Provinces: Alicante, Castellon, Valencia
Main Towns and cities: Alicante, Benidorm, Castellon de la Plana, Javea, Puerto de Gandia, Sagunto, Torrevieja, Valencia, Vinaros
Airports: Alicante, Valencia
The provinces of Valencia and Castellon lie on Spain’s eastern coast. Valencia itself has a population of around 800.000 people. One of the provinces of Castellon is the Costa de Azahar. The Costa de Azahar offers great value for money. There you will find mild winters, wonderful mountain ranges and sandy beaches.
The coastline is mainly driven by tourism, however you will also find some fascinating agriculture. For instance, in Azahar around 70% of Spain’s ranges are produced. The city of Valencia is an important centre of finance and business with superb infrastructure.
The main food of local cuisine is rice and seafood. You will also find popular staples of bread, olives and wine as well as garlic, vegetable and dairy products. Valencian cuisine is a mix of Mediterranean dishes such as green vegetables, fish, fruit and game stews. The most famous Valencia dish is rice, served dry in variety of paellas.
Best Places to Try or Buy a Property
Torrevieja (Southern Costa Blanca)
Torrevieja is one of the fastest growing resorts in the Costa Blanca. The area has great beaches, superb sport facilities, wonderful climate and a very reasonable cost of living. In Torrevieja you may also enjoy cliff walking, find natural beauty spots and enjoy its marina. However, in winter it may get quite cold, therefore before buying or trying a property, make sure it has a proper heating system. In the south of Torrevieja you will find excellent golf courses, a variety of beaches, pubs and bars, and two marinas.
The property prices in Torrevieja are one of the cheapest in the Costa Blanca. Two bedroom apartment in the resort may cost you around €150.000. Torrevieja also has consistent and high rental demand which means that it is not only a good place for buying, but also for trying a property. Because of the increasing popularity of the resort prices are likely to increase in the near future.
Alicante (Northern Costa Blanca)
Alicante is the main city of the Costa Blanca. It has fascinating architecture, arts, crafts, cuisine and, of course, miles of coastline. The main source of revenue in the city is tourism followed by port activity. One of the main sights of Alicante is the Castle of Santa Barbara which is the most recognisable sight in the city as well as in Google search (if you enter Alicante). It also has a wonderful old city in the south west of the Santa Barbara Castle. The archaeological Museum of Alicante is also worth visiting as it has local artifacts from 100.000 years ago.
Alicante has a Mediterranean climate with average temperatures between 16ᵒC to 6ᵒC during the winter and between 30ᵒC and 20ᵒC during the summer. The record maximum temperature (41ᵒC) was reached in 1994, minimum (-4.6ᵒC) in 1956.
Because of its popularity and great facilities property prices in central Alicante are quite high. However, you may find cheaper properties in the areas surrounding the city. A 4 bedroom villa in Alicante will cost you around €400.000, two bedroom apartment for around €200.000. The average property price in the city is around €248.000.
Benidorm (Northern Costa Blanca)
Benidorm is a city – all in one. Here you will find great beaches, watersports, restaurants, cafes, bars and an incredible lifestyle. However, the fast development of the area made it less Spanish and spoiled. If you want to have English breakfast at any time of the day on any street, Benidorm is perfect for you. In spite of that, Benidorm attracts millions of tourists every year. It has 2 km of golden sand.
Benidorm has around 3.000 British residents and, of course, constantly many tourists. Because of the huge amount of real estate, property prices are still reasonable. There is also quite a high demand for rental properties; therefore you should not find it difficult to rent a property. A one-bedroom apartment in Benidorm will cost you around €230.000.