Costa Blanca Property
The Southern Costa Blanca extends from Alicante to the border with Murcia and has long been a favourite with Bri tish holidaymakers and property buyers. An area featuring glorious beaches, golf courses, popular resorts, pretty villages and modern urbanizations, Costa Blanca South is a dream come true for Brits in Spain.
For ease the region can be divided into 3 sections:
- Guardamar and the locations within easy reach of this resort. The Marquesa and Finca golf courses are in this area.
- Torrevieja and the locations close to this resort.
- The Costa Orihuela. This is the stretch of coastline south of Torrevieja that extends almost to the border with Murcia. This area is not an area of quaint Spanish villages but rather one of modern urbanizations sprinkled with amazing golf courses such as Villamartin, Los Ramblas and Campoamar.
GUARDAMAR AND NEARBY LOCATIONS
Guardamar Del Segura, to give the resort its full title, is a popular resort without being overly commercialised. Located next to the mouth of the River Segura, the resort has around 12kms of sandy beaches bordered by sand dunes covered with pine and eucalyptus trees. Some parts of this stretch of beach are well populated and other parts are practically private. There is a 1km section designated as a naturist beach. All types of water sports can be enjoyed in this area, including windsurfing, water skiing, and scuba diving. There is also a local sports centre with an indoor football field, tennis courts, swimming pools and basketball courts. The Reina Sofia Park is a great place to walk or relax with its array of fauna, flora, wildlife and beautiful lakes and waterfalls. Guardamar offers an excellent selection of shops, bars and restaurants.
Rojales and Cuidad Quesada
Rojales and Cuidad Quesada are included together as they are literally next door to each other. Only 10 minutes from the coast, Rojales is a beautiful, typically Spanish town with the Segura River running straight through it. There is an excellent selection of shops, bars and restaurants – even pubs (one English and one Irish!). There is also a lovely Town square. Right next door to Rojales is Cuidad Quesada. A bigger contrast is hard to imagine. The history of Rojales gives way to the modern town of Quesada. Quesada is entered via an arched gateway. There are shops, bars, restaurants, banks, a medical centre and a social club. Quesada even has its own Aqua Park and is the location for The Marquesa golf course.
A typical Spanish town sitting in an extremely privileged location. Lying on the banks of the River Segura, Algorfa is one of the Vega Baja's lush and fertile citrus farming villages. Orange and lemon groves line all roads surrounding the village. Almost on its doorstep are 'Blue Flag' beaches, woods, nature reserves, leisure facilities, a 'world class' golf course (La Finca), peace, rest and relaxation. In the 'village' of Algorfa, there are several traditional Spanish tapas bars and shops including a pharmacy and optician. Around the vicinity of La Finca Golf Course, there is a new commercial centre, consisting of banks, restaurants, cafes, bars and shops. La Finca Golf Course is within easy walking distance from the centre of Algorfa. The course was designed with professional tournaments in mind by Jose Gancedo and has a very scenic setting.
TORREVIEJA AND NEARBY LOCATIONS
Torrevieja is a very popular tourist resort with excellent blue flag beaches and numerous small coves. Water sports are well catered for and the real enthusiasts head for Playa Naufragos to the south of the port. Playa Del Cura, to the north of the port, is popular as well with shops and restaurants and surrounded by palm trees. Also to the north of the port is Playa de Los Locos. This beach has a play area for children and many facilities here are adapted for people with mobility challenges. The most northerly of the Torrevieja beaches is La Mata beach – the longest and most beautiful of the beaches surrounded by The Natural Park and Dunes of La Mata. At the port you will find the Playa Del Acequion with its fishing boats and beach bars. There is also the Playa Paseo Maritimo Juan Aparicio where artificial beaches have been created enclosed by concrete quays to ensure safe bathing. No matter what your taste in beaches, you are sure to be pleased at Torrevieja. Immediately inland you will find the famous salt water lagoons. At the Torrevieja and La Mata Nature Reserve there are over 200 bird species to be observed. This is a great area for walking, cycling and horse riding. Torrevieja has excellent shops, bars, a casino, a water park and restaurants to keep you busy year round.
San Miguel de Salinas
San Miguel de Salinas is a small Costa Blanca town located just inland from Torrevieja and the Orihuela Costa. It is a hilly area of pine trees, wild rosemary and thyme standing 100 metres above sea level and only 9km from Torrevieja. Originally just a small village, San Miguel de Salinas has grown in recent years due to the huge amount of development along this part of the coast, as well as the demand for holiday and re-location homes - much like the majority of other towns and villages in the area. Modern day San Miguel de Salinas has a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants as well as a post office and health centre. It is just a 10-minute drive from the fine 'blue flag' beaches of the Orihuela Costa (Cabo Roig, La Zenia, Playa Flamenca, etc.). There are three excellent championship golf courses nearby including the renowned Villamartin course that hosted the 1994 Mediterranean Open.
The coastal stretch from Punta Prima (just south of Torrevieja) to Mil Palmeras (near to Pilar de la Horadada) and the border with Murcia together with the areas just slightly inland constitute the Orihuela Costa. This is not an area of traditional Spanish villages but rather one of new urbanisations. The golf courses Villamartin, Las Ramblas and Campoamor are located in this region. The coast has 16km of fine sandy beaches and rocky coves. Eventually the promenade will stretch all the way from Torrevieja to Campoamar. Beach areas along this coast include:
Punta Prima is a lovely little seaside town situated just south of the better known Torrevieja on the Costa Blanca, Spain. It is the up and coming resort in the area and Punta Prima's own beach is renowned for its fine, white sand and location – just a short walk to all the main amenities of the town and also within easy reach of several fantastic beaches on this stretch of coastline, all with 'blue flag' status for cleanliness and safety. The well known golf courses of the area are within easy reach. The famous palm trees of Punta Prima are a popular site all lined up behind the beach. Punta Prima has a good selection of bars, shops and restaurants and has a new commercial centre being built nearby.
Situated on the Orihuela Costa coastline, the beautiful resort of Playa Flamenca is a popular location with a superb beach and a newly refurbished promenade area. Playa Flamenca is a fairly compact resort and the beach area is backed by some good facilities on the beach side of the N-332, including some fine shops and restaurants. There is the Flamenca beach commercial centre with a huge range of shops, bars, restaurants and plenty of live entertainment. Beside the N-332 coast road you will also find the Mercadona supermarket and complex with more shopping opportunities. A short walk from here on Saturdays you will find the large street market that draws crowds from the entire area.
La Zenia is a well loved resort boasting two fine beaches and great facilities. Both beaches have ‘blue flag’ status and are well cared for and maintained. In the summer months you will find a number of water sports being offered on La Zenia beach. As is true for all the resorts of the Orihuela Costa, La Zenia is convenient to the three golf courses of the area. La Zenia is located between the towns of Cabo Roig and Playa Flamenca. A particularly great feature is the picturesque cliff walk to Cabo Roig with stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea towards the sports resort of La Manga Club. La Zenia also has a good range of shops, bars and restaurants as well as a new commercial
Cabo Roig is referred to as "The Jewel of the Costa Blanca". Located on the Southern Costa Blanca coastline, it is both popular and delightful and well loved for its superb sandy "blue flag" beaches, its stunning views of the sparkling blue Mediterranean Sea, its picturesque cliff walks and its busy nightlife. One of the main attractions of Cabo Roig are its wonderful sandy beaches, most of which are very clean and have "blue flag" status. Cabo Roig is no exception and its two main beaches (Cala Capitan and Cala Caleta) are clean and safe for children. Also within easy walking distance are the beaches at La Zenia, Playa Flamenca and Campoamor. Cabo Roig has a fine variety of shops, restaurants and bars, mostly around the well known Cabo Roig "strip" where there is plenty of choice for all ages and tastes. There is a superb marina and it is worth noting that Cabo Roig is just a short drive from the local golf courses at Las Ramblas, Campoamor and Villamartin.Dehesa de Campoamor.
Dehesa de Campoamor
Situated in the south of the Orihuela Costa region, the lovely coastal resort of Campoamor has a good range of facilities and some wonderful sandy beaches. There is a beautiful harbour and one of the longest beaches in the area. Campoamor is handily placed for visiting both the Costa Blanca and Costa Calida regions and can be easily accessed from Murcia (San Javier) airport which is a 20-minute drive away. Located between the resorts of Pilar de la Horadada and Cabo Roig, Campoamor is perhaps best known for its fine golf course that, together with the neighbouring courses of Las Ramblas and Villamartin, attract golfers from all over the world.
Pilar de la Horadada
Pilar de La Horadada is the most southerly town on the Costa Blanca with its coastal area being called Torre de la Horadada. Pilar de la Horadada has some fine sandy beaches, an attractive marina, and a good range of facilities. Pilar de la Horadada today is a developing town with open spaces and pretty squares and gardens. It has a large sports centre just outside the town with a huge range of facilities for different sports, including a large heated indoor swimming pool. In the town there is a cinema that screens films in English (with Spanish subtitles!). For nature lovers, the areas around the town are rich in flora and fauna - the tidal sections support an incredible variety of living creatures, with rich oxygenated waters supporting aquatic species such as pipefish, seahorses and wrasse. The birdlife is varied too and you are likely to spot curlew, grey herons, egrets, turnstones and plovers. Inland the Rio Seco ("Dry River") and Sierra Escalona have some varied plant species with rare orchids and dwarf palms growing alongside the more common thyme, foxglove, juniper and camomile.
Villamartin has become one of the most popular locations on the Costa Blanca. Although the golf course is an attraction for many buyers, Villamartin has much more to offer than world-class golf. Villamartin commercial centre is the hub of entertainment in the area and has a wealth of shops, bars and restaurants that will suit most tastes. Villamartin is also only a few kilometres from the coast and some fabulous beaches. Supermarkets, schools and entertainment are easily reachable in just a few minutes.
Las Ramblas Golf is located close to Campoanor de Golf and Villamartin Golf and was designed by Jose Gancedo. With its hills, ravines, bushes, shrubs and rocky outcrops, it is perhaps the most difficult course imaginable. It can certainly be a battle – and most people lose. Try, try and try again should be the motto for Las Ramblas Golf.
The Real Club de Golf Campoamor, built on a former country estate and surrounded by beautiful unspoilt countryside, was designed to take advantage of the unusual terrain of the area. Its 18 holes run through two connected valleys surrounded by low, gently undulating ridges that protect it from the wind. The course is situated about 100 metres above sea level, resulting in marvelous views over the intense blue of the Mediterranean.
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