Ranked: The ten most popular destinations for British buyers overseas

Spain and France trump all, with Alicante emerging as Brits' most searched-for overseas holiday home resort

A house in Alicante or an apartment in Mallorca are the most popular second home options for UK buyers, according to some numbers from Rightmove Overseas.

The portal looked at over 2.5 million online property searches to rank which countries and resorts are the most wanted by Brits looking for a holiday residence. Spain comes out on top, with 2,513,374 searches per month; that’s 74% more than next-placed France.

That pattern is repeated consistently even when Rightmove drilled down to see if different UK cities had different tastes.

Alicante – Brits’ overall most-searched-for resort – is the cheapest place in the sun, with an average enquiry price of €126,053. 62% of Rightmove’s enquiries here are for houses, while 38% are looking for flats or apartments. Mallorca is also very popular, but property here comes with a three-times higher average enquiry price (€397, 813). 54% of enquiries are for flats and apartments; 46% for houses.

St Tropez and Marseille both make it on to the top five resorts lists in France – and both have average enquiry prices well in excess of €1m.

The top 10 destinations for UK buyers overseas

Country Average enquiry price Average flight time from the UK Average flight cost
Spain

€156,940

2h

£48

France

€217,433

55m

£54

Italy

€227,411

2h 20m

£56

Portugal

€215,001

2h 30m

£83

Ireland

€167,537

1h 10m

£36

Greece

€191,246

3h 30m

£132

Cyprus

€148,082

4h 46m

£184

Germany

€370,990

1h 40m

£28

Malta

€264,670

3h

£68

Turkey

€93,180

4h

£142

Top resorts for UK buyers in Spain and France

Top resorts in Spain Average enquiry price Top resorts in France Average enquiry price
Alicante

€126,054

Nice

€356,271

Mallorca

€397,813

Cannes

€585,754

Malaga

€191,830

Montpelier

€553,045

Tenerife

€176,107

St. Tropez

€1,523,989

Lanzarote

€160,193

Marseille

€1,399,625

Chris Please, Head of Rightmove Overseas: “Over 12 months, we received an average of 2.5 million searches a month for property in Spain, indicating just how in-demand this sunny country is for property-seekers. Whether it’s the large expat community, the sunny climate, the food or simply the easy transition into relaxed Spanish culture that has Britons enthralled, Spain’s proximity to the UK, cheap flights and short travel time has it consistently emerging as one of the most popular property destinations abroad.”

rightmove.co.uk/overseas-property