Property Finders Canary Islands
The Property Finders, working exclusively for you, the property buyer, can be the most effective way to find your property in the Canary Islands. Just about everyone today starts their property search on the internet and it is all too easy to be seduced by pretty images, concentrating on properties rather than locations. Buyers often think they have found their dream property only to discover it is located next to a gas station or facing a noisy highway when they go to view it. That’s a big waste of both time and money. So location should always come first, even more so if you are out of your comfort zone and buying at long distance in an area you don’t know in-depth. The Property Finders, specialist property finders Canary Islands, can make a difference in lots of ways:
- The Property Finders really listen to what you tell us and ask lots of questions to build up a very detailed brief. Our in-depth local knowledge often means we will suggest possible locations that you have not thought about and we cover all the islands, making it easy for you to compare and contrast different locations.
- We tell it like it is, pointing out negatives as well as positives. If we know there is a problem we will tell you about it. We don’t disguise road noise by showing a property at the weekend. We won’t disguise the lack of afternoon sun by arranging a viewing in the morning. Selling agents do that, we don’t. It is our responsibility to alert you to anything that could adversely affect your property purchase.
- We defend your interests. We are buyers’ agents, your agents, so we will act in your favour at all times. Real estate agents, on the other hand, act in the seller’s interest and they will recommend properties that may not be the best for you. They are only concerned with selling in their area, other locations don’t interest them. We never recommend a property that we would not buy ourselves.
The Canary Islands enjoy one of the world’s best climates, often described as the ‘eternal spring’ with temperatures averaging 22ºC throughout the year. With it’s genuine 12 month season, the islands are ideal for permanent relocation, second homes which can be used at any time of year, and year-round rental demand makes buy-to-let investment another option. A paradise for sports enthusiasts; golf, surfing, cycling, athletics year-round but the special climate means it’s also ideal for those that just want to relax in the sun even in the winter months. The Canary Islands don’t do winter.
There’s variety in the terrain, from mountains and remote rural areas to urban centres and stunning beaches with a range of sand colours to choose from; golden, white, black and red, all set against deep clear blue skies and turquoise water. Each island is different, special and unique and with eight islands to choose from searching for the right property and the location that suits you best is even more of a challenge.
The different climates, terrain, flora and fauna that are found on Gran Canaria have led to it being referred to as ‘the miniature continent’. Many of Gran Canaria’s stunning backdrops have featured in films such as A Fistful of Dollars, Moby Dick, Clash of the Titans and Wild Oats. The more mountainous northern region is cooler while most sun-seekers head for the sandy southern and eastern beaches where it is warmer and, as on other islands in the Canaries, it’s volcanic past means sand colour varies.
In 2005 a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve was established on Gran Canaria, taking in about 40% of the island and the fact that around 100 plant species grow nowhere else in the world have led to claims that Gran Canaria is to botany what the Galapagos are to zoology. Gran Canaria is a great location for all kinds of water sports and deep sea fishing, horse riding and rock climbing and and twelve beaches were awarded Blue Flag status in 2016.
Both in terms of population and area, Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and home to El Teide, an active volcano which last erupted in 1909 and Spain’s highest peak, 3,178m (12,198ft) above sea level. The extraordinary landscape, often described as lunar, has been used as the backdrop in many movies, including One Million Years B.C., and Clash of the Titans. The island’s capital Santa Cruz is buzzing with life year round but really explodes every spring at Carnival time, one of the world’s largest street festivals.
The landscape in the mountainous northern part of Tenerife is lush and green while you have a choice of sand colour depending on which beaches you head for; east and southerly coasts for golden sand, the darker, almost black, sand is found on beaches on the west and northern shoreline. Fifteen Tenerife beaches and two marinas have Blue Flag status. There are two UNESCO World Heritage sites on Tenerife; the Mount Teide National Park and San Cristóbal de La Laguna, a town founded in the late 15th century whose colonial buildings are recognised as an architectural link between Europe and the Americas.
The island of the lunar landscape. Lava fields and black volcanic rock and around 300 volcano cones are the background to beaches of white sand, crystal clear water and brilliant blue skies throughout the year. Six Lanzarote beaches and one marina have Blue Flag status. No July rainfall has ever been recorded on Lanzarote since modern records began and the average annual total is between 125 – 150mm. No active volcanic eruption has been recorded since 1824 but the 1730 eruption of the volcano in what is now the Timanfaya National Park was one of the biggest in recorded history both in terms of lava flow and duration, lasting for six months.
The volcanic environment makes Lanzarote a superb caving and diving destination and conditions are perfect throughout the year for sailing, surfing and wind-surfing and road cyclists will enjoy some of the emptiest roads in Europe.
While there is a Canaries architectural style of stone buildings on the other islands Lanzarote has a different and somewhat special look, a Cubist whitewashed style, with green paintwork and onion-domed chimney pots, all due to one man, Lanzarote’s most famous son, the architect César Manrique.
Fuerteventura beaches are some of the best in Europe, vast expanses of pristine sand and huge dunes by warm turquoise waters – not for nothing is the island often referred to as Europe’s Caribbean. Six beaches fly the coveted Blue Flag. A paradise for sports enthusiasts who can come at any time of the year for deep sea fishing, scuba diving, surfing, sailing, kite and wind surfing, golf, tennis, horse riding and mountain biking.
The clear skies and low light pollution in the Canary Islands make star-gazing possible throughout the year and these conditions gave La Palma the advantage for the multi-national telescope known as the Great Canary Telescope. Situated on a 2,267m volcanic peak scientific observations began in 2009 and it is currently the world’s largest single-aperture optical telescope.
Known locally as La Isla Bonita, the Beautiful Island, La Palma has some outstanding beaches with fine black sand and crystal-clear waters but it’s not primarily a sun and sand resort. The sea bed around La Palma is characterised as volcanic, very deep waters with fissures and caves, ideal for scuba diving. On land, there’s a 1,000km network of signposted paths and used by ramblers, hikers, mountain bikers and cyclists./p>
The Garajonay National Park, which was created in 1981, achieved UNESCO World Heritage status in 1986 as a fine example of the ancient sub-tropical cloud forests and rain forests that used to cover almost all of Southern Europe. The tracks that criss-cross the reserve make trekking one of the main tourist activities in La Gomera. UNESCO also recognised La Gomera’s unique whistling language from pre-hispanic times and which is still in use today to communicate across the island.
With a population of just 24,000 and a runway not long enough to take international jets, visitors arrive by island-hopping turboprops or ferry. If you are more interested in wildlife rather than nightlife La Gomera could be for you.
The most westerly of the Canary Islands, El Hierro is the first island in the world to produce 100% of its energy from renewables and the whole island has been given UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status. The island has a population of about 11,000 and can only be reached by ferry or turboprop connecting flights from one of the larger islands. In geological terms it is the baby of the Canaries, formed by volcanic activity under the Atlantic ocean about one million years ago, compared with the other islands, formed between 12 and 20 million years ago. A walkers paradise, with ancient tracks through lava fields and laurisilva forests.
Most people count seven islands in the Canaries, leaving out La Graciosa, a tiny dot of an island 2kms of the north of coast of Lanzarote. Just 700 people live on the island and apart from a few licensed vehicles for essential services no others are allowed. Roads are unpaved sand and it is possible to walk around the island in just a couple of hours. There’s a regular ferry service to and from Lanzarote.
With so many different factors to consider it’s not surprising that lots of people find it difficult to know where to start but there are locations that combine the best of climate, infrastructure and access and these are, of course, the prime locations of the Canary Islands. The recession and subsequent upheavals in the property market make it even more important to identify these locations so you don’t repeat the mistake made by so many in the boom years of buying in secondary locations doomed to spend years in the doldrums. The Property Finders are property search specialists in the Canary Islands, experienced in quickly and efficiently finding property – whatever it is you want you we can find it so contact us today to find out how much time and money we can save you.