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Want to buy a cheap plot of land in Spain? This region has thousands

If you want to buy land in Spain for less than €50,000, this beautiful northern region has plenty of well-sized plots meant for agriculture and building.

Want to buy a cheap plot of land in Spain? This region has thousands
It's a region of Spain where you can go from the beach to high up in the mountains in about an hour. Photo: Daniel_Nebreda/Pixabay

The Spanish region of Asturias is a ‘hidden gem’ for those who know Spain well, with its rugged award-winning beaches and majestic Picos de Europa mountain range, all packed into the fourth smallest autonomous community in the country. 

Granted it rains more than the national average during the winter months, but that’s what ensures that it remains off the tourist trail and keeps it looking green and beautiful all year round.

So if you prefer the ‘other Spain’, the one with rolling hills, a cooler climate and quieter cities, we have good news for you, especially if you want to move there.

Photo: urti2009/Pixabay

Asturias has an abundance of well-priced plots of land for under €50,000, many of them over 1,000 square metres in size.

According to property website Fotocasa, there are currently more than 900 plots of land under this price, although this site doesn’t allow users to filter out the ones with building permits and technically approved (“urbano” and “urbanizable”) from those where building is limited or not allowed (rústico).

A well-preserved hórreo structure in Asturias. Photo: locuig/Pixabay

The other big property website in Spain – Idealista – does allow you to do this and currently features more than 1,300 plots of land available in Asturias where you will be allowed to build your own home or revamp the traditional stone or wooden hórreo structures that scatter the countryside in northwestern Spain and often come with the plot.

Screenshot showing the abundance of plots of land in Asturias where you can build, a great deal of which are close to the coast. Source: Idealista

Unfortunately, Idealista doesn’t allow you to set a price cap of €50,000 – which to keep in line with the article’s headline we’ve set as the bar for what constitutes ‘cheap land’. Their lowest setting for a maximum price is €100,000.

So, is Asturias the only region in Spain with an abundance of cheap “terrenos” in idyllic locations? Not at all.

Even neighbouring Galicia with which Asturias shares a lot in terms of weather, cost of living and scenery has around 4,300 plots of land for under €100,000 (1,400 on which you can build on) listed on Idealista and 1,600 in total under €50,000 on Fotocasa.

There are also regions in Spain’s interior such as La Rioja, Castilla y León, Castilla y La Mancha and Aragón where you can get good deals on land.

So why focus on Asturias? Well, given its long, somewhat narrow shape along Spain’s northern coast, both beaches and mountains are easily reachable from pretty much wherever you are, making it a region with a lot to offer in a small space.

Galicia, for example has a far bigger interior so even though it’s traditionally a coastal region, much of Lugo and Ourense provinces are far from the sea.

There are of course plots of land available in the more popular coastal parts of Spain – Catalonia, Valencia region, the Canary Islands, the Balearics – but expect to pay a far bigger price for a “terreno” close to the coast and have less to choose from overall.

There are also terrains available in Cantabria and the Basque Country to the right of Asturias, although they are fewer in number and generally more expensive the further east you go.

So if you’re looking to buy a cheap plot of land in Spain, whether it’s to grow food and spend your weekends or to build a house from scratch there, consider Asturias.

It’s a personal choice at the end of the day, but ‘El Principado’ certainly packs a lot of punch. 

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How to find temporary accommodation in Spain when you first arrive

One of the most common questions people moving to Spain ask is where they can rent temporary accommodation while looking for somewhere more permanent. This can be particularly tricky, but we've found some of the best places to look.

How to find temporary accommodation in Spain when you first arrive

So you’ve sorted out your visas, you’ve done all your packing and have either sold or moved out of your home, but when you arrive in Spain you’re not exactly sure where you’re going to stay.  

Of course, it’s not the best idea to sign a contract ahead of time for a more permanent place before you’ve actually seen it in person. Photos don’t always accurately represent what the house or apartment looks like in reality and you won’t really be able to get a feel for the neighbourhood without being there. 

On top of this, rental scams are rife in some places in Spain, particularly in the bigger more popular cities like Barcelona. Often people will place an ad (which usually looks too good to be true) and get you to wire over a deposit to secure it in advance, but here’s the catch – the place doesn’t usually exist.

This is why it’s important to never hand over money to secure a place to live in Spain before you’ve actually seen it in person and you can get the keys as soon as you sign the contract.

But, finding a place to live in a new country can be difficult and it can take time, so while you look for somewhere, you’re going to need temporary accommodation for a couple of months. This can be tricky too because often temporary accommodation is geared towards tourists and you’ll be paying tourist prices too.

While Idealista and Fotocasa are two of the most popular sites to look for accommodation in Spain, when you only want somewhere for a couple of months, there’s no point looking there, as most places will have yearly contracts.

Keep in mind with short-term rentals for a couple of months, you’re going to be paying higher than the average monthly rent, however, for this, the apartments are usually fully furnished, including kitchen utensils, wi-fi already connected and offer you the flexibility of shorter contracts.

Short-term rental agencies

Specialised short-term rental agencies are the best way to go, which will allow you to sign contacts for less than the typical one year. These types of agencies are usually found in Spain’s big cities that are popular with foreigners, such as Madrid and Barcelona.

Trying searching in Spanish too by typing alquiler de temporada or alquiler temporal plus the name of the city or town you’re looking in. This way you may be able to find places that offer better value. 

Barcelona

In Barcelona, check out aTemporal an agency that started up precisely to fix the problem of trying to find accommodation in-between tourist accommodation and long-term rentals. They rent out apartments for anywhere from 32 days to 11 months.

ShBarcelona is another agency that specialises in these types of rentals and have properties all over the city.

READ ALSO – Moving to Barcelona: A guide to the best neighbourhoods to live in

Madrid

In Madrid, try DFLAT, which was created by two professionals from the Instituto de Empresa University after discovering the difficulties professionals and foreigners found when looking for an apartment in Madrid. Sh also has a good branch in Madrid.  

Valencia

In Valencia, Dasha Living Space has both short and long-term fully furnished flats available and  Valenvi Flats also offers rentals for between three and six months.

READ ALSO – Moving to Valencia: A guide to the best neighbourhoods to live in

Airbnb

While the nightly rate of Airbnb apartments is typically too expensive to rent for a couple of months, you may be able to find some deals. Often when you input dates for a month into Airbnb, you’ll find that several places have a monthly discount offered. Also, some owners will do a deal for a couple of months. If it’s winter for example and they know they’re not going to get many tourists anyway, they may be willing to negotiate.

Vrbo

Like Airbnb, the properties on Vrbo are rented out directly by the owners. While the site is also mainly focused on tourists, some owners may negotiate outside of the tourist season.

Housesitting

If you’re willing to try something a little bit different, then housesitting could be the way to go. This is where you live in somebody’s house for free, in exchange for looking after their pets and their property.

Often people only need someone for a few days, but sometimes you’ll see house sits available for a month or longer. This is perhaps a better option for those who are flexible on where they might want to live and are trying out a few different places. It’s also better for those wanting to live in smaller towns or villages rather than the bigger cities, as there are fewer postings for these popular locations. Trusted Housesitters and Mind My House are good options. 

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