Perhaps Almeria is most famous for being a film location for numerous westerns and historical movies: Such as Cleopatra, Lawrence of Arabia, and more recently Exodus, a film on the life of Moses, but the area has many other fabulous qualities other than being the perfect desert or Western backdrop for big budget films.
Almeria has miles of sandy coastline and is home to some of the best beaches in Spain. Because the area is not as developed as the neighbouring Costa Del Sol, or as popular with tourists as the Costa Blanca and the Costa Brava, you can sunbathe in relative peace without the crowds commonly seen on Spanish beaches during the hot summer months.
As well as offering fabulous seaside resorts for those who love to sunbathe or swim, Almeria is also a firm favorite with golfers. Ex-England cricketer Sir Ian Botham owns a property in the upmarket resort of Desert Springs, but if the 300K apartment price tags of similar properties in this resort is out of your budget, you could consider a quality 2-bedroom apartment on the Valle Del Este golf course, which is located just outside the popular town of Vera, and only costs around €50-€60,000.
For those who prefer a lively town atmosphere with plenty going on throughout the day and night, there is Mojacar, which is the most popular destination for those relocating to Almeria from the UK. Mojacar has some fabulous shops, nightclubs, bars and numerous restaurants to choose from. It is also well located for air travel with the airports of Murcia, Almeria and Granada well connected by motorway.
Property purchases rose considerably before the Spanish property market crashed in 2008, which led to a large influx of properties available in the area with many repossessed homes offered by banks at extremely low knockdown prices. Even though in 2014 the property market is recovering in Spain , you can still get some great property deals to be had in Almeria; although these are being snapped up rather quickly by foreign purchasers who have a keen eye for a bargain.
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