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Costa Blanca South

The long white stripe of the Costa Blanca South is one of Europe’s most sought after locations, and house prices are set to rise accordingly in the coming months. With a short car journey, revelers can enjoy the quaint traditional fishing villages of old Spain, or immerse themselves into the hustle and bustle of city center living.

Alicante itself has plenty to offer besides legendary nightlife, while Denia is an enticing blend of traditional fishing town, beach resort and gastronomic destination. The Orihuela Costa has now secured accreditation for the sheer quality of lush Golf courses and award winning beaches.

Holiday makers from afar enjoy the diverse culture of the Orihuela Costa on a yearly basis, yet most people are unaware of the hidden gems that the coast has in store.

The team here at Sunworld have decided to share our experiences of the area to our client base. As cliché’ as it may sound, as a buyer you’re not merely purchasing a property but a whole new life style, and we hope this handy guide can persuade you to follow that Spanish dream.

Our band of merry men and women here at Sunworld range from ages 1-65, therefore we know first hand what Spanish living means to us.

Whether you’re looking to retire in the sun, or relocate the family for a healthier lifestyle, the Costa Blanca South has it all.

Golf 

A region steeped in history, the beautiful Costa Blanca is a real haven for golfers. The lovely climate and lively nightlife coupled with the established flight hub of Alicante/San Javier, makes it perfect for a golf holiday in Spain.

As a keen golfer, I’ve been lucky enough to play most of the courses, each one as beautiful as the next. Within 20 km, several award-winning courses are accessible all year long with many cheap discounts and deals.

The Costa Blanca golf resorts are excellent, with the 5* La Finca and superb Las Colinas Residences, with Its highly ranked Cabell Robinson designed  layout.  The  golf  course
extends across the valley between the hills, adapts to the unusual lie of the land and blends naturally into the landscape. The width of its fairways, the design of its extensive undulating greens, and the numerous tees at each hole give it great versatility and mean that it is suitable for professional competitions, while also offering any player a pleasant, enjoyable and affordable game.

Here at Sunworld, we’ll be happy to treat you to a round or two (for research purposes), just don’t tell the Mrs!

Quite recently, our company ambassador and now good friend Willie Thorne hosted a charity golf match at the beautiful Lo Romero. It was a fantastic day, and we managed to raise a healthy sum for Maria & the Pink Ladies (a local cancer charity).

Ex pats from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales battled it out in the glorious sunshine, cementing the community spirit that is apparent throughout the Costa.

Cost of Living

Although we don’t like to admit it most of the time, money does make the world go around and it’s important to understand the differentiation of living costs compared to the UK and Spain. Originally brought up in London, I’m occasionally dragged back across the border for the odd wedding or birthday party.

Now, when you’ve been happily drinking pints of lager for 2 euros, it’s often overwhelming to hand over a note and receive very little change.

As trivial as this may seem, the price difference does filter across the board from meat and veg to utilities and area costs. 

Sports & Social Clubs

Although most people visit or relocate to Spain for sun, sea and great nightlife, there are also many sports and social clubs within the Costa Blanca catering for just about every hobby, talent or sport you could think of. These clubs offer a change and a challenge, especially for those who now live permanently in Spain.

There are many benefits of joining one of these clubs. Getting a bit of exercise, meeting likeminded people, practicing your hobby or passion and for some, just getting out of the house for a while. Another great thing about sports and social clubs is a lot of them are free to join. Below is a list of various sports and social clubs in the Orihuela Costa and surrounding areas, aimed at bringing expats from all over Europe together.

We will be more than happy to put you in touch with the organizers on your arrival. Badminton Clubs Darts Teams Walking Football 7 A Side Football Table Tennis Clubs Boys Football Clubs Netball Clubs Bowls Clubs Latin Line Dancing & Many More

Beaches

The White Coast can lay claim to 200km of beaches. All of them are in the Alicante province which enjoys a luscious Mediterranean climate. Alicante beaches are some of the most pristine along the Costa Blanca in southern Spain. Everyone loves the beach, so whether you want to sunbathe, swim, build sand castles, enjoy an ice-cream, walk, play bat and ball, read, paddle in the shallow water, relax at the beach bar  or enjoy a sunrise or sunset, we have it covered.

The best Spanish beaches in this portion of Europe earn a blue flag that distinguishes them as having amenities, public facilities, and a high standard of cleanliness. There are many such Costa Blanca beaches and it so happens that a selection of the most picturesque are in and around bargain property areas. There are a wide variety of activities to enjoy on these whitesand beaches, from scuba diving and snorkeling to swimming and boating.

Within actual walking distance of one another, you can find an array of spectacular stretches of sand. Here are just a few of them below within a short distance.

Dehesa de Campoamor Beach La Zenia Cabo Roig Guardamar del Segura Beach, La Marina Beach South Punta Prima Beach Santa Pola Beach Centre & North plus many more!

Healthy Living 

Spain, a country for living. The warm air is great for joint pain, arthritis, and healthy skin, and the natural sea breeze works wonders on the lungs.

Aside from the magnificent climate, local foods also play a huge part on a family’s wellbeing. The Mediterranean diet is based on a balanced and complete diet following principles such as simple preparation and the use of fresh, local products, and if possible, seasonal. In Spain, you enjoy it in several ways: taste it in restaurants, discover its products in the markets or at a meal with friends and family.

As a family, we researched many areas before moving to Spain. The deciding factor ultimately came down to the Orihuela Costa’s famous salt lakes. As trivial as it may sound, the benefits of living in the area are astonishing. Las Salinas de Torrevieja is one of the most impressive natural parks of Valencia  and is located nearby another water reserve known as the Laguna de la Mata.

Las Salinas de Torrevieja spreads across 1,400 hectares and is separated from the Laguna de la Mata by an anticline (a formation of stratified rock raised up) called the Chaparral, but both are connected to the ocean through a canal known as Acequión. This canal was created for the purpose of obtaining salt from the ocean in the 13th century. As a legacy of its past, there are huge mountains of salt piled high along the shore.

Being relatively shallow, this salty lake allows everyone to enjoy one of the finest of nature’s free spas. The benefits of salty water are good to expel the toxins from your body and have an exceptional effect on your skin.

The tranquil and calm waters of Las Salinas de Torrevieja can prevent skin and lung diseases besides improving the full condition of your health.

Locals who also come to this secret free spa are the perfect people to  help you locate  the black mud, full of great properties to help improve your skin. Apply the white sand on your body to provide it with a deep exfoliation, and the black mud on your face to moisturize the skin, and leave it on for at least 30 minutes to get the full effect. The therapeutic results will amaze you.

Shopping

Zenia Boulevard is the largest Shopping centre in the province of Alicante. Our customers and visitors describe us as a city, with its streets, squares, fountains, daily concerts and events that bring Zenia Boulevard to life and are what makes us different and exciting. It is a Shopping Centre designed for the enjoyment and entertainment of the visitors.

The Shopping Centre’s gorgeous, well-tended plants and gardens include more than 90 different species. There is a free health and fitness park, where you can exercise, relax in the rest zones, watch the big sporting events and fascinating documentaries on the giant LED screen, and enjoy free concerts and shows every week on our stage … plus over 150 shops with the best prices and a huge choice of products. Such a range of attractions means that visitors return to the centre over and over again, making it the ideal place for meeting up with friends.

Over 150 shops including, Zara, Alcampo, Decathlon, Primark, Leroy Merlin, Conforama, Norauto, Media Markt,  Lefties, H&M, C&A, Massimo Dutti and many more await you.
You will also find many exclusive stores here if you are looking for something special, such as Guess, Geox, Vía di Milano (Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, etc.), Astoria (Meex, Hugo Boss, CK), Z&A (Tommy and Lacoste), etc.

If you are shopping for the kids, you are in luck, because Tutto Picolo, Mayoral, Zippy, Baby Center, Pekes and other children’s stores are all there. Plus an outside play zone, kids fountains and bowling to keep them entertained.

Aside from Zenia Boulevard, there are many other shopping centres in the area including Habaneras, Elche, and Dos Mares. Not to mention the thousands of independent expat ran shops ranging from health and beauty to fashion, homeware etc.

The weekly street markets are also a haven for expats and tourists looking to enjoy bargain local products or fresh fruit and veg.

Things to Do

Alicante and the Costa Blanca are famous for their endless sandy beaches and laidback lifestyle, but you can also bring out your inner daredevil or take to the skies to see this beautiful region of sunny Spain in a new light.

From caving to canoeing, water parks to wine tasting, this is your chance to enjoy a taste of adventure on the Costa Blanca. Children will love the thrills and spills of the theme parks in Benidorm and Torrevieja.

If you can tear yourself away from the beautiful beaches, you will find that the Alicante region is also a popular choice with water sport enthusiasts, cyclists, hikers and food lovers.

Throughout the Orihuela Costa are lively expat areas which contain popular suburbs such as La Zenia, Cabo Roig and the ever popular Playa Flamenca. Businesses tend to be grouped in commercial centres dotted between urbanizations.

Throughout the city there are parks, plazas, promenades and of course, beaches. Visitors to the city will be kept busy with the many interesting and exciting things to do in Torrevieja. The city also boasts many museums, galleries, parks and plazas, there are excellent sport centres such as the Sports City that offers facilities for practically every sport imaginable.

Wining & Dining

Torrevieja and the surrounding area has a huge choice of bars, cafes and restaurant options, from  quaint Spanish bars to Michelin Star restaurants.

Many of the simpler bars are equipped with no more than a couple of tables & chairs on the pavement where customers are served a free tapas with their drinks order.

With the majority of the city being working class Spanish, there are many fantastic value restaurants and takeaways to be found.  A good way to work up an appetite and take in the sights of the city is to explore the busier streets such as Calle Ramon Gallud. There are plenty of busy restaurants just off the beaten path for those who are more adventurous.

Useful Telephone Numbers

Emergency Services - 112

Emergency Ambulance - 061

National Police - 091

Local Police – 092

Local Police Orihuela Costa - 966 761 250 - 649 900 304

Guardia Civil - Pilar de la Horadada - 966 769 143

Fire Service - 080

Sea Rescue - 900 202 202

Emergency Doctor & Hospitals - 112

Emergency Dentist - 961 496 199

Emergency Vets - 963 744 731

British Embassy - 913 192 630

San Javier Airport - 968 172 020

Alicante Airport - 966 919 000

Town Hall Orihuela Costa - 966 764 003

Town Hall San Miguel - 965 720 001

Tourist Office - 966 761 250

Tourist Information San Miguel - 966 723 466

Hospital Torrevieja - 965 721 400

Pharmacy Campoamor - 965 320 854

Pharmacy La Zenia - 966 760 025

Pharmacy La Fuente - 965 300 099