Sunday, 14 July 2013

Cranes of Hope

We’ve all heard of the Costa Del Sol, The Costa Blanca and the Costa Verde but how many have heard of the Orihuela Costa?  Well it’s not a Costa in the way we Brits picture them, it’s just 16km of coast in the very south of the Costa Blanca, Alicante region.  Forty years ago it was farmland and coastal scrub land, now it’s a large town divided into several separate areas; Campoamor, Cabo Roig, La Zenia, Playa Flamenca, Los Altos, Villamartin, Las Ramblas and part (not all) of Punta Prima.  Although often wrongly classified as part of Torrevieja, the area actually comes under the control of the townhall in the city of Orihuela, some 30km away, hence the name.  Popular with ex-pats from across northern Europe it has diverse population. 
City of Orihuela



An all year round destination for holiday makers, thanks to the milder winters, blue flag beaches and the famous golf courses of Villamartin, Campoamor, Las Ramblas and the newest addition, Las Colinas.  A lack of hotels means most holiday makers rent private apartments and villas, maybe one of the reasons A Place in the Sun magazine named it in their recent Top Ten of places to buy a holiday rental property, although even they mistakenly stated places such as La Zenia and Cabo Roig as being part of Torrevieja! 


And now Orihuela Costa boasts the largest shopping mall on the Costas!  Opening last October with 150 shops and bars, sporting some of the best known names on the high streets of Europe, plus a bowling alley, casino, ‘town square’ complete with dancing fountains, free parking and sea views, La Zenia Boulevard is a shopper’s paradise.  And it’s always busy.  Spain may be deep in recession but people still go shopping! 


Forever reading in the British press about the unsold new properties littering the coastal resorts and how nothing is being built, this area is genuinely ‘bucking the trend’.  At any one time there are half a dozen cranes to be seen on the skyline building new low-rise apartments and houses, which are selling.  There is nowhere near the flurry of activity that could be seen a decade ago, but there is building work, a rare sight in Spain these days.

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Property of the week

Property of the week

Description: This South Facing Three Bedroom Detached Villa in Benimar is located in a peaceful urbanisation, between to Rojales & Benijofar. Within walking distance to many amenities such as bars, restaurants, shops, supermarkets, banks and more, with the beaches of Guardamar just a ten minute drive away. This well maintained property comprises across one floor, an open plan fully fitted kitchen with breakfast bar, adjoining utility room with back door to the garden; lounge/dining room with access out to the front covered terrace with sun all day; three double bedrooms; a shower room; and a family bathroom. External stairs leads to the spacious roof top solarium with great views of the area. Outside is a beautiful kept garden with fruit trees, off road parking space, storeroom and wooden shed!

Beds: 3
Baths: 2
Pool: Yes
Price: €139,850