Influenced over centuries by ancient civilisations, its abundance of varying countryside with vast tracts of forests, rivers, cave paintings, make this region the jewel of the Murcian province for those seeking a large variety of outdoor activities.
Information about the “Casco Antiguos”.
Most towns in the north west region of Murcia have their “old town”, “casco antiguo” or “antique quarter”; these are usually situated around the castle and/or church.
Mainly steep narrow lanes, some driveable, others with steps, (no traffic). The houses, from 100 to 300 years old, are mainly stone built (thick sound – proof walls) with roman tiled roofs and wood beamed ceilings and have a lot of character and charm.
In the coastal areas and islands (Ibiza) these properties are now sought after and
command very high prices but here there are still many opportunities.
– a neglected property needing restoration (but saveable), for € 15.000 or a 3
storey, renovated, furnished, house with excellent views at € 80.000.
These properties, some with roof terraces or small patios are ideal for those who
prefer to drive or walk out to the country side (a few minutes) when they wish and
have all the amenities, shops, bars, schools, medical centre at hand all the time. The smaller properties make good weekend retreats, letting units or holiday homes, whilst the larger town houses can be used as permanent homes for large families.
Two good examples of towns with fine antique quarters are Mula and Moratalla.
The busy town of Mula with 16.000 inhabitants has a lot to offer, Its imposing castle, fine antique palaces and museums, a hotel, and not to forget the numerous cafes, tapa bars and fine restaurants, large supermarkets, Mercadona, Aldi, Dia etc, and being the capital of the “Comarca” it has various schools, a 24 hour medical centre and a bus station with regular service to Murcia capital and the important commercial centre of Thader (200 international shops).
The Antique Quarter of Mula is very extensive and
divided into various parts, the upper lanes are narrow and steep with fantastic views over the town, the “Barrios” of Molina and Purisima situated under the castle, are mainly drivable and approached from the road to the castle, and the lower lanes are on the level of the town hall square and the famous shopping street of Calle Botijas.
Not far from the town is the secret of the “Fuente Caputa” a beautiful lake and waterfall, an ideal place to cool off in the summer months.
The properties in the lower lanes, accessible by vehicle with parking possible and walking distance to amenities, were purchased in the boom times by the wealthy of Murcia capital to restore and escape to the country for weekends and holidays, now with the present “crisis” we can offer properties in this area at very affordable prices.
Access excellent from the motorway Murcia — Caravaca, 20 minutes to the capital, 50 minutes to the beaches of Mazarron or Mar Menor.
A town house has some advantage over a finca, mainly the access to the shops, bars, restaurants etc with no need of transport.
The downside is lack of outside space.
BUT, quite a lot of townhouses in the towns of Murcia have roof terraces.
These terraces can be nicely and easily converted into “Rooftop Gardens” with a Barbeque, Jacuzzi, and outdoor dining surrounded by beautiful flowers, and a fine crop of vegetables, herbs, peppers etc.
These gardens can also be pet friendly
For ideas go to google “rooftop gardens.”