If you are thinking about buying a caravan in Spain, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
Caravans are a popular choice for holidaymakers and expats in Spain, offering a lot of flexibility and convenience, often at a cheaper price than a brick and mortar alternative.
But before you jump into buying one, make sure you understand the process and what to look for.
In this guide, we’ll outline the basics of purchasing a caravan in Spain, so you can feel confident when making your purchase.
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What Type Of Caravan (Or Mobile Home) Do You Want?
Before you start looking for a caravan to buy in Spain consider the different types of caravans available (this guide will largely focus on buying a static caravan in Spain rather than a tourer).
Buying a touring caravan will offer you the flexibility to move your holiday home around Spain and explore the country. Touring caravans are self-contained, so you can take them to any campsite or pitch wherever you like.
But touring caravans are of course smaller and more basic, so if you’re looking for something a little more luxurious and spacious then a static caravan might be a better choice for you.
Towing a caravan over a long distance (for example from the UK to Spain) can put some people off buying one. Some caravan owners get around this issue by storing their tourer on a caravan site in Spain when they don’t use it, flying out to the nearest airport as and when they want to.
Static Caravan (Or Mobile Home)
A static caravan is generally more expensive than a touring caravan, but it will offer you more space and comfort.
If this sounds like your ideal holiday home then you’ll need to find a suitable holiday park to site your mobile home.
If you are looking to live year-round on a residential or retirement park in Spain you might want to consider a specific residential retirement style park in Spain rather than a holiday park. We will discuss the differences below.
For all the latest official advice on living in Spain and lengths of stay, please read the Living In Spain guide on the UK Gov website.
Where Is The Best Place In Spain To Buy A Holiday Home?
The quick answer is your favourite place in Spain! But given that most of Spain is appealing to us Brits it might be tricky to narrow it down.
Most static caravans for sale on holiday parks are likely to be located in popular tourist destinations, but there are so many of them in Spain, it’s still a tough choice!
To help you out, consider the following;
– Do you want a bustling tourist location, a quieter beach resort, or something in the countryside?
– Accessibility to local attractions and amenities such as supermarkets, golf courses etc
– How close is the nearest airport?
Ultimately there’s no ‘right’ answer when it comes to choosing where to buy a caravan or mobile home in Spain. It all depends on your personal preferences and budget.
Popular places to buy a holiday home in Spain include Benidorm and the Costa Blanca coastline, the Costa del Sol, Costa Almeria and Costa de la Luz.
Choose A Holiday Park And Visit
Once you’ve narrowed down the region you want to buy in, research the holiday parks that have caravans for sale.
Choose your favourite park and if possible, visit and rent a mobile home for a long enough time to get a good feel for the park.
While you are there see if you can speak to any other mobile homeowners and ask them any questions about the reality of owning a home there.
Ask the holiday park owner questions such as site fee costs and whether the park is open all year round.
Before we carry on, it’s worth knowing the difference between a residential caravan park and a general holiday park.
Residential Caravan Parks In Spain
Residential caravan parks in Spain are a popular choice for those in the 50+ age group. Featuring vibrant communities and a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere, these parks are ideal for those looking to enjoy a more active and social lifestyle.
While families and children are welcome to visit the parks, they are not allowed to live on them, thus retaining a sense of peace and privacy for all residents.
Unlike traditional campsites or caravan parks, residential caravan parks also do not allow tourers or campers, giving residents a sense of security and stability.
And with numerous amenities and community events on offer, it is easy to meet new people and make lasting connections.
Holiday Parks In Spain
If you are buying a mobile home in Spain to use as a holiday home a holiday park is suitable. Holiday parks often have a variety of facilities and activities including swimming pools, restaurants, bars and sometimes childcare facilities.
Most holiday parks in Spain allow tourers and campers to rent pitches, but these are usually in a different area to the static caravans.
You are also more likely to be able to sublet your static caravan to holidaymakers when it is located on a holiday park.
How Much Does A Static Caravan Cost In Spain?
Prices vary depending on the age, size and location of the caravan.
Used static caravans in Spain can be bought from around £20,000 and new static caravans from around £40,000.
How To Buy A Caravan In Spain
You can buy a caravan directly from a holiday park, through an agent, or privately from the owner.
Buying through an agent will be the easiest as they will take care of each step of the process, often including presale viewing trips. Using an agent to buy a holiday home in Spain will usually cost you more as you will be paying a fee for the service.
Financing Your Static Caravan
When it comes to paying for your caravan check how it can be paid for. Most buyers and sellers will agree on a deposit followed by the final transaction on the day you take ownership.
Communicate with the seller throughout the process and arrange how to pay for the caravan in advance.
If you need to convert currency in order to buy your caravan it will usually be better to use a currency transfer specialist to ensure you are getting the best exchange rate and minimal or no transfer fees.
Some static caravans in Spain can be bought using finance, the best deals will probably be found through an agent.
Do You Need Insurance For A Caravan In Spain?
Like the UK it isn’t a legal requirement to have static caravan insurance, but it is highly recommended.
Some holiday parks will insist that you have insurance before allowing you to site your caravan with them and you will need public liability insurance if you are renting your caravan out to guests.
Now that you know the difference between a residential caravan park and a general holiday park, as well as what to look for when buying a mobile home in Spain it’s time to start your search!
If you have any questions about the process or would like some help finding the right park or caravan, don’t hesitate to get in touch.