Spain is a huge country yet only a handful of UK mobile and park home dealerships operate here simply because of the way the market has changed over the years. Many of the sites in Spain offer both tourist camping as well as mobile home plots and are indeed camp sites primarily. These are by nature dedicated holiday parks with open facilities and tend to be down by the coast. There are two UK companies easily found on the internet offering every kind of holiday park in Spain between them.
Apart from holiday parks/camp sites you will find a few “residential” only parks and they are very different. The facilities are exclusive to the residents, there is no subletting allowed and every owner is registered in Spain and becomes part of a park lifestyle community similar to residential parks in the UK. These parks have to be away from the coast in order to avoid having to offer camping facilities. Close enough to the beach for a great day out but far enough away from the tourist traps and tourist prices. The top two residential parks are to be found not far from Malaga on the Costa del Sol and as expected they look after their residents in every aspect.
So what is the difference between a UK Park Home and a UK Mobile Home? The easy answer is that Park Homes are Mobile Homes that are built to a higher specification to be used primarily as a residential home. Mobile homes range from a 28 x 10 two week holiday homes on a camp site to a 43 x 14 luxury holiday home easily converted for residential use.
However, here in Spain there is now a third option, a custom built Park Lodge Home. The build quality of a Park Lodge home means it is nothing at all like a mobile home. You only need to thump an internal wall to find that out. The structure of a Park Lodge home is fully insulated which means it is a very solid structure. More information on the build quality can be found on www.costaparklodge.com and to see some examples there is a new showground in place outside Park La Posada.
First some information all about a 5* residential only park on the Costa del Sol in Spain. For resale homes as well as new. The park is Park La Posada in the village of Alameda not far from Malaga. Opened in 2004 this park has become THE must visit park in the Antequera area only 43kms from Malaga.
One of 4 parks in the area Park La Posada stands out in terms of facilities and service. In 2008 the park decided to become a dedicated retirement park and it is now offering a complete retirement package. Residents are given a dedicated interpreter as soon as they arrive who takes care of all the paperwork required to live in Spain. This service is free of charge.
In 2017 the park decided to become the show case for Park Lodge Homes and as a result the final phase is almost all Park Lodge Homes now. in 2018 the new Park Lodge show ground next to the entrance to the park was opened and in July the first two models were in place, the Reading and the Langport. The show ground will be complete with a Solero, a Sandringham and a Windsor model on display.
Park La Posada is without doubt in a class of its own. It has 130 homes on the park. A settled expat community looked after by the staff at reception and 24 hour security. The facilities on the park include the usual swimming pool as well as a community leisure center and bar. It also has a four lane bowls green with the residents forming their very own bowls club. Plans are also in place for an indoor swimming pool and an open air gym and these should be completed by the end of the year.
For anyone wanting to immerse themselves into the Spanish culture on a park that is a genuine residential park then there is only one in Spain to come and see. Park Corrales. It could not be more Spanish if it tried. Owned by a famous (here in Spain) Flamenco singer Ana Reverte the small adjoining hotel and the large bar and restaurant oozes Spanish culture. Residents mix with locals and “Spaniglish” is understood by everyone.
The park will be nothing at all like any other. It will be a small park of 50 homes in total and each home will enjoy wall to wall country views. With several lakes nearby including the famous Flamingo Lake it can be described as living in the Lake District with much better weather and a lower cost of living.
On both parks you have options. You can have a UK manufactured mobile home, a UK park home or a Spanish built park lodge home. The big difference of course is transport costs. UK mobile homes are £7000 plus VAT to transport from the factory to the park. Twin units are £15,000 plus VAT to transport and park lodge homes are between 1800 and 2500 Euros plus VAT or 3600 plus VAT for twin units.
Mobile shows in the UK are great for seeing the latest model park homes and details of the shows can be found on the ukmobilehomeshow website. Exhibitors are also promoting the parks as well. For retire to Spain information, it is also worth going to the Findinspain website. The site is full of useful articles about retiring to Spain.
To assist in coming to take a look at these wonderful parks we have our own flight comparison website as well as our own car hire comparison site with the settings best for Spain and is quite often used when searching for Park Homes in Spain