The Costa Blanca
The Costa Blanca North is more residential than tourist, that is not to say that it doesn’t have its fair share of visitors, you are more likely to find Villas with independent plots and small urbanisations of apartments and townhouses overlooking the coastline. Property tends to be a little more expensive here but with the current stock of bank repossessions just look at the prices and it’s pretty hard to distinguish any more.
This is the district above Alicante on the Map and runs from Denia down to Alicante. The area is extremely picturesque and the magnificent mountain ranges form a panoramic backdrop to the dramatic coastline and some of the best blue flag beaches in Europe. The towns of Calpe, Moraira Javea and Altea are all old fishing towns and have a unique laid back feel yet are very cosmopolitan with their cafe bars and restaurants intermingled with sleepy working fishing ports. The old towns have typical narrow streets built for Donkeys not Cars and have a variety of boutique type shops.
Inland the area has a plethora of ancient vineyards and is famed for it’s wine making, most of these old vineyards you can visit and sample the local wines. The Costa Blanca North has many activities from swimming, sailing and cycling to some excellent Golf courses. Alternatively why not simply relax, chill out and enjoy the local food and wine.
Many people prefer the northern Costa Blanca as it is very green for such a warm climate and they probably associate that with their North European roots, the beaches are certainly acceptable however they are not as nice as those in the South, but hey, you can’t have everything! Also against the North is apart from it being more expensive is it’s also further from the Airports which could be an issue for some.
The Costa Blanca North may be a good choice if you are contemplating living in Spain on a permanent basis. On the coast Calpe, Javea, Moraira and Denia are all very popular resorts and some may choose the inland towns the Jallon valley or La Nucia.
The Costa Blanca South
Costa Blanca South stretches from Alicante to Torrevieja bordering on the Costa Calida. The region is flatter than its counterpart so is popular with walkers and cyclists and the elderly. There are many tourist resorts along the coastline such as Orihuela Costa, Torrevieja, Santa Pola and Guardamar all of which have excellent facilities and beautiful beaches.
Inland towns include La Marina, Rojales and Ciudad Quesada where you can sample the typical old Spanish way of life, all this and just a few minutes away from the bustling resorts of the coast.
If you are considering buying a property in these parts there are many smart urbanisations which have apartments and townhouses which are close to the beaches and facilities where a little further back you will find Villas on their independent plots. The Costa Blanca south is a very popular haunt for expats of all nationalities.
If you are looking for a second home or as an investment for rentals then you may consider the Southern Costa Blanca being a better choice, simply because the airports are on your doorstep so you wouldn’t need to hire a car unless you want to travel further afield, the beaches are really superb and there is lots of entertainment including good restaurants and many bars, English is also widely spoken.