For many, it is the best of both worlds: a property you can use as a base for spending time by the sea and also hitting the ski slopes at the right time of year. Surprisingly, it is far from being an impossible dream. Within Europe there are a number of locations where you can do both quite comfortably, even possibly in the same day (though the sea tends to still be quite cold in March or April).
One advantage of such a situation is obvious: you get much more for your money, since you can use the property – or let it – throughout the year.
The Perpignan area in Languedoc Roussillon offers excellent scope to find a sea-ski property. Perpignan, near the Spanish border, has a number of fine beaches, and the Fort Romeu ski area in the Pyrenees is less than an hour inland from locations above the city. Savills has an elegant house at the village of Vina which is perfectly situated for both coast and piste. The four bedroom property, with pool is 45 minutes from Canet Plage and 50 minutes from Fort Romeu, and is on the market for €945,000.
The best opportunity to enjoy both activities in Spain is in the region of Granada, which sits just below the highly attractive Sierra Nevada ski resort. Motril sits down at the ‘Costa Tropical’ 40 minutes south of Granada – and 80 minutes from the skiing – but the beaches are better at nearby Almunecar or Salobrena. A gorgeous 5-bedroom townhouse in the hillside village of Itrabo, currently run as a B&B, is on the market for €360,000.
With the Apennines stretching along its narrow length, Italy has quite a few opportunities to ski within reach of the sea. In Tuscany, you can even find properties within range of winter snow, summer seaside and the region’s architectural gems such as Florence and Sienna. Better value, though, is to be found in the hills behind Pescara in Abruzzo, on the eastern side of the mountains. A restored 16th century house in the town of Roccamontepiano, ideal as a B&B or small hotel is offered at €350,000 and is only 20 minutes from the ski resort of Passolanciano, with distant views of the Adriatic.
It might not be the first name on most people’s minds when it comes to choosing a ski holiday, but Turkey has more than a dozen resorts including a number within easy range of the Mediterranean coast, and the location means you really might be able to ski and swim the same day. The new resort of Seki, an hour from Fethiye, has attracted a lot of interest, but reports suggest it is fairly basic. Saklikent resort – an hour from Antalya – is a much better bet for now. It began as a ski centre in 1972, and is still being developed. The skiing is from 1,950m to 2,450m altitude and the season is relatively short. These villas from agent Spot Blue throw a further option into the mix: golf. Prices from €162,000.