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Old Oct 23rd 2003, 10:24 am
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1st step taken - sold house (stc), cleared out loads of rubbbish (loads more to go - where did it all come from) and heading for sunny Spain. Have been dreaming of opening sc accommodation for rural tourists, walkers, bird watchers etc. Done lots of research, stayed at a few places and intend to travel about for 3 months to find the ideal spot - anyone else done same? would love to hear any experiences. Really think holidaymakers are being more adventurous now and many more are hiring cars and venturing inland away from the overcrowded beaches and lager louts - what d'you think!
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Old Oct 27th 2003, 7:04 am
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What part ? Spain is a big country....
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Old Oct 27th 2003, 9:28 am
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not 100% sure yet - will really come down to that old chestnut money, but also will have to be in an area which will offer something to holidaymakers so being very careful with area. started looking aroung 18 months ago and started with south west France, decided to look to Spain as weather much better. Looked at various costas and inland Malaga which is a beautiful area but prices have gone up a lot in the past year. During our recce will be scouting around Almeria which we only visited briefly but seems to be up and coming and much cheaper. So looking forward to a buzy 3 months or so as soon as house sales goes through (fingers crossed)
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Old Oct 27th 2003, 11:31 am
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I went round Almeria a few months ago looking at land, still quite cheap but at the moment i think it is a bit too remote for what you want to do.
I think inland from Malaga, around the lakes at El Chorro, would suit you better, loads of walks and sightseeing out there, where poor old Frank got killed running along the track in Von Ryans Express,
Like you say as people move out there the prices go up.
Also watch out for the new laws on finca land. A lot of people bought this land to build on in the future, but now it can only be used for agriculture, and virtualy worthless unless you are a farmer. Although it is still up for sale at silly money, so beware!!!
Dont buy anything without a good Spanish laws literate lawyer.
Good luck anyway, john
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Old Oct 28th 2003, 10:12 am
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Hi john

Know the area around El Chorro quite well and agree with you re. rural tourism - wonderful area for walking, riding, cycling, bird watching etc. To anyone reading this who visits the costa del sol, hire a car and drive inland from any the main resorts and you'll see a very different spain - the scenery is beautiful and great to get away from the noise and crowds on the coast for a while. Will have a look at Almeria mainly as you said re. prices being quite a bit cheaper and also been reading that there are a few golf courses, new builds etc. going up around that area so perhaps now is the time to buy there although the area you mentioned would be my first choice if money was no object. thanks for good wishes - hope it's nice and warm in Benalmadena
- freezing here today!!
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Sad to say its been British weather, raining nearly all week but must stop soon, temp still in the 20,s though, lubly jubly.
Last christmas we were on the patio in our cossies have a bar b q.
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