Set a bit inland from the coast, Pinoso is perfect for those seeking a more rural community life. The surrounding mountains shelter the town and the fertile valleys are peppered with vineyards growing Mourvedre grapes. These are black-skinned and high in tannins and produce the deep red coloured wines typical of the area. The Bodega Co-operative of Pinoso can store 14,000,000 litres of wine so you should be able to sample some!
Pinoso takes its name from the pine trees that cover the mountains – as “pinos” is the Spanish for pine. Olive and almond groves also flourish in the climate here, along with citrus trees. Try the local speciality “adria,” a rice dish similar to paella often cooked with rabbit.
The town’s population is just over 7,000 but is expanding rapidly as expats discover there’s more to the Costa Blanca than beach resorts. There are many walking and cycling trails through the mountains and national parks, with great opportunities to take in the stunning views. Photographers will relish the opportunity to capture many of the unique sights and abundant wildlife.
It’s about an hour’s drive from Pinoso to the beach, so you can have the best of both worlds. Torrevieja and Alicante both have great amenities, or you can cross the border into Murcia and explore the Mar Menor with its famous La Manga strip. Pinoso has plenty of shops for your every day needs, but if you crave a major shopping expedition, head south to Murcia for the Nueva Condomina Shopping Mall – they even have Primark and IKEA.
Being equidistant from Alicante and Murcia airports Pinoso is easily accessible from the UK with numerous flights from multiple locations to both. Flight time is approximately two and a half hours, followed by an hour’s drive to your destination.
Where to Buy Property in Pinoso
Property prices in Pinoso are very reasonable – you can buy a three-bed town house for around €60,000. At the top end of the scale, a four-bed villa in the centre of the town would set you back €325,000.
On the outskirts of the village, you can pick up a three-bed house with its own olive grove for €85,000. Some of the homes are in need of renovation, but if you’re looking for a project, you can find bargains even in the town centre.
The villages surrounding Pinoso are also popular with expats looking to relocate to the countryside. Three-bedroomed town houses in nearby Ubeda, Canada del Trigo and Raspay cost about €100,000.