The Costa Blanca
Northern Europe´s love affair with Spain is one that has stood the test of time and continues to endure. The attraction is obvious. For those from countries with harsher climates who suffer the gloomy grey skies and cold temperatures, Spain represents a paradise filled with blue skies, sunshine and golden sandy beaches along with a more relaxed lifestyle. It is also a most convenient paradise with the Costa Blanca´s Alicante and Murcia airports just a 2hr 30 minute flight away from the vast majority of major UK and Northern European airports. Property owners and tourists can leave the gloomy weather of home and be settled in and enjoying the best climate in Europe in a matter of just a few hours.
Climate, Health & Lifestyle - The Southern Costa Blanca enjoys the mildest winter climates in the whole of Europe as well as glorious long hot summers. With over 320 days of sunshine each year it is no wonder that buyers in Spain report an improvement in health and a more active lifestyle.
The warm climate and the local salt lakes have been shown to improve conditions such as rheumatism, asthma and arthritis while the famed Mediterranean diet, rich in fish and olive oil is also well known for its health benefits.
Those who have started their new dream life in Spain are able to take advantage of the perfect climate and lead a more active life. The strong community spirit among those who have made the move to Spain extends to the many sporting clubs that are always happy to welcome new members. Whether you are a cyclist, tennis player, golfer, hiker or lawn bowls enthusiast, you will find you are welcomed with open arms by people who share your interest.
The Costa Blanca is experiencing a high rate of growth in property sales, outperforming traditionally popular resorts such as Marbella. 2016 saw a 14 percent increase in sales in the Valencia region that encompasses the Costa Blanca compared with just 7 percent on the Costa Del Sol. The Costa Blanca remains highly popular with Brits that are attracted by the lower living costs and increased purchasing power compared to the Costa Del Sol and island resorts. There has been a significant increase in buyers from Northern Europe, Belgium and Scandinavia in particular with buyers reporting that the perfect year-round climate alongside the ease and convenience of flights to the region were key factors when they decided to choose the Costa Blanca.
Whatever your own picture of happiness looks like, the Costa Blanca has something for you. Love the beach? Spain leads the world in Blue Flag beaches while the Alicante province on the Southern Costa Blanca is home to 60! That is more than any other region in Spain. The internationally recognised blue flags are awarded to beaches, ports and marinas for the water quality, accessibility, environmental conditions and the facilities for visitors.
Explore the renowned wine regions of Alicante and Murcia and the historical sites of Villena, Cartagena, Valencia and Alicante. For a more lively experience head to Benidorm for its famous nightlife and fabulous family days out at Aqualandia and Terra Mitica. Shopping addicts should head to the expansive La Zenia outdoor American-style shopping mall that features everything from top-name designers to high street brands. The Costa Blanca is a wonderful place for one and all. If you can't be happy here then you probably can't be happy anywhere!
While you have everything you could ever need on the Costa Blanca, you are also in a perfect position to explore the rest of Spain. Madrid is just 1 hour and 50 minutes from Alicante on the high speed rail link while Valencia is just 2 hours away by car. With Marbella and Barcelona also just over 4.5 hours away, you are in a great location to enjoy the wonderfully diverse regions of Spain.