Area Information – Great Places in South Costa Blanca
This region of Spain has been a firm favourite for Costa Blanca holidays for half a century, initially a holiday destination but now as an ideal place for a new home in the sun. The city of Alicante splits the Costa into two distinct areas: the North stretches up to the Denia where it meets the Costa Del Azahar and the South down to the border with Murcia region, the Costa Calida and Mar Menor, Europe’s largest saltwater lagoon.
The Southern Costa Blanca has many wonderful ‘Blue Flag’ beaches. The main coastal towns south of Alicante are Santa Pola, Guardamar del Segura and Torrevieja, and inland Elche Spain and the historic city of Orihuela. The area is dotted with small towns and villages, separated by large areas of citrus groves of orange or lemon trees, almond groves, fields of artichoke plant and some of the best vines. Here the mountains are mainly set back from the coast, and along the coast road, you can see the famous salt lakes populated by flamingos on one side and pine-covered sand dunes on the other.
The area is drenched in sunshine for around 320 days a year and has been declared by the World Health Organisation as one of the healthiest places in the world to live, thanks to the microclimate caused by the sea and salt lakes. Here, the mild winter means it is very rare that the temperatures drop low enough for an overnight frost. Even in the depth of winter, the daytime temperatures in the shade can still be well into in double figures.
The Southern Costa Blanca and Murcia region are a golfer’s paradise! With too many courses to list and many of them championship standard. We can provide information on golf courses on request.
Elche Spain is most famous for the palm gardens dotted throughout the city but especially for the Emperor Palm set in a garden in the city centre. Hard to find but worth the effort! Just southwest of Alicante it is a city in its own right and has everything you would expect in a modern metropolis but with the benefit of palm trees!
Santa Pola Alicante is a busy and bustling town close to Alicante airport. The port has the largest deep-sea fishing fleet in the Mediterranean Sea. A modern town now sits alongside the original fishing village, with seafood restaurants serving the day’s catch.
Travel south along the coast road to the mouth of the Segura River and the town of Guardamar del Segura. As famous for its 5km stretch of beach as it is for the protected pine-covered sand dunes, the town has everything needed for living in Spain. Just inland are the urbanisations of La Marina Alicante, El Raso Spain and Cuidad Quesada Spain, and the traditional towns and villages of Rojales Spain, Benjofar,Almoradi, Algorfa and Catral.
Just down the coast from Guardamar del Segura is Torrevieja and the large salt lakes. The older part of the town is worth a visit, with a harbour, beaches, promenade, Church Square, and numerous cafes. The wider town has property of all sizes including individual villas, small communities of townhouses and apartments. The large working salt lakes behind the town are also a nature reserve for wildlife.
At the very southern end of the Costa Blanca you find the Orihuela Costa. A 16km stretch of coast divided in several areas, the best-known being Punta Prima, Playa Flamenca, La Zenia (with the famous Zenia Boulevard shopping and leisure complex), Cabo Roig, Dehesa de Campoamor, Los Altos, Los Dolses and Villamartin. Low rise developments of apartments and villas line the coast, with small coves below low cliffs as well as open stretches of beach, it has everything for those relocating or for the holiday visitor without the high-rise hustle associated with other destinations. Golfers are spoilt for choice with currently four championship courses to choose from – Villamartin, Las Ramblas, Campoamor and Las Colinas.
Drive 20 km inland from the coast, through farmland and past small towns and villages to the City of Orihuela, set at the foot of the Sierra De Orihuela, with its wealth of history. A visit to the Gothic Cathedral, started in the 14th century, is a must whether living in or just visiting the area.
Area Information – The Amazing Mar Menor, Costa Calida, Murcia
Murcia Spain and the Costa Calida were largely untouched by the property boom at the end of the 20th century that took the northern Costa Blanca and the Costa Del Sol by storm. As a result, much of inland Murcia is still under-developed and boasts stunning scenery. The ‘Warm Coast’ has everything; coastal towns, the famous Mar Menor lagoon, La Manga Club Golf Resort, long stretches of empty coastline, National Parks, beautiful rugged mountains, lush valleys, and a number of golf courses with residential and holiday property. It can be very hot in summer and the winters are mild. Property in the Murcia region is still less than in its more famous neighbour and is excellent value for money and a good investment.
The region capital, the City of Murcia, can be dated right back to the 9th century and sits inland within a basin surrounded by mountains. Although it is a modern city with shopping centres (and even an Ikea!) it retains its historic culture and authentic Spanish way of life and is a centre for fiestas. The ‘old town’ is both historic and beautiful, with narrow pedestrianised streets of traditional small shops and tapas bars, large squares and churches of all sizes.
The Mar Menor is Europe’s largest saltwater lagoon, shallow and ideal for water sports. The famous La Manga Club Golf Resort at its southern tip. The La Manga Strip is the land separating the lagoon from the Mediterranean Sea and is so narrow in places that it is only a few yards between the beach on the lagoon over to the beach on the Med.
The mainland coastline of the Mar Menor is a popular place for second homes and permanent residence with an international population. It is perhaps the most famous landmark in the Murcia region, but the region has much more to offer. Now served by Murcia (Corvera) Airport towns along the coast of the lagoon-like Los Alcazares Spain, Santiago de la Ribera Spain, Lo Pagan Murcia and San Pedro del Pinatar have flourished. Inland, popular towns such as Sucina Spain and Balsicas Spain offer a more traditional Spanish lifestyle.
Close to the Mar Menor is the natural park of Calblanque, an unspoiled and protected stretch of coastline with footpaths and boardwalks, a haven for rare birds and wildlife.
Inland there are many villages to be discovered, stunning mountains and lush valleys tucked away in natural parks. The region is still mainly an agricultural one.
Cartagena Murcia is the region’s second city, a vibrant naval port, steeped in history and even has its own Roman amphitheatre. A modern small metropolis with a traditional Spanish feel, stunning scenic backdrop to the sheltered natural harbour, interesting architecture, a naval museum, and the city’s main museum containing many Roman artefacts.
Golf developments abound in Murcia! It is truly the golfer’s paradise. Most developments are situated a little inland and provide a green oasis in the height of the hot Murcian summer. Roda Golf Resort, Mar Menor Golf Resort, La Torre Golf Resort, Terrazas de la Torre Golf Resort, Hacienda de Riquelme Golf Resort, Condado de Alhama Golf Resort, the famous La Manga Club Golf Resort are just some of the many courses available.