costa del Sol has beaches for all tastes (many of them have a Blue Flag). There are urban and easily accessible beaches with many services such as those of Malaga, Marbella, Torremolinos…) and others further away and more unspoilt such as those of Velez-Malaga, Torrox and Nerja. Enjoy them all year round, whether it be swimming, reading your favourite novel, walking along the shore, doing yoga in the sand… you decide.
  • Golf Course. For green lovers, the Costa del Sol could not be better. Days with many hours of light and good temperature combined with a spectacular natural environment to make the most of every shot. In this article we tell you about the most renowned golf courses in the area.
  • Culture. Man cannot live by the sea alone! The province of Malaga is renowned for its important museums and art galleries such as the Picasso Malaga Museum, the Carmen Thyssen Malaga Museum, the Pompidou Centre or the Collection of the Russian Museum. And there is more: Malaga has 784 assets of Cultural Interest that make up an admirable artistic, historical and architectural heritage.

Costa Blanca

Who has not heard of the Costa Blanca? It is the Spanish east coast par excellence, renowned for its miles of fine sand beaches and large towns where life revolves around the sea, such as Benidorm and Torrevieja. Nothing less than 244 km of coast for your enjoyment.

  • Golden sand… and more! The ecosystem of the Costa Blanca is very diverse. In addition to the well-known long and fine sand beaches (Benidorm, Cabo Roig, Mil Palmeras, El Campello…) and the coves hidden between cliffs in the Marina Alta in Denia, Javea or Benissa, the Costa Blanca has mountains such as the Montgó and the Sierra Helada, lagoons, salt mines and natural parks: The Montgó, the Oliva-Pego Marsh, the Rock of Ifach and La Mata and Torrevieja Lagoons. And do not forget the marine reserve of Tabarca island!
  • Social life. Enjoy outdoor living on the Costa Blanca. Here we love to go out! That is why many of the towns in this area are prepared for those of us who cannot stay still. Restaurants, cafes, bars, karaoke bars, museums, shopping centres… In Altea, Benidorm, Torrevieja, Alicante… Get ready, because you will not have enough free time for everything. Also, try some water sports such as sailing, kite surfing, cable-skiing…
  • Corners. Like the Costa del Sol, the Costa Blanca has corners that are not as well known as the beaches, but just as incredible. For example, its castles and fortresses, the inland towns where you can breathe fresh air, the small coastal towns…
  • Rice. We cannot forget the king of Alicante’s cuisine: rice. There are many different recipes. Arroz con costra or crusted rice, a banda rice, oven-baked rice… Try them at Mi Casa, Casa Filo or Casa Riquelme.

Coast of Valencia

At Sonneil, we fell in love with the town of Canet de Berenguer, only 20 km from the city of Valencia it is an ideal place for any time of the year. Here you can check out our guide to Canet de Berenguer, one of the most desirable corners of the Valencian Community.

The good life is waiting for you in all these places… At Sonneil,  we help you achieve it!

Blue Flag beaches: the best in Spain

Blue Flag beaches: the best in Spain

We all knew that Spain’s wonderful beaches have no reason to envy the Caribbean’s. But becoming the country with the most Blue Flag beaches in the world is even better!

In case you are not quite sure about what this means, in this post we explain what the Blue Flag is and why it is so important to qualify beaches. Whenever you see this flag, be sure you are on a special beach!

Do you want to know our favorite Blue Flag beaches? Then, keep reading. 😉

Top Blue Flag beaches in Spain

Choosing is difficult. We would do a tour of each and every one of the Spanish beaches! But if we are to recommend, we beg you do not miss the following beaches in the Valencia region and Malaga’s Costa del Sol. You will never want to leave.

The best beaches in Valencia region

Valencia region has a preferred position in this list, since it leads the national ranking with 134 Blue Flags on its beaches. Among them, those on Alicante’s Costa Blanca are the most awarded in the entire Iberian Peninsula, with no less than 73 Blue Flag beaches.

These are the ones we like the most:

  • Racó del Mar, in Canet de Berenguer. Dune chains, ecological value, 1,250 meters long, fine sand and chosen as the best beach in Spain in two consecutive years.
  • Les Deveses, in Denia. Three kilometers length and the furthest from the Denia town center, which maintains its natural essence at 100%. There is also a windsurfing school!
  • Cap Blanch, in Altea. Most impressive are its waters, which almost look like glass. You can choose between fine gravel and bowling, and it never becomes overcrowded. Yes, Altea is our weakness…
  • Sant Joan, in Alicante. The quintessential Alicante beach, full of life and seven kilometers long! Beach volleyball, soccer goals, water sports … Boredom does not exists here.
  • La Cala, in Finestrat. This cove is a little gem with very calm, warm and crystalline waters. And it is only three kilometers from Benidorm.

Extra: these are the most beautiful beach towns in Alicante.

Cap Blanch, Altea

The best beaches on the Costa del Sol

Malaga’s coast is the apple of our eyes. We feel weak for its light, the joy of its people and those fresh waters that welcome us every summer. Malaga is the province of Andalusia that got the most Blue Flags this year, with 23 in total, so you can imagine the quality of its beaches.

We cannot spend the summer without visiting these:

  • Arroyo Vaquero, in Estepona. This beach is special for its tranquility and its vegetation. And also for being a great destination for divers. And you can feel free to practice nudism. Arroyo Vaquero is pure nature.
  • La Cala, in Mijas Costa. Also known as the Butibamba, it is a narrow beach with calm waters. Walking along its promenade and finishing with a bath is a luxury.
  • Casablanca, in Marbella. This beach has everything you need. Whether you are looking for sports, relax, a family day… you will find it here. The palm trees give it a different touch and its golden sand is always pristine.

Extra: what better way to end a day at the beach than with a visit to the golf course? Costa del Sol’s are the best.

Estepona’s waters

There are many more extraordinary beaches apart from these, so now it’s up to you to make your own list with the wonders of Spain’s coasts.

But life is not only about beaches! The Costa Blanca and the Costa del Sol are full of small paradises to discover.

At Sonneil, we want you to live the good life in the best areas of Spain. Are you in?

Going for a walk: at last! These are our top 8 favourite walking routes

Going for a walk: at last! These are our top 8 favourite walking routes

Going for a walk is no longer a dream. At last we begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel and we can walk and enjoy the sunlight. At Sonneil, we love doing it in these areas of the Costa Blanca and the Costa del Sol. Fancy going for a walk with us?

And remember: always follow the requirements established by the Government. Together, we will be able to return to normal. Because the good life is waiting for us!

Going for a walk on the Costa Blanca | Top 5

The Costa Blanca has more than 300 days of sun a year and we are looking forward to enjoying them like this:

Going for a walk in Denia

Denia is a small port city, yes. But don’t be fooled by its size. Denia has more than 2,000 years of history, and Iberians, Phoenicians and Greeks lived in it. There must be a reason, right? The castle and the port are its hallmarks, as well as a gastronomy to lick your fingers. Hopefully we can visit one of its restaurants soon! Denia is like a secret garden, and the favorite destination of those who love sunlight, hiking, seafaring atmospheres… It is a small place, but it is also really cosmopolitan. Living here is a luxury.

Our favorite walk: visit the coves of Las Rotas and admire the fabulous houses on the shore and finish in Les Arenetes, in the Cabo de San Antonio Nature Reserve. The Costa Blanca is full of nearby paradises like Denia. Are you up to visit them when everything is fine? 🏖.

Going for a walk in Calpe

Calpe is one of the most visited cities on the Costa Blanca, and we are not surprised at all! Great civilizations like the Phoenicians and the Romans lived in it. The Baños de la Reina site is just a trace of the importance that Calpe had in the history of the Mediterranean. For views lovers, looking at the horizon from the top of the Peñón de Ifach will leave you breathless! As well as the quality of its fine sandy beaches and the cleanliness of its waters.

Our favorite walk: the ecological walk that winds the coast from La Fossa beach to Benissa. Cliffs, crystalline coves such as the Mallorquí and Bassetes … and with the Peñón de Ifach as the background of our postcard tour. We can’t wait to do it! And why not? Rest at home looking at the sea.

Going for a walk in Jávea

Between the ends of La Nau and Sant Antoni, in the northern part of the Costa Blanca, Jávea, has nothing more and nothing less than 25 kilometers of coastline. Plenty to choose from! In addition to sandy beaches, stone coves, cliffs… the historic center has a lot to offer. Lose yourself in the medieval streets with white facades, gothic houses, wrought iron trellises, and the characteristic ‘rough stone’ of the area.

Our favorite walk: enjoy the seaside neighborhood from the Gorgos river bridge. Feel the sun as we reach the port walking along the Paseo de la Grava. The fishermen’s market, the yacht club, Cala del Pope and, if you dare, go up Cabo de San Antonio to the lighthouse. The views of the bay of Jávea are memorable.

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One of Jávea’s front doors

Going for a walk in San Juan Beach

Playa de San Juan is the beach of Alicante par excellence. It is where the people of Alicante escape to disconnect from the city, where friends gather around a few towels, where the beach bars are an excuse to look at the horizon.

Our favorite walk: spending time walking along the shore, an 80-meter strip of sand, or walking along the kilometer-long promenade while we finally breathe in the Mediterranean breeze. Can you imagine living here and doing this every day?

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So looking forward to walking on the seaside…

Going for a walk in Benidorm

Known for its unrivaled hotel infrastructures, Benidorm has been transformed in recent years. It is not only beaches and good temperaturas any more, but also an ideal destination for lovers of mountain routes and spectacular views from the top of the hills. The Sierra Helada natural park is the best example. Anyway,  surely you miss walking along the promenade and getting your feet wet in Playa de Poniente or Playa de Levante.

Our favorite walk: start at Plaza Canalejas and tour the old town of the city. It has more history than you think. Continue towards the Church of San Jaime and Santa Ana, Plaza de San Jaime, Plaza Castelar and look out over Cala del Mal Pas, the marina and Playa de Poniente.

Going for a walk on the Costa del Sol | Top 3

The Costa del Sol is full of small paradises great to relax. There, between mountains, waters and light, is where one can find the meaning of life.

Going for a walk in Estepona

Estepona has 16 kilometers of pedestrian streets and 18 of coastal path. Walking it is a pleasure. Of course: always keep the sanitary recommendations. The restoration of the town has turned it into a collage of bougainvilleas, flowerpots and white facades.

Our favorite walk: Calle Sevilla, with the tower of the Nuestra Señora de los Remedios church in the background. For sunset: the beach, always the beach.

Do you want to play a round of golf as much as we do? The Costa del Sol is especially known for having the best golf clubs in the world. What better tan practicing again in Valle Romano, Doña Julia golf course, Finca Cortesin or Estepona Golf, where our Doral Golf Residences promotion is located. Can you imagine living on a golf course? Breakfast and let’s play!

Estepona’s marina

Going for a walk in Malaga

Yes, we could write a book about walking around Malaga… in fact, surely there is one already. If you are lucky enough to live in Malaga, you must know very well that it is much more than a tourist destination. History, gastronomy and culture are the three pillars of the capital of the Costa del Sol, which was founded 3,000 years ago. There is still a bit left to delight us again with the fried fish and the taverns, but just thinking about it makes our mouths water!

Our favorite walk: obviously, discovering its history by walking through the old town. The cathedral – called La Manquita, the one-handed, because it only has one tower-, Calle San Agustín, Casa Picasso, the Roman Theater, the Alcazaba and, of course, Calle Larios.

Going for a walk in Frigiliana

In 2014, its old town was certified as a Historic Artistic Complex. No wonder: it is so well preserved that it seems to have been built yesterday. It is very popular among foreigners, which gives it a very curious cosmopolitan air. Flowered corners, hidden squares, terraces with views, small fountains… and our beloved white facades. For those with a sweet tooth: the cane honey from Ingenio Nuestra Señora del Carmen – the only cane honey factory in Europe – is spectacular.

Our favorite walk: wandering through its streets is enough for us. Exercise your legs and go up to the Town Hall enjoying the viewpoints and tile decorations that tell us about the Jewish, Moorish and Christian history of the area. Or discover any of the white villages in Malaga. But we leave that for later.

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Frigiliana’s street

Wherever you are, at Sonneil we wish you go back to normal as soon as possible, and that you enjoy wonderful walks along the Spanish coast.

San Juan Beach: living by the sea

San Juan Beach: living by the sea

We’re bringing good news today: the Mediterranean continues where we left off. And it’s waiting for us to enjoy it again! We can’t think of a better way to do it than living by the sea side, breathing the sea breeze and getting vitamins from the sun.

Does living in front of the sea sound good to you? If so, you need to know San Juan Beach! Because the good life includes sea, light and your place in Spain. ☀

Playa de San Juan: where Alicante bathes

Playa de San Juan is the beach of Alicante par excellence. It is where the people of Alicante escape to disconnect from the city, where friends gather around a few towels, where the beach bars are an excuse to look at the horizon.

Spend time walking along the shore, an 80-meter strip of sand, practice sports such as windsurfing, beach volleyball, paddle-surfing, kayaking … and then delight yourself with the Casa Julio rice, the horchata of La Ibense or the Petimetre bluefin tuna tartar. Then, walk the kilometer-long promenade to burn calories and smell the Mediterranean salt.

The Costa Blanca is full of nearby paradises like Denia. Are you up to discovering them when everything is fine? 🏖

Visiting the coast is great. Live it, a luxury.

San Juan Beach: hello, Mediterranean

Who wouldn’t want to live in front of the sea here?

The places we choose in Sonneil are full of vitality. They are optimistic spaces, open to multiple possibilities. Homes where you can design your new life in your own way, whatever it may be. Of course: the sound of the waves is common to all. 🌊 The homes with views of the Mediterranean Sea in San Juan Beach are perfect for that.

Homes smelling of salt

We could dedicate an entire blog to living by the sea in San Juan Beach homes, but we have chosen the five reasons why we are obsessed with this promotion. What do you think?

  • Your neighbor: the sea. Wake up and feel the breeze and the sound of the tide. The panoramic views give you a good morning. A quick coffee, a short walk and, let’s swin in the sea! The shore is only 300 meters away. Who said luxury was having diamonds? Not at all. Luxury is living by the sea!
  • Light, light, light. On the Costa Blanca we have more than 300 sunny days a year. That’s what living in front of the sea is like. Homes are designed to let the light in, and it reaches every corner. The spaces are wide and all the houses have terraces from 11 m2 to 36 m2.
  • Afternoons in the garden, mornings at the pool. Taking in the fresh air at San Juan Beach is a luxury. We would spend endless afternoons in the common gardens, reading and relaxing in the shade of the trees and palm trees. Or cooling off in the pool and playing with the kids at the Kids’ club. Also, releasing stress in the jacuzzi and having a good time in the bar area. Or on the paddle tennis court, the gym, the multipurpose room… Boredom does not exist here.
  • Comfort for every need. Each of us need a different kind of house. San Juan Beach has them all: it consists of 2 blocks of 104 homes with 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms and 12 duplex penthouses with solarium. And all the details are designed for your comfort. Air conditioning, underfloor heating / cooling, home automation installation, kitchen furnished and equipped with appliances, furnished bathrooms … so you only have to worry about getting vitamin D!
  • This is our place. Because it is 3 minutes from the beach and surrounded by green areas, because you can pick up your children from school, play golf on Sundays, go shopping in Alicante -and discover towns with wonderful beaches-… San Juan is fun, sport, tranquility, nature and culture. We do not ask for more.
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Alicante beach

San Juan Beach will soon come true, and we’d love for you to experience Mediterranean life for yourself in this small paradise.

We can already see you enjoying the sunlight coming through the windows and the terraces with views of the Mediterranean.

We know that, at the moment, you cannot visit San Juan Beach in person. But at Sonneil we want to make your life easier. Visit San Juan Beach website and contact us to have all the information you need.

Because the good life is waiting for you. And at Sonneil we want to help you live it.