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A Quick Look at Property in Andalucia

There are two sides to Spain. There’s the cool, trendy and urbane, typical of Barcelona and the Balearics, and there’s the wild, fiery side of flamenco dancing and fighting bulls, where the people are fun and noisy and demonstrative. That’s Andalucía.

Many British house hunters in Andalucia look for country properties. The region is known for its vineyards, olive and almond trees, sheep, cattle and the famous Andalusian horses. Its distinct areas include the Alpujarras, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, or rocky Antequera. All are just a little inland from the tourist delights and golf courses of the Costa del Sol. Costa de la Luz, Costa Cálida and Costa Tropical, but the property here can be found at a fraction of the cost.

Farmhouses go for little over €100,000; renovation projects even less. Cave homes are another budget option, and very popular with international buyers.

Its famous hot passions have been dramatized in operas such as Carmen, but Andalusians are as pleasant and friendly as anywhere else in Spain. What Spain, but Andalucía in particular has offered many British buyers, is an escape. In his bestseller Driving Over Lemons, Chris Stewart inspired many of us to consider swapping a cold English cottage for a farm in Andalucía with space, heat, a sense of freedom, and citrus fruit.

Andalucía covers most of southern Spain, from the border with Portugal all the way along the southern coast. It includes the cities of Málaga, Granada, Seville, Córdoba, Ronda and Cádiz. Consider too, the lesser-known delights of Jaén.

Andalucía is famous for its 'white villages' too. Emptied out over the 1960s and 70s as people left for work in the tourist hotspots and cities, from the 1980s a trickle of mainly northern European newcomers turned into a flood and by 2005 there wasn’t a single village without new foreign residents helping to reopen bars, restaurants and schools and restart village traditions. Beware planning rules though – Andalusians have a reputation for trying to bend the rules but the authorities have clamped down on illegal property.

One thing you can guarantee in inland Andalusia is hot weather. While the coast is cooled by sea breezes, inland swelters with average daily highs of 36ºC in summer – you can see why the Alhambra Palace in Granada was filled with water features. Even in summer, however, you can cool down with a trip up to the Sierra Nevada, a ski resort in winter. 

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