Costa Blanca or the white coast refers to over 120 miles of south eastern coastline in the Alicante province of Spain. The name owes its origin to a marketing campaign when the BEA lunched the first air service between London and Valencia in 1957.
Geographically, it lies between the Costa Del Azahar and Costa Calida – beginning from the town of Denia in the north to Pilar de la Horadada in the south. It is a well known destination with tourists flocking to the cities of Benidorm and Alicante – aside from major towns of Altea, Benissa and Calp.
Costa Blanca was the first region of Spain invaded by Moors when they came through Gibraltar in 718 AD. They were not completely expelled till 1492 AD when Ferdinand and Isabella, the Catholic monarchs of Spain finally took control of the region. The eight hundred year reign of the moors left their mark on Costa Blanca. They started organized irrigation and planted orange, peach and almond orchards in areas surrounding Alicante. Costa Blanca came into being as a province in 1812 when the Spanish constitution was formally written and supported the republicans in the Spanish civil war. It was during the 1960s and 70s that tourists found Costa Blanca. Now, if you wish to visit Costa Blanca, be ready to jostle your way among the 6 million tourists who visit it every year.
Northern Costa Blanca is dominated by mountains and cliffs. In the south, unending plains of sand and palm trees lie next to white beaches and crystal clear lagoons. In the inland areas, you would find vineyards, caves and plantations.
Each civilization has left its imprints on the architecture of Costa Blanca. The most distinct among those are the Romans and Moors. For the best of Roman architecture, you should head to the town of Guardamar and you would see Moorish influence in the architecture of monuments in Alicante itself.
Costa Blanca has four distinct seasons but the variations in temperature and weather are mild. The average temperature hovers around 18 degree centigrade. The cuisine is naturally built around seafood and rice.
If you are looking to buy property at Costa Blanca, start at the city of Alicante which is centrally located and boasts of wide open boulevards and Moorish architecture to match. You may also go north to the town of Denia which has an excellent climate with mild weather throughout the year and 25 kms of virgin sandy beaches for you to frolic in.
If you would like to stay close to Valencia, check out Moraira – a small coastal town in the north eastern corner of Costa Blanca. It is only 90 kms from Valencia and 100 kms for Alicante. The surroundings and suburbs are peaceful with many quaint villages within walking distance.
For buying property in the southern part of Costa Blanca, visit the town of Torrevieja which has amazing beaches and is less touristy than the rest of the region. It is a favourite haunt of the local Spanish tourists who come here during the summer months.
Alternately, if you are a golfing enthusiast, you can take up residence in many of the golf-view apartments developed recently in Orihuela which boasts of three Golf courses next to each other.
Rapid urbanisation and development has resulted in many great value properties in the region. You can settle down in a small fishing town if that suits you or purchase an apartment in the contemporary and modern homes which have been built recently. Whichever you choose, you won’t be disappointed if you make Costa Blanca your home.