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Property on the Costa Blanca - Spain

Mar 11, 2008
Seemingly for an eternity has the east coast of Spain been a very popular tourist trap, particularly for the Brits. So many of us have descended upon the area for a few short weeks, found it quite irresistible and so decided to stay, whether buying a holiday home, or making it their retirement retreat. They have done this for so many reasons, not least of which being the sandy beaches and of course the sun.

In this article we take a look at some of the main towns on the Costa Blanca, each with its own character, charming in its own way, but all possessing that little something uniquely Spanish, and of course all benefiting from that magnificent sunshine, with which Spain is so amply endowed.

So now let's take a look at Alicante, the centre of the Costa Blanca. Alicante is warm and sunny for much of the year, with temperatures regularly reaching about forty degrees. The town is situated on a bay in Valencia, and as a town it is very fast growing mainly due to the tourist trade. But that's not all there is in Alicante, since it also possesses several other industries, not least of which being the exportation of wine, fruit and olives. In days gone by Alicante was a thriving sea port, and its remaining buildings, often in a florid Baroque style, testify to the fact.

To the north-east of Alicante lies the bustling tourist development of Benidorm. Benidorm is a thriving tourist centre known for its myriad of hotels and skyline almost reminiscent of New York. But up until the 1960's Benidorm was a lowly fishing village. Never would one have guessed how the tourist trade was to take over its white sandy beaches and claim it as its own.

Moving along the coast, we arrive at Calpe. A justifiably well known town and famous for the imposing rock by which it is overshadowed. This is Penon d'Ifach and it is huge, over 1 km long by three-hundred metres in height, being attached to land by only a small isthmus. By all means, you are allowed to climb it, on a clear day seeing out to sea as far as Ibiza. And if you enjoy that sort of thing, that's great, but be prepared for a very sound night's sleep afterwards!

Denia is located at a northerly point on the Costa Blanca, slightly to the south of Valencia. It is just at the foot of the imposing mountain of Montgo. It has some fantastic stretches of coast,with lots of sandy beaches to the north, and rocky inlets to the south.

To the south of Denia is found the village of Xabia, a little old fishing village. Xabia is home to many tiny streets, which make it a walker's paradise. A pictureque little town, quite charming making it an ideal little get-away, whilst never been too far from the major centres.

Guardamar is a beachfront town that is typically Spanish in its charm. What makes it stand out are the famous sand dunes, palm and eucalyptus trees, which were originally installed so as to protect the town from high winds which would create sand storms. Guardamar also possesses a spectacular white sandy beach, almost 10 km in length. In fact the town has two main beaches, separated from each other by the Segura river.

The river Segura separates the two main beaches of Guardamar. To the south there are three kilometres of iuninterrupted sand right up to Torrevieja beach. But in fact all the beaches around the town have great sand and high quality water. So this is a perfect place for lovers of watersports, and of course the ubiquitous sunbathers.

Naturally enough, property on the Costa Blanca is highly sought after, but there are so many idyllic locations, that finding the ideal spot for you might even be quite a difficult process. The choice is simply so enormous. Just take your time, look around, absorb some sun, then come back for more!
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