Poles have been in a buying frenzy for Spanish property this year in an overheating housing market, thought to be driven by a booming economy and an existential fear of their warmongering Russian neighbours.

Polish buyers have seen a record 2,300 property purchase so far this year, already more than double the entire of 2021.

This brings the Polish share of foreign buyers of Spanish houses to 3.2%, some way behind perennial champion investors the Brits, who are still in the lead at 11.2%.

It means the Poles already outstrip the Americans (1.6%), the Chinese (2.6%), and – ironically – the Russians (2%), with the Swedes in their sights (4.2%), according to stats from the Statistical Information Centre of Notaries in Spain.

But overall, foreign buyers have increased 19% on 2021, helping to drive up prices 7.5% year-on-year.

Barcelona still presides over the most expensive housing market, with a square metre costing €4,352 (up 5.3% on last year), followed by Madrid with €3,851 a square metre (up 71%) and Palma de Mallorca property €3,122 by up a whopping 12%.

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