Welcome to Albox
This lively market town in the province of Almeria can be found amid a compelling landscape of citrus orchards, olive groves, a deep valley and dramatic hills.
A friendly, working town with an integrated expat community, Albox presents an authentically Spanish alternative to the coastal resorts with property at a fraction of the price.
At the heart of the Almanzora valley, in a landscape dominated by two mountain ranges lies Albox. A traditional whitewashed town that has maintained many of its important historic and religious buildings, Albox is home to a friendly, mainly Spanish population who maintain a vibrant traditional culture best experienced through its excellent food and spirited fiestas. Living in Albox puts you in easy reach of the coast and several major cities and also provides access to delightful countryside that is off the radar of most tourists.
With around 11,500 inhabitants, 25% of who have settled here from abroad, Albox has a reputation for making expats feel welcome. Many local businesses, medical services and banks employ dedicated English-speaking members of staff making the move here a little easier.
Much of the property in Albox is reasonably priced, compared to what you might find closer to the coast, and you’ll find a mixture of traditional townhouses, small apartment blocks and villas in the outlying rural areas.
There are the usual facilities of a modern market town, including banks, shops, supermarkets, post office and a library. People from the local area use Albox as a hub, making the most of its sports facilities and the twice weekly markets where you can buy a wide variety of locally produced foods.
It’s around 90 minutes to the international airports of Almeria and Murcia and there are fast roads to Granada to the east. If you are without your own transport, there are good bus services to take you to many more locations around the region.
The town has its own public medical centre open 24 hours, with some English speaking doctors. The nearest hospital can be found in Huercal Overa, around a 30 minute drive.
Cost of Living
Living away from the tourist areas on the coast means the costs are relatively cheap, although you will find utility bills such as electricity on a par with the UK.