S.L. Another Hondón Villas Milestone

Hondon Villas is dead … Long live Hondón Villas S.L.

Hondon Villas S.L. August 2019

That’s right, we are proud to announce that we are now (August 2019) a fully registered S.L. company ( Sociedad Limitada ) which is similar to a Limited company in the U.K. And more than that we are a family business as our daughter Kathryn joins us from the UK as the 3rd director and head of property sales having previously run her own successful business in Leeds, UK.

Progress, Growth & Commitment

If you follow our progress and success thus far you will be aware that we have grown steadily since 2009, beat our annual sales targets and expanded staff and office capacity year-on-year. And all in a difficult and competitive property market, particularly in this uncertain BREXIT climate.

“Becoming an S.L. clearly shows our commitment to keeping Hondón Villas a viable and legal local business for as long as we can, after all we have been part of the Hondón high-street for about 10 years now.” – Maureen Cook, Director.

Past, Present & Future

As I write, we are currently supporting 6 members of staff, 3 cars, mobiles, offices, rates and E.U wide marketing budgets. Yes, we make it work but we don’t profiteer, we have real business costs and we certainly don’t run on a shoe-string from a bedroom for two minutes on a Tuesday! It’s expensive! Yet we are actually the cheapest Pro’ agent in the area! . We have done and will continue to ensure our staff have legal contracts, pay their taxes and have public liability cover. Our office is passed by the Town Hall, we have a certified accountant and practice the AIPP service standards. Above all we value our customers as real people with real dreams to live in Spain or to sell through a professional service.

AIPP Badge 5 Years for Hondo Villas, Spain

And we are glad to say we are still the top selling agent in the area, no contest! Despite many requests, we are very particular who we collaborate or “share” our business with, our customer service is very important and we would not want to risk anyone else spoiling that. But, thankfully we hold our own due to a positive reputation, local high-street offices, multi-level marketing, a friendly and knowledgeable personnel and of course our hand-holding work ethic.

Our extensive online presence and technical investment pays off as we have continually added to our video equipment and social media strategy. We help promote the local area, events and culture with videos, guides and blogs. We think it’s as important to sell the area as it is to sell the houses in the Hondón Valley.

Of course whilst we a confident of our future we have no crystal ball and we know post-crash Spain and the local economy is still far away from the dizzy “boom” heights of 2004/5… so we have to tread carefully.

Offices and Investment

Our main office will continue to be in the Frailes Plaza. We are looking to improve this facility over the next 6 months. Now, having test-run a second office in Nieves for a year’s low-rent lease we have struggled to staff this new office as we would have liked due to being so busy in-the-field, holiday cover and illness. We now feel the resources and marketing budget is better spent improving the Hondón Frailes office as it is by far the most buoyant plaza of the two villages. Our Nieves landlord requires the premises for another service provider which we have agreed to. So the Nieves office will close at the end of August. But we are also looking to recruit a new member of staff to cover Admin’ tasks and busy times.

HV Property in the Hondon Valley

So all-in-all we are looking forward to more success but a challenging year ahead. BREXIT looming may well be our biggest challenge yet but the last three years would suggest the Brits still want to buy in Spain. If the sales cake does get smaller we will endeavour to get more than our fair share. After all, my 30+ years in Real Estate has shown that hard-work, resilience, flexibility and experience can overcome most business challenges. Please, SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESS, as without it the local economy and its vibrant culture will diminish and that of course will affect the property market for sure.

Regards and happiness to you all,
Maureen Cook and the Hondón Villas S.L. Team

EMAIL: property @ hondonvillas.net / TEL: +34 965 075 357
HONDON VILLAS S.L. [ NIF B42662981 ]
Calle Juan Carlos I, #24
Centro Plaza Hondón de los Frailes
Alicante 03689
Spain

Real Estate Agent Collaboration in Hondón

The Spanish property market is much more competitive than the UK… The Hondón Valley as a mature market now is no exception. This brings many challenges for the property agents here. Indeed it can get quite cut-throat and has been known to turn nasty and cause client dissatisfaction with so much money at stake.

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Multi-Agent Marketing: So, vendors of Spanish real estate can and do choose to market their property with more than one agent in the hope it helps expose their property to a wider audience. This makes sense to a degree. The competition should make the agents work harder to sell that property. But do they? Often that array of agents are advertising on the exact same portals such as Kyero, Zoopla, A Place in the Sun or Rightmove … and do very little locally or market elsewhere. Yes, you’ll often see the same property at the same price numerous times on the portals because of this multi-agent “system”.

Increased Selling Costs: But as a direct result, this multi-agent listing actually increases the price of selling a house. Why? Well, as an example, if you have 6 agents all listing, photo’ing, videos, marketing, portal costs, viewings, admin’, staff & business costs for the exact same property …etc but only one agent sells the home, the other five agents make NOTHING on that house but of course they still had all the work to do. That’s why the % selling fee is a lot more in Spain than say the UK. Simply, the sales that are successful have to cover the losses of the ones sold by other agents or that take a long time to sell. And fully marketing a property across the target market of the EU and un some cases the World is an expensive service.

Split the Commission: This “system” also encourages some real estate agents to team up, we call it collaborating. Often if an agent has a potential buyer but no suitable properties to sell them, that first agent will approach other agents in the target area and seek to split commissions if successful, usually 50/50. This is more favourable to the first agent than losing the buyer to another rival. This can work well and is done a lot but it can have it’s downsides, nor is it ideal in all situations.

To Collaborate or Not to Collaborate?

Here at Hondón Villas we are fortunate not to have to turn to collaborators too often. other agents usually approach us. In deed we go out of our way not to collaborate if we can help it. However we do have a few trusted agents we will help or work with providing we are always in attendance and can hold the clients hand professionally (buyer or seller).

If we don’t collaborate with a particular agent it’s usually because we have already tried them or know their service is sub-standard. And to be honest, some we don’t trust at all. Plus, some agents have tried to double-cross us and our clients.
And also:
a) We garner 100,000’s of online visitors annually to our own websites, portals and blogs, so we have an established sales funnel.
b) We dominate Google rankings for the area which gives our sellers more exposure / gets more buyer’s eyeballs.
c) Our leads to sales ratio is well over our target / break even point so we are self sufficient.
d) We like to manage the customer experience the “Hondón Villas” way. A poor / pushy / rude agent could risk the sale and damage someone’s dream!
e) We prefer to not confuse the buyer/seller as to you they are actually dealing with.

AIPP Badge 5 Years for Hondo Villas, Spain

f) We are AIPP Members for 5 years and try to ensure anyone we collaborate with is also an AIPP member or on par with our service standards and trust.
g) We maintain a wide portfolio of homes on our books and being established & experienced can stock up on houses that are more likely to sell.
h) We have our own high-street offices and get a good footfall of local and tourist interest. … the locals can identify with us and our brand.
i) We brand our company car, billboards, stationary, social media, emails and brochures so people know who we are. Our staff wear branded name badges… indeed yes, we actually have staff! Just about all the other agents in Hondón are one-person businesses (even if they keep saying “we”).

We’re cautious with whom we work with: We have found that the agents without a high profile or a poor local network are more likely to want to collaborate. We get approached weekly I’d say, we turn most agents down after a vetting process or we insist on doing the service part / qualifying / viewings. These agents often work from home, a car/mobile or from outside the Hondón regions. Many are “newbies” or have no experience. We say no to them!

When it’s not a good idea for the Client

Confused dot com! So collabs’ are usually better for the agents cashflow and if a sale is forthcoming, the buyer/seller may say it’s good for them. But … We have heard far too many times from buyers and sellers that they simply do not know which agent/company turned up to help them or who the agent’s company is. Some wonder how that agent knew them in the first place. Communication is harder and more problems are likely to occur. Simply, that “too many cooks spoil the broth”!

This is the bad part of collaborations. The seller lists with one agent but somehow another agent they don’t know turns up at the door or calls them for a viewing (with no legal contract, safety net or follow-up). The 2nd agent either saw a “Se Vende” board on the gate and unethically approached the vendor or they got the address from another agent. The data protection act suggests swapping data may be illegal. And it increases the risk of a ‘dodgy’ agent doing a double deal… and it’s happened.

Or the buyer enquires through a property portal, gets an agent call but has no idea who they are dealing with or if the agent is even any good or legal! Next thing it’s “meet me at the petrol station on the B999 road! Not a great idea is it? We bring them to the offic where ever possible.

High Risk for All: Example…. Many collaborating agents have been known to pass house keys willy nilly between each other to do viewings. Some are even leaving keys for collection at local bars! This is a high risk game. Hondon Villas have a key safe that only staff have access to. We never give keys to another agent or person without express permission from the vendor or we let the agent in. The idea that you let another agent have the keys unaccompanied is madness and unsafe to our way of thinking.

Recently, a collaborating agent let a surveyor enter the property without the owner’s permission (they are abroad & the house is empty). The reason is the collaborating agent did not have the owner’s name or telephone number. One seller we know had money stolen from her home during an ad-hoc viewing via a collaborating agent.

It Gets Overcrowded: We have seen 3 and 4 collaborating agents all turning up at the Notary / Completion day to claim their % of the sales fee! Overwhelming!

Greedy: We have also seen many times some agents wanting to inflate the property asking price to cover their loss in a split commission. And a few agents have, once they see where the house is, go back later and try to undercut our service or worse want to do a black money deal. This is not professional or ethical. And not AIPP standards.

Hondon Villas are the Best ... Mike

Thankfully, our years in the business and local knowledge minimises the worst parts of a collaboration. We know who we want to deal with and as a result 99% of our sales are stress-free and easy. If we do have problems it is usually because someone is double dealing, not being honest or is incompetent... and now and again the wolves do wear sheep’s clothing.

Alas, we cannot fix the weaknesses in the Spanish property market but we sure as hell try to minimise them for our client’s sake and to save on our leg-work and reputation.

Contact Hondón Villas: 30+ Years of Experience & Local Knowledge
Telephones: +34 965 075 357 / +34 865 571 981
Mobiles • +34 683 635 339 | +34 622 314 244
OFFICES: Central Plaza in Hondón de los Frailes

Restaurants: Hondon de los Frailes

We often get asked about restaurants and bars available in the Hondon Valley areas. There are plenty to choose from in Nieves, Frailes, La Romana, Abanilla, Fortuna and the surrounding areas. Here we list bars and restaurants for Hondón de los Frailes.

There are Hondon restaurants and bars to suit all pockets / budgets. They do change opening times and menus on a regular basis so we advise you ask locals or call the restaurants direct if you have any questions or need a booking.

Or you can check out Tripadvisor (or similar) for more up-to-date reviews. As we all have different tastes and expectations we shy from full reviews, ask around or better still go and make your own mind up…. But is is important to show support for local trade after all. Use ’em or lose ’em.

©2019 Updated: This article is brought to you by Maureen of Hondon Villas
the premier and local Estate Agent for the Hondon Valley.

Restaurants and Bars in Hondon de los Frailes

28 Restaurant in Frailes

The most established is Restaurante Veintiocho 28 in the main Frailes plaza, opposite the Town Hall). At the time of writing, 28 is owned and run by Simone and Marcus and boasts plenty of outside sunny seating, a shady canopy (from the sun and the odd rain shower), a small inside bar and larger a-la-carte restaurant.

The menu is varied British / international. Open most days for breakfasts, drinks, lunch and dinner with many specials, “Sunday Roast”, snacks and full 3 course dining “menu-del-noche” . It is well regarded as a clean and friendly catering establishment with food to match. It attracts all nationalities of the area (British, Dutch, Spanish, etc …). They have a 28 Facebook page. They also cater for special occasions and parties.

Infinity Restaurant, Hondon Valley

Infinity: The new kid on the block. Formerly a tea shop, this one is on the main road CV-845 through Frailes and currently run by local residents Jay and Natalie. You can dine inside in pleasant clean surroundings. At time of writing they are open selected evenings and Sunday lunches. Call 622956544 for full details and menus.

La Buena Vida: (2019 this now has limited opening or special event catering). This opened about 8 years ago as an Italian themed restaurants but is now more international cuisine now with full a-la-carte dinner menu, “menu-del-noche”, early birds, “Sunday Roast” and chef’ specials. This is located just off the main plaza in Frailes and has an ornate decor and plenty of inside seating with a greetings lounge. The atmosphere is relaxed dining and smart casual dress code. They also cater for special occasions and parties.

The Irish Bar
The “Irish Bar” Hondón de los Frailes

The same owners of La Beauna Vida also run “The Irish Bar”. El Nuevo Valle: This popular plaza bar and snack restaurant is in the main plaza opposite the church. They serve drinks, inside and out, with a fast-food snack menu all week and specials for steaks, pizza, Chinese and the Brit classic “Fish n Chips”. They also offer a large screens sports area which doubles as a meeting / party room and live music venue.

Caramels: This Spanish run and recently refurbished bar is popular with all nationalities. It is mainly a bar with some outside area at the back for music / food if pre booked. They are predominantly a drinking establishment with sports TV, bandit machines and a pool table. This is on the main through road in Frailes, near the garden centre CV-845.

Pepins: Another well established Spanish owned bar and occasional restaurant. they also do Tapas and snacks. This is often used by local social groups as a meeting place, bingo, quizzes, etc. A friendly and welcome bar and popular with Spanish workers at breakfast and lunch. This is on the main through CV-845 road in Frailes, near the grocer’s shop / lottery shop. Tipsy Terrace: The new kid on the Frailes block… built from an old house at the end of the main street it has a varied menu and personality of its own. Breakfast, snacks and dinner menus available. They also do private functions.

Tipsy Terrace: The new kid on the catering block. Situated near the garden centre end of the main street. This is the largest bar, restaurant and events establishment in the village with a sunny courtyard and outdoor bar. Well placed for families or large parties. They offer a very varied menu from tapas, snacks and meals from breakfast to dinner. Open most days all-year-round. Website: www.tipsyterrace.com

El Fogon del Friars: The largest venue, Spanish run and just out of the village as you head out towards Barbarroja / Macisvenda on the CV-845. This has a large car park, shaded terrace and large restaurant inside. There is a large courtyard to the back that is used for larger events / music. It is popular for breakfast and lunchtime “menu-del-dia” but evening menus and events are only occasional. The food is typical local Spanish / tapas.

Punjabi Virsa: The locals have been wanting an Indian restaurant for a while and now we have one. It is at the quieter garden centre end of the village plaza, near Tipsy Terrace. It’s already proved popular with mixed reviews in the early days but is now well established and offers a wide variety of spicy dishes. The also offer a menu del dia as lower prices than the evening meals.

La Finca Restaurant
La Finca Restaurant, Hondon Valley

La Finca Restaurant, Hondon Valley. They offer about 100 typical Indian dishes in clean surroundings. The large dining area is inside with the kitchen and bar to the back. They also offer an early bird priced menu of three courses with poppadoms and drinks included. A magnificent façade, garden and terrazzo is in the middle of a new build development. Converted into a B&B, bars and restaurant this has the look of an old Spanish hall but with all the mod-cons. It has had a chequered history with many owners trying to make a go of it. As we write it is run by Dutch & Spaniards and seems to found its niche in Spanish food and culture with live music and value menus. Being so large it can cater for large parties, events and fiestas. The opening times and days vary and they tend to have limited opening days in the winter so please check before you go.

… so look out for our next article on the bars and restaurants in the sister village of Hondón de las Nieves.

Recommending Hondón Villas #2

VIDEO TESTIMONIALS : Hondon Villas. Irana Davidson talks about her experience buying her Hondón Valley home through Hondon Villas.

What was the main reason you chose the Hondón Valley?
We actually fell in love with the village to start with (Hondón de los Frailes). We sat at the 28 Restaurant and we looked down the village and we saw it had everything we imagined we wanted.

Why would you recommend Hondón Villas?
The name “Hondón” being associated with Hondón Villas seemed a natural choice. As I said before, we were never pushed into looking at any property. We looked at properties that we chose. And when we decided on the property we wanted it then became a real hand-holding process.

Not speaking Spanish it (the buying process) became quite daunting. But everything was basically done for us. We were taken to the notary. We were given real good advice. And once we had bought the house it was more hand-holding.

Anything we needed, whether it was to do with the property or not I could contact Maureen and she’d say “Right, OK, fine. We’ll sort it!”

And we felt we were looked after. They were more friendly than a lot of places we went to. We were not pushed into looking into anything, it was what we wanted to look at.

How do find the social side of Hondón?
I think the first social event I went to, I was invited by Maureen from Hondón Villas. She invited me to the Ascot Ladies Day which was fabulous because at the time Charlie (my husband) was away in Scotland for a wee while so it was a fantastic way for getting to know people.

You do feel like you can walk through the village and people will speak to you. You can go for a coffee and someone will speak to you. … we rescued a dog and you get to know people through that. I find it very social here.

Interested?
Contact us to help you buy or sell your home in the Hondón Valley areas…
WEB: http://www.hondonvillas.net/ ::: NL/BE: http://www.hondonvillas.nl
EMAIL: property @ hondonvillas.net
FRAILES OFFICE: (0034) 965 075 357 or
NIEVES OFFICE: (0034) 865 571 981

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hondonvillas/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/hondonagent
Blog: http://www.villasinhondon.net/

Hondon Villas will help you buy, sell or rent your Spanish property in the Hondon Valley, inland Costa Blanca, Spain.

We have been the first choice of local agents for over 10 years. Our local knowledge, AIPP member standards and 30+ years in Real Estate have made us the top selling agent in the area!

With 1.5 million visitors to our main website & counting & TWO LOCAL OFFICES we are the first local agent to offer lowest pricing, drone videography and free document checks to our exclusive clients!

Please Visit Hondón Villas online or in Person!

Hondon Villas are featured agents on A Place in the Sun.

Hondon Villas will help you buy, sell or rent your Spanish property in the Hondon Valley, inland Costa Blanca, Spain.

We have been the first choice of local agents for over 10 years. Our local knowledge, AIPP member standards and 30+ years in Real Estate have made us the top selling agent in the area!

With 1.5 million visitors to our main website & counting & TWO LOCAL OFFICES we are the first local agent to offer lowest pricing, drone videography and free document checks to our exclusive clients!

We promote and sell luxury Spanish villas and homes inland in the beautiful, quiet inland area of rural Hondon Valley, Alenda Golf Villas and La Montanosa areas of the Costa Blanca, Spain.

You can search for villas and apartments in Hondon de las Nieves, Hondon de los Frailes, La Romana, Fortuna and Albatera radius of the Hondon Valley.

CONTACT DETAILS:
Our Estate Agents are available by telephone, in-person or email:
Call Maureen on +34 622 314 244
Email us at property@hondonvillas.net
or visit our main websites for our latest properties.

www.hondonvillas.net > www.hondonvillas.nl
or read our news blog http://www.villasinhondon.net/

OFFICE #1 Hondon de los Frailes central Plaza is open Mon-Fri
and by appointment at weekends.
OFFICE #2 Hondon de las Nieves Plaza is open Tues to Saturday.

We look forward to meeting & helping you find your dream home in the sun!

Nearest Airports are:
Alicante (INTERNATIONAL), 12.9 miles
Murcia-San Javier (INTERNATIONAL), 36.9 miles
Valencia (INTERNATIONAL), 84.1 miles

Recommending Hondón Villas #3

VIDEO TESTIMONIALS : Hondon Villas would like to thank Nick and Lindsay for talking about their new llfe in the sun and their experience buying through Hondon Villas.

Q. Tell us about your new retired life out here in Spain?

N: It’s so much better, don’t you think? 100% better.
L: Yeah. It’s getting away from the rat-race really [laugh]. It’s just so much more relaxing. I can’t pick one thing really. It’s a whole combination of things I think.

N: Yes, we’ve met some lovely people here who have been very helpful, Spanish and English.
L: There’s some really good restaurants, nice food and it’s given us the peace and quiet and the ability to relax in a way we couldn’t in the UK.

L: We are looking forward to going to the Spa Baths (Fortuna) soon and the markets are a great place to go. We go with friends there and when we’ve done our shopping have coffee and relax usually sat outside in the sun. Yeah, it’s great.

N: People have been really helpful actually. Both the Spanish and the English. Brilliant. Really great.

L: People seem to genuinely have the time to stop and chat. Again it’s more relaxed than we experienced in the UK.

Q. How would you describe your experience with Hondon Villas?

N: They couldn’t have been more helpful without a doubt. They showed us properties that we didn’t imagine we would like. Which was really good as I had a set view of what I wanted. They showed us lots of different properties one of which we totally feill in love with and bought!

L: … just impressed by their professionalism, kindness and friendliness. And after buying the house, just all the help we had to settle in, because moving to a new country is a quite daunting prospect even though we were excited. But they smoothed the path and the after-sales service was brilliant, better than we could of expected.
N: Nothing every seemed too much trouble for them. They were always so helpful, friendly and willing with everything we asked.

L: We always felt that we could just pick up the phone if we had a problem or a question. they just helped us every step of the way. They certainly made us less anxious than we would have been about the prospect (of buying a villa in Spain) because there is a lot of bureaucracy to go through but we always felt that Hondon Villas could help us find the answer.

L: I don’t know if any other estate agent would go that far to make us feel at home.

Interested?
Contact us to help you buy or sell your home in the Hondón Valley areas…
WEB: http://www.hondonvillas.net/ ::: NL/BE: http://www.hondonvillas.nl
EMAIL: property @ hondonvillas.net
FRAILES OFFICE: (0034) 965 075 357 or
NIEVES OFFICE: (0034) 865 571 981

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hondonvillas/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/hondonagent
Blog: http://www.villasinhondon.net/

Hondon Villas will help you buy, sell or rent your Spanish property in the Hondon Valley, inland Costa Blanca, Spain.

We have been the first choice of local agents for over 10 years. Our local knowledge, AIPP member standards and 30+ years in Real Estate have made us the top selling agent in the area!

With 1.5 million visitors to our main website & counting & TWO LOCAL OFFICES we are the first local agent to offer lowest pricing, drone videography and free document checks to our exclusive clients!

#864: La Canalosa, Hondón – Stunning 5 Bedroom Cave House for Sale

Has to be seen to appreciate this excellent conversion. This is simply an immaculate and of a high standard! A large fully renovated and modernised Cave House in La Canalosa with 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, this Cave House also has a large private pool and double garage. BBQ with outdoor kitchen and wood burning fireplace. Easy maintenance gardens. [ LINK to Guide Price ]

Key Property Points: 200m2 Living Area • 8000m2 Plot • Restored to an Excellent Standard • Stunning Cave House • 5 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms ( family bathroom the master bedroom) • Stunning Views • Tranquil Location • Spacious Lounge • Fully Fitted and Large Kitchen • Dining Room • Terraces • Large Private Pool • Double Garage with Electric Doors + Outdoor Parking • BBQ with Outdoor Kitchen • Wood Burning Fireplace • Easy Maintenance Gardens • Furnished • Some Original Features • Lots of Land

CONTACTS: property @ hondonvillas.net or OFFICE: (0034) 965 075 357 La Canalosa Cave House, Ref #864 Alicante Region, Spain. Buy, sell or rent Spanish property through Hondon Villas, your local AIPP registered Real Estate Agent.

#762 Spanish Villa Hondon de los Frailes, Costa Blanca


Link: GUIDE PRICE and PROPERTY DETAILS
INTERESTED? Email: property @ hondonvillas.net
or CALL: (0034) 965 075 357

or sale immaculately presented 3 bedroom detached Villa Walking distance from Village. A well maintained detached 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom villa with heated pool, central heating and many extras in walking distance to the lovely village of Hondon de los Frailes with all the amenities.

Key Property Points Detached Villa • Heated Swimming Pool • Walking distance to village • Central Heating • Air Conditioning • Fully Fitted Kitchen • Large Lounge/Diner • 3 Double Bedrooms • 3 Bathrooms • En Suite Facility • Outside Kitchen • Outside Bathroom • Stunning Views •

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#764 Spanish Villa Hondón de los Frailes, Costa Blanca

For sale detached villa with pool and garage/store Walking distance from Hondón de los Frailes. An exclusive listed property! SEE THE GUIDE PRICE HERE

Detached 3 bedroom 2 bathroom Villa with private pool, garage/ store, carport central heating and many extras within walking distance to the lovely village of Hondon de los Frailes with all amenities.

Detached Villa • Private Swimming Pool • Central Heating • Garage/Store • Carport • Walking Distance Village • Large Lounge/Diner • 3 Double Bedrooms • Stunning Mountain Views

CONTACT: Email: property @ hondonvillas.net
or OFFICE: (0034) 965 075 357

The New Corvera Airport, Murcia

It’s OPEN! The “NEW” but late Corvera Airport (Murcia International) is about a 1 hour drive from the Hondon Valley. This now gives Hondón residents and local visitors more options for flights (see below), travel and indeed promises to open up the Spanish property and work market. (Note in April 2019 there is a proposed name change to Juan de la Cierva Airport – [ link ])

WEBSITE: https://www.corveraairporttravel.com/
GOOGLE MAPS: https://goo.gl/maps/YaswKLAnxHPN8v3R6

The village of Corvera is 25 minutes inland between the cities of Murcia, Costa Calida and Cartagena so tourists and homeowners on the coast like the Mar Menor and in Orihuela Costa will have a longer transfer time than they did from old airport atSan Javier. However, the increased choice of airlines and the frequency of flights should more than make up for this.

Of course it is still early days as to how this airport will impact on both tourism and the regional property market, but we are hopeful and excited as Hondón Villas have noticed over the last year or so, more property enquiries and listings towards that way.

Sadly, it has meant the small (military) San Javier airport has now ceased all commercial operations. And the promised Paramount theme park will not be built near-by, due to the long delays. Alicante Airport remains more convenient to our local area (about 35 minutes). However, Corvera airport still promises to become a major gateway to south east Spain (Murcia and Alicante regions). However the early signs are that Air services are slowly taking shape, as is the on-site facilities.

Having lived in Spain for about 15 years now we know Corvera was on the radar back then. But, sadly, Corvera has had a chequered history. Many businesses invested in the area on the strength of this important infrastructure and the proposed economic boost, particularly for the golf resorts, hospitality & entertainment industries. The airport started construction about 10 years ago and took 4 years to build. So sadly, it stood idle for 6 years despite many commercial and political attempts to get the airport up and running mush sooner.

The good news: in January 2019, the Murcia International Airport in Corvera was opened by King Felipe of Spain. The occasion was marked by the touch-down of its first commercial flight – a Ryanair service from the East Midlands.

It would seem for the immediate future the airport will cater for northern Europeans coming to Spain, their key market. Like Ryanair, EasyJet has also launched UK flights to Murcia International and other airlines due to start routes include TUI, Norwegian Air and Jet2. The frequency will be ramped up in time for the summer 2019. There are plans and capacity to take flights from other international links and further afield. Also the airport can take larger aircraft than San Javier which should mean more visitors to the area.

As for Corvera airport facilities, these are sparse at the time of writing but will increase as traffic improves. Covering 37,000 square metres, there are 24 check-in counters, 9 boarding gates, a few shops, cash machines, wi-fi, parking, taxis, bus services, car hire and hotel possibilities. [ Visit the Corvera website for up-to-date details of facilities and flights ] If you use the airport let us now what you think?

Airlines & Destinations (as of May 2019)

Airlines Operating From Corvera (RMU)
Air Nostrum : Easyjet : Norwegian Air : Ryanair : Jet2 : TUI : Volotea : Smartwings

2019 Destinations (check with your airline):
EasyJet:
London Gatwick & London Southend & Bristol
Ryanair:
London Stansted & London Luton
Manchester & East Midlands & Birmingham
Leeds Bradford & Bournemouth
Dublin & Glasgow Prestwick
Jet2:
Leeds Bradford & Manchester
Norwegian Air:
Oslo & Stavanger & Bergen & Trondheim
Tui: Antwerp & Charleroi
Volotea: Asturias
Smartwings: Prague

About 1 hours drive from the Hondón Valley.