Matthew’s article this week concentrates on moving to Alhaurín de la Torre in Málaga province
Moving to Alhaurín de la Torre: discovering the interior of the Costa del Sol
Not to be confused with the misleadingly-named Alhaurín el Grande, Alhaurín de la Torre’s actually bigger and better-located than it’s not so near neighbour. Never miss a flight as Málaga’s airport is close at hand. However, you don’t have to worry about noise from arrivals and departures as you’re not under any flight paths.
Living on the Costa del Sol doesn’t automatically mean you’ll have a beach on your doorstep. The nearest playa from an Alhaurín de la Torre base is in Torremolinos. La Colina’s a 15-minute drive away.
In and out
Allow between 15 and 20 minutes to reach Alhaurín de la Torre from Aeropuerto de Málaga by car. You’ll follow the A-404, also known as the Carretera Cóin. A bus from the airport takes around half an hour.
There are two international schools which don’t require too much of a commute. They are Novalschool Sunland International School in Cártama to the north west and the due-south Benalmádena International College in Nueva Torrequebrada. Both can be reached in under 30 minutes.
Shop until you drop…
Stylish outfitters Chik Chok have an outlet in Alhaurín de la Torre. As they do, interestingly enough, in Alhaurín el Grande too. Save money on chic clobber for both chicas and chicos.
Rental property tends to be holiday apartments. On the buying front, there are townhouses in the newer developments, along with villas and fincas. There’s also land for sale if you want to build your own.
Townhouses upwards of €100.000 upwards whilst fincas can go for around the €2.5 million mark.
In Praise Of
“Alhaurín de la Torre’s a well-cared-for town, close to the coast, flanked by a protective range of mountains, and surrounded by unspoilt countryside. The town has spread a lot in recent years, with many new residential areas being built on the outskirts, but the town centre remains authentically Spanish and very down to earth.” Alicia Shelley (Andalucia Inland)
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