Just where do you find the “real” Spain?

By Christopher Hall, of Worldwide2nd Homes in Norwich

If you are looking for the “real” Spain, away from the sun drenched beaches of the top holiday spots, you might consider Barcelona with its superb Sagrada Familia cathedral or Madrid for

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its culture and art seen at tis Prado museum as well as its cafés and tapas bars. For wine lovers, it has to be the Rioja region or how about the playboy territory of Marbella! That is the wonderful thing about Spain; it is a nation of wildly contrasting scenery, traditions, people, architecture and history. However, if you are looking for a good mix of everything, how about Jerez de la Frontera in the heart of Andalucia? It is a lesser known destination and modest in size but it really offers, in my opinion, the “real” Spain. It might interest you to know that Jerez is the worldwide centre of sherry. It is also famous for its flamenco and the ideal place to try a little yourself in some of the bars and clubs. It’s perfectly situated, close to Cadiz and Seville as well as Gibraltar, a couple of hours from Portugal and an hour from the Costa del Sol. Jerez is attracting more people with a golf resort and spa complex, now well established at Arcos Gardens in nearby Arcos de la Frontera created from 440 acres of a former olive farm on gently sloping land, with wonderful views towards the whitewashed hilltop town of Arcos de la Frontera. At the heart of the development is a world class 18 hole golf course designed by Landmark (which designed amongst others, the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island). Not surprisingly many top of the range new homes have sprung up in the vicinity however the number is kept at a low to allow for open spaces and good sized gardens. Two bedroom townhouses start from 355,000 Euros, with three bedroom villas from 724,500 Euros and four bedroom villas from 1070,100 Euros. The final phase will be ready by 2012 and if you do buy off plan, you can expect to put down a 20pc deposit and pay the rest on completion. If you do buy there, you know you have some great places on your doorstep; Arcos de la Frontera is the “romantic queen” of the white cities set on a sheer cliff with steep narrow streets. Head for the main square as well as the market, shops bars and restaurants.

*For more information contact Chris Hall on 01603 700007 or visit www.worldwide2ndhomes.com

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