Posted on 15 February 2017
Your life on the Costa Blanca (White Coast) can be whatever you want it to be: an adventurous retirement of golf and sailing, a relaxing holiday home in the sun just a short hop from the airport, or you could make a permanent home there and commute back to the UK for the working week. This long stretch of Mediterranean coastline is famed for its lively resorts, great beaches and tanning opportunities, with the sun shining on 320 days of the year. It isn’t all tower blocks and package holidays either. While some of the original fishing villages have been transformed by tourism, many quintessential Spanish gems remain.
Sitting at the foot of Montgó Mountain, Jávea is “the jewel in the crown of the Costa Blanca”. The town’s port has bars and restaurants along a palm-lined promenade, overlooking pretty La Grava beach. Traditional Spanish squares and the Gothic San Bartolome church combine to make Jávea’s old town a captivating place to visit, or live. It has even been attracting Hollywood A-listers, boasting Matt Damon as a recent visitor.
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Moraira has managed to retain its rustic charms while other towns in its vicinity – most notably Benidorm – have changed beyond recognition. With eight kilometres of stunning coastline backed by mountains, this upmarket Spanish coastal town offers pine-clad cliffs that slope down to pretty coves, overlooked by smart whitewashed villas dotted in the hills. Moraira’s historic roots as a fishing village are still in evidence and its fish market remains one of the most popular on the Costa Blanca.
Torrevieja is the perfect destination for those whose expat ideal means enjoying the same sports, foods and friendships as in the UK, but in the Spanish sun!
The city of Torrevieja lies about 50 km south of Alicante and is the perfect destination for those whose expat ideal means enjoying the same sports, foods and friendships as in the UK, but in the Spanish sun! It has learnt lessons from its Costa Blanca contemporaries, meaning you won’t find any high-rise developments. But if you crave those British creature comforts in the sun, you won’t go short of pubs and restaurants that cater for your needs. And with four sandy beaches to choose from when the time comes to top up your tan, it’s no wonder that Torrevieja continues to attract large numbers of British property buyers.
Orihuela is the capital of La Vega Baja (the low fertile lowlands), one of the largest regions in the province of Alicante. A generous selection of museums and churches perfectly demonstrate the city’s status as a cultural and historical hub. The surrounding area boasts 16 kilometres of varied coastline, ranging from rugged outcrops lapped by crystal-clear waters, to fine white sandy beaches, which consistently receive awards for their high standard.
On the other side of the Montgó Natural Park from Javea, with its ancient castle to wow the history buffs and marina to impress the yachties, Dénia’s charms are clear to see. Head down to the waterside and you will find an elevated promenade and charming fish market. Leading down to the port area is the tree-lined Calle Marques de Campo, the city’s fashionable main shopping street. Located a short distance away is Dénia’s fascinating Old Town, with its narrow streets, quaint shops and museums.
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