It seems that the old Christmas tradition of staying home with family for the festive period is fading fast. A Bolsover Cruise Club survey has found that just 33% of Britons want to spend Christmas at home. 25% want to spend it elsewhere in the UK, but the majority – an impressive 42% – would be willing to go abroad for their Christmas celebrations.
The USA, Spain and the Caribbean top the list of countries that Brits would like to spend Christmas in, with sunshine clearly a priority for many. For leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España, the survey results make sense.
The company has been building sun-kissed holiday homes across the Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca and Mallorca for 60 years and has seen many British owners – along with those from other countries – enjoy spending their Christmas holidays in Spain in that time.
“Christmas in Spain has many similarities with Christmas in the UK, but also some notable differences. It’s a less commercialized holiday here in Spain, with more emphasis on spending time with family and enjoying each other’s company. Food is a hugely important part of Christmas here too, from Turkey stuffed with truffles on Christmas Eve, before Midnight Mass, to regional favourites like seafood feasts in Galicia to picadillo soup and stuffed eggs in Andalusia.”Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España Of course, Christmas in Spain comes with the added benefit of superb weather for those in the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca. While braving the icy waters of the North Sea or the Atlantic Ocean is a Boxing Day tradition for some of those in the UK, a more relaxed dip in the communal pool of a site like La Floresta Sur is likely to hold greater appeal to many. Located in Elviria, Marbella, the site is surrounded by natural beauty, from oak and pine forests to the ever-shifting splendour of the Mediterranean Sea. Key-ready homes are available from €228,000 plus VAT, with apartments providing spacious surroundings with plenty of outdoor space for making the most of the Spanish sun.