Area Guide

 

Costa Blanca North

Calpe

In the thirties popular with writers such as Hemmingway etc. This is a town of inspiration. There is a stunning rocky park running to 1000ft into the sky above the town. Fish lovers will not be disappointed with fishing fleets delivering its catch in the early evening when most is purchased by the local restaurants.

Denia

Is a modern cosmopolitan city. To the north are fine sandy beaches of Les Marinas and Les Bareteas. There are well known fiestas including early June in honour of the Blessed Blood when bulls are run. This is very popular with tourists although it is not advisable to take part.

Javea

Famous for it’s many submerged coves, unusual rock formations and marina life. Consequently Javea is popular with both scuba divers and naturalists. The town is of much historical interest with extraordinary gothic architecture and a charming town square.

The unique sunny and warm weather allows golf to be played all year round with over thirty golf courses in Costa Blanca, Costa Calida and Costa Almeria – with new courses under construction firmly establishing these Costas as the winter golf destination of northern Europeans.

All the courses are located near towns and you can never be more than a few kilometres from a golf course. There are courses for the experienced players and others for the keen amateur. Some courses are essentially for members and others for the public. One thing is for sure, all courses will challenge your golfing ability!

Moraira

A genuine paradise set amongst the greenery of the Costa Blanca . Teulada-Moraira is a first-class tourist resort with excellent facilities and services. It has eight kilometres of coastline, and three magnificent beaches of fine sand alternating with small, picturesque, rocky coves, like the playa de L’Ampolla. Enjoy over 80 restaurants with an almost infinite range of gastronomic delights, fiestas and handcraft products sold in small shops and a street market.

The Jalon Valley

The Jalon Valley (Vall de Pop) is known as The Valley of Wine. Magnificent mountains that seem to change form every time you look at them surround it. Jalon itself lies in the centre of the valley whilst surrounded by many smaller villages nestled amongst the grapevines, almond and orange trees.

In the winter months the Costa Blanca is lucky enough to have nearly as many sunny days as in the summertime. The Jalon valley is a walker’s paradise, with routes ranging from a very gentle stroll to a six hour walk around the Sierra Bernia mountains to the south of Jalon. In late January / early February the whole of the valley is covered with almond blossom. One can only describe the view as a magnificent blanket of pink and white.

Costa Blanca South

Alicante/Gran Alacant

Alicante is the main city. The beaches are glorious with a 6 km coastline. There is a busy harbour where you can watch the hustle and bustle of city life. Gran Alacant is a popular development area being close to beaches and the airport. The Terra Mitica is nearby.

Guardamar

Is an attractive town with one of the largest beaches in Spain at 11km. There is a natural pine forest leading down to the sand dunes and sea.

Playas de Orihuela and Torrevieja

Very popular with the British with many restaurants and wonderful beaches. The shopping and all facilities are first class with excellent hospitals and schools. Particular popular neighbourhoods include Cabo Roig, Playa Flamenca and La Florida . If you are settling in Spain permanently this may be the ideal area.

Villamartin/Las Ramblas/Campoamor

The holy grail of the golfing fraternity. These are lovely neighbourhoods where apartments and villas can be found. Resales are often available here.

Elche

Slightly inland and a charming town, initially known for its palm trees. Golf courses can be good here and you’ll find properties with very generous plots of land. If you want a quiet life you will find it here. There are beautiful botanical gardens, El Huerto del Cura (Priest’s Garden), which are well worth a visit. Leather goods are a local speciality.

La Mata

La Mata is a small town north of Torrevieja. This sleepy town bursts into life once a week when its hosts a lively market. There are bargains to be had as many Spanish travel from far afield to visit this traditional market. La Mata also hosts some of the nicest all year round beach’s along this fabulous coast line.

Costa Calida

The Costa Calida is situated in the South-East of the Iberian Peninsula . To the north lies the Costa Blanca and to the south the Costa Almeria. There are over 250 kilometres of coastline made up of small inlets, coves and sandy beaches. The waters are wonderfully unpolluted and perfect for sub aqua activities with clear views of the Mediterranean flora and fauna such as sea bass, moray and moonfish.

The people are gentle and helpful, the whole region is well worth taking the time to explore and the good living is to be enjoyed. The Costa Calida is one of the healthiest places on earth to be. The area is sheltered against Meseta winds making the temperature pleasant throughout the whole year. Access is easy as the area is just over an hours drive from Alicante and is also close to Murcia Airport . Unspotted by the holiday mass this area is still in the early days of development. It is therefore not overcome with bars and restaurants though these can be found in Puerto de Mazzarron and around the golf courses.

The scenic routes across the Algarrobo range are delightful; there are rabbits, partridges and foxes roaming and it provides a natural habitat for kestrels and species of wild eagle. The mountain areas are abundant with wild thyme, rosemary and lavender, which can be found complimenting many local dishes. Mazarron is famous for its plethora of wonderful seafood dishes; mouth watering local dishes include bonito fish and noodles, peppers, garlic, sautà tomatoes and aniseed.

Mazarron/Mar Menor

A quiet area presently being developed. There are some spectacular views at Mar Menor. The La Manga Club provides some of the best sporting facilities in Europe . The coastline tends to consist of rocky coves and small beaches, a nice contrast to the long sandy beaches of the Costa Blanca.

Mazarron

In the northern part of Costa Calida and offering many fine homes at competitive prices. Puerto de Mazarron has fine sandy beaches, coves and a popular marina. Mazarron also hosts a lovely market. Visitors to the area are captivated by the blue skies, natural beauty and hospitality of the inhabitants.

La Manga del mar Menor

La Manga del mar Menor is one of the most sought after areas by the mediterranean sea. With its beautiful promenades along the sea front there’s a large selection of restaurants just a stroll away from an array of relaxing beaches.

Costa Almeria

At the rugged southeast corner of Spain lies the region of Almeria with its contrasting vistas of sand dunes and salt flats of the coast with arid volcanic desert in the interior. If the parched deserts look familiar, it is because they formed the backdrop for the spaghetti western films of the 1970’s. One of the principal attractions for visitors is the rocky coastal stretch known as Cabo de Gata, a national park that is one of the least spoiled areas of the country.

Costa Almeria stretches eastwards from the town of Roquetas de Mar to San Juan and Aguilas. In addition to the rugged scenery and dramatic beauty of Cabo de Gata, Almeria boasts many sparkling beaches and coves for all manner of water sports, quaint villages and towns for exploring, as well as lying within striking distance of the Sierra Nevada ski resort nestled within Spain ‘s highest mountains. The area is a hit with food lovers as there is a rich variety of regional dishes and traditional cuisine just waiting to tempt your palate. And, of course, there are several golf courses scattered along the coast for those of you looking for a leisurely challenge.

Some of the villages and towns you may have heard about!

Mojacar

Mojacar is an ancient Moorish village – a quiet corner where time stood still for many centuries – lies on a hillside behind the town. There are restaurants and cafes with terraces that offer stunning views out into the Mediterranean Sea , narrow streets with enticing shop fronts that beckon one to explore the quaint hilltop village. Further down the hill, the beaches of Mojacar are particularly attractive and the coastal town offers much in the way of shopping and all the necessary amenities, including restaurants with a choice of regional dishes, hire shops, newsagents etc.

Garrucha

Garrucha is an old and well established town with origins back to the 16th century when it was founded by a group of fishermen who protected themselves from pirate attacks by constructing a tower. There is a beautiful promenade that runs the length of the town with wide sandy beaches stretching to crystal clear waters on one side, and palm trees, restaurants, cafes, shops and the town extending out on the other. Like all Spanish towns, there are many fiestas with colourful parades that wind through the town at various times of the year – it will be hard to miss one!

Vera

Vera is a prosperous town 6km from the coast that has much to offer with many shops rich in handicraft and restaurants with tempting traditional cuisine, including Spanish Tapas – little dishes of local foods and delicacies. Playas de Vera, as the name suggests, is along the coast and offers a huge range of activities with lush golf courses and exquisite club houses, an aqua park with whirling water rides and slides, charming shops and, naturally, white sandy beaches complete with sea grass umbrellas, palm trees and sparkling seas.

There are many more attractive beaches and interesting coves to find as well as pretty towns and villages, both coastal and inland, to be explored.

Puerto Rey, Marina de la Torre, Villaricos, Albox, Cuevas del Almanzora are but a smattering of towns and villages waiting to be discovered by you. For example, along the coastal drive from Garrucha to San Juan , there is a little village of Villaricos that houses a beautiful harbour with pebbles beaches that have striking similarities to those found in Cornwall . A little further along lies the remains of a disused silver mine, complete with old aqua ducts used to transport the silver from the mines in the hills to the waiting ships in the Mediterranean – these ghostly images of a lifestyle long past add to the charm and uniqueness of the Almeria area.