We are active on the coast and inland of the Alicante region, also known as the Costa Blanca North and the Costa Blanca South; and in Murcia or the Costa Cálida with its unique inland sea – the Mar Menor – and its typical authentic Spanish villages, and let´s not forget about Almería region with its amazing tranquile fishing villages.
COSTA CÁLIDA (MURCIA REGION)
A Spanish property on the Costa Calida, or inland in Murcia, is the perfect way to enjoy everything that life in Spain has to offer, in an area still relatively unscathed by tourism and large scale development. Costa Calida, otherwise known as the “Warm Coast” extends along 250 kilometres of Spanish coastline – stunning, mostly sandy, beaches sheltered by impressive mountain ranges.
There is a lot more to Murcia and the Costa Calida Region than La Manga – though if golf, tennis, water sports and rubbing shoulders with sports stars and celebrities are your thing, La Manga resort is a good bet. Los Alcazares, on the shores of the Mar Menor, is a busy tourist resort and very popular with Spanish, as well as overseas, holidaymakers. There is a great diversity of landscape in Murcia – from the coast and the Mar Menor, to breathtaking mountainous areas, to the wide arid plains where many spaghetti Westerns were filmed (the sets were left behind and there are three ‘Wild West’ theme parks to visit). There are beautiful National Parks in this region too, one of which – the Sierra de Espuna National Park – is only 40 minutes’ drive from Murcia Town, and is an unspoilt, mountainous pine forest and haven for wildlife. Only a short distance inland from the obvious attractions of the coast there are some stunning places to be found – most of the towns and villages here, places like Balsicas and Sucina, are still typically Spanish in character. One of the loveliest places in Murcia is the Ricote Valley. This was the last stronghold of the Moors in Spain and has a lush and beautiful landscape running alongside the River Segura.
The capital of the region is the city of Murcia which is significant culturally and historically – parts of the city walls date back to the year 831. It is a University town (a two University town, to be precise) – it has a lovely Old Quarter and a beautiful Baroque cathedral, fabulous shops, and is compact enough to explore on foot. As you would expect, Murcia City has a vibrant cultural life with restaurants, authentic tapas bars and clubs – and seemingly constant festivals and celebration.
The weather is outstanding, even by Spanish standards (315 days of sunshine a year with temperature averaging out at 22 degrees). It has some of the best beaches in Spain, with lovely seaside towns like San Pedro del Pinatar and Santiago de la Ribera. Throw in awe-inspiring mountain ranges, spectacular countryside dotted with citrus, olive and almond groves…what are you waiting for?
Take a look at our properties for sale in Murcia – no matter what you have in mind, from a large country villa to a city apartment, we will do our best to help you find it. We pride ourselves on being more than your average Real Estate Agent: we aim to offer an unparalleled service and guide you through your purchase of your Spanish property from start to finish.
There are well over a hundred beaches along the Costa Calida – from tiny, deserted coves only accessible by boat, to vast stretches of beach with every facility imaginable. As a taster, the area’s ten Blue Flag beaches are listed here, but it is well worth exploring other beaches in the area – particularly as the Blue Flag beaches can get very crowded in the peak holiday season.
An Introduction to Costa Blanca North and Costa Blanca South
Spain is still one of the most popular expat destinations for the International Market and a Costa Blanca property remains an affordable dream. Despite the excitement in the World media about “staycations”, Costa Blanca’s visitor numbers were up significantly in 2012. With North Euopean summers as unpredictable as ever, Spain’s attractions remain constant: the Costa Blanca has an exceptional climate with 3000 hours of sunshine a year, low rainfall, low humidity and an average temperature of around 18 degrees Celsius. The mild winters mean you can live an outdoor lifestyle all year round. The World Health Organisation has declared the area around Torrevieja, Orihuela Coast, Moraira, Javea and Denia to be “one of the most environmentally perfect climates in the world.”
The Costa Blanca, or White Coast, stretches for 170 miles along Spain’s East coast – from Gandia in the North to Murcia in the South – with the city of Alicante marking a rough halfway point. It has more Blue Flag beaches than any other Spanish Costa – a guarantee that they are clean, unpolluted and safe for all the family. The Costa Blanca is a cosmopolitan and varied place to live: as well as stunning beaches there are dramatic mountains, lush valleys, breathtakingly pretty villages with white-washed houses, modern resorts, golf, water sports, fiestas and festivals, history and culture, food and wine. Tourism and development are concentrated on the coast – a short drive inland reveals peaceful villages, small rural towns and gorgeous, unspoilt countryside, with the excellent road network making it simple to get around.
It takes around 2 hours average to fly to the Costa Blanca from any European Airport. Alicante Airport, being midway along the coast, is ideally located for easy access to North and South Costa Blanca. With so many airlines operating services to Alicante it’s easy to shop around and get a good deal on flights. Murcia San Javier Airport is handy for Costa Blanca South, and Valencia Airport is a possible alternative to Alicante if you are travelling to Costa Blanca North.
COSTA BLANCA NORTH
At the northern end of the Costa Blanca the terrain is rocky and mountainous – north of Altea is particularly green and lush. Olives, lemons, oranges, almonds and cherries are cultivated here on terraced hillsides and exported worldwide. This part of the Costa Blanca is less developed than the Southern end – with building heights and density strictly regulated in many of the towns. From larger resorts like Calpe to small market towns like Benitachell and Pedreguer, Costa Blanca North has something for everyone. Particularly popular with walkers and hikers, there are twenty natural parks and a mix of sand and pebble beaches.
COST BLANCA SOUTH
Less dramatic than Costa Blanca North, the southern reaches of the Costa Blanca are perhaps a more typically Spanish coastline – flatter and more arid as you head towards Murcia, with miles of sandy beaches, palm tree forests and salt lakes. There is a bigger expat population in the South – particularly around places like Torrevieja, Playa Flamenca and Villamartin. Golfers are spoilt for choice here – with numerous top class, championship courses to choose from.
Property for sale on the Costa Blanca is immensely varied and there is something to suit all requirements and budgets. There are plenty of new developments – gated and golfing communities – and also a huge variety of re-sale properties. For investment potential, the Costa Blanca is hard to beat. If you are considering buying to let, 12 months of sunshine and the family appeal of the region make year-round rental a real possibility. In today’s market there are genuine bargains to be found on the Costa Blanca – as well as the luxury villas and apartments at the top end of the property market.
The province of Almería offers pleasures which are hard to come by in the Mediterranean: over 100 Km. of untamed coastline, and landscapes of outstanding beauty.
The peculiarities of the landscape and the bountiful Almerían climate have made this province the perfect place to locate a substantial film industry, and the region has played host to some of the most famous stars of the screen.
Its untouched beaches in the east with their emerging nudist complexes and the larger tourist centres in the west offer a quality destination for the more demanding traveller. Its exceptional coastline borders the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Nature Reserve, with long sandy beaches and secluded coves bathed by the warm waters of the Mediterranean. The traditional festivities of the Moors and the Christians will transform your trip to Almería into a wonderful adventure.
In the southeast of the Iberian Peninsula, on the shores of the Mediterranean.
It has a coastline with 200 Km. of beaches, stretching from Pulpí in the east to Adra in the west. It descends from the Sierra de Gádor mountains until it joins the Mediterranean sea in some exceptionally beautiful beaches.
Almería, thanks to its strategic situation on the Mediterranean, has been home to different civilisations throughout its history. Significant traces of their presence can be seen in the archaeological remains scattered all over the province.
There is evidence of a very special prehistoric culture in Los Millares and el Argar. Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Greeks exploited its mines and traded up and down its coast. The Romans, who settled here in the 3rd century B.C., transformed it into “Porto Magnus” on the Mediterranean and dominated the area until the later arrival of the Visigoths in the 7th century. The Arabs created the current capital in the 10th century, and from here they ruled over one of the most important taifas (kingdoms) in Muslim Spain. The Arab influence was the most significant, as they remained in Spain for almost eight centuries. There are several monuments which bear witness to the fertile history of this land. The castles and fortresses provide an exceptional historic testimony for understanding the societies of the past.
Long exposed to border conflicts and the need to defend itself, the province of Almería has a large number and variety of castles which comprise a heritage known to few. The mining industry brought about an economic recovery in the 19th century.
The sea and the desert coexist alongside the most fertile and productive agricultural lands on the continent. Arid terrain, where survival becomes a permanent challenge, and saltwater lakes which are home to a variety of animal and plant species, unique on our planet… this is what awaits visitors to this province, which is blessed with a subtropical Mediterranean climate, warm and dry.
The Sierra María-Los Vélez Nature Reserves with their castle, their caves and their rich fauna, and the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Nature Reserve, with its deserted beaches, wild cliffs and transparent sea beds, bring alive a landscape which offers the traveller the magic of snow, the Mediterranean forest, the desert and the sea.
The gastronomy of the province of Almería is varied and natural, and ever since ancient times has featured a combination of first-rate produce from land and sea. A certain traditional isolation has given rise to a cuisine with a big personality, which retains the most ancient essences of the past influences which can still be felt today.
Peppers and their derivative, ground red pepper, are the mainstays of this cuisine which has been handed down to the present, and is still served today in numerous houses and in some of the region’s restaurants.