Characterful town properties in the old quarter and agricultural villas.
Mula offers many interesting possibilities for those looking for an inland property, with both superb value old town properties as well as many options in the agricultural farmlands which surround the hilltop town itself.
Mula is a municipality of 17,000 inhabitants, and is the first town on the run in to the North-west of the Region of Murcia from central Murcia, occupying a strategic position as the land rises up from the plains of central Murcia and the capital city into the higher mountainous areas of the North-west.
This gives it an advantage over other North-western towns for those seeking rural property within an easy drive of the main airports of both Alicante and San Javier, and Mula is well connected to the capital city of Murcia and thereby the rest of the region.
Geographically the town itself is situated on a rocky outcrop dominating the surrounding plains, with a Mediaeval old quarter, filled with narrow streets and character properties. Spanish families have for the main part selected to build newer apartment blocks at the foot of the town, so there are a lot of very cheap unreformed properties available in the town itself, as well as a good number which have been reformed as weekend properties. These streets are by their very nature characterful, which does lead to lack of parking in the old quarter, but Mula does offer extremely cheap property options, perfect for lock and leave accommodation or those who like character properties.
This town was built in its current location by the Moors in the 13th century and still has many of the original town walls, entwined amongst the properties. It also has a disproportionately high percentage of churches per head of population, reflecting the era when it was a prosperous merchant town, as well as a castle, with lots of activity, street markets and a busy calendar of fiestas and traditions.
Surrounding the town are the agricultural flatlands which provide the economic wealth that originally financed the grand houses within the town itself, and several smaller villages, including El Niño de Mula and Baños de Mula. There are natural hot springs in Baños de Mula, and natural water sources in other population centres, giving rise to a rich agricultural heritage.
The warm Mediterranean climate, (Murcia is the warmest and sunniest of all mainland Spanish regions) means that almonds, olives, grapes, pomegranates, figs and cereal crops can all be grown on non-irrigated land, with stone fruit crops such as apricots, peaches, plums and cherries the choices of the areas where there is irrigation water. These areas are interspersed with properties on individual plots, although these are less freely available as buyers would like, as they are used by Spanish families at the weekend as Casas de Campo, many having pools and BBQ areas. These do tend to hold their price quite well, but there are a good number of modern, functional properties in these areas, as well as the occasional reform job which come on the market.
Mula as a town has good facilities, with a full range of shops, schools and supermarkets, weekly market and good sporting facilities, as well as an excellent selection of bars and restaurants, and plenty going on.