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Inland Murcia

Spain - Inland Murcia

Murcia is south of Valencia and is a very sparsely populated region of Spain. The climate ensures that there are large numbers of visitors to some parts of the region during the summer months but the winters can be very mild. This region of Spain is particularly popular with those who want to avoid the main tourist areas that have sprung up on the other Costas and experience the traditional Spanish way of life. Those who are looking for a peaceful area to retire to should be able to find a town to suit them in Inland Murcia, but there are always one or two lively resorts (centro vacacional) for those who are looking for a bit of nightlife.

The area has for the most part only been discovered recently by expats which has helped to keep the region mostly traditional. There are some international schools in the area, although these are in the larger towns, so those in smaller towns are only Spanish speaking. As the area is just becoming a tourist centre, there are not that many English speakers, particularly in the smaller, more rural towns. Learning the language is very important if you intend to move to this area.

Murcia City has a long history and evidence of it can be seen all around the town in the architecture and the monuments. It is a university city and there are large numbers of students in the area. The city has many employment opportunities available but it is advisable that expats be able to speak at least a little Spanish. Property prices can be quite high in some areas but there is a wide variety of property available, from apartments (pisos) to large detached houses (chalets). Bargains can be found if you are prepared to do a little renovation. Murcia City has some good schools available for those with families and the healthcare facilities are excellent.

Alhama de Murcia is a municipality of around 20,000 inhabitants. The area has a growing tourism sector and there is a small community of expats. There are some employment opportunities in the town, although these are mostly in the retail or hospitality sectors. Property is mainly traditional Spanish houses and those in need of renovation can be bought quite cheaply. There are some good schools in the area for those who are moving with children and the region has many shops which sell foreign goods, so you won’t miss too much from home.

Fortuna is a spa town which dates back to Roman times. Naturally this is a very popular tourist area with many hotels and has been since the early 19th century. While its popularity waned by the mid 20th century, since the 1990s it has begun to be fashionable again. The main employers are the tourist industry, particularly the hotels. Property prices in the area are slightly higher than the regional average, though this is due to the demand. While the area does have a long history it may not be the best place if you are seeking the traditional Spanish way of life as more and more tourists flock to the region.

The town of Roldan is also a popular tourist resort particularly with those who enjoy golfing and sun worshipping. The property available is mainly apartments and villas, which are often marketed at those who are looking for a holiday home. There is a growing community of expats and the town has good schools, though these are mainly Spanish and some travel will be required if you want an international school. The area has a wide range of shops and good transport links to the rest of the region.

Albanilla is a small town in the desert area of Murcia. The town has managed to retain much of its heritage in its architecture. There is not a great deal of new development and most properties on the market are traditional Spanish houses. There are some apartments, although these are often snapped up quickly. There is a small community of expats hailing mainly from northern Europe. There are bars and restaurants in the town but if you are interested in clubbing then it is probably not the best choice.

Aledo is a small village that can trace its history back centuries. Much of the town has retained its old fashioned charm, but there are one or two modern developments of apartments (complejo residencial) which are being marketed towards expats and those interesting in having a holiday home in the area. Other properties include the old style farmhouses (fincas) and villas. Most of these are already renovated so may come at a slightly higher price than you might expect, but will have very little that needs to be done. The apartment complexes in the town offer opportunities for those interested in buy to let properties for holiday rentals.

The town of Calasparra is something of a hotspot for British expats. In the early 2000s there were several new developments built on the edges of the town and in less than 3 years, more than 2000 British expats purchased homes there, with even more buying older style properties. In addition to this there are growing numbers of expats (expatriados) of other nationalities who are buying properties in the town. The demand means that properties are not as cheap there as they used to be, but the area is still reasonably priced. Some of the shops in the area regularly stock products from abroad that you may not normally find in Spain, but this is in response to the demand from the expat community there.

La Tercia is now very much a golfing and holiday resort and many expats have moved to the area with the intention of working in the hospitality industry. There are many hotels and shops in the region which have been established to cater for the large numbers of tourists which visit each year. This is not the best place for those who are looking for the traditional Spanish way of life as there is more emphasis on catering for the foreign trade.

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