Five Minute Focus | Orihuela Costa

Five Minute Focus | Orihuela Costa

Where is it?

Orihuela Costa is a coastal region in the province of Alicante, Spain, just south of the city itself. It sits close to the border with Murcia, near La Manga and the beautiful Mar Menor. Indeed, the Cathedral City of Orihuela is some 20 kilometres from the coast and in the early 18th Century was given the title of “Capital of the Kingdom of Valencia” by Felipe V.

The region covers several seaside resorts, including Punta Prima, Playa Flamenca, La Zenia, Cabo Roig, Campoamor and Mil Palmeras.  The whole 16 Kilometre coastline has an abundance of Blue Flag beaches and numerous recreational activities and facilities.

How do you get there?

It is accessible via two international airports, Alicante and Murcia, both within a 30-minute drive of the area, with its many modern towns and sleepy Spanish villages, where time seems to stop.

Great for golf, I hear?

Orihuela Costa is also an excellent choice for golf holidays with three superb golf courses within a 5-minute drive, namely Las Ramblas, Campoamor and the famous Villa Martin, home of the Spanish Open a number of years ago. Indeed, as well as these, there is also a choice of another three 18-hole golf courses within easy striking distance of any area of the Orihuela Costa.

It's a fast-evolving place?

In the past 20 years, there has been a massive improvement in the infrastructure and facilities. It was far more rustic, back then. Now you can get a bus from Alicante airport, do one-stop shopping in the new La Zenia Boulevard and walk to around 600 bars and restaurants. Now there are building cranes dotted along the coast and a great choice of holiday accommodation and amenities. So where is one of the hot spots?

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Cabo Roig - a snapshot

This is located at the southern tip of the Costa Blanca, only 10 kilometres from Torrevieja, with its delightful palm-lined avenues, lush gardens and mountainous backdrops and unrivalled views to the Mar Menor and La Manga, the famous sporting resort.

La Zenia is one of the most popular areas on the Costa Blanca and includes many recreational facilities, such as water sports, golf, go-karting, tennis, playgrounds and many more.

Other areas here would be Punta Prima, Playa Flamenca and Campoamor, all of which have different things to offer, with their natural sand dunes and pinewood backdrops to the long stretches of golden blue flag beaches.

What property can I buy there?

Although the area has had somewhat of a boom time during the last 20 years, with also many planned improvements, you can still buy a bargain property in one of the many popular urbanisations covering the area. €95,000 will buy you an upstairs, low-rise, apartment with sea views, off road parking and only three kilometres to the beach at Playa Flamenca.

Moving up the price range, the area has some stunning resale and new, substantially built, detached villas for sale. At the bottom of the page is an example of one such property on the beach side of the road in Dehesa de Campoamor area, for €650,000. This will give you nearly 2,000 square foot of accommodation, with three bedrooms, three bathrooms and its own private pool in an extremely select area.

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