Latest Spanish travel rules and entry requirements

Spain travel rules and entry requirements for UK holidaymakers

Spain rescinded all of its COVID-19 travel restrictions for travellers to Spain from October 21.

This means that travellers are no longer required to show proof of being fully vaccinated or proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

They are also no longer required to show proof of having recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months and do not need to complete a health control form prior to travel.

For further travel advice and guidance to Spain, visit the Foreign Office website.

Brits Selling Up blame Restrictive Stay Periods

Some interesting information is seen in an article placed in the Olive Press reporting a survey which was carried out by Campbell Ferguson Spain.

  • More Expat Brits continue to sell their Spanish holiday and residential homes as they will get more pounds for their euro and are able to afford a better property back in the UK.
  • More Brits are motivated to sell their Spanish homes due to restrictive stay periods allowed because of being out of the European Community
  • However, once again, the Brits, are still the largest buyers, making up at least 16% of foreign buyers.
  • Average Difference Between Asking Price and Actual Selling Price.  –  July to September. 7.09% – is the most recent quarter, where the market is perhaps beginning to reflect the seriousness of the European and World economic situation and sellers are more nervous and so willing to accept offers at less than the asking price.
  • There is a shortage of supply of all property types and especially the higher priced ones, in most areas.
  • Prices have started to creep up and will probably do so more if the supply shortage and excess demand continue.
  • ‘Golden Visas’ have continued their popularity for non-EU buyers, contributing to the demand for higher value properties as they permit residence of more than 90 days in any 180.
  • The central Government is promoting a number of visa styles, aimed at the wealthy retired and ‘digital nomads’, who can work and live anywhere, communicating principally by internet with only the occasional ‘presence’ back in the head office.

Foreign Buyers are key to Property Market in Spain

Foreign buyers are still key to the property market in Spain, and in fact, as a whole, the sector has seen good results. Between January and June of this year, despite the obvious problems, some 15,930 homes in the Alicante province were purchased by foreigners, almost twice as many as in the same period last year and 40% more than those recorded in the first half of 2019, according to data provided by the Notarial Association of Valencia.

UK citizens remain the most numerous among foreign home buyers on the Costa Blanca. Thus, in the first half of the year, they carried out 2,372 transactions, according to data from the Notarial College, more than double last year and 10% more than in 2019, before the pandemic and the entry into force of Brexit itself.

Extract from article by Mark Nolan – The Leader Newspper

The Osborne Bull at Alenda Golf

The Osborne Bull

The Osborne bull (in Spanish: Toro de Osborne) is a 14-meter (46 ft) high black silhouetted image of a bull in semi-profile, and is regarded as the unofficial national symbol of Spain. The bull was created in 1956 by Manolo Prieto.

Nowadays the conservation of the bulls is handled by the family of Félix Tejada.

The Osborne sherry company erected large images of bulls starting in 1956 to advertise their ‘Brandy de Jerez’. The images were black advertising boards located near major roads throughout Spain. The original image was smaller and slightly different in design.

The current larger image was created to comply with a law that prohibited advertising within 150 meters of a road.

The Osborne Bull at Alenda Golf

The Osborne Bull at Alenda Golf

In 1994 a law was passed prohibiting all roadside advertising, and the bulls were therefore to be removed.

By this time the signs were nationally renowned, so although some campaigners wished them completely removed to fully comply with the intent of the law, public response resulted in the signs being retained, but completely blacked out to remove all reference to the original advertisers. The Court eventually allowed these signs to remain on the grounds that they have become a part of the landscape and have “aesthetic or cultural significance”, thus turning the bulls into public domain images.

There are 91 Bulls spread around Spain below you will see where they are located – there is one overlooking Alenda Golf.

The image of the bull is now displayed in stickers, key rings and the like. Also, in sports events where a Spanish team or individual take part, the bull is embedded by supporters in the Flag of Spain in the manner of a coat of arms.

Spacious Townhouses at Alenda Golf Golf

Golf Townhouses are spacious at Alenda Golf

Golf Townhouses are spacious at Alenda Golf, many are front line with views across the golf course.

You can invest in a brand new golf townhouse or an established resale property.

There are a number of excellent investment opportunities available right now – like to know more about Golf Townhouses for Sale at Alenda Golf?

Then call us on +34 469 469 018 or email us at and we will be happy to help you locate the right property to live in, use as a holiday home or rent out for golfing holidays.

Alenda Golf Property in Spain

Las casa adosadas en Alenda, aparte de que la mayoría están en primera línea con vistas directas al campo de golf, son amplias con mucho espacio interior.

Puedes invertir en una casa nueva a estrenar, o en una reventa.

¿Le gustaría saber más sobre las casa a la venta en Alenda golf?

No dudes en llamarnos al +34 649 649 018 o en mandarnos un email a

Estaremos encantados de ayudarle a localizar la propiedad perfecta para vivir, para disfrutar de forma vacacional o para alquilar.

Alenda Golf Property at Alenda Golf

Alenda Golf Property at Alenda Golf

With over 17 years of experience in helping clients to purchase their dream home, Alenda Golf Property is uniquely positioned to take away the pain you would normally associate with purchasing a holiday or permanent residence overseas.

From ensuring your new home exactly matches your needs, through all the legalities required to complete the purchasing process to register your new property with all local amenities and councils.

Nothing could be simpler or safer.

In addition, assistance in locating the best financial packages is available, setting up bank accounts, and negotiating charges is an important part of the service we provide.

Want to buy furniture, curtains, or have lights fitted then we can provide you with a list of suitable suppliers and even ensure works are carried out should you be out of the country.

Gloria Cornelius has dual nationality, speaks both English and Spanish like a native.

She has lived in the UK and Spain and fully understands how both cultures think and what their expectations are.

Previously she worked in the City of London as a PA to the President of Morgan Stanley Bank – Spain.

Now with a wealth of experience gained in the property business in Spain, she is positioned to be able to help her clients with all the language and legal difficulties that they may experience when purchasing a property.

Like to buy or sell – then contact us at

10 Reasons to Live at Alenda Golf

10 Reasons to Live at Alenda Golf

Hey, I may be biased but having lived here for 17 years I would like to suggest the 10 reasons why you should also consider living at Alenda Golf:-

  1. Space to Breathe, Space to Live and Space to Play

Being able to live on a golf course at the foot of the Sierra de las Aguilas offers you a feeling of openness, space, and fresh air with no pollution.  A healthy lifestyle.

  1. Local Supermarket

There is a great supermarket located close to the Alenda Golf Clubhouse and it is stocked with all types of international products, fresh fruit, bread made on the premises and local wines.  Run by two brothers who take pride in the services they provide, open 7 days per week and on most national holidays –

  1. Alenda Golf Clubhouse

The clubhouse is an ultramodern building that looks over the front nine holes at Alenda Golf.  It has a great Tapas Bar Restaurant, Olympic style gym, changing rooms with saunas a fully stacked pro shop and large covered patio for al fresco dining and relaxing.

  1. The Alenda Golf Course

Alenda Golf offers 18 holes of championship golf designed and built by Roland Favrat.

The golf course was completed in October 1999 and covers 49 hectares of land, 18 holes, par 72 and 6,257 metres in length, as well as an excellent 9 hole practice area.

The Golf School is guided by the Golf Federation of the Valencian Community.

Alenda Golf has been used as a European Tour Qualifying School and many Senior Spanish Championships have been held here.

  1. Access

Access to and from Alenda Golf is easy.  Alenda Golf is located just 15 minutes from Alicante International Airport, 15 minutes from Alicante with its vibrant nightlife, bars and restaurants, and just 10 minutes from Elche which is known for its Vila Murada old town and the Palmeral of Elche, a vast palm grove.

  1. Communications

At Alenda Golf you can use the existing Telefonica Telephone Systems or go with the local Cable World infrastructure that provides Internet, Phone, Mobiles and European TV

  1. Clean

Alenda Golf is cleaned and maintained and rubbish is collected daily by the local junta in Monforte Del Cid

  1. Property

Alenda Golf offers a range of properties including Frontline Golf Villas, Townhouses built by Taylor Wimpey and apartments that overlook the back 9 holes at Alenda.  The choice and range of investments provide home hunters with plenty to consider.

  1. Security

Alenda Golf has a number of security cameras on the roads surrounding the golf course, there is a neighbourhood watch group that communicates using urbanisation groups and WhatsApp.

  1. School

For those with growing families, there is excellent private education at Colegio San Alberto Magno.  It’s a bilingual private school with a complete educational offering in the stages of Infant, Primary, Secondary and Baccalaureate Education.


Spanish properties in demand by Brits

Spain has soared in demand from UK property buyers and is now at its highest level in four years.

Rightmove suggests that the number of buyer enquiries for a home in Spain was up 36 per cent in April this year compared to a year earlier.

They also added that Spanish property purchases by UK citizens in the first three months of this year were the highest since 2018 and up 16 per cent on 2019, the year before the pandemic.

It said that new data from the Spanish Registrars – the Spanish equivalent of the Land Registry – shows that the number of British buyer transactions in Spain is at its highest level since 2018.

The number of transactions from British buyers in Spain in the first three months of the year was 73 per cent higher than the same period last year, and 16 per cent higher than the same period in pre-pandemic 2019 – statistics by Rightmove.

British buyers continue to be the biggest overseas market for Spain, accounting for 12 per cent of foreign transactions at the beginning of this year

There are more British buyers enquiring on properties of more than €500,000 to obtain their ‘Golden Visa’, allowing them to reside in Spain which wasn’t necessary pre-Brexit.’

The so-called Golden Visa is a residence visa for non-EU citizens who invest in property in Spain costing at least €500,000.

Additionally there is a non-lucrative visa which allows Britons to stay in Spain for longer than 90 days without working.. However, they must have sufficient financial means to support themselves.


Fully Furnished Frontline Golf Apartment | For Sale

Frontline Golf Apartment | Fully Furnished | Everything Included | Underground Trastero & Parking | 2 Bedrooms – 1 En-Suite | 2 Bathrooms | 119,000€

This Frontline Golf Apartment is being sold complete with everything, Furniture, Appliances, TV, Security, Plates and Cutlery.

It also includes 2 sets of golf clubs and an electric golf trolley.

It’s clean and does not need any redecoration which makes it ideal for a first-time buyer or investor who is looking for a golf rental holiday business.

It is in an ideal location for those seeking access to golf 365 days a year (no winter greens).

The area is peaceful and quiet, yet close to some interesting and active Spanish local Towns and Cities.

Being up in the mountain foothills there is easy access to nature, mountain walks and great biking routes, both mountain and road.

The apartment has 2 bedrooms, a family bathroom and the Master Bedroom has an ensuite.

Both bathrooms have the latest bathrooms with showers.  The boilers have been replaced with a larger modern type so there is plenty of hot water.

The Kitchen is fully functional and complete with washing/drying and dishwashing machines, cups, cutlery, fridge freezer, electric hobs – everything you will need for instant move in or let.

This property is well decorated throughout and needs no modernisation.

There is plenty of space to relax on the large balcony with views across the golf course, over the 9th and 10th holes on the back 9.

It has off-street underground parking and a large (trastero) storage room.

In addition, the apartment is very close to all the facilities offered by Alenda Golf, which include a fully equipped modern Olympic gym, a Pilates area, a Paddle Tennis court and a Supermarket that has a complete range of food and drink to suit all needs.

The clubhouse has a tapas bar restaurant that serves all types of European food and drinks which you can have inside or out on the very large terrace, that has spectacular views over the course towards the sea.

Alenda Golf is a popular 18 holes golf course located just a few minutes from the town of Elche, 10 minutes from Alicante and only 15 minutes from Alicante International Airport with cheap flights to and from most European destinations.

It is situated at the foot of the Sierra de Las Aguilas mountains, the Alenda Golf Club has built a wonderful 18-hole golfing experience with gentle terrain but still a challenging par of 72.

It’s a varied course suitable for all skill levels but you will probably have to use every club in your bag.

The tricky undulating greens in particular demand a good putting line that allows for the slope. Flag positions are changed on a regular basis so each green challenges your ability to read greens and pase.

Designed by Roland Favrat and opened in 1999, the course is mature, well planned and provides a relatively quick round as all the holes are linked together with short distances between the tees and greens.

There is a driving range, a practise area of 6 holes and a putting green.

The Golf School guided by the Golf Federation of the Valencian Community has an excellent practice area with 25 driving range stations and areas where you can practice all short and medium game levels.

Alenda Golf is also a European Tour Qualifying Venue.

There are also four other quality golf courses within 30 a minute drive from Alenda Golf.

Price of Housing Rises 13% in Valencia

The cumulative price of housing for sale has risen in the Valencian Community by 13% in five years -compared to 2016- and 0.8% more in one year -compared to 2020-, according to the study ‘Cumulative variation of housing in Spain in 2021’, based on the prices of housing for sale in December of the last 16 years of the Fotocasa Real Estate Index.

However, this latest house price marks a decrease of -14% in 10 years -compared to 2011- and -40% in 15 years -compared to 2006-.

“Indeed, the data indicates that the price of second-hand housing has increased in the last five years, but contrary to popular perception, it has not done so as high as is estimated among citizens, presenting 16% of cumulative rise at a national level”, explained María Matos, Director of Studies and Spokesperson for Fotocasa.

Analysing the prices paid for a home for sale in 2016, the average price per square metre of housing has increased by 13% in the Valencian Community (from 1,287 euro/m2 in December 2016, to 1,448 euro/m2 in December 2021), according to the Fotocasa study. Thus, Valencians five years ago (2016) had to pay an average of 102,928 euro for the sale of an 80 m2 home, compared to the 115,805 euro paid on average in 2021.

By provincial capitals, housing in the capital of Valencia has increased its value by 32% since 2016 and, in other words, for an 80-square-meter home for sale, 129,392 euro were paid 5 years ago (€1,617/m2 in 2016), while in 2021 170,410 euro have been paid (€2,130/m2 in 2021).

Meanwhile, two more Valencian cities have a positive cumulative compared to five years ago (2016) and they are Alicante (16%) and Castelló de la Plana (7.0%).

Mark Nolan