Alhaurín El Grande… the perfect escape for town and country lovers

Alhaurín El Grande church

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sell up, leave the city and find the perfect Spanish country property for sale? Even though moving into one Malaga’s charming inland Spanish properties is a widely held dream, sometimes the thought of relocating inland can be slightly daunting for those who are used to the urban life.

There are many different inland towns and villages dotted throughout Andalucia which vary in size, character and distance from the Costa del Sol. In fact, many are located just a short drive from a city or beach.  Alhaurín El Grande is one such inland oasis.

About Alhaurín El Grande

Alhaurín El Grande is located on the northern side of the Sierra de Mijas slope in the Guadalhorce Valley. It is a traditional inland town, it is one of the largest of Sierra de las Nieves, covering around 72 square kilometres and is home to just over 24,000 people.

Alhaurín El Grande is ideally located only 30 minutes outside Malaga’s city centre, making it a popular and convenient choice for commuters who wish to work in the city.  Substantial investment in Malaga and developments such as the Technology Park and new marina are tempting more and more people to make the move.

The city is also blessed with beautiful beaches, superb shopping, culture, history, an international airport and train station, all of which can be easily accessed within a short 30 minute’ drive from Alhaurín El Grande.  Alternatively, hop in the car and head 30 minutes in the opposite direction and you’ll find the bustling coastal town of Fuengirola, offering a buzzing atmosphere, lots of amenities and fantastic beaches. 

Convenient inland oasis

As far as the eye can see, there are breath-taking views across the undulating hills covered in pine trees, oaks and olive groves. There are also several natural water springs, and it is home to many indigenous species of wildlife, including golden eagles and wild cats.  The countryside and dramatic landscapes offer plenty of opportunities for healthy outdoor pursuits, including hiking, cycling, horse riding and of course golf.

The sympathetic mix of new build and older property make it the perfect place to put down roots or to invest in a holiday home.  Quite simply, it’s the perfect place to live if you want to enjoy the natural wonders, slow pace and tranquillity of country life, without being too remote.

Finding the right Alhaurín El Grande property for sale

If you would like to visit Alhaurín El Grande to get a feel for its character and location, there are a number of hotels where you could stay, such as the 4-star Iberostar Hotel El Mirador and the Hotel Alhaurín Golf Resort.

Of course, an established real estate agency specialising in inland property, like Grapevine Properties, can provide information about the town, such as the best accommodation, bars, restaurants, schools, medical facilities and of course show you the best properties for sale in Alhaurín El Grande to suit your requirements and budget.

As a rule, you will notice when comparing the properties for sale in Alhaurín El Grande to similar properties on the Costa del Sol, that you can get much more for your money. An good example of the calibre of properties and the price points of Alhaurín El Grande property for sale, is this traditional style 3 bedroom villa (132m²) with a private swimming pool. It is incredible to believe, that travelling such as short distance inland could have such a dramatic impact on type of property you could afford and the lifestyle it can provide.

What do in Alhaurín El Grande?

If you fancy dining in one of the more-lively tapas bars, cafes or restaurants in Alhaurín El Grande you should head to the new part of the town. There is also an ‘old town’ where you will find more sedate traditional bars and restaurants. Santiago’s Kitchen is one of the most notable restaurants in the old town, serving an eclectic rustic menu with a modern twist. The restaurant occupies a restored townhouse, with an equally enchanting terrace adorned with fairy lights and an enormous citrus tree.

If you fancy something different, located 5 kilometres outside of the town, you’ll find aforementioned Hotel Alhaurín Golf Resort which is home to the highly acclaimed Restaurant La Ventilla.

Alhaurín Golf

If you are a golf aficionado or simply enjoy the social aspect of belonging to a golf club, then Alhaurín El Grande will hit the spot.  There is an 18-hole golf course designed by the late great Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros. The green’s hillside location provides superb views across the Mijas Mountains and the sea. There is also a 9-hole training course.

Sightseeing in Alhaurín El Grande

As you may expect for an inland town surrounded by fields of fruit and nuts, there is an agricultural museum displaying the tools of a bygone age. There is also the Paca Mill, which has been producing live olive for more than 100 years. As with many areas in southern Spain there are some Roman ruins dotted around and there is the Doce Caños, a fountain with 12 spouts. 

In other words, there is lots to do if you want to and plenty of scope for immersing yourself in a slower pace of life… the perfect escape for both town and country.

If you would like more information about inland Spanish properties in Alhaurín el Grande or assistance finding the right property for sale in Andalucia, call +34 667 58 19 90 or email [email protected].

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