So, you want to get away from it all!
We are selling our family house in a small whitewashed village nestled in a valley of the Alpujarras in the province of Almeria. This is a three-storey house right behind the Town Hall in the very centre of the village, Alboloduy. For further information on the delights of the Alpujarras you might want to read Chris Stewart’s book: Driving Over Lemons. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Stewart_(author)
This is a small genuinely Spanish village. The last census gave a population of just over 600 fewer than 20 of whom were born outside Spain. You WILL need to speak the language if you want to make the most of your life here. You can find lots more demographic information on this website: http://www.forociudad.com/almeria/alboloduy/mensaje-13077164.html
Why move here? Apart from polishing up your Spanish, this place is in the Alpujarras National Park which runs into the Sierra Nevada – in about an hour you can be skiing there or enjoying the Moorish delights of Granada. The capital, Almeria, is less than 40 Km where there are ample shopping opportunities, excellent restaurants, cinemas and theatres. The road to Almeria is excellently paved but, especially close to the village, a little narrow and windy. Getting here: the international airport of Almeria is less than 50 Km., Granada is only an hour away for further flexibility. Want a bit of sun? You are less than an hour from the pristine beaches of the Cabo de Gata National Park. We will be happy to talk to you about our own favourites. The area is also home to impressive water-sculptured caves and underground rivers and lakes (Karsts) and the Tabernas Desert that boasts what was a semi-permanent film set where many Spaghetti-Westerns were filmed in the 60s and 70s. It is now a tourist attraction with shows, parades and performances.
The immediate surroundings include a centre of hot springs and spa, ceramic and terracotta factories. The dominating agriculture is that of olives and many oil mills are to be found within a short car-ride. There is also a healthy orange production in the village and surroundings. Which goes to make breakfast a delicious repast. The village is also well-known for its wine cellars, especially that of Cristina Galvache. Originally (in)famous for rather rough reds, you will be delighted by the smooth reds and refreshing whites that modern technology has made possible. They even make a very acceptable “cava”.
Now a little about the house itself: 4 bedrooms and 2 baths spread out over three storeys. There is direct access from two streets: the first ground floor entrance opens on to a floor with three double bedrooms and 1 bathroom. The second entrance leads directly into the kitchen with its open fireplace and the sitting/dining room. On the third floor you will find a fourth double bedroom with a terrace overlooking the village and surrounding mountains, a second bathroom and a laundry room with a terrace.
The house was totally refurbished 4 years ago, is connected to the electric grid and water supply. The cooker runs on butane gas and there is an electric water heater and storage heaters/radiators. Although there is no land-line installed, the village has full optic-fibre service and excellent mobile and 4G coverage.
We are selling the house “as-is” including all furniture the fridge/freezer, TV and washing machine. This means you can move in and live there immediately whilst you decide exactly what, if anything, you want to change.
A little curiosity: the village is on the Mozarabic St. James Way (Camino Mozárabe de Santiago) and, in fact, the route goes right past the front door.
Please do not hesitate to contact us to clear up any doubts or questions you may have or for further information on the area.