Almeria is perhaps the most ‘authentic’ part of southern Spain’s coastal regions – an unspoilt region of whitewashed villages, where centuries-old festivals are still celebrated and the culture is firmly Spanish. So where are the best spots to buy in this charming region?
The whitewashed Moorish old town of Mojácar transports you back to times gone by, while the beautiful beaches of El Playazo, Palmeral and Cuenva del Lobo, in the waterfront district, are quite simply timeless in their appeal. 7km of its 17km of seashore can boast of Blue Flag status, and are part of the stunning natural park of Cabo de Gato. The Plaza Nueva is the centre of the community, surrounded by bars and cafes, with people taking in the views from the mirador over a slow drink.
Two-bedroom homes sell for between €130,000 and €240,000 in general, with many on further-out urbanisations retailing for as little as €90,000.
Roquetas de Mar
This popular beachfront town is one of the major resorts in Almeria, and therefore offers strong prospects for anyone looking for an investment property to set up as a holiday let. Its palm-lined promenade is a fantastic place to go for tapas in one of its many bars, while the Punta Entinas Sabinar Natural Park is the perfect place to spot flamingos, avocets and other birds, as well as explore the protected wetlands. The city of Almeria itself is just half an hours’ drive away.
Two-bedroom apartments sell for around €100,000 to €140,000.
Cuevas del Almanzora
Cuevas de Almanzora, inland from Palomares and Puerto Rey, is a typical Andalusian town. It features whitewashed and pastel buildings, with a long avenue ending in a bustling square. The old castle is well worth a visit, as are the caves for which the region is famous. Desert Springs Golf Club, designed by Peter McEvoy, lays claim to being Europe’s finest – and we shouldn’t like to disagree!
The beaches are just a short drive away, but, being inland and on the other side of the AP-7, means that you’re largely sheltered from tourist crowds.
Two-bedroom flats sell for around €80,000 to €100,000.
Lubrín is the perfect spot to buy a property for anyone seeking rural tranquillity. This small village is located well inland, surrounded entirely by the beautiful countryside of the Sierra Filabres. Life here passes at a slow pace – so take a cold beer, sit out on one of the small, family-run café’s terraces and take it easy. Townhouses sell for around €100,000, with cortijos selling for around €200,000.
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