Where To Find Cheap Spanish Properties

Where To Find Cheap Spanish Properties

Where To Find Cheap Spanish Properties

(This article was last updated in January 2024)

The Spanish property market has boomed during Covid and prices have increased in most locations. But the good news it that it’s still very affordable when compared to the UK. Buy where is the cheapest place to buy property in Spain?

Across some of the Iberian peninsula, prices are not still back to their 2006 peak either, so one-off bargain properties in Spain can be found in many places even if the area is not ‘cheap’. With tourism booming it’s also a great time to buy a rental investment in Spain.

Spain is a large country with 17 self-governing regions so do your research and remember that purchase costs, rental laws and other fiscal issues can vary between them. As ever, negotiate hard and never buy on price alone.

Getting a Bargain on the Costa Blanca

South Costa Blanca is expat country with beach and golf resorts in Torrevieja and Orihuela Costa. It’s highly popular for a reason - it’s easy to reach and it’s easy to find inexpensive properties, including a new generation of contemporary style new-builds, though of course the real bargains will be amongst slightly dated resales. North of Benidorm the landscape is lusher and the culture more traditionally Spanish, with some dazzling fishing-village/resorts such as Calpe and AlteaDenia has been a real spot in the past few months.

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If you like a lots of other Brits around, you may like the Orihuela Costa for its affordability. Playa Flamenca and Ciudad Quesada are two of its hot spots, but the resorts of Cabo Roig and Guadamar del Segura are also popular. Two-bedroom apartments start around €75,000 , townhouses from €100,000 and villas with pools from €200,000. The hard part is finding something that doesn’t feel squashed in, as so many do.

For more space at a bargain price go inland to the Hondon Valley for a farmhouse with land for €150,000. Or look at Pinoso, a traditional village inland of Alicante and Torrevieja, where your money goes just as far and you can enjoy wonderful mountain views. Or drive to the very north of the Costa Blanca around Denia where nearby villages such as PegoLa Xara or El Rafol d’Almunia offer apartments or townhouses for a budget of €70,000.

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The extremities of the Costa Blanca have the best bargains. For a real bargain look at Oliva. Strictly speaking it’s a kilometre or two north of the Costa Blanca, but there are two-bed apartments in a lively and unspoilt Spanish town there from around €60,000.  The same might be said if you head south into Murcia where Pilar de la Horadada is a growing hot spot, still a little cheaper than the already popular San Pedro del Pinatar - even closer to the lovely warm waters of the Mar Menor.

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Getting a Bargain in Murcia

Where the Spanish coastline turns from east to south, the weather warms up and property gets cheaper. Even in well-heeled enclaves like the famous sporting resort of La Manga the luxury is more affordable than in the Costa del Sol. There are attractive fishing villages and the city of Murcia, and it’s possible to buy beachfront bungalows relatively cheaply around the Mar Menor.

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Murcia is growing in popularity for its affordability and that it has much to offer, especially its star feature, the Mar Menor on the Costa Calida in the north.

Also known as ‘Little Sea’ it is a large natural lagoon which is six miles wide and more than 10 miles long. With waters that are about five degrees warmer than the Med it’s a paradise for bathers, boaters and water sport fans.

It’s also got a few golf courses, including Camposol and several Polaris World resorts where you can get bargains - apartments from €65,000. The La Torre Golf Tesort is the most popular, but also Hacienda del Alamo and Las Terrazas de la Torre. There are also some attractive seaside villages and towns such as Los Alcazares,  SucinaSantiago de la Ribera and San Pedro del Pinatar. Townhouses here start at around €125,000.


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Have a proper look at Sucina, that sits inland of  the two resorts of Pilar de la Horadada and San Pedro del Pinatar and a short drive from the Mar Menor. It’s a  traditional town sitting amongst citrus groves only 30km from Murcia (RMU) airport. You can get a two-or three-bedroom home for around €110,000.

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Getting a Bargain in Almeria

A less developed tranche of Andalusia than the Costa del SolAlmeria offers stunning coastline of nature reserves with long sandy beaches and authentic, Moorish style towns and villages. It’s officially the sunniest region in Europe!

It’s popular with various nationalities for its affordability, Andalusian authenticity and also growing tourism. The average property price is around €140,000. Popular spots include the capital city Almería – famous for its well-preserved Moorish heritage, Mojácar and Vera and resorts along the Costa de Almería. Inland, Arboleas and Albox are hot spots.

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The traditional hilltop town of Mojacar is a hot spot but it’s a little expensive (for Almeria) as a result. Vera Playa – the beach area of Vera – is also a good value and a popular location. There you can get a good choice of two-bed apartments for around €75,000. But also check out Garrucha with its lovely beach and promenade: look carefully and you can find a three-bedroom property for €100,000.


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Exercise some caution if buying in rural areas – there are lively expat communities in the Almanzora valley, Arboleas, Zurgena and Albox but there have been a few issues in the past about properties built without the correct permissions. As always, get your lawyer to do those checks on the property for you.

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Getting a Bargain on the Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol has everything - winter sun, the world’s best beaches and tourist infrastructure and also plenty of bling if that is your thing. Not really? Head inland to wild Andalusian and dip into the tourism on the doorstep when you feel like a fix.

Resort towns like Mijas CostaBenalmadenaFuengirolaMarbellaPuerto Banus and Estepona are an international melting pot so you’ll be sharing the golf course and fish restaurants with Scandinavians, Russians and Asians as well as the Spanish of course, who love to escape the hot capital for the coast during peak summer.

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How does €150,000 for a two-bedroom resort property in Estepona grab you? This area to the west of Marbella is on the up and you’ll find a lot of choice.

As with the Costa Blanca, some of the best prices can be found at the furthest tips of this costa, both west around Manilva and Duquesa Marina, and east towards Nerja and Torre del Mar where you can find townhouses for just under €200,000 and smaller villas for just over.

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When buying within a community or resort bear two things in mind: what are the service charges (general rule of thumb: you get what you pay for in terms of quantity) and is it worth paying higher service charges for extra amenities - if they are going to make it more attractive to holiday rentals?

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Getting a Bargain in the Canary Islands

One of our favourite winter sun destinations, the seven islands of the Canaries are hard to beat for access and affordability. They have good transport links to the UK, year-round warmth, reasonable prices, rental potential and a strong expat community.

Each island is different so you can match the island to your interests, personality and budget. There’s party-loving Tenerife, the new hipster scene of Lanzarote or the LGBTQ friendly Gran Canaria.

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Lanzarote has fewer properties and tends to be more expensive because it has a history of being meticulously planned, but you can get an apartment for around €65,000. On Tenerife you’ll a larger selection of one-beds and studios for that budget but not in the popular resort areas of the west coast. You’ll need over €100,000 for a studio in the big-name resorts such as Los Cristianos or Los Gigantes.

On Fuerteventura, you can get a one-bed apartment from around €80,000 in the popular resort of Corralejo whilst the average two-bed apartment goes for €130,000 on the island. In Gran Canaria, you’ll pay more than on Fuerteventura: but perhaps a three-bedroom bungalow for €175,000 if you are canny.

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Rentals can be very lucrative in the year-round resorts of the Canaries but consider long-term lets for two reasons if you are buying as a long-term investment. Firstly, the Canarian government has been imposing restrictions on short-term (or holiday) lets within developments, but also long-term lets are popular with the northern European “snowbird” market and can be less hassle.

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Getting a Bargain in the Balearic Islands

The fashionable Balearics might not be the most fertile hunting ground for cheap Spanish properties, but look away from the exclusive chunks of coastline (or deep inland) and you will find pockets of much better value. The Balearics, like the Canaries, has been benefitting from a boom in tourism, whether for families or the young, party crowd.

Ibiza and Mallorca are the go-to destinations for the super-rich every summer, so the toughest places to find bargains. For families, the fabulous beaches and slow pace of Menorca are hard to beat, but beware that flights to the island are a bit stop-start – in late 2023 some have been cut. The most well supplied by flights by some stretch is Mallorca.

From the year-round city of Palma to golf developments, marinas and world-class sports facilities, and a mountain range to explore too, Mallorca offers something for everyone. Prices have already been increasing in the sought-after south-west.

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In Mallorca, the east coast tends to be more affordable than the south-west, and the north.  You can get a studio resale apartment for €150,000 in many popular areas such as Puerto Pollensa or Santa Ponsa but €300,000 will give you much more choice. You can get a two-bedroom apartment on the east coast for €200,000 – check out Cala D’Or where our TV house hunters found a home for around €220,000. In Menorca, prices are lower and you can get small apartments from around €130,000 in Mahon to one for €150,000 plus in the resort of Ciutadella.

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Be careful if you are going to need to rent out your holiday home. At the time of writing there’s a three-year moratorium on the granting of new holiday rentals licences for homes but the new government of the Balearic Islands is ending this. Ask your lawyer to verify the status of a home you may be interested in.

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Liz Rowlinson