Matthew’s article this week concentrates on moving to Andalucia’s Alhaurín el Grande
Alhaurín el Grande: go up in the world by relocating to the mountains
Alhaurín el Grande? It’s Málaga, but not as you know it. Seeing as we’re talking Málaga province rather than Málaga city. So instead of a bustling port, imagine an old town whose sugar-cube houses glisten in the Andalucian sun.
The newer apartment-style complexes on the edge of town don’t really fit in with the pueblo-blanco feel of Alhaurín el Grande. But they soon give way to more traditional rural properties set in stunning high country. The locals, however, appreciate the new library and theatre.
In and out
Half an hour from Málaga airport, Alahurín el Grande enjoys a lofty position surrounded by mountains on two sides. It’s 45 minutes to the coast, ideally placed for the province’s beautiful beaches. But far closer to turf than surf.
Home to two state secondaries, the majority of the pupils are Spanish. However, the growing expat population means the number of foreign students stretches into double figures.
Shop until you drop…
On top of typical Spanish shops, there are two British newsagents along with a Brit supermarket. There are also two pubs which wouldn’t look out of place in the UK, as well as two Chinese restaurants. You’ll also find an Indian and a Moroccan restaurant.
You’ll find older Andalucian properties in the centre of town. Spain’s property boom resulted in investment and expansion which sees newer developments on the outskirts of Alhaurín el Grande. Heading even further out, you’ll find farmsteads with land where seemingly everything grows from grapes to grapefruit; from olives to nuts.
Townhouses and apartments €35.000+, fincas €100.000+, and villas €150.000
In Praise Of
“I love living in Alhaurín el Grande. Our family have been here for 8 years, and have been welcomed into the community. Our eldest son played football for the town’s club from the age of 9 until he was whisked away by Havant and Waterlooville FC’s academy. The old men of our town called him “magic boots”. He also was the first English child to be asked to join Alhaurín el Grande’s marching band, and drummed in the parades for them for 3 years.” Sandie Ashing (The Family of Sound).
- Are you an expat in Alhaurín de Grande? What do you like/dislike about it? Let us know below.