Buying in South Costa Blanca – What can you expect?
South Costa Blanca is home to some of the region’s best value beach homes, typical urbanisations of apartments, duplexes, quads and townhouses. Here, you’re never far from amenities, beaches, the popular La Zenia Boulevard shopping centre and the lively strip.
Prices in South Costa Blanca are extremely reasonable. €80,000 will get you a two bedroom apartment, just a short walk from the sea. You can expect to pay €100,000 for an average townhouse near the beach. However, a short walk inland and you will see a decrease in prices, for those looking to buy with a smaller budget.
The Costa Blanca is served by 3 major airports, Alicante Airport to the north being the largest and most popular. Murcia Airport to the south is ideal for southern resorts such as Torrevieja, wheras the northern resorts such as Gandia are only around 1 hour drive from Valencia Airport.
As a general rule at any time during the year, the Costa Blanca temperature is around 10 degrees higher than it is in London. Summers are warm and sunny, Spring and Autumn are similar temperatures to UK summertime, and in Winter temperatures typically range from 13-19 degrees. November and December often sees heavy rain, but generally the eastern coast is the driest area of Spain, and rainfall is rare. The World Health Organisation recommends the Costa Blanca as one of the best climates to live in due to the warm and generally dry and sunny weather.
The resorts to the north of the Costa Blanca around Altea, Calpe, Denia and Javea are set against a rugged backdrop of undulating coastline and spectacular rock formations, whereas to the south around Torrevieja the scenery is generally flatter with long sandy beaches.
Some define The Southern Costa Blanca as the area South of Alicante City and its surrounding beach resorts down to the border with the Murcia (Costa Cálida) region at EL Mojon. The three main cities and towns cities in the South include Torrevieja, Alicante and Guardamar Del Segura.
Torrevieja is probably the Southern Costa Blanca’s best known holiday resort and the largest coastal City in this area between Alicante and Cartagena. Torrevieja´s origins, like many of today’s coastal resorts, are heavily linked with fishing and the trade Mediterranean routes. It is a popular destination due to the low property prices and excellent climate.
If you love wide open spaces this is the place for you, 52% of the Torrevieja territory is covered by a nature reserve and contains 2 large salt water lakes. The Torrevieja coast is 14 km long and offers a great choice of beaches and coves where you can cool down and relax. The La Mata Beach in the North is the longest and most open, stretching almost 2 KM form one end to the other. A little further South is the beach of Playa de Cabo Cervera where you can find the old Moorish Watchtower, which offers spectacular views of the coast.
Guardamar Del Segura
Guardamar is located about 15 km North of Torrevieja and just 25 km south of Alicante International Airport and is in easy driving distance of all the areas major Cities (Elche, Alicante, Murcia, Cartagena and Torrevieja). Properties in the town and surrounding villages are very good value for money.
It is a popular seaside resort with both Spanish and International visitors who are attracted by the towns’s relaxed atmosphere and beautiful natural surroundings. Around 80% of the land in this coastal resort is protected natural area. The La Mata Lagoon Natural Park is famed for its large salt water lake with its own population of migrating flamingos and the Guardamar Pine Forest which is one of the most spectacular coastal woodlands in Spain.
Guardamar beaches are among some of the most beautiful and unique on the Spanish Mediterranean Coast. The town boasts over 11 km of fine golden, sandy beaches bordered by beautiful coastal pinewoods.
Alicante is a truly beautiful and historic port city located in the autonomous community of Valencia on Spain´s Costa Blanca. Alicante is a cosmopolitan city with a population of around 328,000 and is the second largest City in the Valencian region and the capital of the province of Alicante. Alicante is a working city with a large port, but also has a huge sandy beach, an excellent selection of shops, restaurants and bars, and a historic old town area.