Where to buy your Spanish property.
Where should I buy from Alicante to La Manga??
We are asked this question all the time. Where should I buy my dream home in Spain? There is probably no right answer but that said…. We´ve tried to answer it here.
Since 1998 the people at SpanishHomes.online have helped to sell property all along the coast but below here are some of the areas we prefer. Of course it depends greatly on your personal situation. Are you buying for investment (have you looked at commercials?), do you want a golf property, beach property, family villa? Are you moving here full time, or is your Spanish dream home just for holidays? Everything counts – have you made your wish list and your “must not have” list yet? We can help you- just get in touch. If you are wanting to buy property in Spain, 2019 is going to be an excellent time to buy, thanks to the combination of low prices, low mortgage interest rates and the confusion caused by Brexit has also helped keep prices low. It’s not always going to be like this!
Anyway, here are those areas we like most for buying property on the Costa Blanca.
Alicante (Alacant) is the city and port on the Costa Blanca in Spain. The airport is the 5th busiest in Spain and Ryanair, Easy jet and Monarch are among a few airlines that fly from the UK to Spain at very affordable prices all year long. Alicante railway station links the city with suburbs and Murcia city. The trains run frequently to Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia. If you are planning to stay in Alicante there are various places of interest, a notable feature is the 18th century Castle of Santa Barbara, sitting high above the city with fantastic panoramic views over the whole city. The promenade “Explanada de Espana”, paved with 6.5 million marble floor tiles creating a wavy form, is one of the most enchanting promenades in Spain. It is the meeting place for the traditional Spanish paseo, or stroll along the waterfront in the evenings, a venue for outdoor musical concerts or just sit and enjoy al fresco dining. Just a few kilometers out in the Mediterranean Sea lies Tabarca Island. What was once a haven for Barbary Pirates is now a beautiful tourist attraction.
For people who love to play golf, there is an 18 hole course called, as you´d expect, Alicante Golf located on the San Juan beach just 5 minutes from the city. There are also shopping centres, hospitals and everything you could ever need whether you are thinking of living in or visiting this beautiful city.
Moving south down the coastline you will come to Santa Pola, a former fishing village now known as a popular tourist resort. There is a fantastic walkway along the seas promenade, seeing the superb views of the Salt Lakes at sunset, visiting the Cabo de Santa Pola lighthouse and its skywalk. You can even partake in paragliding or snorkeling off Tabarca Island in pristine waters just 5 kilometres off the coast. If you are contemplating relocating to this area you will find an impressive Healthcare centre, shops, banks, schools and supermarkets. As Santa Pola is so close to Alicante (Elche) Airport and has miles of golden sandy beaches coupled with the tremendous climate makes this place very desirable to live.
La Marina lies 20 minutes south of Alicante. It is split into 2 distinct parts, the old coastal town and the beach area it also includes a purpose-built urbanization which has everything you could possibly need to make your stay enjoyable. If you are thinking of investing here, property is 50% below the peak price so now is an excellent time to purchase. La Marina has a blue flag beach, a market on Thursday and Sunday in a dedicated site on Calle Antonio Justo Quesada and a shopping centre Bahia de Las Dunas with an array of shops. The nearest golf course La Marquesa Golf is 15 minutes away, with a new hotel and clubhouse. Stars such as Miguel Angel Jimenez have played here during the summer of 2018. It is locally referred to as Quesada golf course.
One of our most favourite places is Guardamar del Segura located at the mouth of the river Segura just 30 minutes from Alicante. The magic and beauty of the Mediterranean is on display in this city, with in excess of 11 kilometers of dunes forming a highly protected and unique area of a natural park. Guardamar is a cosmopolitan city with a high respect for its cultural tradition. There is a varied gastronomy on offer of both Spanish and international cuisine in an unhurried lifestyle
. There is a tourist centre with great information for all tastes and budget. This resort is very sort after and if you are looking to live in this area it has a lot to offer and any investment you make will have a huge rental potential all year round. That is worth mentioning too- the fact that this is a 12 month a year town really appeals to renters, buyers and property investors.
Another interesting place on the Costa Blanca you may wish to live in is Ciudad Quesada, located approximately 8 kilometres inland from Guardamar de la Segura. Alicante and Murcia’s airports are both less than 50 kilometres away and the nearest beach is within 10 minutes’ drive. The town centre is well provided with shops, bars, (loads of English speaking bars in fact), restaurants, a golf course and its own water park- a impressive sight during the hot summer days. There are many more attractions within an hour’s drive too. There is an abundance of affordable properties to rent or buy in this area but they do sell quickly as this is another sought after location to invest in, especially for our British buyers.
Just 15 minutes further south along the coast from Guardamar, you come to Torrevieja, a major city located here in Spain’s south-eastern Alicante province. It is well known for its Mediterranean climate and coastline and much more than an oasis for ex pats moving to Spain. Promenades run along sandy, resort-backed beaches. The tiny “Museo del Mar y de la Sal” houses exhibits exploring the town’s fishing and salt-mining history. Inland, the Lagunas de la Mata-Torrevieja Nature Park has trails for dog walking, runners, kids and has 2 salt lakes, one pink and the other green. Fascinating to look at and see all the flamingos in their natural habitat, the main attraction for bird lovers. Many of them will turn a gorgeous shade of pink from eating the shrimps in the water. As well as the flamingos, you may see osprey, grebes, stilts, harriers, terns and gulls. This vibrant city offers attractions galore with so many fantastic things to see and do, it is the perfect place for an exciting fun filled holiday. Many people chose to live here and there are 2 excellent hospitals that service many surrounding towns.
San Miguel de Salinas is one of those quaint traditional Spanish villages located just inland on the Southern Costa Blanca in Spain which has attracted many expats to settle there as opposed to the busy tourist resorts by the sea such as Torrevieja and Guardamar del Segura.
The closest airport to San Miguel de Salinas is Alicante Airport which is 50 minutes away by car while many holiday makers also use Murcia Airport on the shores of the Mar Menor a mere 30 minutes away. The two major festivals which the whole town gets involved in is the Feria week which takes place in August and the San Miguel Fiesta which takes place in September.
It is a very family friendly town with some excellent schools- There is a highly rated private British school, Montessori school, public and private Spanish schools, a host of sports facilitates and a friendly environment to raise a family, just 15 minutes drive form the sea.
Playa Flamenca is a locality and beach 4 kilometres south of the bustling town of Torrevieja. It is not a town actually, but rather a huge urbanisation, a community of thousands of houses, commercials, restaurants, sports centre, communal pools, cafes, and all the facilities you can imagine or need when you move to Spain. This is a prominent area if you are looking to buy a property as a holiday home or investment. There is a market, popular and taking place every Saturday, at Playa Flamenca that sells a range of items from shoes, clothing, belts and purses to vegetables and meats. Whatever you want for your holiday or full time living you will find it here – sun, sea and beaches, good food and drink, golfing, children’s activities, water sports and outdoor activity. Several Blue flag beaches are just a leisurely stroll away..
Just a 10-minute drive from Torrevieja in the seaside resort area of La Zenia. La Zenia is possibly the most popular area for Irish buyers since 1998 and is even more popular now since the opening of the famous Zenia Boulevard, the largest shopping complex in the province of Alicante and home to over 150 shops, cafes, boutiques, bars and restaurants. There is also great live entertainment and loads of fun things to do for the kids- they will love it, especially if ytou happen on a specieal event- Turnign on of the Christmas lights, Champions leagure nights, Easter bunny arrival etc. If you are looking to play golf while you visit La Zenia, there are 6 quality courses to choose from all of which have excellent facilities. We recently fell in love with Las Colinas Golf course, and country club, just ten minutes by car from La Zenia.
Punta Prima is the most northern point of the Orihuela Costa before arriving at Torrevieja. Punta Prima has a large beach with fine sand, a smaller sheltered cove, as well as some great views into Torrevieja and as far south as La Manga. The restaurant Nautilus is rather special, worth checking out with its situation perched on a headland, the waves crashing up against you as you eat your lunch overlooking the Mediterranean! It also homes the Punta Marina commercial centre. A popular shopping area with large shops and restaurants including, we have to admit, McDonalds! Just across the road many restaurants, Spanish bars, pharmacy, private doctor and many activities close by. Between Punta Prima and Playa Flamenca is Zeniamar, which is a hugely popular oasis. Its known as a very well maintained, busy all year around urbanisation with clean landscaped garden and family friendly pool areas.
The championship golf courses of Villamartin, Las Ramblas and Campoamor are well known to golfers and non-golfers. Villamartin hosted the Mediterranean Open Volvo PGA European Tour, held in 1997- the trophy being taken home by Jose Maria Olazabal. We often see international football teams come here for preseason training- The Austrian National Tam, Wolves, CSKA, Anderlecht all benefited from the super sports and recreation facilities in the area recently. Property sales and rentals in this golf area of the Costa Blanca are always brisk. Very close to both is the La Fuente Commercial Centre, which is a relaxed, peaceful, family friendly place to spend a few hours in the evenings. By night the La Fuente Centre, especially the Stray Sod Irish bar, really turns up the atmosphere. Quickly when the sun sets, La Fuente becomes the ideal location to eat, drink and party. For food lovers, there is fine dining, Indian, Tapas, Irish, and gastro-pub meals to be enjoyed, usually at great prices.
Villamartin itself was one of the first areas to become popular with ex pats, 30 years ago, or more. This part of the Costa Blanca is very popular with holiday makers, and although inland, is only 12 minutes drive from the soft sandy, La Zenia and Cabo Roig beaches. Alongside the Villamartin Clubhouse and much talked about Golf Course entrance the town has its own attractive plaza set amongst the palm trees in the centre of the area. You´ll love the numerous restaurants and bars and the holiday feeling in the air. The Tavern bar is a great stop off for fans of sports on TV!
Cabo Roig is a popular beach resort located in an area known as the Orihuela Costa. Situated in between La Zenia to the north and Campoamor to the south. Cabo Roig is close to the major town of Torrevieja, (10 minutes), Elche 35 minutes, Murcia airport just 20 minutes drive south and Alicante airport 40 minutes drive to the north. It’s no wonder Cabo Roig has become probably the most popular place for holidaymakers and people owning second homes in Spain. The Cabo Roig Marina is one of the best marinas on the popular Costa Blanca coastline. Located in an attractive area it has over 200 mooring spaces, a restaurant and some other good facilities like a sailing school for kids. There are a number of bars in the area (The Bog Road, Bushwacka, O´Riordans, El Gato) which provide good quality, nightly entertainment for adults and children. Most restaurants and bars are situated along the famous Cabo Roig Strip
Still going south along the Mediterranean coast you reach a small town, San Javier, home to the international airport and much more. The municipality is situated at the northern end of Murcia’s Mediterranean coastline, the Costa Cálida. Famous for its summer festivals and its dedication to agricultural and nautical activities, San Javier located in the Mar Menor Region, goes way beyond the mere expectations of beaches. The cool breezes and fresh taste of amazing seafood provide alternatives to run of the mill resorts. The main tourist hotspots are Santiago de la Ribera and La Manga del Mar Menor. San Javier Airport is a military air base and civilian passenger airport located just 5 mins south of the town where you can get frequent flights to the UK. You´ll also see the Spanish Military practice their drills across the sea in spectacular displays which will have your heart in your mouth.
La Manga or La Manga del Mar Menor is a seaside spit in Murcia. The strip is 21 km long and 100 metres wide, separating the Mediterranean Sea from the Mar Menor lagoon, from Cabo de Palos to the Punta del Mojón. The Mar Menor with its 5 islands and having shallow and protected waters, lends itself to being an International water based Sports Station. There are sailing and skiing schools that run periodical courses, as well as facilities for windsurfing, catamarans, and canoeing. La Manga, a renowned touristic hotspot for decades, has been a Mecca for lovers of white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Despite the huge number of visitors that descend here every year, this paradise still has many spots to explore, surprises to offer and secluded places to discover. Only here can you choose to swim in two seas, or watch the sun set and or rise over either of these waters. This truly is a wonderful place to visit or a to arrange your next vacation or even plan the next step of your life by making that decision to live here permanently. Be ready to rub shoulders with the Rich and famous while you visit La Manga though! Sean Connery, Matt Damon, Julio Iglesias and Gloria Estefan are amongst the regulars here- Even the European Parliament has help meets here such is the attractiveness of this beautiful resort area.
Just to mention in general the normal census is that the demographic of people moving to the areas above it appears to be around 12% British, 4% German, 3% Swedish, 4% Russian, 2% Romanian, 1.3% Finnish, 1.5% Belgian, 2% Moroccan, 2.3% Norwegian, 2.4% Bulgarian, 1.4% Colombian, 1% Italian. But this trend is changing constantly.
We feel once the full Brexit facts are known, the flood gates will open for the British and Irish to come flooding back to Spain. Officially there are 300,000 British people living here, unofficially that figure is above 1 million people.
If you are thinking of Spain, either to live full-time or part-time, get your area right first is the advice here. We can help- send us an email with your questions. We can sell you any property in Spain, unlike many agents, so our advice is now, and always has been unbiased.
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