Go expat in… moving to Pilar de la Horadada
Matthew’s article this week concentrates on moving to Pilar de la Horadada – the southernmost tip of Alicante province.
How about becoming a Pilar of this community?
Pilar de la Horadada’s a thriving town. It’s a classic ribbon development – as the planners call it. There’s a long straight main road (unsurprisingly called Calle Major) with a supporting cast of streets off it.
The tourist developments along the coast will not be to everybody’s tastes. However, these areas are popular with Spanish holidaymakers as much as those from Britain and Germany. Also there are no identikit housing estates here, instead an eclectic mix of apartments and townhouses.
In and out
Pilar de la Horadada’s around a 45-minute drive from Alicante airport but only a quarter of an hour from Murcia San Javier. Access is via the AP7 toll motorway or the recently upgraded N332. Alicante city’s just short of an hour away, Murcia city and Cartagena around 35 mins, and La Manga some 45 mins of a journey.
The local schools are new and have a sizeable proportion of expat kids. There is the usual mix of praise and complaints from the locals and adopted natives. However, the biggest criticism’s the poor quality of English teaching.
Shop until you drop…
Shoppers love Pilar. There’s a wide range of places to browse, including clothes and shoe shops, and a good choice of supermarkets. On the foodie front, locally-caught fish is of an excellent standard and nearby Murcia’s renowned for its fruit and vegetables.
Types and prices are extremely varied. Many bargains are still around but differences between local areas are quite marked. David Goodall of Financial Pages in Spain has been in the area since 2002 and will happily recommend a local agent.
Apartments and villas, €30.000+.
In Praise Of
“To get a flavour of the area, visit Pilar on Friday morning when its popular market brings in the punters. For lunch, head for one of the coastal areas. My own favourite would be a beach bar.” David Goodall
- Are you an expat in Pilar de la Horadada? What do you like/dislike about it? Let us know below.
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Matthew Hirtes, our resident broadsheet journalist, moved to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria back in 2004. He's travelled extensively through Spain, covering it for such publications as Telegraph Travel, Metro, and The Independent. The author of Going Local in Gran Canaria: How To Turn a Holiday Destination into a Home, Matthew truly is a resident expert.