Situated on the south east coast of mainland Spain, the Costa Blanca is renowned for its sandy white beaches and warm Mediterranean climate. Steeped in history and boasting beautiful mountain views, sweet fragrance orange groves and glistening waters, this picturesque Valencian province has something for everyone.
You certainly won't be short of things to explore on the Costa Blanca, whether you wish to delve into its history and culture or reveal the untold mysteries of the deep blue Mediterranean
Why not make the Costa Blanca your base while you explore Spain's rich historical architecture, take a hike in its magnificent mountain regions or ski in the spectacular Sierra Nevada, just three hoursâ€™ drive away.
The Costa Blanca has the best all year round temperatures, the climate is recognized as one of the best in the world by the World Health Organization. Many people with arthritis come to the Costa Blanca and within days feel much better, in the winter months the Costa Blanca is lucky enough to have as many sunny days as in the summertime.
It's also worth knowing that there is a comprehensive motorway network to make your journey easier around the region and should you adventurous enough to want to see more then Alicante & Murcia airports are easily accessible for an internal flight to other areas of your choice. Also from Alicante, you can hop on a ferry over to the beautiful Balearic Islands or use the high speed train network to the wonderful cities of Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona.
Alicante is a coastal university city with an impressive harbour and a tree lined promenade. One of its main attractions is its ancient mountaintop castle (Castillo de Santa Barbara), although keen shoppers will revel in its quaint boutiques and grand department stores.
The ancient town of Alicante extends itself along the curve of its busy port. The Romans called it Lucentum - The City of Light - quite appropriately for the acknowledged tourist capital of the White Coast, which has supplied generations of visitors with their first enticing impression of Spain.
Alicante, like most of the towns on the Costa Blanca, hosts an array of restaurants and bars with prices that won't break the budget, so you certainly won't go hungry here!
Gran Alacant & Santa Pola
Situated 15 minutes from the city of Alicante, 10 minutes from Alicante International Airport and 5 minutes from Santa Pola, Gran Alacant has a great deal to offer. With amenities and the coast in close proximity, plus a good bus route and a tourist street train, you never need get in your car again. However, should you fancy adventure; there are plenty of places to visit close by.
The majority of residents in Gran Alacant are British, German and Scandinavian. Gran Alacant truly is one of the heavyweight contenders in Spain's southern Costa Blanca region ... Talk was, of a golf course being built in Gran Alacant - which would have been the icing on the cake, this however is highly un-likely to happen now. There are however many Golf Courses in and around Alicante so if Golf is your think then donâ€™t be persuaded to go much further down the coast to the purpose built Golf complexes which in all fairness are very isolated!
Gran Alacant property is comprised of villas, townhouses and apartments - some of the individual urbanisation's which make up Gran Alacant are literally on the cliffs of the coastline, with great views of the beach below, and the city of Alicante over the Mediterranean sea. With the close proximity to Alicante the Real Estate here is more expensive however there are bargains to be found hereâ€¦!
Santa Pola is renowned for it's beautiful beaches, sand dunes and salt lakes. It also has a large fishing harbour. Many of the salt lakes here at Santa Pola are protected as there are a variety of migratory birds here such as flamingos, the Colorada duck and the Osprey.
Urbanisation La Marina - Alicante - Costa Blanca - Spain.
La Marina is split into two parts, the village of La Marina is on the coastal side of the N332 road, and the urbanisation of La Marina on the inland side of the same road. La Marina village is quite small in comparison, basically a main road with property either side. Urbanisation La Marina was purpose built for the arrival of large numbers of European settlers with a desire for a home in the sun and has a large selection of properties. Building work continues on the Urbanisation with large contemporary villas complementing the more Traditional style original builds. There is something for everyone here!
The closest beach is just a short drive away and is very unspoilt, with sand dunes, pine forest and lots of wildlife attracted to the Salt flats of nearby Santa Pola.
Ciudad Quesada â€“ Rojales
Ciudad Quesada has a history unlike any other in the area. You will not find stories of Bronze Age settlements, Roman invasions, Moorish occupation or Christian re-conquests, for Ciudad Quesada is a new town, built from nothing by a man with a childhood dream. By 1999 the dream had become a reality when Quesada opened its own Town Hall.
The white villas and houses of the town look down on the surrounding countryside from their lofty position on the hillside, and can be seen for miles around. On the top of the hill you will find an excellent water park with a great selection of slides and pools. On the flatter area of Dona Pepa a new botanical garden is being cultivated after funding from local government, this may take years before it is open to the public but it does mean the lovely lake views from this area will not be spoilt.
There is an impressive arched entrance then the main street of Quesada is just through the archway and here you will find a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants. Quesada also boasts a Social Club, a Medical Centre and an 18 hole golf course, where a further selection of new bars and restaurants can be found. The Golf club attracts a variety of handicapped players from the well-known golfer Miguel Angel Jimenez to the local expats society club. The newly reformed club house and â€˜Chill Outâ€™ pool bar is a busy social area frequented by locals and holiday makers alike.
The village of Rojales sits at the bottom end of the golf course and offers a traditional Spanish environment with lazy afternoon beers taken in the square overlooking the river Segura and party nights during local Fiestas.
Properties here in Quesada and Rojales vary from small studio apartments to million euro villas, a real good selection for all property buyers. There is a new development of modern contemporary villas with fantastic lake views which is bringing more buyers to the area leading to better services and amenities.
The beaches at Guardamar del Segura are just a 7 minute drive away.
Situated on the River Segura, the picturesque town of Guardamar is surrounded by rich farmland of orange and lemon groves, almond trees and various other crops. Its main attraction is it's 11 km stretch of natural golden sand with a backdrop of shady pine forest. The forest, originally planted to prevent the movement of the sand dunes, is now a beautiful nature reserve and is popular for cool walks and picnics. In Guardamar, you will sense a strong family atmosphere, especially if you take an evening stroll to the local craft market or visit the Sophia park to the rear of the Town Hall.
Property here in town is mainly in the form of apartment buildings and town houses, there are a few beach front villas that are mainly Spanish owned but rarely come up for sale as they are kept in families for years. To the rear of the Town is the new development of Guardamar Hills with contemporary built villas and modern apartments, a very popular residential area attracting foreign buyers as is the beach side area of Portico Mar next to the Moncayo Beach. Just slightly inland within a 5 minute drive to the coast is the urbanisation of El Raso an area of mainly detached villas built on complexes with community swimming pools. Here you will find a good selection of designs and prices as well as a commercial area of bars and restaurants.
Torrevieja is a cosmopolitan town hosting a wide variety of bars and restaurants and also many local "fiestas". This town caters for the whole family with a night market of along the promenade and a family fun fair for young and old alike, you can take part in many activities. The Marina de Salinas is a cosmopolitan marina with large and small yachts, International cuisine restaurants and trendy cocktail bars open until the early hours, a great spot to watch the sun go down with a Gin and Tonic!
Local to Torrevieja are the salt lakes. The concentration of salt in these picturesque lagoons helps to draw the moisture out of the air. This, combined with the very low annual rainfall, creates the unique microclimate. The long sunny days, with an average temp of 20 degrees centigrade, make this area ideal for sufferers of Rheumatism, Arthritis and Asthma.
Torrevieja boasts marvellous golden sandy beaches, which carry the blue flag for cleanliness year after year.
South of Torrevieja lies the rugged coastline of the Orihuela Costa, as you leave the town and head south past the salt lake and the new Torrevieja Hospital on the N332 coastal road you arrive first at Punta Prima. With 5 star complexes and new contemporary apartments along with a â€˜stripâ€™ of restaurants and bars along the N332 this is a great place for a holiday and to enjoy the coastal walks. The beaches of this area are made up of sandy coves and rocky headlands with Chiringuitos (beach bars) dotted all along this stretch of the Mediterranean. Playa Flamenca, La Zenia, Cabo Roig, Dehesa de Campoamor, Milpalmeras and Torre de La Horadada all offer a different taste of this beautiful coastline, with holiday apartments as well as multi million euro properties available to buy and rent.
To the north side of the coast road the area has been improved, invested in, and grown in popularity starting with the brand new La Zenia Boulevard shopping and entertainment mall to the golf courses of Villamartin, Las Ramblas, Las Colinas, and Campoamor, with international restaurants, tapas bars, disco bars and sports complexes in abundance.
Properties in this area start with small Spanish traditional apartment complexes to front line golf properties, small villas with private pools and larger villas with tennis courts, the choice is vast for both holiday homes, investment properties and as permanent living in the sunshine.