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Where to find a property for sale in Cadiz

In the furthest south of Europe, just a mile across from Africa, Cadiz is a fascinating part of Spain. It was for centuries where the Spanish fleet would depart from for America. Now it is a place famed for its beaches, bull-breeding and sherry, a colourful alternative to the nearby Costa del Sol.

It’s an area that has never attracted the same interest from property buyers as the much more highly developed stretch the other side of the Rock of Gibraltar, yet it’s very popular with locals and is worth a tour or two.

So where to go? You can buy an apartment in the old town of Cadiz city itself (from around €125,000) but buyers will either tend to head to the smaller beach resorts of the Costa de la Luz (coast of light), or head up into the hills of the frontier towns such as Jerez de la Frontera, Jimena de la Frontera, Chiclana de la Frontera or Arcos de la Frontera, or Medina Sidonia.

These are pretty hubs of whitewashed traditional Moorish style houses (many with internal courtyards rather like riads), of which a few have been bought by overseas buyers to make into lovely boutique hotels or casa rural.  You might be able to pick up a small townhouse in need of some work for €100,000, or a small villa with a pool might be around €150,000 on the outskirts of town.

Countryside properties cost around €150,000 - for a mid-range villa. Towards Malaga, the inland “white villages” of Olvera and El Gastor are also great value, with little townhouses for less than €50,000 in the former.

The attractions of this area are easy to access to Seville, Jerez and Gibraltar (for airports as well as shopping, history or services) but an authentic Andalusian lifestyle with flamenco, horse riding and beaches close to hand too.

On the coast, the windsurfing mecca of Tarifa is relatively expensive and surrounded by national parkland, it offers stunning beaches such as Bolonia, but La Barrosa, close to Cadiz city, is worth a visit.

But there are locations eastwards around Gibraltar that are also popular: San Roque, Alcaidesa, and even the harbour town of Algeciras and next-door La Linea - very convenient for hopping on a boat to go shopping in Morocco for the day.  The vast luxury resort of Sotogrande is a community all of its own with marina, beach clubs, polo fields and top golf courses.

This is a fascinating area richly tinged by its Moorish history yet it remains off the radar of most buyers in Southern Spain. One for those who neither seek full English breakfasts nor the glitzy scene in and around Marbella.

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