Calasparra: popular urbanisations in a rural setting.
Calasparra is a municipality with around 10,500 inhabitants which is part of the Comarca del Noroeste, in the North-west of the region of Murcia, bordering with Moratalla, Cieza, Mula, Cehegín and Albacete.
Calasparra is popular with expat buyers as it encompasses two urbanisations built specifically to attract an international clientele, as well as offering a number of rural options.
The area is lusher and greener than the lower lying North-western municipalities, as it has a slightly higher level of rainfall than Bullas and Mula, and is also fed from the River Segura which flows through its centre.
The areas around the river are heavily irrigated, the main crops being rice and apricots, although rice is the most famous export of this municipality.
The town itself was built by Christian invaders of the Reconquista who evicted the Moors from their original site close to the riverbank in the 13th century. They opted for a strategically advantageous position, a few kilometres west with the town clustered around a castle built on a rocky outcrop. This created an old town quarter, which offers well priced property options, although is smaller than in neighbouring towns such as Mula.
The town of Calasparra contains many more newer buildings as much of the town was sacked during the series of wars for the Spanish succession which racked Spain during the 19th century, so there is less in-town property available in Calasparra itself.
More popular with foreign buyers are the two purpose built urbanisations in Calasparra, one offering substantial properties, each one individually designed and built on the outskirts of the town and the other, set on the edge of woodlands and close to the sanctuary of Nuestra Sra de la Esperanza, cut into the rock face of the river valley, with a traditional urbanisation layout.
This offers a less varied choice of properties, but provides expats with attractive modern properties and full amenities, allied with the security of an established English speaking community, albeit on a much smaller scale than some of the coastal urbanisations of the Costa Cálida.
There are some more rural properties available in the Calasparra municipality, away from the river valley and out in the wide plains which stretch away from the town and are farmed for cereal crops, olives, almonds and grapes, although these do tend to hold their price as they are often accompanied by substantial plots of agricultural land: it’s surprisingly rare for the properties to be sold off without their accompanying land.
There are also a number of river valley agricultural smallholdings along the banks of the river, on the opposite side of town to the rice-growing areas.