Despite the ever-changing dynamics of global travel, British tourists remain at the forefront of those gracing the sun-soaked shores of Spain. They don’t just come for visits; a significant number also express a keen interest in having a holiday home in the country. Spain, with its rich culture and beautiful coastlines like Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol, heavily relies on these holidaymakers. However, it’s been observed that there’s a gradual dip in the number of British visitors and property enthusiasts. Why, you might ask? It seems the allure of destinations like Cyprus is turning some heads.
A considerable hiccup for Brits, especially those with a penchant for spending the colder months in warmer Spanish climes, is the 90/180 day rule imposed in the Schengen area for Non-EU residents. It restricts them to a mere three months in Spain for every six months. It’s particularly irksome for those wishing to escape the chilly British winter. To add to the woes, those who own properties in managed communities face the brunt of paying full-year community charges but are restricted to use the amenities for just half the year.
This conundrum has given birth to an active Facebook group, ‘180 Days in Spain’. Their mission? To campaign rigorously for the rights of British passport holders. They advocate not just for the opportunity to spend an uninterrupted six months in Spain, but also for relaxed travel to other Schengen countries beyond the current Spanish constraints.
Sign up and add your weight to the challenge.