House of the Caliph for sale….or table silver?

vcm_s_kf_repr_646x431Walking through Ronda you come across many lovely old buildings dating back to Arab times and even before. However some are in quite a bad shape and the sad thing is that these sometimes belong to the municipality, who either doesn’t use them anymore and/or cannot afford maintaining them. As a consequence the city of Ronda is selling off part of its heritage to fund investments in the city.

One of the places they have earmarked for sale is a house  known as “Casa del Jalifa” – a palatial building of 726 square meter in the old  quarter of town dating from the 15th century. It was the last residence of the Caliph of  Tetuán under an agreement with Morocco. The house has typical interior patios and many Mudejar style features.
Until recently the building was used for Spanish classes to foreigners but has not been used for  a while even though it has been fully modernised in the last few years. The building is being  offered at auction with the hopes of raising EUR 1.265.249. A cynic might ask how long and  how many people were required to work out that exact amount. The palace which re-opened its doors in 2006, after the City acquired the property and paid more than a million euros for its renovation. Without the sale – a spokesperson for the Town Hall has admitted  – that the amount available for  investments in the city would be “zero”.

For those of you who want to wait a bit longer to pick up cheap ans special property in Spain: The Ministry of Defence is also closing one of three military homes in Málaga and the one in Ronda and will offer them for sale by 2017. The centres have been chosen because they are ones that are less used or have high running expenses. I have the feeling that these won’t be the last remarkable places that come up for sale.


About The El Guarda Posts

We are a Dutch couple - Miranda and Hans - that has after having searched for a small hotel to buy in several countries around the world we came across El Guarda and fell in love with it straight away. We would love to share our excitement for the place and its surroundings with our guests and invite you to stay with us for some days when travelling through gorgeous Andalucía.
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