Property for sale in Costa Blanca North, Costa Blanca, Valencia, Spain
The Costa Blanca North area guide
Northern Costa Blanca is recognised as the area of Spain ranging from the town of Alicante up to Dénia, with scenery that is typically that of green, mountainous vistas. Apart from Benidorm and the built up part of Alicante, there is little sign of tower blocks, thanks to controlled development in this area. This leads to far more villas than apartments, such as the ones looking into the Jalon Valley. Costa Blanca North is typically made up of sandy beaches and pebbly coves along the coastline, like the beautiful Cala del Moraig, in Benitachell.
House prices vary – the apartments in the skyscrapers of Benidorm can range from 50,000€ - 800,000€ and higher, as even though Benidorm may have garnered a bit of an undeserved reputation as being overpopulated with British tourisst. Away from apartments, up toward Moraira, 3-bedroom villas can be worth between 200,000€ and 2,000,000€. One big advantage over the South is the fact that Costa Blanca North is as popular inland as it is on the eponymous “White Coast”, meaning you’re bound to find your little slice of heaven no matter where you search.
Sights and attractions
Local sights and attractions include the stunning Guadalest Valley just to the north of Benidorm and Mount Aitana (which can be part of a popular bike tour), as well as more family orientated attractions like the MundoMar sea life park and the ancient Castillo de Santa Bárbara in the centre of Alicante. Up toward Jávea/Xàbia there is the Montgo Natural Park, and the Playa de Granadella, plus a collection of rocky coves.
Popular locations in Benidorm include the Playa de Levante, the Canelobre Caves, the Algar Falls and the theme park Terra Mítica – due to the decades-long tourism there is no shortage of activities and attractions around the Costa Blanca North.
Restaurants and cafes
The eateries around Costa Blanca North - especially around tourist areas like Benidorm and Alicante – can be very off-culture. For example, a very popular bar in Benidorm is called the Western Saloon and has a cowboy theme, not something you’d expect in Spain. This bar is very entertaining and provides live music, and an extensive cocktail menu aimed at the typical British holidaymaker. There are however a lot of faithfully Spanish restaurants outside of these areas. For instance, the more traditionally Spanish Lino’s Bar and Restaurant in Dénia fits this bill.
Costa Blanca North does provide the genuine Spanish experience with tapas and local cuisine but, if you are in built up areas you may have to try a bit harder to find it. On the other hand, if you do not like the Spanish food, there is always going to be a familiar option available.
Shops along the Costa Blanca North range from large shopping centres – Portal de la Marina in Ondara, or Alicante’s Mercado central – to authentic food markets. An example of the great markets is the Moraira market, in which you can haggle your way to a real bargain. However, these markets do openly sell imitations of designer labels – so the quality does normally reflect the price. Whether you are a local doing a weekly shop or a tourist looking for souvenirs, it’s safe to say that Costa Blanca North provides.
The main airport and therefore the busiest airport into Costa Blanca North is that of Alicante. Specifically, Alicante-Elche airport receives around 21 UK destinations alone – with several other destinations from around Europe and the world (Paris, Reykjavik, Moscow, and Stockholm, to name but a few). You could also take a coach or drive all the way to Costa Blanca North from your starting point.
Post-airport, your choices are: Car rental – approximately £1 a day as per Car Del mar, Coach travel – a main feature of those that have bought a package holiday so there are regularly running services or of course you can try a taxi service to your destination, however the prices can get quite expensive in this area due to the high amount of tourists. Train stations along the North are: Alicante, Altea, Benidorm, Dénia, Gata de Gorgos and Villajoyosa/Vila Joiosa and are a viable option as well.
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