Living on the Spanish Costas

Repossessed Property on the Spanish Costas.

So you want to move to Spain or maybe buy a holiday home for yourself or as an investment, but where should you buy a property in Spain and how do the Spanish Costa differ from one another? Here we give you an outline of the different Costas in a bid to help you come to a decision for where in Spain you should buy a repossessed property.

The Costa Brava

The Costa Brava basically means “Wild Coast” it starts at the French border and runs down over 130 miles to Blanes, that’s Costa_Brava_mapthe North of Barcerlona. Near the French border the coast is more rugged with its cliffs and coves where further down the land becomes less rugged and the coast takes on a gentler curve with sandy bays.

The Costa Brava has a total of 3 National Parks and the inland areas are home to some beautifully preserved medieval towns, the area is steeped in history. The Capitol of the Costa Brava and home to the international airport is Girona, its a mixture of old and new buildings with along with old churches and Cathedrals, the Jewish quarter has plenty of trendy shops and fashionable cafe bars.

Many areas of the Costa Brava are popular tourist haunts and there are lots of resorts with apartment complexes in the coastal towns, Blanes, Tossa de Mar and Lloret de Mar to name a few.

Costa Del Maresme in Barcelona

The Costa Del Maresme is in Barcelona, it is the stretch of coast to the North of Barcelona and it stretches from Blanes to Montgat, being about 50 km its coastline has expansive unspoilt beaches together with small fishing towns and protected National Parks.

With its stable climate and its location the Costa del Maresme has become a popular destination for both national and international tourism. Barcelona is arguably one of the best cities in Europe and combines both ancient and ultra modern structures and buildings. The old part of the city Ciutat Vella, has medieval type streets with museums, art galleries and churches, there are also markets, fine restaurants and shops making Barcelona a true international player with a flamboyant culture.

The Costa Dorada.

The Costa Dorada is also known as the “Golden Coast” and stretches around 58 miles from Cunit to Alcanar. There are many quiet and lazy agricultural towns and fishing villages intermingled with popular tourist resorts such as Sitges and Salou with their fine golden beaches and shallow waters ideal for beach walks and dipping your toes in the crystal clear Mediterranean, safe for the young ones too.

There is a choice of resorts in the Costa Dorada from the small seaside towns with their typically Spanish charm with tapas bars and narrow streets made for donkeys not cars to the modern resorts with their full tourist attractions and facilities.
The Costa Dorada is also home to the famous River Ebro with its excellent fishing spots and inland towns with breathtaking mountain scenery, ideal for the active outdoor walking types amongst us. There is also a great golfing scene here with five golf courses, and not forgetting the Portavantura theme park for a great family day out.

Costa Del Azahar

Often referred to as the Orange Blossom Coast, it is the stretch of coast which runs from Vinaros down to Almenara. Stretching for 74 km it is certainly one of Spain’s most beautiful and unspoilt areas with lovely beaches and unspoilt towns with lots of citrus groves from which it gets its deserved name the Orange Blossom Coast.
The waters are a divers paradise while the parks and nature reserves provide plenty of activities for those who enjoy walking and rural tourism.

Castellon De La Plana is the top resort and is also the capital where Peniscola is the most popular beach resort for holidays and has a multitude of facilities with a fine sandy beach. Oropesa Del Mar is more suitable to those who prefer a quieter resort although it is well equipped with an established tourist infrastructure in place.

The Costa De Valencia

Which basically means the coast of Valencia and it is the area between the Costa del Azahar and the Costa Blanca. Miles and miles of sandy beaches together with plenty of water sport make it one of Spains most popular destinations. The city of Valencia holds a lot of history and heritage together with its art galleries and museums it provides an excellent tourist infrastructure and a friendly welcome to all.

The Costa Blanca

The Costa Blanca is famously known as the White Coast, it starts in the North from Oliva and Denia down to Torrevieja and Orihuela. The Costa Blanca covers the entire coastline of Alicante and Benidorm. Alicante international airport is modern and vast and there are high speed railway links with Valencia, Madrid and Murcia. The road network is serviced by the AP7 motorway which runs right along the coastline making the Costa Blanca a true international resort.

From a property point of view the Costa Blanca became popular during the property boom years and became a less expensive alternative to Marbella down in the South of Spain, today many people prefer this part of Spain to being in the South. The region can be divided into two distinct areas, that is each side of Alicante. Both differ from one another both in property styles and prices and each have their own individual charm. The Costa Blanca is a popular destination for both expats and tourists, the Costa Blanca North and South areas are discussed below. See all the bank repossessed property in Alicante here.

costa-blanca-mapThe Costa Blanca North

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.

The Costa Almeria or Costa Calida

The Costa Calida is also known as the Costa Almeria and it stretches from El Mojon to Aguilas, not far from Almeria. There isCosta_Almeria_map a magnificent saltwater lagoon called Mar Menor which covers over 80 square miles, it separates the Mediterranean sea by a 24 km strip of sand, the lagoon is shallow and due to this it is very popular with families with children, there is also sailing, windsurfing and other activities.

The Costa Calida is also popular with Golfers and there are many good courses including Championship Standard and Signature Designed courses, more are been built all the time so the area is fast becoming a serious contender to the Costa del Sol in the Golfers world.

The sub tropical climate of Almeria makes it one of the sunniest resorts in Europe and come winter time the water is actually warmer than the air temperature which makes for all year swimming making it a popular resort all year round which tourists love.

The Costa Tropical or Granada’s Coastline

CostaTropicalMapThe Costa Tropical borders on its better know neighbor the Costa Del Sol, in fact until recently it used to be part of the Costa Del Sol, not that it is anything like the Costa Del Sol. It got its name from its sub tropical climate which makes it unique to anywhere else in Spain, fruits that are grown here are normally only associated with Caribbean countries. It is made up of three resorts, these are Almunecar, Motril and Salobrena each one of these resorts has its own particular charm and some of the tapas bars still carry the tradition ol the Spain of yester year where you get a free Tapa with every drink you order.
There are lovely beaches here and La Herradura bay is among one of the prettiest on the Southern coast. The region is becoming more popular with the expat brigade many of which either live here full time or own a second home and with an average temperature of 20°C you can see why, but it should be stated that the area is not overrun with tourists and has retained its original Spanish charm.

The Costa Del Sol.

Renowned throughout the world for its Golf courses and the flamboyance of the rich and famous celebrities of Puerto Banus costadelsolthe CDS certainly has something to offer everyone for both holidays and all year living, indeed many expats live here for either all or part of the year. The Costa Del Sol stretches from Nerja to Estepona in the province of Malaga, Malaga city itself has lots of history and its port is one of the major stop off points for Mediterranean and world cruise liners. The international airport in Malaga is busy all year round and has recently been massively extended to incorporate the demand for the area.

The whole of the Costa Del Sol is serviced from the main coast road the N340, there are train links to all major cities in Spain as well as a local metro train service from Malaga through to Fuengirola, this is soon to be extended to Marbella. The main tourist resorts are Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Torremolinos and Marbella although there are many other resorts preferred by many as they are not as commercial but retain the excellent infrastructure. There are a plethora of world class golf courses and blue flag beaches making the Costa Del Sol an ideal choice for both holidays and residency.

Costa De La Luz

costa de la luz mapCosta De La Luz means Coast of Light and it stretches from Gibraltar Straits to the Portuguese border. This area is unspoilt by development and consists mainly of small white washed villages and stretches of beautiful sandy beaches. It has till now escaped the clutches of developers and remains the true Spain of yester-year, attracting mainly Spanish families for their holidays, but by being a foreigner you are made most welcome and can sample true Spanish hospitality. It can get very windy in this part of the world so the area is very popular with surfers.

Property in Costa De La Luz. is made up from small coastal developments which have been created in keeping with the surroundings as well as Golf Resorts which have low rise apartments, town houses and Villas.