Martos , Granada and local towns and villages

Traditional Spanish Lifestyle is what you get in towns like Alcala la Real and Martos and this is why people want to live there.

Where is it? Well, head north out of Granada on the N432 and after about 30 minutes the 1st thing you see is the amazing Arabic castle– La Castillo de la Mota –  on top of the hill over looking the town. This is Alcala la Real –  in the province of Jaen but also on the borders of Granada and Cordoba provinces so central to just about anywhere. So what is so special about this town and the surrounding villages? Lifestyle, beautiful countryside, facilities, and the local people, are just some of the things that make this town one of the best places to live.

Then head about 30 mins north to the town of Martos which offers everything. It has an abundance of bars and restaurants, local shops and supermarkets. It has a lovely outdoor swimming pool, leisure centre,Theatre and much more.

The location couldn’t be better either. Martos is just 60 minutes from the city of Granada and the airport. The ski resorts of the Sierra Nevada are just over an hour and the beaches of the Costa Tropical are about 90 mins drive – very Spanish, no high rise developments and not crowded like the Costa del Sol etc…Lovely beaches like those at Salobrena are ideal for a day trip! But if you prefer to fish and sail, you have access to several stunning lakes where you can also swim and not a burger van in sight! There are three lakes close by – one is near Noguerones and one at Las Casillas de Martos  – both just 15 mins drive– and  the 3rd one is  east of the town at Colomera about 45 mins away from Martos and 15 mins from Alcala la Real..

Malaga airport is about a 90 minute drive by car. Martos also has a full bus service to all the local villages and a daily service to Malaga. Alcala la Real has a regular bus service into Granada.

There are many festivals throughout the year where you can meet people from all over the area and join in the fun! One of the most popular is Etnosur, which takes place in July in Alcala la Real and attracts people from all over Europe! Great music, dancing, and just everyone having a good time!  Every village also has its own festivals throughout the year so there is always something going on wherever you are where you can meet the locals and have fun.

This area is also one of the prime olive growing areas in Europe, so it is always green and lush with not just olive trees as far as the eyes can see, but also almonds, cherries and almost every other fruit you can think of.

But one of the most appealing things about this area is the cost of living. Not only is food and drink so much cheaper than on the coast, it is the price of properties and what you get for your money that attracts people to Martos and surrounding towns and villages. Martos is also becoming a desirable area for rural tourism. Many people buy a property here which not only do they use for their own vacations and short breaks, they also rent out to others who want to experience rural Spain. and the cheap houses rent well to locals long term too. It is becoming increasingly popular with walkers, cyclists and artists etc because of the stunning scenery and countryside and the fact that the roads and country lanes are easy to drive around with very little traffic.

So what to do next? Get on a plane, get in the car and head to Martos  to see for yourself what this lovely town has to offer – you won’t be disappointed!