© 2019 Stan Dickens


Chartered Surveyors working in Spain, Portugal and Italy

Villa Surveyors is a Chartered Surveyors practice which specialising in Spain, Portugal and Italy. Most of our work is undertaken in and around the capital cities of Madrid, Lisbon and Rome and coastal villa locations such as the Costa del Sol,  the Algarve and Tuscany. Our experience of these markets dates back to the late 1980's when Stan DIckens arrived in Madrid to work as one of the first UK trained Chartered Valuation Surveyors in the Spanish market. From there has has branched out in Portugal and Italy.

An English-speaking Chartered Surveyor in Spain

Stan Dickens, who heads up Villa Surveyors, is a native English speaking Chartered Surveyor with extensive experience of undertaking Building Surveys, RICS HomeBuyer Reports and Residential Mortgage Valuations in Spain, Portugal and Italy. Stan also has extensive UK experience and in the past has worked for most of the principal UK mortgage lenders including Lloyds, Santander, Nationwide, Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland and HSBC. He is very familiar with the valuation of all types of residential property ranging from apartments to prestige villa properties with swimming pools, tennis courts, bore holes and other ancillary accommodation.

A brief guide to the regions where you might choose to live in Spain and Portugal.

If you have still not decided where to focus your search for a property in Spain or Portugal the following very brief guide might give you an idea where to look depending on your budget and the lifestyle you are looking for. It's worth giving giving serious thought to what you want from your new home in Spain or Portugal. One of the biggest choices you'll have to make is if you want to live by the sea or live inland. Another big decision is whether to live in a popular and lively town or city or hide away in the countryside with hills and nearby villages to visit with countryside walks. We recommend spending time in the areas you are thinking of buying in so that you  become familiar with the area and make the right choice for you. Ideally, you should visit more than once at different times of the year. You will then have a balanced picture of what you will experience during the different seasons if you plan to live at the property all year round.

Villa Surveyors covers all of the following regions and can help you find a property if you area Golden Visa applicant and / or undertake a property inspection for you once you have found a property you are interested in buying. 

​Central Spain and Portugal
The climate in Central Spain and Portugal is very different to the coastal areas. Most of Villa Surveyors clients seek to locate on the Mediterranean coast of Spain or the Atlantic coast of the Algarve region in southern Portugal. The southern Spanish and Algarve coastal locations enjoy a typical Mediterranean climate, whereas inland areas have a continental climate. Inland the summers are very hot, and regularly exceed 35 º C. In winter temperatures can get very low. This is the reason why the Spanish use the saying of "six months of winter and six months of hell" to describe the climate in central Spain.

Madrid and central Spain
The capital of Spain is Madrid,  which is located in the centre of the country. Madrid is a city of elegant boulevards and occasional green space including the centrally located Retiro Park. The city is renowned for its art galleries, including the Prado Museum  and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, both of which have impressive, mostly European, art collections.  The Reina Sofía is Spain's national museum of 20th-century art. The centre of the city is located at Puerta del Sol, which connects with many pedestrianised streets with a large variety of restaurants, bars, shops and some large stores. The heart of old Hapsburg Madrid is not far away at the Plaza Mayor, and nearby is the baroque Royal Palace. 

The capital of Portugal is Lisbon, one of the oldest cities in the world. The city which is located on the Atlantic coast is very hilly, and is crossed by historical boulevards. However, the city lacks the architecture and historic monuments of many historic European capitals due to the 1755 Lisbon earthquake and a subsequent fire. To the east side of Lisbon is the National Azulejo Museum which displays five centuries of decorative ceramic tiles. Just outside Lisbon is a string of Atlantic beaches, from Cascais to Estoril and the 15 kms of beaches at Costa da Caparica to the south of Lisbon, across the 25 de Abril Bridge. 

Costa del Sol
The Costa del Sol is located in the Andalucia region of southern Spain. Mediterranean beach resorts such as Estepona, Marbella, Fuengírola and Torremolinos are located in this region spread along the Costa del Sol. The area is known for its beeches and golf resorts. Just to the east of the region is the city of Málaga, the location of the main airport. The city has a hilltop an 11th-century Moorish citadel, known as the Alcazaba. Málaga also has a cathedral with a baroque facade and an ornate Renaissance interior.

The Algarve 
The Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost region, is known for its Atlantic beaches and golf resorts. Whitewashed fishing villages on low cliffs overlooking sandy coves were transformed in the 1960s, and now its central coast between Lagos and Faro is lined with villas, hotels, bars and restaurants. The region's western Atlantic coast and rugged interior are less developed.​