The Costa Blanca
Discover the charming towns of Northern Costa Blanca
The Northern Costa Blanca stretches from Alicante city south to Denia. This is a varied coastline of awarded winning Blue Flag sandy beaches and rugged coves, which has a temperate climate with warm winters and not too hot summers. The area is extremely green throughout the year and The World Health Organization boasts that it is one of the healthiest areas in the world.
Over the years, well known towns along this coastline have attracted many British property buyers for both holiday and permanent homes, Denia, Moraira, Benissa Coast, Calpe & Altea being the favourites. Behind the coastal trail, a few miles inland you will find unspoilt villages that are becoming more and more popular with property buyers too! The prices are lower than on the coast and for those that want a countryside scene with peace & quiet, both Jalon & Orba Valleys are a great choice.
Between the Mediterranean and the Mountains
Benissa is a small inland town steeped with history, it’s 275 m above sea level, and one of the oldest towns on the Costa Blanca, Benissa also has 4km of coastline nestled between the towns of Moraira & Calpe and boasts terraced vineyards, mountain and palm trees with many farms & country estates that sit on large plots with panoramic views to the sea.
Benissa beaches include La Fustera, Cala dels Pinets, Cala de La Llobella, Cala l’Advocat, Baladrar and Cap Blanc where you can enjoy coastline restaurants, bars & café’s besides the Golf course situated in San Jaime.
Calpe is one of the main tourist destinations on Spain’s Costa Blanca and has been home to many ancient civilisations meaning that it has a fascinating history and its embraced by wonderful landscape, where vineyards and mountains are a feature not to forget its 11 km of sandy beaches, Roman remains and the majestic rock “Penon de Ifach” that dominates the scenery in its splendour with the traditional fishing harbour and fish markets nestled at its feet.
Ample avenues, sandy beaches and modern buildings blend alongside the ancient & historical fishing village, where there’s plenty of shops & entertainment for visitor’s and locals alike. Calpe also boasts of various traditional fiestas throughout the year, tapas bars, street side cafe and an abundance of different type of bars & restaurants for every person’s taste buds. Water sports, hiking & cycling are just a few of the variety of sports available here not forgetting the marina, Club Nautico and Les Bassetes.
The town is located adjacent to the neighbouring village of El Portet and both communities form a tourist resort on the Costa Blanca strip, with 8 km of coastline backed by mountains and vineyards between Benissa Coast & Javea.
Moraira is now built around tourism and Spanish property sales that have transformed the coastline over the past 30 years. Strict planning regulations have prevented over development and high rise buildings, making it a highly desirable destination and also upmarket and more pricey.
Moraira has its own privately owned marina operated by Club Nautical and is also seen as a culinary destination, with many restaurants. It has 3 small sandy beaches popular with families and many rocky coves and inlets frequented by snorkelers and scuba divers.
Sitting between the busy resort of Benidorm to the south and Calpe with its majestic Ifach rock to the north, Altea is a beautiful village and there are two main areas – along the beach and up in the old town. Altea old town looks typically Spanish with its pretty, narrow cobbled streets with white houses leading up to a beautiful central square and its blue domed church. It’s a charming place to wander through the little streets finding fabulous, family-run shops and restaurants while stumbling across some historic buildings which have made their mark in life. In Altea you will also find lovely cobbled stone beaches and a seafront promenade which are always brimming with cafes, bars and restaurants.
Inland Jalon & Orba Valleys
Jalon Valley attracts a more discerning visitor and resident who appreciates more of a country feel although the coast and its beautiful beaches are still only 15 minutes drive away. The Jalon Valley has some of the best scenery in Spain. There are magnificent mountains which surround the plains of olive trees, orange groves, vineyards, raisins and almonds. Peppered in the Jalon Valley are unspoilt villages including Alcalali, Jalon, Lliber and Parcent. The Jalon Valley is a walker’s paradise ranging from a very gentle stroll to a six hour walk around the Sierra Bernia mountains to the south of Jalon.
Orba is one of the larger towns in the Orba Valley of which the villages of Benidoleig, Sagra, Tormos, Sanet y Negrals, Beniarbeig, Rafol d’Almunia and Benimeli being part of it, all set amongst the orange groves and the higher lying villas have sweeping views across the valley with panoramic views to the sea.
Orba itself is a charming old town which provides a more authentic Spanish village vibe and is only 20 minutes drive to the famous sandy beach resorts of Calpe, Javea & Denia.