When international buyers go looking for a property for sale in Costa del Sol, they usually focus their search in Marbella, Estepona and the other coastal towns east of Málaga. Those who want to avoid the larger numbers of summer tourists have recently chosen Nerja as their favourite destination. But east of Málaga, just before Nerja, there are 60 kilometres of coast where the development of properties for tourists has been less frenetic, and where the affluence of external residents is more biased towards the Spanish market. If you want to find your Spanish dream home in towns that are much more immersed in the Spanish communities than the coastal towns west of Málaga at more affordable property prices, you should definitely have a look for a property for sale in Vélez-Málaga or neighbouring towns such as El Rincón de la Victoria, Torre del Mar, and Torrox.
Just a few kilometres from the coast, you will find Vélez-Málaga, capital of the Auxarquía. Vélez, as it is usually known, is essentially a Spanish working town and has not been a traditional magnet for international residents. If you want to immerse yourself in a Spanish community with deep historical roots, you should go looking for a property for sale in Vélez-Málaga. Historical landmarks that should not be missed are the Fortaleza (Vélez own historical castle from the wars with the Moors in the 13th century), the 16th century Marqués de Beniel Palace (considered to be the most representative building in the city) and the Casa Cervantes (an old inn where Spain’s best-known writer stayed during the 16th century).
Torre del Mar, the beach town of the municipality of Vélez-Málaga, may not be as fashionable as Puerto Banús or the poshest Marbella complexes. However, it does have some great beaches, and the taste of a portion of baked sardines in Torre’s chiringuitos are just as tasty as those eaten in Marbella. Yes, some buildings along the beach walk clearly were built during the mass developments typical of the 1970s, but this also means that you will find options for all kinds of budgets here. Torre also has the charm of a classical Spanish holiday town that targets national tourism. Perhaps this will be the beach town where you will find the home of your dreams with an affordable price tag. The Vélez-Málaga-are has a lot going for it; the weather, sea, proximity to other interesting places, and great infrastructure. Should you go looking for a property for sale in Vélez-Málaga you will also have the benefit of getting to know the real Spain, practise Spanish and make friends with the locals.