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

     1c. Inland Costa Blance North - Busot area (Close to Alicante City)  

2. Inland Andalucia - primarily inland Malaga and Granada Provinces 


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



1c. Inland Costa Blanca North - Busot Area (Close to Alicante City)

Just north of the City of Alicante is the uniquely positioned town of Busot. Busot is/has :

  • A rural town in the hills at 350 m above sea level, but only 5 km (10 mins) from the sea
  • Close to the seafront town of El Campello (10 mins) and also the major City of Alicante ( 20 mins)
  • Steeped in 'Moorish' history, as seen throughout the town and by buildings such as its Church and its Castle
  • A backdrop of higher Mountains with super hiking and mountaion biking trails, and is home to the famous Canelobre Caves
  • Known for its friendly atmosphere, including the friendships between its Spanish Residents and other nationalities that have moved to Busot to make it their home. 
  • Mostly a mix of Houses and Townhouses, rather than Apartments

To get a good feel of Busot watch Kate Hepworth of Rural Coast talk about Busot and also her interview with the town's Mayor:



Rural Coast Properties - very 'aptly' named - are the Area Property Specialists for Busot, as well as also focusing on other surrounding towns such as Aigues (also Inland) and El Campello (on the Coast). Based in Busot and long established, Rural Coast is run by Partners David Bueno and Kate Hepworth, with whom you will find a truly warm-hearted reception and being dedicated to excellent service to their Clients.

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



2. Inland Andalucia

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