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BERJA

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Originally appearing in Volume V03, Page 777 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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BERJA, a town of southern Spain, in the province of Almeria; on the south-eastern slope of the Sierra de Gbdo1', to m. N.E. of Adra by road. Pop. (1900) 13,224. Despite the lack of a rail-way Berja has a considerable trade. Lead is obtained among the mountains, and the more sheltered valleys produce grain, wine, oil, fruit and esparto grass. These, with the paper, linen and cotton goods manufactured locally in small quantities, are exported from Adra.
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i recently descoverd berjaby pure chance.i have been serching the internet for a cheap rundown property.after many months and several visits to various parts of spain,i found a web page with what i had been looking for.i took a plane to granada ,not the nearest airport,but the cheapest.then the next day i took a three hour coach trip to berja.the transport to the town is very good.you can take a bus to almeria,or to malaga if you wish,the first is two hours by bus ,but less than one hour if you drive.malaga is much further away approx 4 hours by bus. we did not know what to expect as we had never even heard of berja before,but as it was only a 20 minute bus ride to the beach ,and the property only costing we had to have a look. what we found was better than we expected,there was all the shops that you would need,including a realy large supermarket.we stayed the night in a new hotel called the don miguel plaza,the only hotel in the town.alittle pricy at 70 euros for a double room, but m,ore like a 4 star than its official rating of 3 star.very clean and well equiped.oh and every thing worked including the air con which you will crtainly be thankfull for,as i have been informed berja and its surrounding towns has one the best climate in all of spain.it was in the high sixties in the middle of feb when we last vissited. i can only describe the town as perfect for us,surrounded by mountains yet so near to the coast.no tacky shops,no irish bars and local folk outnumbering tourists. our next step is to learn the language and try to blend in.what really made our minds up, was when we took a stroll around the town,we wanderd to the upper part of berja, this was more like a small seperate village,but only 10 minutes walk there we came across large pit with steps leading down to a natural spring and lots of people arriving with empty bottles and filling them up.the spring was being channelled all round this part of the town,irrigating the fields and green houses on its way.then at the lowest part of the area we came across another large hollow with stairs leading down to a large stone trough,about 5 meters long where the sprig water was running through it and onto the fields beyond,but the lastig memory for me was the typically dressed old spanish lady doing her wasshing in the stone trough,in the glorious sunshine,under the cloudless blue sky, and its only febuary.cant beat it.
Hi just to update my previous input regarding berja. first of all sorry about my spelling and grammer,or lack of. I have been back to berja twice now,and feel even more for the area than ever.we have now purchased the old one story semi property for the grand old sum of 21;000 euros.complete with no running water,no electrcity and alot of work to be done. however next door is connected to both,so not a big problem. from the bus stop you can travel to the coast in 20 mins,to the airport[almeria]in just over 1 hour,passing resorts,roquettas de mar and almerrimar,we are returning to berja next week to try out my very limited spanish,and try to get the water on, buy sand and cement and paint.should be fun as no body spekes english,but all are welcoming and typical spanish
I left a comment many months ago in february informing people of my visit to the wonderful the berja since then however i have visited a further 2 times and i have now purchased property in berja which despite needing work on it it has alot of potential and is positioned slightly out of the town (approx 5 mins) I have seen the village properly now and it is a typical spanish village ideal for learning the language which has hleped me progress alot in my aim to finally speak the language. I travelled through almeria most recently and it saves alot of time if you are travelling by coach and it allows you to see some of almerias many sights along the way. When i first visited the village i noticed the lack of outdoor eating space however during the summer months i noticed some restaurants were putting out tables and chairs later on in the night. Most bars also give free tapas with every drink which is a little added bonus I would give the village 10/10 for potential and many of their cheap properties are quickly being grabbed. thanks,
hello, i was very interested to read your articles re berja but i cant see any dates. just wondering how things are going for you there now. my finace is from the town. your right it is a little gem of a place. we have been thinking about moving there for a while. currently we live in cork. regards, maurice o connor ireland
we purchased an apartment in Berja a couple of years ago and have enjoyed it ever since. The town is perfectly placed for easy access to the coast and surrounding villages, Elehijo (spelling may need attention) is approx 12 miles away, a very large commercial town with an array of facilities. Berja itself has many tapas bars offering good tapas free with drinks, I counted about 30 but have not been to them all yet!!. you are assured of a good coffee & a toastarda in the morning from cafe's in the sqaure. weather and climate have never let us down and it is usually cooler at the coast and best to go there 4pm onwards, usually a cooling breeze prevails for those of you, like me, dont enjoy being exposed to severe heat. we particularly like Berja's authentic feel, it is like a much larger city condensed, very busy and vibrant. some good shops too, also has one large and several smaller supermarkets, has a festival in August and lots of other things going on. Traffic can be noisy but town council constantly seeking to improve infrastructure. any comments you can email hawkins.ka@tesco.net
decent place for holiday homes rambla properties good value as u get good land tranquill lifestyle some have pools great for entertaining me personally think there better than town houses as for the british thats what you look for.great weather conditions as they close a lot of cloud out which gives you clear blue skys most of the year.barbacoas galore fruit in abundance also olives what more can i say great place for holiday home seekers come and enjoy the secret of berja almeria.
beautiful town of berja 10 out of 10 been a residencia for about 5yrs and still enjoying it but have noticed a few new builds going up popular demand i suppose i hope it wont spoil the rustic feel the place has.
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