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Home in the sun
Bedar and region
If you are seeking a home in the sun there is an unspoilt area of Almeria in the South East corner of Spain that is well worth considering. This is the area in and around the village of Bedar.
Bedar is an authentic white washed Spanish village, nestling in a location of real beauty and tranquillity in the foothills of the Cabrera Mountains in the Sierra de Bedar, and within an easy 20 minute 15 kilometres drive to the coast and the popular resorts of Mojacar and Garrucha.
The picturesque village set on a steep hill and with narrow, cobbled streets and alleys affords panoramic views of the mountain range in one direction and across the valley to the sea in the other. The village is scattered with wonderful examples of early rural architecture dating back to the Moorish occupation of the region.
Bedar is an excellent location for both permanent and holiday residence for those looking for a rural retreat but still within easy reach of the coast and all its amenities and close to three major airports well served by flights from the UK.
The area in and around Bedar is now well served by communication links with 3 airports within travelling distance; Almeria, Murcia (San Javier) and Alicante. There is an excellent all round service from the UK to all 3 airports.
This is the closest airport and is about 45 minutes’ drive nearly all by motorway (E15)
Following the opening of the new AP7 (toll road) the journey from San Javier airport is now only about 1hour 15 minutes and again the drive is nearly all motorway.
This is the airport that serves the Costa Blanca, it is big and busy. The journey is around 200 kilometres and although again it is mostly motorway the journey time will take around 2hours 30 minutes
Bedar is approximately 10 minutes from the A15 motorway.
The Almería region is officially a subtropical desert so the climate is hot and predominantly dry and residents are genuinely guaranteed a home in the sun.
As well as hot summers and mild winters the area has one of the sunniest, warmest and driest climates in Europe and enjoys about 3000 hours of sunshine annually with an average of over 320 sunny days a year (6 hours of sunshine in January and 12 in July).
Uniquely in Europe the city of Almeria has never registered a temperature under the freezing mark in its entire history. The coldest temperature recorded was 0.2 °C (32.4 °F) on 9 February 1935.
During the winter, daily maximum temperatures tend to stay around 18 °C (64 °F). At night, the temperature rarely drops below 8 °C (46 °F). Precipitation even during the wettest months is rare, and tends to fall in short showers or thunderstorms.
During the warmest months – July and August, the sky remains predominantly clear so normally no rainfall occurs and typical daily temperatures are around 33 °C (91 °F) during the heat of the day falling to around 24 °C (75 °F) at night. Heatwaves in Almería are quite common and in August 2011 the temperature in the region touched 43 °C (109 °F).
The picturesque and unspoilt village of Bedar although small has a wide range of amenities including good restaurants and bars a chemist, bank with ATM, post office, doctor, bakery and gym.
The village also has a thriving community centre where a wide range of activities are available including Spanish classes, aerobics, band practice and art lessons and the wonderful clarity of light has also attracted many artists and painters to the region.
Situated in the Sierra de los Filabres Mountains the area provides the opportunity for many varied and interesting walks with fantastic views over the fertile valleys towards the beaches of the Costa de Almeria which is less than a 20 minute drive away.
Bedar has managed to maintain its tranquillity, beauty and peace with narrow, twisting streets and an essentially Spanish feel. There are a range of villas available around the outskirts plus some very attractive and keenly priced traditional town houses on the market in the centre of the village.
The resort of Mojacar is made up of two distinctive parts, the coast and the town which lies slightly inland. From Bedar to Mojacar Town is just over 15 minutes and the beach resort is around a further 5 minutes away.
Mojacar Pueblo (the town) is an ancient town with interesting architecture and narrow streets perched high up in the Sierra Cabrera foothills with stunning views over the coast of Mojacar. There are numerous bars and restaurants tucked away in the back streets and the town attracts many tourists eager to explore the winding streets and enjoy the fantastic views. Mojacar Pueblo has remained unspoilt and free from development and there are quaint village houses and apartments with incredible views for sale here.
Mojacar Playa, boasts 9 km of beautiful beaches with numerous beach bars and restaurants. This resort still maintains its charm with development kept at a minimum and new developments being built sympathetically. With a 4 km long promenade and great shops this coastal resort has something to offer everyone and there are some great buys from detached villas with pools and panoramic views to fabulous beach front apartments.
Cabrera is a unique Moorish town, influenced by the Moors since the 13th century. It is situated high up the Sierra Cabrera Mountains with views to the coast of Mojacar. This village boasts incredible architecture and is just a short distance from the villages of Turre, Garrucha and Mojacar. It is only approximately 20 minutes from the sandy beaches of Mojacar Playa.
This region is a protected area of extreme natural beauty and is an ideal spot to enjoy a tranquil holiday or to reside permanently. Visitors are attracted by the grandeur of the mountains and the beauty of the foothills covered in almonds and fruit trees. The area is rich in natural resources from wildlife to plants and minerals, attracting people inspired to paint and walk in the mountains.
There are dramatic detached properties and traditional townhouses here for sale all strongly influenced by the Moorish design and this unique place offers some of the best eating places in the area.
The old town of Los Gallardos s just 2 minutes from E15 motorway and within ten minutes of the beaches of Mojacar and under 10 minutes from Bedar. It has typical Spanish charm with a maze of narrow streets hosting the weekly market plus supermarkets, bars and restaurants as well as a doctor, pharmacy and banks.
The village is proud of its traditions and has numerous fiestas when the town is overrun with locals from surrounding smaller villages. Los Gallardos offers people a true taste of Spain, minutes from the beaches and easily accessible from all airports. There are a range of town houses available within the small town as well as villas nearby.
Turre is a busy Spanish working town with a wide main road flanked by great restaurants and tapas bars. There is an old square with cafes and a famous market once a week attracting locals and tourists from around the area.
The town is just over 10 minutes from Bedar and around 5 minutes from Mojacar pueblo and about 10 minutes from the coast. It is very popular with those seeking a Spanish town location yet close to the coast for the beaches. The town has an array of properties from detached houses to older style townhouses and apartments with communal pools.
A further 15 minutes in land from Bedar is the typical busy, whitewashed Spanish village with lovely squares and an impressive central church. There are interesting back streets and great eating places with rooftop terraces. The town is awash with tapas bars and interesting properties. Over the last few years this hidden village has become accessible due to new and improved road networks and the E15 motorway now has several junctions providing routes to the town.
The village continues to rely on agriculture as its biggest industry with numerous Olive and Almond groves surrounding the village centre which itself is a hive of activity with busy shops, a large town hall and bars and restaurants full of locals.
The municipality boasts a gymnasium, swimming pool and public library all hidden away in the winding back streets. There is a steep climb through the ancient streets to the top of the village where there are panoramic views over the village and the beautiful surrounding countryside. The weekly market brings people from all outlying villages and there are numerous fiestas throughout the year.
This traditional, unspoilt village is proving popular with those looking for a piece of real Spain.
Why we specialise in the Bedar area
We specialise in a small area promoting a good selection of quality properties, quality villas and village properties for sale in and around Bedar because we have personal experience of buying and selling in that area. We are able to give first hand advice and by linking with the only specialist agent in Bedar we know that our clients will receive a high quality service aimed at finding them the right property in the right way.
If you are seeking a home in sun you can find a selection of properties for sale in the area on our website thehomecloud.xenacia.com