Matthew’s article this week concentrates on moving to Albánchez, an Almería hill village.
Moving to Albánchez: rural Almería
By relocating to Albánchez, you’ll ascend 350 metres above sea level. Whilst rewinding to the Pre Reconquista when Christians, Jews, and Muslims peacefully co-existed across Andalucia, many of the pretty white houses built into the hillside are of Moorish origin. Want the “real Spain”? Albánchez is what you seek.
This is a quiet town where numbers barely skip over 600 souls. So there isn’t a city buzz to the place. There isn’t a huge amount to do except inhale the sweet country air and take in the views, which include fragrant citrus groves and a Roman aqueduct.
Ins and outs
80km from the provincial capital, the fastest route from the Aeropuerto de Almería takes around 80 minutes, as you travel north east along the A-349.
International schools tend to be located closer to the coast in Almería. Like St. George’s British School of Almería, which can be found in Roquetas de Mar, a three-hour round trip.
Shop until you drop…
Albánchez is not a shopping Mecca, but you can find the food basics that you need. Within a short driving distance though is Albox which has much more variety with furniture and clothing stores, large supermarkets and more.
Within the original village you can pick up a townhouse or duplex. Further out there are larger villas that usually come with a little land.
You can buy a “project” and still have change from €30,000. Completed townhouses can be snapped up for around €50,000 so bargains abound. If you want something a bit larger and outside the village, then prices can reach €250,000. Take a look at this gorgeous villa for sale just outside Albánchez (no longer available) for example.
In Praise Of
“There is an established British community but, if you don’t want that, the village itself remains tradionally Spanish. There is a lovely village square, you’ll see see the man with his donkey, and the locals have been extremely welcoming to those who have chosen to fully integrate.” – Tom Van de Velde. Almeria Estates
- Are you an expat living in Albánchez? What do you like/dislike about it? Let us know below.