For many tourists or expats visiting Spain, the most important decision they must make is choosing between the Costa del Sol, the North Costa Blanca or the South Costa Blanca. What differentiates them from each other?
High return on investment in housing Properties on the North Costa Blanca have a greater potential to be revalued on the long run, as prices on the Costa del Sol are already at their peak. The houses on the north of the Costa Blanca (Denia, La Nucia, Polop, Calpe, Jávea, Moraira or Altea) also have a more residential character instead of a holidays one and the space that separates a property from its neighbor in these towns is much greater than in other areas.
Quality and the Mediterranean lifestyle
Although food is an essential part of the Mediterranean Lifestyle, there are many more behaviors that make up the Mediterranean lifestyle and that contribute to having a longer, happier and healthier life.
Running on the beach in the morning, a walk in the town, or brisk walking at night is typical. People in the Mediterranean also use their bikes to get around. Sport is a fundamental part of the Mediterranean Way of life. Mild winters and long, warm summers in the Mediterranean make life outdoors much easier and preffered.
Relaxing with friends also reduces stress and increases longevity. It is part of what makes life worthwhile. Stress reduction is another essential part. When we relax, the so-called happiness hormones are secreted, which tend to increase our well-being.
Another important aspect of the Mediterranean lifestyle is the tendency to take a nap.
The meals (more generous than in the rest of Europe) and the healthy glass of wine produce a feeling of calm that also invites relaxation.
The quality of life is considerably higher in the north of the Costa Blanca as mass tourism and traffic jams tend to be concentrated in areas such as Torrevieja (in the south).
The north coast and countryside of the cities between Denia and Benidorm are extraordinarily beautiful. Spectacular mountains and green fields full of pine trees, olives, almonds, vineyards and orange groves blend seamlessly with the seafront.
Moraira, Jávea, Denia and parts of Calpe have large protected areas in which the height of the buildings and their density are strictly controlled. In this environment full of nature you can also find first-rated golf courses that attract a lot of quality tourism. Some of them have 5-star hotels such as the Marriot La Sella or Oliva Nova Golf, which also have residential areas.
Costal shoreline and sea temperature
The coastline that connects Benidorm and Denia is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular, mountainous and photographed in all of Spain.
The sea of the Costa Blanca is much warmer than that of the Costa del Sol, whose temperature drops due to the influence of the Atlantic Ocean. Denia's beaches are among the best beaches in Spain, hence its name “Costa Blanca”. A large number of beaches on the Costa Blanca have blue flags due to their cleanliness and the services they offer. Boaters will be amazed by the beauty of the ports of Oliva and Denia, two of the most beautiful ports on the Costa Blanca.
These are some of the average prices of homes in the area, according to Idealista which is one of the largest real estate portals in Spain.
Calpe: € 2,087 / m2
Denia: € 1,960 / m2
Jávea / Xàbia: € 2,371 / m2
Moraira: € 2,851 / m2
Rafol de Almunia: € 1,593 / m2
In all these coastal areas, the properties located in the best areas can reach prices between 3,500 to 5,000 € m2.
The costa blanca versus COVID-19
Although Spain has been strongly affected by the global pandemic in recent months, the Costa Blanca is one of the regions with the lowest contamination rates. In addition, numerous health measures have been taken by the Valencian community to ensure the health safety of its residents and tourists.
Moreover, despite the economic slowdown induced by the coronavirus, there is a strong demand for property purchases and new construction in all municipalities. One only has to look at the different municipalities of the Costa Blanca to see the large number of cranes installed there. In addition, several town councils in the region have made agreements with the College of Architects to hire technicians, as the town planning departments of these town councils are overwhelmed with building permit applications.