Country Areas (Spain)

The hinterland areas of Spain (typically 30 mins up to 90 mins from the Coast) offer many attractions, such as living a traditional Country lifestyle, being in or close to an Agricultural economy, superb scenic environments, value for money properties, (Farms, Land, Houses) and yet typically very accessible to international airports or coastal beach environments. 

We feature some of the best areas in this regard:

1. Inland Alicante 

     1A. Inland Costa Blanca South - around Pinoso

     1B. Inland Costa Blanca North - inland La Marina Alta


2. Inland Andalucia - primarily inland Malaga and Granada Provinces

     2A. Inland Andalucia - primarily Central and Eastern Malaga Province and Ganada Province

     2B. Inland  Andalucia - Serrania de Ronda (Western Malaga Province)



1A. Inland Costa Blanca South - Pinoso and surrounds

Travel westwards (inland) for 40 mins from the Coastal City of Alicante or the Alicante International Airport and you will find yourself in beautiful rural surroundings, mountainous backdrops, classic vistas, vines and olive groves, traditional buildings and architecture, and an opportunity for a ‘less hectic’ lifestyle compared to that at many Coastal resorts!

In the centre of this area is Pinoso, a lovely traditional town of +/- 8,000 population that is a hub for many of the smaller Villages and Hamlets in the surrounding area. These towns and villages in Inland Alicante and Inland Murcia Provinces are the base for the Wine Producing, Olive and Almond Growing, Furniture and Leather Production, and other industries in these county areas.

The lifestyle associated with these areas is epitomised by Pinoso itself—which has no traffic lights, hardly any traffic, and practically the only ‘jams’ are caused by the tractors taking the grapes to the Bodega (Winery). A country quality lifestyle !

To see the range of towns, villages in this area—each with their own unique community and character, look through the ‘Areas’ page on the Country Fincas’ website (see below).


Spain & Portugal Property South Africa is delighted to collaborate with Country Fincas – a leading and long established Area Specialist Property Agency in this region. The Agency was established by Brenda Daly and Karen Henderson in 2009.

They are very well known for their passionate and personalised service in serving their customers. Everything is done with understanding their Clients needs in mind, and 'going the extra mile'. (see a Testimonial below)

Their Agency has approximately 750 country properties (buildings and land) listed – so is very much a/the leading area specialist.

They offer a full support service, including assisting with matters like NIE (Identity Number) Registration, Bank Account set up guidance, suggestions for (English speaking) Legal support in property contracting, Utilities transfer considerations,  Insurance coverage, etc.

For more information, see   or call Richard Vernon on 082 5704274



"Their professionalism, knowledge and kindness was so reassuring"

A huge thank you to Karen, Maggie and Brenda for helping us through the whole process of buying our beautiful home in Salinas. Their professionalism, knowledge and kindness was so reassuring and they inspired so much confidence from our very first contact through the website. We couldn't imagine a better service (that continues long after you have the keys) and they undoubtedly went above and beyond what anyone could possibly expect from their agents. Nothing has been too much trouble and they've been so patient with all our questions, really helping with so many aspects of our move to Spain. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend this great team. Thank you so much! Marion & George  ( Marion and George Macklin(August 16th, 2017)



1B. Inland Costa Blanca North - inland La Marina Alta


Travel no more than 30 mins inland from La Marina Alta’s Coastal towns like Denia, Javea, Moraira and Calpe, and you will find yourself in some very beautiful valleys and country areas surrounded by MountainsThe Jalon Valley (also known as the Vall de Pop) is one of those Valleys and known for its White and Pink Almond Blossoms and variety of local produce, including Wines, Honeys, and local Sausages. Another valley is The Orba Valley with its views stretching down to the sea and beaches around Denia. Many towns and villages are scattered across these and other surrounding valleys, and offering a really true country lifestyle – yet with easy access to the Coastal areas.

The Property Team, is a long established and Leading Area Specialist for Inland Marina Alta. Based in Jalon in the Jalon Valley, and run by husband and wife team, Andrea and Steve, they are very passionate about their surrounding areas and towns and villages such as as Jalon, Benigembla, Murla, Parcent, Alcalali, Lliber, Orba, Pego, Tarbena, to name just a few ! They are even more passionate about going beyond their Clients' expectations in helping them find and establish a new home in these areas !! Aside from Selling and Renting Property, they also offer a range of other Property Management and Maintenance services.

Their Ethos is: "To provide the standard and range of services that fulfil your expectations when you are considering buying or renting in Spain. We have experienced the best -- and the worst -- service when looking for property, and our aim is to ensure that you only experience the best."

The Jalon Valley

Also known as the ‘Vall de Pop’, situated inland from the coastal towns of Denia, Javea and Moraira, surrounded by the Sierra de Bernia and Sierra del Forner Mountains.

Known for its many local fiestas celebrated all through the year, and for its wine from local bodegas that produce a fine Moscatel and, of course, a full bodied red!

Jalon attracts a more discerning visitor and resident who appreciates more of a country feel, although the coast and its beautiful beaches are only 30 minute drive away.

The Jalon Valley has some of the best scenery in Spain with magnificent mountains surrounding the landscape of vineyards, olive trees, orange and almond groves. Unspoilt villages are peppered throughout the Jalon Valley, including Alcalali, Jalon, Lliber and Parcent.

In late January and early February the whole of the Valley is covered with pink and white almond blossom, making the whole area a delight to be seen!

Jalon enjoys a fascinating gastronomy, famous for its pastries made with local almonds and its sausages, still produced using original recipes.

The area is fabulous for hiking with some beautiful routes throughout the Valley to the Mountains

For more information, see  or call Richard Vernon on 082 570 4274



2A. Inland Andalucia - Central/Western Malaga and Granada Provinces

Andalucia is the main region of Southern Spain and is made up of 8 provinces (Granada, Malaga, Cordoba, Jaen, Almeria, Seville, Cadiz and Huelva). In the South are the coastal areas, including the Costa Del Sol -- but moving inland, and typically to higher areas above sea level, the environment transforms to beautiful country regions, with a strong agricultural economy in many areas. The climate in these areas are made up of hot dry summers, and winter temperatures that vary from mild to very cool, depending on elevation levels. 

There are many types of Farming across the region. This includes Olive Farming (with the biggest concentration of Olive Tree growing in the world), Grape/Wine Farming, Almond Farming, Fruit Farming, many types of Livestock Farming and Equestrian Estate Farming

Spain & Portugal Property South Africa is delighted to collaborate with Images of Andalucia – ‘THE’ original pioneers of Rural Property Specialisation in Andalucia, having been established by Diana Williams and her Husband 26 years ago. Images of Andalucia “believe in professionalism, honesty, integrity and complete client dedication, - and strive to provide an unparalleled real estate service for people moving to, from or within Andalucia and beyond.”

Images of Andalucia represent a full portfolio of property and services across all 8 provicnes of Andalucia, and have a prime focus on the following types of property:

  • Country Properties
  • Equestrian Properties
  • Farms – Fincas
  • Olive Farms and Vineyards
  • Historic Properties
  • Hotels, B&B Properties, Rural Tourism
  • Hunting Estates
  • Unique Properties

For more information, see  or contact Richard Vernon on 082 570 4274 


2B. Inland Andalucia - Serrania de Ronda (Inland Western Malaga)

Map of Central and Western Malaga Province, with some towns of The Serrania de Ronda circled in orange.


Some Images of Ronda and Gaucin


The Serranía de Ronda is a highly picturesque region located in the western parts of the province of Málaga, characterized by its rugged terrain, stunning landscapes, and charming villages. These villages, nestled amidst the rolling hills and mountains of the Serranía, offer visitors a glimpse into traditional Andalusian life, with whitewashed buildings, narrow cobblestone streets, and a relaxed pace of living. Here are descriptions of a few of the notable villages in the Serranía de Ronda:

1. Ronda: As the largest and most famous town in the region, Ronda is often referred to as the "Queen of the Serranía." Perched dramatically atop a gorge known as El Tajo, Ronda offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Its historic center is a maze of narrow streets, adorned with historic monuments such as the iconic Puente Nuevo (New Bridge) spanning the gorge, the Moorish baths, and the Palacio de Mondragón. (Ronda is about 65 min from Marbella on the coast.)

2. Gaucin: Gaucín is indeed often referred to as "The Balcony of the Serranía de Ronda" due to its elevated position in the mountains and the stunning panoramic views it offers. It is also referred to as "A Hidden Gem". Perched on a hillside, Gaucín overlooks the Genal Valley and offers breathtaking vistas of the surrounding countryside, including the nearby Mediterranean Sea and the peaks of the Sierra Crestellina. Its whitewashed buildings, narrow streets, and Moorish castle add to its charm and appeal as a destination for residents and visitors seeking both natural beauty and cultural heritage.  (Gaucin is about 45 mins from Ronda and about 40 mins from Estepona on the coast.)

Resident and Visitors come to Gaucín to enjoy its tranquility, explore its historic sites, and hike in the surrounding mountains. The village also hosts various cultural events and festivals throughout the year, adding to its allure as a destination in the heart of Andalusia.

3. Montejaque: Montejaque is a picturesque village nestled in the Serrania de Ronda. Characterized by its whitewashed buildings, narrow streets, and stunning natural surroundings. The village retains much of its traditional charm, with quaint squares, historic churches, and a laid-back atmosphere. Montejaque provides a delightful retreat for those seeking to immerse themselves in the beauty of rural Andalusia. (Montejaque is about 20 mins from Ronda)

There are many other alluring towns and villages worthy of mention, such as  Setenil de las Bodegas,  Benaoján, Casares, Cotes de La Frontera, Jimenes de La Frontera


Andalucia Country Houses (ACH) was established 25 years ago in the heart of Andalucia. It is an English family-run architect practice and estate agency that embodies a tradition of excellence and personalized service. With deep roots in the local community, it brings a wealth of experience and a keen understanding of the region's unique architectural heritage and real estate market. The ACH team combines expertise in architectural design, property development, and real estate sales to offer comprehensive solutions tailored to each client's needs. Whether you're seeking to design your dream home, invest in property, or sell a cherished estate, ACH is committed to guiding you through every step with integrity, professionalism, and a commitment to exceeding expectations. Welcome to the ACH family, “where your vision becomes our mission."

For more information, see or contact Richard Vernon on 0825704274