Quality of life
The Costa Blanca North has the best, most peaceful atmosphere you can find. While further south the coast sees more tourists and crowds which tend to make it hard to enjoy things to the full and causes heavy traffic and other inconveniences, the northern area of the coast has a more residential character.
This means its villas and houses are highly likely to increase in value over time. Why? Because the area is less exploited and invaded than other Spanish coastlines and homes are further apart and thus more private than in most tourist areas.
Renowned pleasant climate
The Costa Blanca receives more than 2,800 hours of sun per year and has an average temperature of 19.5 degrees over the year. In fact, the Moraira, Jávea and Dénia area has one of the best climates on the planet according to WHO (the World Health Organisation). Defined as a microclimate, the coast is downwind from and sheltered by the mountains, leading to pleasant weather all year round, and the same can be said of the rest of the Costa Blanca coast, which is slightly cooler and less humid in the summer than most of the other Spanish coasts and drier, sunnier and less windy in the winter.
In a nutshell, a delicious climate which will allow you to enjoy life at your new home at any time of year.
Fantastic beaches recognised for excellence
The coast boasts more than 100 km of beaches and bays with something to appeal to everyone. While those with easy access are generally more popular, others can be reached within a few minutes’ walk which are more wild and isolated.
Yet all share certain characteristics which make them small natural paradises of soft white sand. Most have been awarded blue flags to certify the quality and cleanliness of their waters and the services provided.
Beautiful protected landscape The coast and the countryside blend in with each other harmoniously. The mountains and fields of pines, olives, almonds, oranges and vines give way naturally to the shore. A magnificent landscape of great beauty which, over recent years, has led to large areas being placed under protection and subjected to strict planning laws, limiting the height of buildings and density of construction.
Nature and history 6 natural parks and a marine reserve complete a fantastic nature offer in an area with more than 150 km of beaches, bays and cliffs, most of which are linked by paths with fascinating views. Not in vain, the coastline which links Dénia (to the north) and Benidorm is considered by photographers to be one of the most spectacular mountainous areas in all of Spain.
Another attraction, therefore, for mountain and hiking lovers, who have a multitude of very well marked routes to follow through the inland counties, dotted with archaeological sites and dozenss of medieval castles and fortresses which historically lined the Costa Blanca, giving testimony to the different occupants of the land over the centuries.
Traditional Mediterranean diet and top quality local produce make for a rich and varied gastronomy in the Costa Blanca
with a surprisingly large number of different types of restaurants providing something to appeal to even the most demanding taste buds.
Rice is one of the area’s star ingredients, used in an almost infinite number of combinations from paella to risottos, mixed with seafood…… endless possibilities for the native product which restaurants blend into their chosen cuisines.
Wine has over recent years been earning itself a reputation too, with local denominations of origin finding increased popularity. Tours of the different vineyards and cellars in the region can be very interesting and provide great opportunities for tasting, wine shopping and specific events. Marina Alta white wines, renowned reds such as Fondillon and the muscatels and fortified wines which provide a delicious sweet end to a great meal are all particularly worth trying.
Last but not least, local fish deserves more than a passing mention. A vital basic ingredient in many of the long list of dishes offered locally, up to 140 different types of fish can be obtained from markets and auctions supplied by Alicante’s fishing fleet, one of the most important in Spain. The red prawn of Dénia is a particularly popular treat.
Costa Blanca North is well connected to multiple destinations through the airports of Alicante to the south and Valencia to the north, both less than an hour away.
An extensive network of national and local roads, all well surfaced and safe, make travel by land a comfortable option.
The coastal location also allows for sea travel with national and international cruises docking frequently at the many ports and marinas in the area. It’s also very easy to pop over to the Balearic Islands, an increasingly popular tourist destination for foreigners over recent years, by ferry from the ports. This means, if it takes your fancy, you can escape to Mallorca, Menorca or Ibiza for the weekend without facing airport crowds.
There are 9 nautical clubs dotted along the northern Costa Blanca which can provide repair services and moorings, depending on the size of the boat, for both short and long term stays.
The clubs are found (from north to south) in Dénia, Jávea, Moraira, Calpe, Altea and Benidorm. All modern facilities, they are well capable of dealing with the requirements of both occasional visitors and, as could be the case for our customers, someone with longer term requirements.
TTraditions (and popular festivities)
The variety of celebrations and festivities held in the area are another of the coast’s great attractions and a reflection of Spanish culture. Many are related to the history of the area and the civilisations which inhabited the coast in the past.
One such festival, the Moors and Christians celebration, is honoured in almost all local towns and villages with that of Alcoi being particularly famous (in fact it has been named an event of international tourist interest). Easter processions are also extremely important and impressive events. Other popular festivities include the Alicante bonfires (in June) and the popular Major Festivities which are held during the summer months in all the towns and villages. Benidorm deserves a special mention, with more than 50 festivities held per year meaning it is almost always party time in the town.
Sports clubs - sports
There are six golf courses within a few dozen kilometres. The latest two (Oliva Nova and La Galiana, with 18 holes each) were built in 2013 and give golfers already used to the courses in Altea (Don Cayo, 9 holes), Ifach (9 holes), Jávea (9 holes) and La Sella in Dénia (27 holes) new challenges for their games. The two new courses never fail to impress golfers, with Oliva Nova, designed by Severiano Ballesteros, providing players of all abilities with a real challenge by the sea. The course in Galiana, by former pros the Luna brothers, is a real treat for nature lovers, running through a beautiful valley with spectacular views.
Tennis is a very popular sport all over the region and most towns and villages have their own clubs or courts. Jávea, home town of David Ferrer, the second Spanish player behind Rafa Nadal with 26 ATP titles under his belt, has recently seen him and his brother set up the David Ferrer Academy, a prestigious training centre for players of all ages and abilities. Professional teachers and coaches give lessons all year round and also run summer camps, providing the best possible tuition for all members of the family.
Water sports are, of course, very popular and well catered for along the coast. There are specialist shops providing equipment in almost all municipalities and the main marinas and sports clubs are staffed by professional monitors who can give intensive courses in windsurfing, sailing or diving.
Athletics and mountain races
Running and mountain races have found great popularity all over Spain and Europe over the last few years, seeing thousands of people all over the continent take to the hills at the weekends for a run or to race. In Costa Blanca North you will find a range of clubs and training groups organised by different associations and clubs which will encourage you to keep running, whether to improve your health, reduce stress or to compete, you can choose to train with other likeminded runners or just explore for yourself and find routes to equally enjoy your run and the surroundings.
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