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Costa Blanca

The Costa Blanca has been a firm favourite with the British for half a century, first as a holiday destination and then also as their new home. 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 almost down to the Mar Menor, Europe's largest salt water lagoon, where it meets the Costa Calida and the region of Murcia.

The northern Costa Blanca is also known as the Marina Alta. Stretching from Alicante north through Villajayosa, Benidorm, Altea, Calpe, Moraira, Javea and up to Denia where it meets the Costa Del Azahar and the boarders of the region of Valencia. Here the mountains come right to the coast providing often dramatic scenery, and winding cliff roads. Due to the terrain there is less agriculture than in the south of the region but you will still see terraces of vines and citrus trees. The mountains also mean more rain and lower winter temperatures than the southern areas of Alicante. Inland are many villages and towns, such as Benissa, Gata De Gorgos, Ondara, Pego and the villages of the Jalon Valley.

The town of Calpe is best known for the 332m high rock that rises out of the sea at the northern edge of the town called the Penon de Ilfach. The Penon de Ilfach is a protected natural park with rare flora and home to thousands of sea birds. It is possible to walk up one side but you do need appropriate footwear and equipment and not for the faint hearted! Calpe has a 2km long promenade with shops and restaurants as well as two blue flag beaches and small port where local fisherman still sell their catch. Part of the town backs onto salt lakes, populated by flamingos. Property in the town itself is mainly apartments with villas stretching back up the mountain to the south of the town or along the coast towards Moraira.

Take the winding coast road north to the pretty town of Moraira which has resisted the demand for high rise building as and maintained it’s ‘Spanish’ character. The town has beaches and a marina, a medieval fortress, a good range of shops and bars and restaurants. It tends to be more expensive than it’s neighbours for both property and living costs but remains a much sort after location for property, although if you like the buzz of noisy nightlife Moraira is not the place for you. The town is surrounded by villas stretching up the hills on all sides that are popular with Spanish and northern Europeans for holidays and second homes but with a good residential population. Immediately to the north of the town is Cumbre Del Sol, a large development on top of high cliffs with amazing views.

North again to the town of Javea which was once also a fishing town and the old town with it’s wealth of history can still be found tucked away up the hill from the port, where fish are landed daily. These days Javea is a large, modern, bustling town nestled between the capes of San Antonio and La Nau, with every amenity for the tourist and resident plus the port and a large marina. The large Arenal area boasts a large beach and promenade with shops and restaurants and during the summer months market stalls in the evening. This is a popular area for tourists.

Inland from Moraira and Calpe is the Jalon Valley (or Vall de Pop). Within 20 to 30 minutes drive of the coast it combines traditional Spanish lifestyle and culture with beautiful scenery and easy access. The traditional villages of Alcalali, Jalon, Lliber and Parcent with their narrow streets and stone houses are surrounded by pine forests and groves of citrus, olive and almond bringing the valley alive with pink and white blossoms in January and February. A walker’s paradise strolling the lower reaches of the Sierra Bernia mountains. Lone villas dot the mountainside but development is restricted and you won’t find any highrise here.

The Southern Costa Blanca has many wonderful 'Blue Flag' beaches. The main costal towns are Santa Pola, Guardamar and Torrevieja, and inland Elche and the historic city of Orihuela. The area is dotted with small towns and villages, separated by large areas of citrus and almond groves, and fields of artichokes and 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 Heath Organisation as one of the healthiest places in the world to live thanks to the micro climate caused by the sea and salt lakes. The mild winter temperatures in the south, unlike the northern area of the Costa Blanca, means it is very rare that the temperatures drop low enough for even a slight frost. Even in the depth of winter the daytime temperatures in the shade can still be 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 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 south west of Alicante it is a centre in its own right and has everything you would expect in a modern city but with the benefit of palm trees!

Santa Pola is a busy and bustling town close to Alicante airport. The port has the largest deep-sea fishing fleet in the Mediterranean Sea. A town of high rise apartments now lives alongside the original fishing village, with sea food restaurants serving the days catch.

Travel south along the coast road to 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. Residential and holiday property close to the beach and in the town centre are mainly apartments.

Just a short drive inland takes you to the traditional villages of Rojales and Benjofar and the large urbanisation of Ciudad Quesada. Further inland is the town of Almoradi, the village of Algorfa and the famous La Finca golf course.

Just down the coast from Guardamar 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 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 south of the town of Torrevieja. Low rise developments of apartments and villas line the coast, with small coves below cliffs as well as open stretches of beach, it has everything for the ex-pat or holiday visitor without the high-rise hustle associated with northern towns of Benidorm and Calpe. Golfers are spoilt for choice with currently three championship courses to choose from.

Drive 20 km inland from the coast, through farm land and past small 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 centaury, is a must whether living in or just visiting the area.

Costa Calida

Murcia 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; golf resorts, costal towns, the famous Mar Menor lagoon and La Manga resort, long stretches of empty coastline, National Parks, beautiful rugged mountains, lush valleys, and even 'Wild West' theme parks in former 'spaghetti western' film sets! It can be very hot in summer, (with the occasional 'tropical' style storm) and has mild winters. Property in the Murcia region is still less than in it's 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 centaury 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 Mar Menor is Europe's largest salt water lagoon, shallow and ideal for water sports. Much of its coast line is now developed with the famous La Manga 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 coast line of the Mar Menor is a popular place for second homes and permanent residence with an international population. It is perhaps the most famous land mark in the Murcia region, but the region has much more to offer. Now served by Murcia (San Javier) Airport towns along the lagoons coast like Los Alcazares have flourished.

Close to the Mar Menor is the natural park of Calblanque, an unspoilt 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 is Murcia’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 Murcian hot summer.