Despite booming prices, however, Spain remains número uno for British buyers. Since 1999 the number of British owners has increased by 460 per cent and there are now over a million of us happy to swap (permanently or occasionally) damp and drizzly Blighty for sangria, sunshine and clear blue skies.
You can view a range of properties at a spanish property exhibition at Bychoice Esate agents offices in Sudbury and Long melford Suffolk over the Bank Holiday weekend from 11-4pm Sunday and Monday.
The Costa del Sol remains a huge attraction but with prices there rising, buyers have started to look further afield. Nearby Murcia, east of Andalucia, is clearly benefiting from the ripple effect: prices there soared by 26 per cent between June 2003-June 2004, the largest increase in the whole country.