Andalucia Inlands Province

Malaga Province

Malaga town and province is by far the most heavily populated by foreigners within Andalucia. Its charms and secrets have become much better known in recent years and there are many towns and villages, which have significant foreign populations. Hot in summer and (the most mountainous areas aside) warm in winter the inland areas of Malaga province have stunning mountainous scenery which include the Sierra de la Nieves natural park, the Neolithic rock formations at El Torcal (near Antequera) and the El Chorro gorge amongst other natural attractions.

The province benefits from excellent infrastructure, including some first class motorways and of course Malaga International Airport connections. The above factors have helped to ensure that the prices of rural property for sale in this part of Spain have increased way beyond the national average in recent years. All indicators suggest that these increases are set to continue.

Cadiz

If one were to draw a line inland from the beautiful coast line just before one reaches Gibraltar as the Mediterranean joins the Atlantic Ocean this marks the border of Cadiz province. In the areas where it borders the province of Malaga Cadiz shares some of its wild mountainous charm. Further west however the province is much flatter descending into rolling lush green hills and thereafter to flat lands close to the Costa del la Luz. Properties for sale in this part of rural Spain are likely to be found in ancient towns and villages and are often centuries old, retaining many or all of their original features. New developments are to be found built towards the outskirts of the towns and villages. Towns popular with foreign property buyers in recent years include Medina Sedonia, Alcala, Benalup, Vejer and Jerez.

Many elements of the way of life in the province of Cadiz have not changed for centuries. Unlike Malaga province there has not been such an influx of foreign property buyers, although this is on the increase. The province is served by two airports Gibraltar and Jerez, which both have daily flights to the UK and Northern Europe year round and from which most towns in the province are easily accessible.

Huelva

Huelva province does not have such a proud history or tradition as some of the other provinces of Andalucia however it does claim to be the original home of flamenco (a fact much disputed by those who come from Seville). Inland from the new developments on the coast near the international border town of Ayamonte there is little of cultural or historical interest although you will find miles and miles of unspoilt peaceful countryside.

The province of Huelva is bordered on one side by Portugal from which it is divided by the Guadiana River and the provinces of Seville and Cadiz to the westand in the north to Aracena. Huelva is home to the famous Doñana National park, but aside from that and the Sierra Morena Mountains, there is little to offer by way of historical sites or buzzing inland cities. It is for precisely this reason and the general peace and quiet of the province that has attracted many of the few foreign property owners’ residents in Huelva. Prices of property for sale in this part of rural Spain are some of the cheapest nationwide.

Seville.

The province of Seville and the capital city of the same name is one of the hottest provinces of Spain year round. In high summer the heat can reach over 50 degrees centigrade even after eight pm at night. The landlocked province does not benefit from the light sea breezes to be found on the coasts further south, so if one is considering the purchase of property in this part of rural Andalucia, then modern air conditioning will almost certainly be a must. As with Huelva province there are relatively few foreigners living or owning holiday properties in the province of Sevilla, although many wonderful old fashioned villas and farmhouses and other properties for sale may be found at reasonable prices.

The capital city of the province is a world famous city of culture with a wealth of architectural treasures dating back centuries. The city is easily accessible on good modern roads and motorways from most parts of the province and the international airport has a wide choice of European and international connections.

Cordoba.

The province of Cordoba is famous for its capital city, which is set on the banks of the Guadalquivir River upstream from the city of Seville. It is today a minor provincial capital in real terms but it has a rich history as the largest city of Roman Spain and a few centuries later as the centre of the Moorish Caliphate of Cordoba. The caliphate of Cordoba was at one time one of the most cosmopolitan, educated and diverse cities in the world. The city is home to La Mezquita, which is a wonderful combination of an Arab mosque and a Christian cathedral.

The rural areas of the province of Cordoba are relatively flat with and less dramatic than Malaga or Almeria, however the province is becoming increasingly popular with foreign property buyers, especially in the areas surrounding the lake at Iznajar. Property prices in this part of rural Spain have therefore seen a steep increase in recent years as a result of its new found popularity. Although Cordoba province does not have an international airport as such, the southern borders of the province are only one hours drive form Malaga International Airport and to the west there is reasonable access to Seville.

Jaén.

The province of Jaen provides a large percentage of Spain’s olives and olive oil. It is estimated that there are over 150 million olive trees in the province and the olive groves are a dominant feature of the land. The colour of the land between the lines of green olive groves is a deep red, and the rolling landscape sweeps away as far as the eye can see occasionally broken by the occasional stark white farm building.

There is not as much to see in the province of Jaen as elsewhere in Andalucia, but the long rolling hills provide a wonderfully peaceful and rustic rural environment. There is much unemployment in the province of Jaen so for those of working age planning to buy property for sale in Jaen; it is advisable to think hard about the implications of living here. For those seeking holiday properties, old villas for sale, or other types of rustic property for sale in Andalucia there are gems to be found in the province of Jaen.

Granada.

The province of Granada is one of the most popular in terms of tourism in the whole of Spain. To quote the Rough Guide to Spain “If you see only one town in Spain it should be Granada.” The city is literally brimming with architectural treasures such as the Alhambra Palace, the old Moorish and Jewish quarters and the Capilla Real Cathedral. Outside of the city the Sierra Nevada national park is easily accessible and extremely popular year round with foreign and Spanish visitors alike. The Sierra Nevada’s are the highest mountain range in Spain and it is an often-quoted fact that one may ski on the slopes in the morning and spend the afternoon in the sun on the beaches of the Costa del Sol. Indeed the snow lies on the highest peaks in the Sierra Nevada virtually all year round.

Another popular area for those looking for property for sale in Granada province are in the great mountain valleys of ‘Las Alpujarras’ which lie to the south between the sierra Nevada’s and the Costa Tropical. There are numerous older properties for sale in the province of Granada and there has been an increase in the foreign (especially British) population buying property here in recent years. Many of this expatriate community have started businesses often in the fields of rural tourism or adventure holidays.

Malaga International Airport is no more than an hour or so drive from most parts of the province and the network of roads and motorways are mostly excellent. Granada city itself has an airport but up to now this is for mostly internal not international flights.

Almeria.

The province of Almeria is predominantly a rocky moonscape desert. Blazingly hot in summer and cool in winter it has some of the clearest skies in mainland Europe. Although the province does not have some of the wonderful tourist attractions of say Granada or Seville, it does have its own charm and attractiveness. The province is one of the driest parts of Europe, with no more than 25 centimeters or so of rain falling yearly.

Served by good modern motorways, in recent years some of the inland towns in the province of Almeria have seen rapid real estate development. Towns such as Albox and Tabernas have numerous new developments and stand alone Villas for sale in their outskirts or nearby. Almeria province is easily accessed by air from the UK and Northern Europe via Almeria or Alicante Airports.

We, Sundream Estate are specializing in Marbella Property in and around the area of and Marbella. But we also can help you to find your dream Apartments, Townhouses, Villas, finca, rural and Luxury Villas and Apartments at the inland in Andalucia. We have many good friends and contacts that can help you to find the right property. We can arrange finance for your purchase here in Spain with local Spanish banks or can arrange finance in Gibraltar with leading UK companies. We have several Lawyers here in Marbella, that we can recommend who speak fluent English and can help you through the purchase of your holiday home.

 

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