The Costa Blanca covers over 120 miles of beautiful coastline from Dènia in the North to San Javier in the South and includes major tourist destinations such as Benidorm, Alicante and Torrevieja. The main airport is in Alicante which hosts year-round flights from most corners of the UK. The area is the expats favourite with everything for those looking to retire, have a second holiday home or just holiday. There is a strong expat community here and lots of activities to keep you busy.
The climate on the Costa Blanca is superb averaging 320 days of sunshine per year. It is a healthy place to live with a low cost of living with a variety of good local and international schools, excellent hospitals and infrastructure making it easily accessible to other parts of Spain, as well as overseas.
Along with the major tourist destinations, pretty seaside towns like Dènia, Calpe and Altea dot the coast and retain an essence of their fishing village origins. These towns are also popular for property buyers.
As we head south down the Costa Blanca we start at Dènia which is a picturesque seaside town famous for its gastronomy, festivals, great beaches and coastal walks. Given its location, it retains relatively easy access to both Valencia and Alicante.
Calpe is famous for the mighty Penon de Ifach, a huge rock which rises from the sea. It is a nature reserve and for the adventurous, there is a walking route which goes through a tunnel in the rock and takes you right to the top. This rock has stood guard over the town and witnessed its transformation from sleepy little fishing village into tourist haven. Calpe is also known for its fine sandy beaches and great value fish restaurants. There are two stunning beaches to choose from, one either side of the mighty rock. Both beaches have beautiful long promenades and a great selection of bars and cafes. The fish restaurants are to be found mainly around the marina and the town centre has some excellent local shopping facilities including a weekly street market.
Further south we come to Benitachell which is about one hour´s drive from Alicante airport. A quiet picturesque village that is a popular place for foreign residents to live all the year round. There are several top quality developments surrounding the old town with amazing views over the sea with a short drive to the beaches of Moraira and Javea. The upmarket resort of Moraira is extremely fashionable at present.
Altea is one of the most charming towns of the North Costa Blanca. The old town part is full of character especially the impressive church with its blue and white tiled dome roof. The town has charming stepped cobbled streets that wind up to the church and plaza at the top of the hill from where there are magnificent views of the mountains and the sea.
There is a mix of sandy and pebbly beaches, a long promenade with many bars and restaurants and of course the beautiful marina. The tram station and weekly market are both to be found in the new town. There is plenty of choice for golf enthusiasts.
Villajoyosa is a coastal town known to the locals simply as La Vila and translates to Joyful Town. The area is famous for its chocolate industry, festivals and tourism and its Gothic Catholic church.
Alicante is a pretty city with a large marina which has numerous restaurants, bars and hotels based around it. The beach is popular and situated next to the marina.
Santa Pola is a coastal fishing and tourist town. The population more than doubles during the summer. It is extremely popular with the locals as much as overseas visitors. The nearby island of Tabarca can be visited by ship. The town also has an operational salt evaporation pond known as the National Park of Salines de Santa Pola. It is possible to see flamingos feeding among the reeds on the salt flats.
Just north lies the new town of Gran Alacant. Further south lies the quaint town of Quesada.
Benijófar is slightly inland about 20 miles south of Alicante airport. It is a lovely small Spanish market town with a beautiful church and village square that you can sit and enjoy a relaxing drink with a Spanish tapa.
Near to Benijófar lies Guardamar located at the mouth of the river Segura. It is a typical Spanish town which has some of the best beaches in Spain. A large pine forest closes out a seven mile long white sandy beach with great views over the sea.
Torrevieja is a seaside city located on the Costa Blanca about 30 miles south of Alicante and the area is much loved by the Spanish who like to come here during the summer months for their holidays. The town is surrounded by excellent new developments all with pools and beautiful gardens. The whole area enjoys fabulous beaches with fine sand and crystal clear waters. The lovely marina hosts a number of excellent restaurants and bars. Punta Prima in the south of Torrevieja is becoming very popular for Europeans buying property as there is a large number of new developments building very modern properties which are close to the La Zenia Boulevard
La Zenia is south of Torrevieja between Playa Flamenco and Cabo Roig. The area has experienced a property boom due to the opening of the largest open air shopping centre in Europe with the new La Zenia Boulevard. There are a host of tourist activities at the centre with extensive gardens, fountains, parks, rides, workshops, daily concerts and screening of big sporting events along with the usual mass of shops and restaurants.
Due to the popularity of the Boulevard there are lots of new properties being built in this area that are stylish, modern with prices to suit every budget. A lot of these developments are set in beautiful landscaped gardens with communal pools and, of course, nearby beaches.
Nearby areas include the superb seaside resorts of Campoamor, Cabo Roig, Mil Palmeras and Villamartín. These towns have a good range of facilities, access to wonderful Blue Flag beaches and leading golf courses. Easily reached from both Murcia and Alicante airports makes this a perfect spot for a family holiday, re-location or a weekend getaway.
West of Guardamar lies the town of Orihuela located between Murcia and Elche. There are a large selection of bars, restaurants and shops but is most famous for its medieval market held in February each year.
Torre De La Horadada
Torre De La Horadada lies just north of the Mar Menor. The town is well known for its beautiful blue flag beaches with fine sand and crystal clear waters. The marina has plenty of tapas bars, fish restaurants, ice cream parlours with views across the Mediterranean sea. You can walk along the promenade to the next town “El Mojon”. Just around the corner from the Marina there is a busy square with a wide selection of bars, restaurants and shops.