Article by Laura Latham
Looking for sun, sea, sand and a safer place to invest than southern Europe? Look north to the balmy Baltic coast – we find the hot spots.
When it comes to property, southern Europe feels so over. Financial crises and a summer of unrest on the streets of Athens and Madrid are putting off tourists and buyers alike. So where should you go instead for back-to-nature holidays and value-for-money homes?
Try looking to the north, rather than the south. Summers on the Baltic coast, stretching from Germany to Estonia in the south and from Sweden to Finland in the north, are surprisingly warm and sunny (and light until late at night). The beaches and countryside are among the best in Europe. And off the coast are some spectacular islands.
Every self-respecting Swede, Finn or Estonian has or aspires to own a second home near the water, even if it’s little more than a wooden cabin. It’s a destination few Brits ever visit on holiday, let alone buy a second home in, but it’s no worse for that.
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The island of Saaremaa, just off Estonia, has pretty cottages and beaches (Christian Goupi)