■ Beware of bargain-priced vacation developments, which in some cases are abandoned ghost estates built during the country’s economic boom that have been rebranded as “holiday cottages.”
■ If you find a property on a rental site, do a Web search for details on the owner. Landlords are often happy to cut out the middle man, and you’ll get a better rate.
■ Almost every byroad in the country has Google Street View. Take a look to see if your property has a postcard location before you book.
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