Spanish coastal properties vulnerable to rising sea levels

As if worries over whether their properties will be demolished or not, experts are now warning that many properties along much of the Spanish coast may be vulnerable to rising sea levels and climate change.

According to researchers, the Mediterranean coastline between the French border all the way down to Gibraltar is ‘highly exposed’ and should sea levels rise, properties along the coast may be at risk particularly during stormy weather.

The La Manga strip of the Mar Menor, the Ebro River Delta, the Costa Calida and Alicante are said to be the most vulnerable areas with some experts are predicting that the sea levels in the are will rise by 12cm over the next 40 years. According to the charity Greenpeace, the Atlantic Ocean is predicted to rise by 25cm by 2050 causing parts of Galicia, Cantabria and the Canary Islands to be permanently flooded.

This isn’t great news for foreign property investors as it isn’t just the properties on the coast-line that may be affected. As the sea levels rise, many popular beaches are expected to shrink in size, or possibly even be lost completely. As the popular beaches slowly disappear, the number of tourists heading to the area is likely to fall therefore pushing down property prices and rental income.

So, if you are looking to buy a property overseas on a coastline, it is important to consider the potential impacts of rising sea levels along with what plans, if any, the local governments have for sea defences in the area you are looking to buy in.

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