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Property on the Costa Blanca

On the Spanish mainland, the Costa Blanca is the most popular place for British property hunters seeking an affordable home in sun. Three of our top five most popular Spanish locations in terms of searches and enquiries are in the Costs Blanca: Torrevieja, Villamartin and Ciudad Quesada.

Haven’t heard of Ciudad Quesada? It’s one of those locations, along with the Oriheula Costa, that’s really become a hot spot for British buyers over the past five years or more.

Why do we still love it so? The weather is simply superb. You can expect sun on at least 320 days each year, mild winters, and the edge taken off summer temperatures by the sea breeze. In practical terms, it’s never too hot or too cold for a round of golf or a stroll along the beach.

If you want to pop down for a long weekend, Alicante airport has flights all year even from regional airports in the UK – many home owners on the Costa Blanca talk about booking their flights months in advance to get prices of well under £100 return.

In Q3 2023, the Valencian region (home to the Costa Blanca) was the most popular destination for foreign buyers in Spain by a wide margin, with 9,258 sales, followed by Andalusia (5,464) and Catalonia (4,289).

In recent years there’s been a surge of boxy, contemporary style new villas on new urbanisations ideal for modern living, but there’s something for all different sorts of house-hunters.

There are plenty of traditional Spanish townhouses at affordable prices on communities or golf developments, and luxury villas too.

The Costa Blanca North, above Alicante, is more mountainous, with pine forests leading down to attractive bays and beaches set around old fishing villages. In the past few years, inland areas of the Jalon and Orba Valleys have become more popular.

South of Alicante the Costa Blanca is flatter and hotter, but also more affordable and this is where numerous cranes have been dotting the skyline for the past five years or so. The beaches are as perfect as you would imagine, but there are also numerous affordable golf courses, marinas, waterparks and family entertainments, shopping malls.

Take the time to explore the Costa Blanca to make sure you find the best part for you.

Where to Buy Property on the Costa Blanca

Stretching up from the tip of the Mar Menor via Alicante city to Gandia in the north, the Costa Blanca is a large and diverse stretch of coastline. Along side the Costa del Sol it’s the most popular region for British buyers, who have been visiting, investing and relocating there in large volumes.

Part of its broad appeal is the suits a wide range of buyer, from those seeking sophisticated former fishing towns to resorts catering for mass tourism, or affordable inland homes. Alongside its Blue Flag beaches and excellent transport links - with Alicante, Murcia and Valencia airports all serving the region - is that it's fast been evolving to offer the sort of infrastructure and amenities that the Costa del Sol has done for some years.  So where are the hotspots?

North Costa Blanca

Moraira, variously known as the “St Tropez of Spain” or the “gem of the Costa Blanca crown” is a small upmarket coastal town backed by mountains and vineyards. The most desirable areas are El Portet, Pla del Mar, Pinar de L’Avocat and La Cometa. A three-bed villa with a pool will cost €400,000-600,000 in the prime parts.

Nearby Benitachell is also popular, whilst a good selection of quality villas can also be found in Benissa – from €400,000 plus.

Another former fishing village is Javea, another classy, low-rise town that has been likened to a Spanish version of Dartmouth in Devon, and it’s got a marina, stunning Arenal beach, golf and also a lovely hinterland, the Jalon and Orba valleys. A three-bed villa with a pool might cost around €400,000 in Javea, whilst a three-bed townhouse might cost €200,000 in Jalon or a three-bed villa for around €280,000 Orba.

Nearby Denia is a very Spanish town with castle, two marinas and a wide choice of property, with a two-bed apartment around €165,000, a three-bed villa around €300,000.

The pricing is similar to that of Calpe, famed for its emblematic rock bisecting two long, sandy beaches although high-rise blocks have led to its soubriquet, “a high-rise Benidorm”.

Ah yes, then there’s the infamous Benidorm, reality TV star and arguably the liveliest spot in the North. Decent one-bed apartments in a high-rise tower start at around €100,000.

South Costa Blanca 

Torrevieja has attracted mass tourism in a big way but this doesn’t seem to deter many British property-hunters who are magnetized by the highly affordable property there. Fancy an apartment for around €60,000? This is where most people might look.

It apparently does boast the highest proportion of British expats in Spain, and that’s because it’s got a lot to offer: two salt-water lagoons, five golf courses nearby, Blue Flag beaches, a thriving market, family friendly facilities and plenty of nightlife.

Around Torrevieja the locations of Benijofar, Los Montesinos, Ciudad Quesada, Los Altos and Guardamar del Segura attract interest. Orihuela Costa - south of Torrevieja, down to around Campoamor – is also very popular.

Inland, Villamartin is very popular: its Club de Golf Villamartin is a prestigious course; good restaurants are plentiful at Villamartin Plaza and there’s a vibrant international community of owners and expats. Two-bed apartments/townhouses cost €110,000/€125,000 whilst three-bed villas start at a little over €200,000. 

In the nearby upmarket gated residential community of Los Dolses, prices are a little higher with three-bed properties north of €185,000, and a four-bed villa with a pool around €275,000.

Three coastal hotspots are Playa Flamenca, La Zenia and Cabo Roig. Prime shopping aside, La Zenia itself has two Blue Flag beaches, with many two- and even three-bed apartments around €130k. Pricing is similar at next-door Playa Flamenca, a small, busy resort combining historic buildings with plenty of new-build.

At the bottom of the Costa is Cabo Roig, a peninsula of palm-lined avenues, the Blue Flag beaches, three golf courses and lovely views towards La Manga and the Mar Menor. There are plenty of two-bed apartments available for €115k.

Buyers Need to Know 

* Purchase taxes in Valencia is 10 per cent

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