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Luxury and Modern Homes for Sale in Andalucía, Spain
Andalucía is located on Spain’s southern coast and famously holds the title to one of Europe’s sunniest destinations. With over three thousand hours of annual sunshine, it’s no wonder the Spanish Autonomous Community of Andalucía is Spain’s most visited tourist destination.
And where there’s year-round sunshine with beautiful blue flag beaches, you’ll find holiday homes in Andalucía popular with sun-loving investors. At Spain Homes the demand for villas in Andalucía is a constant; especially near coastal areas and popular tourist sites.
Did you know that Andalucía is home to forty-six UNESCO world heritage sites?
Land for Sale for Finca Villas in Andalucía, Spain
The combination of sunshine, history and heritage are but a few of the attractions that see Andalucía constantly breaking tourism records. Fortunately that means strong demand for land for sale in Andalucía, particularly near popular tourist attractions where Finca villas are desired for holiday rentals and investment.
Spain’s Most Palatial Home in Andalucía
And no article about Andalucía would be complete without mention of Spain’s most visited tourist attraction and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the magnificent Alhambra. This stunning palace and fortress complex is one of the most emblematic monuments of Islamic architecture. Alhambra is so popular that visitors are welcomed in limited numbers per day: 3300 in the morning, and 3300 in the afternoon. The Alhambra Palace is the most visited monument in Spain, and therefore, tickets must be booked in advance.
The Alhambra Palace, commonly referred to as simply “Alhambra” originates from the name of the Arabic word “the red” as characterised by the reddish colour of the rammed earth used to build the outer walls. The Alhambra was built between 1238 and 1358 during the reign of Ibnal-Ahmar, founder of the Nasrid dynasty and his successors. Muslims at the time, the name “Moors” is commonly used today in Spain to refer to the Muslim inhabitants of the Maghreb, the Iberian Peninsula, Sicily, and Malta during the Middle Ages. The Moors initially were the indigenous Maghrebine Berbers, however the name was also later applied to Arabs.
The Alhambra Palace is strategically constructed in an optimum location on a plateau overlooking the city for tactical advantage to guard against invaders at the time. From such viewpoint, you can see the entire city of Granada below and many of the homes in Andalucía for as far as the eye can see. The sheer size of Alhambra means there are many vantage points in the city of Granada where you can see the grandeur of the palace from below. Alhambra defines Granada’s landscape and is visible from most locations in the city, especially during winter months where the background of snow capped mountains form picture-perfect postcard images of the Alhambra Palace.
The Alhambra Palace is situated in an area of natural outstanding beauty. The plateau upon which the Alhambra was built overlooks the townhouses in Andalucía in the Albaicín quarter of Granada’s old city; a labyrinth of narrow, cobbled streets and tight narrow alleys with buildings characteristic of the Islamic architecture for its time. Albaycin maintains the urban fabric of the Moorish period in an intricate network of narrow streets that extend from the top of San. Nicolas to the river Darro and Calle Elvira, in Plaza Nueva. At the base of the plateau of the Alhambra, the Darro River flows through a deep ravine to the north. The park outside the palace (called ‘Alameda de la Alhambra’) features roses, oranges, and myrtles first planted by the Moors. Alhambra’s most characteristic feature is the dense wood of English elms brought by the duke of Wellington during the Peninsular War in 1812 The gardens of Alhambra are a tourist attraction in themselves, for the way in which the Moors cleverly brought the inside living spaces into the outside gardens. The most famous example is the Generalife gardens at Alhambra with the water channels, fountains and vast greenery that intertwine seamlessly throughout inside and outside living spaces. Some of the most photographed areas of Alhambra are the Generalife gardens.
Carmen Villas to Buy in Andalucía
At the height of Moorish power in Granada, the Albaycin was home to over forty thousand residents and thirty mosques. However, after the Catholic reconquest - despite being left as a Muslim neighbourhood - the population soon dwindled as they were forced out of Spain by the Catholic monarchy. In modern day Albaycin, the narrow streets and whitewashed houses still stand as they did hundreds of years ago, but the inhabitants have changed. Now an eclectic mix, with wealthy Granada home owners who enjoy priceless views of the Alhambra Palace from their highly prized “Carmens”. The word” Carmen” is a Spanish form of the term “Karm”, which meant vineyard and place of pleasant retreat. Carmens are defined as a traditional type of housing consisting of a free house surrounded by a high wall that separates Andalucía villas from the street and includes a green space annex, small orchard or garden.
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In 1994, the Albaicin was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco as an extension of the monuments of the Alhambra and the Generalife. That means homes for sale in Andalucía, Spain offer the opportunity to purchase a Carmen, however, demand is usually high given they are timeless classics and much sought-after.
Alternatively apartments in Andalucía Spain nearby Albaicin and overlooking the Alhambra are available on the market. Typically any property in Andalucía that has a view of the Alhambra commands strong interest.
At Spain Homes we monitor the market and update our property listings in real time so you can be sure of accurate availability and pricing. Whether you’re looking for building plots, apartments, townhouses or commercial property in Andalucía, Spain, call today to arrange viewings for your dream property under the sun.