Bedar Costa Almeria: Essential Tourist Guide by Locals

Enjoy our quick guide to Bedar, an authentic Spanish village that’s nestled at the foot of the Cabrera Mountains in Spain’s Sierra de Bedar.

Located at around 15 km from the coast and the resort areas of Garrucha and Mojacar, Bedar is the perfect destination for anyone who wants to enjoy a rural holiday yet needs to stay near to the coast as well as to the amenities that it offers.

Bedar is also popular among artists and visitors who are searching for an authentic Spanish experience. With a laid back lifestyle, charming locals and sunny days almost all days of the year, it’s no wonder why Bedar has become a favorite Spanish destination.


Bedar – Photo by Alumnas CG Bedar, Wikimedia Commons

Below we feature an expat interview with Joanne Desmond of Olive Properties who covers the Bedar area.

Specifically, we wanted to learn from Jo the many reasons why people should consider moving to this area and the value for money they can get once they decide to stay permanently.

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

It’s warmers; cost of living is cheaper and it’s not as touristy and busy.

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

It seems to suit all types.

What proportion of the local population are Spanish?

70 %

What are your favourite things to do in the area?

walking, painting, photography , swimming in the sea

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

Locally,  The Miramar( Bedar), La Montana bar/ restaurant( El Campico) Albar restaurant and Casa rural ( Lubrin)

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

yes we have them all

Are there smaller villages nearby that you might also recommend?

Lubrin, Serena, Sorbas

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

Valdesera International school, Vera- very good private school

Is crime an issue for expats?

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Not here, the odd case but not near Bedar

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

Prices are not going up yet but will start to as there is a lack of property here. Offers are being made a lot closer to the asking prices now in this area

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

There are still some repossessions but a lot less than a year ago. It’s a good time to buy before the prices do start to go up.

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

There are several – El Pinar, large and not finished. Huerta Nueva, large and finished and closer to the coast, neither are huge but they are lived in.

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

Apartments start at 44,000 ( but there is only one left at this price, the next available is 65,000 ) – Villas on average are 350,000 Euros.

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

They need to be aware this is a beautiful, unspoilt area popular with walkers etc. It’s not a built up area. Bedar is slightly more expensive due to the sea views as well as its proximity to the coast.

Jo, 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.

Olive Properties Olive Properties

Calle Llanos 6
Bedar 04288
Tel. 0034 950469624
Mob. Joanne Desmond 0034 687938466
Mob. Tim Desmond 0034 607705085


Here is an interesting tourist video on Bedar.

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