La Zenia - Area Guide
A lively hub of the popular Orihuela Costa area of the southern Costa Blanca, La Zenia is if great if you like a small, easy going and Anglo-friendly tourist resort with everything on tap. It’s become especially well known since La Zenia Boulevard shopping mall opened in 2012.
La Zenia is part of a string of connecting resorts and residential communities that run south from Torrevieja that include Punta Prima, Playa Flamenca, Villamartín Cabo Roig and Campoamor.
Remarkably small and covering little more than a single square kilometre, La Zenia itself is within 40 minutes of Alicante airport and 20 minutes from Murcia San Javier airport, both well supplied with flights from the UK. Road access to La Zenia is good with the AP-7 autoroute (toll motorway) coming down from Alicante airport and going south to San Javier airport.
Property is affordable there too. You can get two-bed apartments from around €80,o00, or two-bed townhouses for €100,000, or detached properties from around €150,000.
So why has the new shopping mall really put the town on the map? One reviewer on TripAdvisor says the vast mall is the reason why the family return year after year. The largest in the Alicante region, it is a family day out in itself with not just 150 shops that include Primark, Zara, Decathlon and Leroy Merlin (a Spanish homewares chain that very popular with local property owners in the area) as well as many restaurants, a kids playground and bowling.
There are concerts and fountains amongst its squares - on hot days these are great for children to play in - and the centre is open until 1am in the summer months.
Elsewhere, La Zenia offers beaches - Cala Bosque and Cala Cerrada are the most popular - the famous Paddy’s Point bar, one of the best-known bars along the Costa Blanca (for breakfast, lunch, dinner, live music), three golf courses within easy reach.
One tourism website describes the resort as “a very English resort mixed with a small taste of Spanish culture” so alongside Sky Sports bars and full English breakfasts can find the local Jalon valley wine and good tapas.
Like its neighbouring resorts, this suits those who seek an easy, affordable Anglo-friendly life in the sun - but especially if you love shopping then La Zenia might be the place for you.
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