Two things that may signal the end of the economic downturn on the Costa del Sol are an increased number of tourists and an increased number of house sales over the past 12 months.
A bumper Easter saw thousands more visitors than the same period in 2014 fly into Malaga International Airport, the vast majority being from other parts of Spain.
A trip to any of the coastal resorts during Easter this year, including Manilva, Estepona and Marbella saw packed beach bars and restaurants in scenes usually associated with high summer.
Ryanair have announced they will operate 228 weekly flights from April to October, 2015 where they hope to carry over 2.7 million passengers.
Malaga International Airport is one of the oldest Spanish airports which has stayed in its original location. The airport was opened in 1919 and the first commercial flights began the same year when Didier Daurat began regular flights between Toulouse, Barcelona, Alicante, Tangier and Casablanca.
In 1937 the airport became a military base. On 12 July 1946, the airport was opened to international civil passenger flights and was classified as a custom post.
An increase in package holidays in the mid-sixties meant that commercial traffic was making up over half of the airport’s business. A new control tower was built in 2002 and on 15 March, 2010 the new Terminal 3 was completed to cope with increased traffic.
House sales during 2014 have increased by over 40% in the Malaga province compared to sales in 2012. In 2014 23,929 properties were sold in Malaga Province, 9,190 of which were to foreigners; in 2012 only 5,140 properties were bought by foreigners, a figure which has almost doubled since and a number not seen since the property crisis began.
Coastal areas of the Costa del Sol are still a firm favourite amongst buyers. In the last quarter of 2014 Malaga saw 2,634 sales; figures which were significantly higher than inner city locations such as Barcelona and Madrid.
Along with increased property sales has come the need for more self-contained storage units on the Costa del Sol, as storage space is at a premium in offices and commercial premises. Many apartments do not offer sufficient storage space and for home owners renting out their property, downsizing or even splitting up with a partner, they find themselves stuck for somewhere to store their valuables.
The beauty of self-storage in Manilva, Estepona, is that you can store as many or as few goods as you wish either long term or short term. Choose a company which offers different sized storage units – that way you only pay for the space you need.
Whether you are flying into Malaga as a holidaymaker or a home owner on the Costa del Sol, it is worth remembering that the earlier you book your flights, the cheaper they are likely to be.