Specialists in Real Estate and Legal Services in the North West of Murcia
North west Murcia is one of the most beautiful regions in all of Spain. If you don’t believe us, how about this – we have chosen to live in a traditional town called Calasparra, in the heart of the countryside and almost exactly in the middle of this unique region. We selected this area very carefully as the perfect place to bring up our family – we have two children.
We can look out of our window, across the swimming pool, between the large palm trees and see the small white church of San Miguel on top of a mountain and to the east, far away, the peaks of the Sierra Del Molino, so popular with hikers and cyclists, who travel here from all over the world to enjoy the gentle trails and breathtaking views.
But first, a warning. If you like discotheques, roast Sunday dinners, Premiership football and are worried about leaving your British lives behind, perhaps you should try Benidorm (which is only 110 miles away). However, if you like a peaceful life, history, amazing Spanish food, complete lack of crime, quiet roads, rivers, lakes, mountains, traditional Spain – and 300 days of sun a year – perhaps you should check us out.
Calasparra is a traditional, working Spanish town with a population of around 10,000. It provides everything you might need, from award-winning restaurants to builders merchants, electrical goods, banks and a tourist office which includes a museum dedicated to the growing of Calasparra rice, which is considered to be the best in the world and is recommended by Rick Stein.
There are a few similar towns in this area, all offering the same stress-free way of life – each one is unique and charming. You could check out Cehegin, and its medieval square where once fighting bulls were killed and where you can still see craftsmen sitting on wooden benches making espadrillas (Spanish sandals, worn by locals). Then there is the charm of Bullas, world-famous for its wine-making, specialising in aromatic young reds and fresh and fruity rosés, where the Romans began taking advantage of the perfect growing conditions, more than 2,000 years ago.
Of course, if you like history, there is plenty of it here. Caravaca de la Cruz, which is just 13 miles from Calasparra, is one of the holiest cities in the world and claims to be the home of the True Cross. The Iberians, Romans and Muslims have all passed through this city, which has developed around its castle, built in the 15th century and commissioned by the Knights Templar.
Other towns and cities where we have properties for sale include Moratalla, with its 15 th century castle, overlooking a labyrinth of narrow streets and dimly-lit restaurants where locals speak indecipherable Spanish and Cieza, a more modern town, alongside the River Segura, where there is a bustling market every Wednesday, when the streets are filled with the aroma of sun-ripened fresh fruit and vegetables, and traditional Spanish fayre such as chorizo sausage and other Murciano delicacies. There are clothes, linen and many other stalls including leather goods.
So that is the story of this unique region of Spain with its long summers, an average yearly temperature of 21 degrees and where you can experience real Spain. And the best thing of all is the value for money prices you can pay for properties
around here. There are three urbanisations around Calasparra and 13 years ago, before the property crash, three-bedroomed villas, with a pool, were selling for more than 300,000 euros – now you can pick up one of these beautiful homes for half that price.
Here is one final thought we would like to leave with you. If you are on a tight budget, you have come to the right place. If you are handy with your hands and you fancy a project, we can find you one. We actually have a two-bedroomed property for sale in the old part of Mula and it would cost you less than £13,500 – and yes, using estate agent speak ‘it requires modernisation,’ but, hey, what do expect when you could be buying a property for less than the price of a three-year Vauxhall Astra.
So there you have it in a few sentences. Murcia – unique, unspoilt, cheap and quite simply magnificent.