Good value old quarter, attractive detached villas in orchard setting
Moratalla is the highest municipality in the Comarca del noroeste, the North-west of the Region of Murcia, and covers a vast area, with a number of different climatic environments, and thus logically, a variety of different property types as a result.
The lower reaches of the municipality cover flat, agricultural land, with large areas of cereal crop cultivation, alongside areas of almonds, olive, livestock and carob farming. Properties in this area tend to be older fincas, many in need of reform, often with considerable plots of land.
The old town itself is one of the less populated old towns of the north-west, with a large area of newer properties built at its base, and offers an excellent opportunity to obtain unreformed townhouses at very attractive prices. There are also a number of reformed properties in the old quarter, as this area is very popular with walkers and Spanish nationals for weekend retreats, Moratalla being surrounded by acres of forestland and natural spaces which make it a very popular area with holidaymakers. The core streets of the old town can be very cheap, as parking is difficult, but many of the properties on the outskirts have garages, the lower floor converted to give off-road parking.
At the foot of the town is an irrigated area of orchards in which apricots, olives and cherries are grown, fed with water from the reservoirs in the mountains behind Moratalla. These huerta properties are particularly popular with foreigners, many of them newbuilds, set in a pleasant fruit orchard setting with the old town above as a backdrop. Many are on smaller plots with manageable gardens.
Behind Moratalla, the mountains soar upwards, these higher pine-clad areas catching any snow which falls in the region, although the town itself is below the snowline and only occasionally suffers winter snow. This area is sparsely populated, small settlements of just a few houses in magnificent rural settings, often unreformed and often with land.
To the east, vast areas of land spread out towards Albacete, with many rural properties, small centres of population and unspoilt countryside the order of the day. There are many beauty spots in Moratalla, springs, woodland areas and ruined castles the backdrop for the dramatic scenery which make this such a popular area with the Spanish.
It has a good range of basic facilities, weekly market, excellent medical centre, schools and small supermarkets, residents driving to Cehegín or Caravaca de la Cruz for the larger supermarkets. There are a good number of expats scattered around in the orchards and old quarter, and the town has a busy annual programme of fiestas and traditions.