Building work at Villamartin began in 1972 and today the resort town has over 1,500 flats, villas and townhouses. It’s extremely popular among English-speaking expats. The town itself is a little inland from the sea and enjoys average temperatures of 20°C.
While the good weather and golf are the two main draws, Villamartin is a flourishing cosmopolitan town. The quiet residential areas lead to a central square, lined with restaurants and bars, as well as banks and shops. African ringneck parrots roost in the palm trees here, and have achieved celebrity status because of their bright green plumage.
A short drive to the coast reveals beautiful sandy beaches. La Zenia, the closest beach to the town is just 5km away, and is also home to the biggest outdoor shopping mall in the Alicante province. Orange, lemon and almond trees also thrive in the climate here and beautiful groves punctuate much of the local landscape.
The two championship golf courses – Club de Golf Villamartin and the newer Las Ramblas de Orihuela - offer enjoyable challenges for all levels of ability. If you tire of these courses, or just want to explore further afield, there are plenty more to choose from in the surrounding area.
Villamartin offers a self-contained experience, but you are close to the historic town of Cartagena which dates back to the Roman Empire if you want to discover more about the area’s roots. You can still see parts of the walls of the Amphitheatre and other archaeological treasures as you wander around the town. “Garum” a fermented fish sauce used since Roman times, is still made here, with fig bread another speciality.
The nearby city of Orihuela is also drenched in history – the beautiful Baroque church of Santo Domingo is well worth seeing and the Arabic castle will whet your appetite for exploring.
Villamartin is easy to reach from the UK. Flights leave from many UK locations to Murcia-San Javier airport and take about two and a half hours. A 20 minute drive brings you to the town. Alicante airport is a similar flying time from the UK, but has a longer drive, taking approximately 60 minutes.
Where to Buy Property in Villamartin
There’s a surprising variety of architecture in the town, from ultra-slick, ultra-modern 3-bedroomed villas with solar powered hot water costing €183,000 and 3-bedroomed bungalows 10 minutes’ walk from the popular Plaza for €156,000 to similar sized townhouses close to the golf course for €96,000.
A traditional-style 3-bedroom villa directly overlooking the golf course can be yours for €185,000. If money is no object, €890,000 will fetch you a 5-bed villa set in its own grounds. If you’re searching for exclusivity, a 3-bed penthouse duplex in a gated community comes with a €349,000 price tag.
Property prices in nearby La Zenia are slightly higher. At the top end of the market, you need €1,250,000 for a spectacular 6-bedroomed villa, but you can have a 3-bed villa in the sought after area of Monte Zenia with private pool and sea views for a much more modest €249,000, or a generously sized modern 2-bed apartment for €119,500.
Playa Flamenca has more budget friendly prices, with 3-bed villas for €125,000 or 2-bedroomed bungalows for €77,500.