Below we have a video guide to the Costa Blanca produced by Spain-holiday.com
Towns and Villages in Alicante
The Costa Blanca or White Coast extends along the eastern coast of Spain (approximately in the middle) and covers the province of Alicante.
To the north of Denia is the Costa del Azahar and to the south of Torrevieja is the Costa Calida.
The Costa Blanca is not as cold or wet in the winter as the Costa Brava, north of Costa Blanca, nor is it as humid or hot in the summer as the Costa del Sol, in the south.
The Costa Blanca has the best all year round temperatures. The climate is recognised as one of the best in the world by the World Health Organisation.
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 nearly as many sunny days as in the summertime.
The Costa Blanca is famous for its tourism. Once upon a time the places along the coast were mostly just tiny fishing villages. Then the fantastic climate and beaches attracted tourists and the area boomed. Some towns have restricted their development and retained their original charms while others have over-developed and lost what charm they originally had.
The Costa Blanca has over 100 kms of sandy beaches and rocky coves and many of the beaches have the coveted European Blue Flag signifying cleanliness and safe bathing.
Of course the charms of the area have meant that many foreigners now live here. There has been a property explosion with many people regarding the Costa Blanca as the California of Europe. Not just people retiring, nowadays many young families move to the Costa Blanca searching for a better lifestyle. Every nationality can be found here but especially English and Germans (oh and some Spanish too!).
The Costa Blanca is a beautiful region with mountains stretching along most of the coast. The A7 motorway (with some toll sections) stretches from north to south along the coast. The N-332 also runs parallel yet is free from charges although much slower as it passes through the middle of many towns.
There are huge amounts of flights into Alicante airport, especially from Northern Europe. Valencia airport to the north is also well serviced. Further to the south of the Costa Blanca is Murcia airport. With the advent of many low-cost airlines many people live in Spain and commute to work in England. Flying time is only about 2 hours which often doesn’t get you far when driving on congested roads in England.
The northern Costa Blanca is typically mountainous with cliffs and coves, a mixture of pebble beaches and fine sandy beaches. North of Altea towards Calpe it is surprisingly very green and lush. Beach resorts such as Javea and Moraira are very popular with expats.
The Costa Blanca has something for everyone from tiny rural inland villages to cosmopolitan tourist resorts on the coast such as Benidorm.
The Costa Blanca isn’t necessarily a place one would go to see historical monuments (although there are many). Its attractions lie in its beauty – the amazing vivid blue Mediterranean waters, the lovely sandy beaches, the old towns and villages with their old narrow streets, the restaurants and bars where one can sit and relax outside because of the wonderful all-year round climate. It’s simply a wonderful place in which to enjoy life (as we should do but often don’t) and feel rejuvenated and refreshed.
Visitors to the southern Coast Blanca will find it less scenic than the northern Costa Blanca but then there are more tourist activities and both Alicante airport and also Murcia airport (known as San Javier airport) are close by and the sandy beaches are of excellent quality.
COSTA BLANCA TOWN’S AND VILLAGES.
Cabo Roig peninsula is known for its stunning blue flag beaches, beautiful coastline walks and proximity to world class golf courses. Approximately equi-distant from both Alicante and Murcia Airports, Cabo Roig has excellent motorway links. Cabo Roig restaurants, bars, and shops cater for a wide range of tastes and budgets – including the Zenia Boulevard shopping mall
Cabo Roig, or Red Cape, is known as the jewel of the Costa Blanca and has breathtaking views over the Mediterranean towards the La Manga peninsula and the Mar Menor.
The two stunning sandy white beaches of Cabo Roig – La Caleta and Cala Capitan – have both been awarded the coveted Blue Flags – an exclusive environmental label only given to clear, safe, well-managed beaches with high water quality.
Cabo Roig also has a bustling marina and Marina Club.
Ideally located, with Alicante Airport 45 kilometres away and Murcia Airport just 30 kilometres away, and excellent motorway links, Cabo Roig and of course, Cabo Roig property, has something for everyone.
Cabo Roig restaurants, bars, and shops cater for a wide range of tastes and budgets. The Zenia Boulevard shopping mall is a 5 minute drive from Cabo Roig. For those wishing to embrace the outdoor life and make the most of the 3000 hours of sunshine the Costa Blanca enjoys every year, there are activities to suit everybody from sailing, scuba diving, water skiing and wind surfing to family boat rides
On the Cabo Roig peninsula itself there are 3 prestigous golf courses, a pretty marina and a myriad of coastal promenade paths including the “Maritime Walk” which follows the peninsular coast and provides some incredible views, making property in Cabo Roig very much sought after.
Venture beyond Cabo Roig and the Costa Blanca has so much to offer: fiestas, vineyards, historical towns, museums, theme parks, wildlife and water parks, horse riding, tennis – you name it, it’s here on your doorstep.
Golf property in Spain is always in demand and Campoamor is perfectly placed for even the most dedicated golf enthusiast. Not only is there the Royal Campoamor Golf Club on the doorstep, but the location is equidistant between Villamartin and Las Ramblas golf courses.
If that’s not enough, then a 30 minute drive takes you to La Manga, where – in addition to golf – you will find world class sporting and leisure facilities.
Apartments and villas for sale in in Campoamor are becoming an increasingly desirable prospect for British property buyers as well as the Spanish community. With additional Campoamor developments like Calas de Campoamor, Lomas de San Una, Las Orcas, and Las Ramblas in the vicinity it’s possible to find properties to suit all tastes and all budgets.
With many Spaniards purchasing their second home in the area in order to escape and relax, there are plans to build churches and schools here creating village-type communities. This makes Campoamor an excellent choice for those considering relocating to the Costa Blanca region.
With the World Health Organisation rating this region as the healthiest climate in Europe, over 300 days of sunshine every year and an average temperature of 20ºC, a property in Campoamor on the Costa Blanca is the perfect first step to making the most of the outdoors and enjoying a slower pace of life.
Activities aren’t just limited to golf: tennis, go-karting, bicycle hire, water sports, an aqua park, horse riding and some of the most beautiful unspoilt Blue Flag beaches of the region are all to be found nearby.
For gastronomes, there are restaurants and bars aplenty, or a short trip in the car will take you to Villamartin, La Zenia or Cabo Roig- all of which have many excellent places to eat and drink. Lively Torrevieja is also only a few kilometres away.
Getting here is a breeze with Alicante airport only 45 minutes away by car and Murcia’s San Javier Airport is even closer – about a 20 minute car journey. Campoamor is the ideal location – whether you are looking at apartments or luxury golf villas in Spain.
La Zenia is known for its stunning blue flag beaches and its proximity to world class golf courses. Said to be the largest shopping centre in the province, the Zenia Boulevard shopping mall has a great shopping atmosphere and over 150 shops. La Zenia has many great restaurants and bars and amenities.
Gran Alacant is a large residential tourism urbanisation, which has a friendly relaxed feel. Many northern Europeans have settled here permanently to enjoy the fabulous climate and beautiful beaches and sand dunes that the area affords.
The urbanisation is located on a hillside close to the sandy beaches with many of the properties enjoying a sea view. The area is just 15 kilometres south of Alicante and 6 km from Santa Pola. The international airport at Alicante is approximately 10 minutes drive.
Carabassi beach boasts 4 kilometres of wild natural and unspoilt sand dunes backed by a pine trees forest. The beaches of Santa Pola are also close by.
In Santa Pola you can visit the “salinas” or salt flats that are still in use and from where you can watch splendid sunsets.
Santa Pola is also the town with one of the biggest fishing ports on the Mediterranean. Here you will find some excellent fish restaurants serving the local ‘catch of the day’. An absolute “must” is a trip to the “Isla de la Tabarca” which was made a national Marine Reserve in 1986. The crystal clear waters and the fauna and flora, make it an authentic paradise for divers.
There are supermarkets, restaurants, chemists in Gran Alacant and the nearby local towns of Santa Pola and Torrevieja have excellent markets.
There is a range of international restaurants to be found, serving menus influenced by flavours from the four corners of the globe.
A wide variety of nightlife can be found at nearby Torrevieja, which is a short Taxi ride away. Here you will find internationally renowned discos and many lively bars and restaurants.
The Costa Blanca enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, with cool sea breezes in summer and protection by surrounding mountains against the cold North winds in winter. The area averages nearly 3,000 hours of sunshine each year and the average temperature easily exceeds 20 degrees.
In 1986 the World Health Organisation recommended the climate of the area as one of the most equitable in the world – neither too hot in the summer nor too cold in the winter. On average it can boast 325 sunny days each year making it an ideal all year round destination.
Located about 40mins drive from both Alicante and Murcia Airports, La Zenia has excellent motorway links.
La Zenia is quite a small but very busy beach resort and is probably most well known for its stunning Blue Flag beaches: Cala Bosque and Cala Cerrada. Both these beaches have wonderful white sand and shallow waters, making them ideal for families.
The nearby beaches of Cabo Roig and Playa Flamenca are also very much worth a visit. This whole stretch of coast has beautiful beaches.
As you would expect on the Costa Blanca, the weather is fantastic – with over 300 days of sunshine a year, low humidity and mild winters.
Said to be the largest shopping centre in the province, the Zenia Boulevard shopping mall has streets and fountains and daily concerts and events, creating a great shopping atmosphere. There are over 150 shops including brands like Primark, Media Markt, Zara, H&M and many more.
If golfing is your thing you will be in golfer´s heaven! La Zenia is a popular base from which to go golfing from when you want a break from the beach. There are three superb professional golf courses close to La Zenia: Villamartin Golf Club, Royal Campoamor Golf Club and Las Ramblas de Orihuela Golf Club.
Also within easy reach is the Orihuela Costa Resort Complex with outstanding leisure facilities including an Olympic sized swimming pool, tennis, squash, a well-equipped gym, bowling and also a bar and restaurant.
The surrounding countryside has beautiful orange and lemon groves and there are two lakes where you can see flamingos and other birds.
The bustling town of Torrevieja is only a ten minute drive away, with its huge variety of places to eat and drink, a busy marina, and lively evening market. Resale property around Torrevieja is always in demand – if you are thinking in terms of investment property on the Costa Blanca you can be reassured that this area shows no signs of waning in popularity.
With excellent access to the motorway network and the coast road, La Zenia is ideally situated for exploring the rest of the Costa Blanca – the fascinating historical cities of Murcia, Cartagena and Alicante are all within easy reach. The nearest airport is Murcia, but for a wider range of flights, Alicante is only a 40 minute drive away.
Los Dolses is an established community, only a short drive (or a 15 minute walk) from the popular Villamartin development on the beautiful Costa Blanca.
Los Dolses has a large expat community – mainly British and German – and the area is popular not only for holiday homes, but also with retirees and families who have chosen to relocate to Spain. Los Dolses, as you would expect from a development of this calibre, is well equipped with amenities close to or in the Los Dolses Commercial Centre: banks, shops, a large Spanish supermarket (and a smaller English one for those things you miss from home!), hairdressers, opticians, bars, restaurants, gym and a large garden centre. The local infant and junior school has a mix of pupils of all nationalities – lessons are mostly in Spanish though!
Los doses is a golf lover´s paradise, with three championship courses nearby – Villamartin, Las Ramblas and Campoamor. With pretty much year round sunshine, you can spend plenty of time on the greens. The Costa Blanca has a great deal more to offer than golf though – incredible Blue Flag beaches just a short drive away, the closest being La Zenia or Cabo Roig; stunning countryside, and a host of activities for all the family to enjoy. Torrevieja – only a 15 minute drive away – has everything else you might need, including healthcare and further educational facilities.
Los Dolses couldn’t be easier to get to. It’s five minutes from the A7 motorway which will take you to Alicante’s El Altet airport in 50 minutes, and San Javier International in 20, both of which offer cheap flights to and from the UK and the rest of Europe on a daily basis.
The main attraction of owning a property in Playa Flamenca is the access to Spain´s most beautiful Blue Flag beaches and access to some outstanding golf courses. The beaches here have clean, clear waters and golden sand.
The popularity of Playa Flamenca means there are always people looking for available property. Many British people seeking a more laid back way of life under the Spanish sun have made their home here.
Playa Flamenca has a nice, peaceful atmosphere and is a great place to relax and disconnect all year round. Most of the foreign residents here are British and Irish. This peaceful atmosphere and the Mediterranean climate makes it ideal for a holiday anytime of the year.
Playa Flamenca lies on the Orihuela Costa, on the Costa Blanca, and has some of the nicest beaches in the area. Getting to Playa Flamenca is easy as Murcia Airport is a mere 25 min drive to the south and Alicante Airport is about a 45 min drive north.
Owning a Playa Flamenca property makes for an excellent base to explore the region of Orihuela Costa. Playa Flamenca itself is a small but busy resort with a good range of shops, restaurants and bars. The Zenia Boulevard shopping mall is only a 5 mins away.
Playa Flamenca Beaches
Playa Flamenca beach has been awarded the Blue Flag – an exclusive environmental label only given to clear, safe, well-managed beaches with high water quality. The beaches here have clean, clear waters and golden sand. coveted Blue Flags There are also 14 kilometres of stunning beaches and some nice coastal walks nearby.
The largest beaches close by are at Guardamar de Segura and La Marina and are backed by vast sand dunes. However, if you are looking for something smaller, there are plenty of small sandy coves waiting to be discovered too.
This region has been designated one of the healthiest in the world by the World Health Organisation and boasts fabulous weather. The climate here means summers are hot and winters are mild. It is home to some of Spain’s most beautiful beaches, which you can enjoy all-year round since the winters are very mild.
Playa Flamenca Golf
here are three world class golf courses within a ten minute drive of Playa Flamenca: Las Ramblas Golf, Golf Campoamor and Villamartin Golf Club. The latter has played host to the Mediterranean Open on several occasions.
The Costa Blanca has become one of the leading all year round golf destinations. Golf courses on the Costa blanca have excellent facilities.
There are an amazing 15 courses on the Costa Blanca, all within easy driving distance. The Costa Blanca is a year round golfer´s paradise!
Villamartin properties are built around one of Spain’s best golf courses – the always popular Club de Golf Villamartin.
Villamartin is home to a mixed, friendly community. Some live here all year round, others holiday here in the golf season.
However, Villamartin is not just a golfer’s paradise. There are plenty of things to do, such as five marinas, horse riding stables and two water parks within easy driving distance. And of course the beautiful beaches! All the popular beaches along this stretch of the Costa Blanca are Blue Flag. There are also plenty of hidden gems – smaller, quieter beaches waiting to be discovered.
The popular Mediterranean style properties in Villamartin are set in beautifully landscaped gardens. Easily accessed from Alicante airport and Murcia San Javier airport (about a 30 minute drive from either), owning a Villamartin property makes for an excellent base to explore the region.
The Villamartin Plaza is the centre of activity in the area. Almost everything you need is here including a boutique, golf shop, hairdresser, bank with cash point, pharmacy, health centre, supermarket, bars, restaurants and nightclubs. All the restaurants have outdoor seating, for al fresco dining.
Villamartin properties are very popular with tourists and year round residents. Most of the people living here are foreign nationals who have transformed the once small village into a modern-looking town.
There is access to a number of world class golf courses and the coast, with many beaches very close by. The nearest beach is the beautiful La Zenia beach.
The town has all amenities and bars and restaurants. Villamartin is home to El Limonar International School, an international school that teaches in both Spanish and English.
Properties in Villamartin are very popular and are well worth looking at in your search for a perfect Spanish home.