Guide to Blanca in the Ricote Valley of Spain

Enjoy our quick guide to Blanca, one of the municipalities in the Spanish region of Murcia found in the “Vega Alta del Segura.”

Below we feature an expat interview with Tracey Victoria Swift Galera of Casas de España who covers the Blanca area.

Specifically, we asked Tracey on the advantages of choosing Blanca as a place to live and the value for money that one can get if you decide to stay permanently in the area.

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Ricote Valley views – Photo by Casas de España

Tracey, thanks for helping our readers. I guess we should start off by asking what would you say would be the advantages to living in Blanca compared to other Murcia towns?

tracey-victoria-swift-galeraThe Ricote Valley is a very beautiful area, steeped in history with a lush green landscape all year round thanks to the river, lake, streams and springs. It is very popular for anyone interested in traditional Spanish culture, archeology, geology, walking, bicycling, photography, fishing, every kind of sport, theatre, restaurants and wine.

When it comes to climate, we are about 150 m above sea level only here which means our winters are very short and mild, what most of our foreign buyers are looking for. Thanks to the mild winter climate we can grow tropical fruits and flowers all year round here, making this a very colourful and healthy place to live.

The Ricote Valley offers the longest and healthiest life expectancy of anywhere in Spain (results published in Google). Situated just 50 minutes from Alicante airport, 40 minutes from Murcia airport and all the beautiful beaches makes the Ricote Valley an ideal location.

Would the area not suit certain types of people, i.e. Are there any possible downsides?

Anyone just looking for bling, bingo and booze may not like it here. We have much, much more going on here!

What proportion of the local population are Spanish?

At least 90 percent.

What are your favourite things to do in the area?

I love walking, horse riding, gardening, rafting on the river, joining in the all year round fiestas and concerts (most of which are free), eating excellent locally grown food at home and in the gourmet restaurants and drinking the best wines from the region.

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“Encierro” – Miguel Canseco – Blanca, Murcia – Photo by Enrique Freire, Wikimedia Commons

Can you give us some insider tips to the best bars or restaurants?

See link: http://www.realhomesinrealspain.com/default.asp?L=EN&PID=10005&H=5

Are there many facilities such as doctors and dentists, shops etc?

Yes each town has everything needed for modern living including dentists, opticians, banks, shops, hairdressers and barbers, beauticians, markets every day, and all the towns here have their own 24/7 health centers with paramedics plus we also have our own modern hospital here in the Ricote Valley with A&E.

Are there smaller villages nearby that you might also recommend?

The Ricote Valley comprises: Blanca, Ricote, Ábaran, Cieza, Ricote, Ojós, Villanueva and Archena.

What are the nearest international schools and how good are they?

Sorry I don’t know. My kids and all the foreign children who come here attend the state schools which are absolutely excellent and free.

Is crime an issue for expats?

No, not at all which is probably why we sell to clients of all ages and from “all walks of life” including to very famous celebrities, not allowed to elaborate but if I mention “The Rolling Stones”……

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Blanca, Murcia – Photo by Moriscoricote, Wikimedia Commons

Coming onto buying property, what is the market like now in terms of prices going up, or down or staying the same?

After the crisis property prices dropped by about 50% as with the rest of Spain. However they are now stable.

Is this a good time to buy and are there any repossessions or very cheap properties still available to buy?

Now is an ideal time to buy as prices are still low offering many excellent property bargains. We do not have many repossessions here as our foreign buyers are usually cash buyers rather than requiring mortgage.

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Church of St. John the Evangelist in Blanca, Murcia – Photo by Lionni, Wikimedia Commons

What urbanisations are there and can you describe each one and how they might differ from each other?

This is a very beautiful protected area and all property is privately owned providing real communities, ideal for our buyers of all ages.

How much are the typical property prices in Blanca for apartments, villas etc?

Property ranges from small town houses available from 10,000 euros to luxury villas up to 400,000 euros and beyond.

Any tips and advice to people looking to buy in Blanca or surrounding area?

This is an ideal place for clients looking to integrate with their new Spanish friends and neighbours. It is not necessary to speak fluent Spanish at all. However the town halls for each town provide free Spanish classes for those who want to join in. This is culture-rich area, observing ancient traditions and caring in the community.

Tracey, thank you so much for taking the time to help our readers with your experiences in Spain. If you want to contact her, you can find her details below.

casas-de-espanaCasas de España

Calle Gran vía Nº 1
Blanca 30540, Murcia, Spain
Mobile: +34 618 925 947
Tel. +34 968 778 630
UK Local Call Rate: 0844 802 7034
Fax: +34 968 459 317
Email: info@realhomesinrealspain.com
Website: www.realhomesinrealspain.com


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