Alcala la Real - A Traditional Spanish Lifestyle

Published on 11/05/2011 in Places of Interest

Traditional Spanish Lifestyle is what you get in a town like Alcala la Real and this is why people want to live there.

Where is it? Well, head north out of Granada on the N432 and after about 30 minutes the first thing you see is the amazing Arabic castle- La Castillo de la Mota - on top of the hill overlooking the town. This is Alcala la Real - in the province of Jaen but also on the borders of Granada and Cordoba provinces; so central to just about anywhere. So what is so special about this town and the surrounding villages? Lifestyle, beautiful countryside, facilities, and the local people, are just some of the things that make this town one of the best places to live.

Take the town itself. Here you have everything you need, from an abundance of local shops selling anything from food, clothes, furniture, cars, everything domestic to a brand new hospital, leisure centre, schools, and many bars and restaurants. There are 3 major supermarkets plus plenty of small butchers and fishmongers, and a weekly market held every Tuesday offering food, clothes and artifacts for the home!

Alcala la RealThe location couldn't be better either. Alcala la Real is just 30 minutes from the city of Granada and the airport. The ski resorts of Sierra Nevada are just over an hour as are the beaches of the Costa Tropical - very Spanish, no high rise developments and not crowded like the Costa del Sol, etc. Lovely beaches like those at Salobreña are ideal for a day trip!

But if you prefer to fish and sail, you have access to several stunning lakes where you can also swim and not a burger van in sight! There are three lakes within half an hour of Alcala la Real - two just north of the town - one near Noguerones and one at Las Casillas de Martos - and the 3rd one is east of the town at Colomera. Malaga airport is about a 90 minute drive by car. Alcala also has a full bus service to all the local villages and into Granada itself.

Alcala la Real also has many festivals throughout the year where you can meet people from all over the area and join in the fun! One of the most popular is Etnosur, which takes place in July and attracts people from all over Europe! Great music, dancing, and just everyone having a good time! Every village also has its own festivals throughout the year so there is always something going on wherever you are where you can meet the locals and have fun.

This area is also one of the prime olive growing areas in Europe, so it is always green and lush with not just olive trees as far as the eyes can see, but also almonds, cherries and almost every other fruit you can think of.

But one of the most appealing things about this area is the cost of living. Not only is food and drink so much cheaper than on the coast, it is the price of properties and what you get for your money that attracts people to Alcala la Real and surrounding towns and villages. Alcala la Real is also becoming a desirable area for rural tourism.

Alcala la Real town hallMany people buy a property here which not only do they use for their own vacations and short breaks, they also rent out to others who want to experience rural Spain. It is becoming increasingly popular with walkers, cyclists and artists, etc., because of the stunning scenery and countryside and the fact that the roads and country lanes are easy to drive around with very little traffic.

So what to do next? Get in the car, get on a plane and head to Alcala la Real to see for yourself what this lovely town has to offer - you won't be disappointed!

Written by: Derryl Philpot

About the author:

I have been selling properties very successfully in rural Spain for 8 years and feel more people need to know about this area...rather than always looking at the costas as the place to be! My website is -

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Jess said:
23 February 2013 @ 16:59

The house market is very aggressive do not be steam rollered, check everyone out Dan is right. Only you know what is right for you, an agent you have never met does not know your taste or your future plans.

Jess said:
23 February 2013 @ 16:59

The house market is very aggressive do not be steam rollered, check everyone out Dan is right. Only you know what is right for you, an agent you have never met does not know your taste or your future plans.

dan said:
03 December 2012 @ 23:40

Make sure you visit every agent, to get a true picture and to avoid dissappointment later on. Too many smiles and we are all best friends should ring warning bells!

Lesley Licqurish said:
12 May 2011 @ 13:57

Read your article with interest. We have been planning a move to Spain for some years now (!!) but the cost of property near to the coastal regions is preventing us from planning to buy. I have noticed that the property in the Alcala La Real area is more reasonable. I have never visited there and it is on my list to visit in the future. Can anyone give me some feedback as to the climate there eg. are the winters cold (snow?). Thanks.

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