Matthew’s article this week concentrates on moving to Baza.
Moving to Baza: Granada’s Lake District
The water features. From the restored Arab Baths and historic fountains in Baza town to the “lakes” in the wider municipality, including the Negratin reservoir which is the ideal destination for a day out.
The weather in Baza goes from one extreme to the other. Unlike the Canary Islands with their low twenties average, summer is an intense experience not unlike sweating in a giant, outdoor sauna. Winter, however, sees the thermometer dip into single figures on the centigrade front.
Ins and outs
It’ll take you just over a hour to reach the municipal capital Baza from Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaén airport, using a combination of the A-92 and N-342.
The further inland you go in Granada province, the further you are away from the international schools which are located closer to the Andalucian coast. There’s a well-regarded secondary school in Baza, IES José de Mora. This is linked with Chippenham’s Abbeyfield School over in the UK.
Shop until you drop…
The stylish Amichi outlet in Plaza San Francisco will help you dress without the stress of a hefty price tag. There’s a Lidl on Carretera de Murcia where you can save on your weekly shop. Plus Carretera de Ronda’s MyMobel for all your furnishing needs.
Property in Baza
Go rustic in Baza by investing in an old rural property which will no doubt require some work to make it suitable for 21st century living. If you’re looking for somewhere which is good to go and reside in straightaway, a renovated cortijo might be preferable. Or even a spanking brand-new villa.
Cave houses begin just above the €20,000 mark in Baza but a newer villa will fetch more than €100,000.
In Praise Of
“Baza is unspoilt, welcoming, and accommodating. People come looking for a house here and they find a home. High technology and working mules, we have it all.” – Yolanda Martinez (Tierra de Andalucia).
- Are you an expat living in Baza? What do you like/dislike about it? Let us know below.
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.