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A Quick Look at Property in Almeria

Property in Almería has traditionally been the cheapest on this stretch of Spanish coast, with homes costing a fraction of that a couple of hundred kilometres west or north. So what do you get for your not-many euros?

You get a desert brought to bloom in the most delightful way in resorts like Desert Springs. You get beaches where, unlike the Costa del Sol, no-one’s judging you on what you’re wearing, or even if you’re wearing anything at all at the many naturist beaches.

You get the bohemian temperament of Mojacar, and ready-made expat communities both inland and on the coast that are just a little bit more relaxed than in the Costa Blanca. You get adventurous and affordable options such as cave homes, or big country properties baking in the heat but just waiting to be converted into ranch-style houses that look like they could come straight out of California or New Mexico.

Almería is hot. The city of Almería is not only the driest city in continental Europe but also the only one never to have a recorded temperature below 0ºC. In summer the temperature hits 30ºC most days, but they know how to live in the heat here; in 2007 they made the world’s largest ever salad, weighing more than 95 average adult Spaniards. So they know how to have fun in Almería too!

The Province of Almería occupies exactly 10 per cent of the Region of Andalucía, the most easterly corner where the south coast turns south-east. The population is only 700,000, though many more foreigners, especially British, will be living there unregistered. Nearly a third of the population live in the city of Almería, but more popular for homeowners have been, from west to east, Adra, Roquetas de mar, Carnoneras, Mojacar, Garrucha, Vera Playa and San Juan de los Terreros. Mojacar is the most well-known; it had virtually been abandoned in the 1950s when a new mayor said that if people would do up the empty houses they could have them for nothing – attracting the poor but adventurous and energetic types, including quite a few British.

Inland are towns such as Albox and Velez-Rubio, which saw plenty of building in the mid-2000s, not all of it legal, and offer the paradox of a welcoming expat community with car boot sale and rotary clubs, living in Europe’s only desert. There are lusher corners too, especially in the eastern La Alpujarra.

Almería is easy to reach, with year-round flights into Almería Airport from most budget and UK airlines. 

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