Sun, sand, swimming, sangria and sports: Northern Costa Blanca is an expat’s dream for so many reasons. The ‘White Coast’ of Spain has been popular with expats since the 1970s, but has seen an upsurge in interest over recent years. Alicante has long been the top choice for those keen to purchase a property in Spain, and while the Costa Blanca region remains perennially popular with holiday makers, the buoyant short-term rental market offers homebuyers an added incentive to make Northern Costa Blanca their new home-from-home. The reasons to move here are countless, but here are five to start with…
First things first: some facts and figures for you. Move to Costa Blanca and you’re likely to find yourself living within an hour of two large and busy airports – Alicante and Valencia. This stretch of Mediterranean coastline offers 244km of sandy and rocky beaches – many of them awarded the Blue Flag for cleanliness – with balmy sea temperatures for swimming from June to late September. With an average air temperature of 20 degrees which climbs to the thirties in July and August, and 320 days of sunshine a year, the World Health Organisation claims that this region boasts one of the best climates on the planet.
Sports and Social
There is simply so much to do here. Move to Costa Blanca and you’ll find the space and time indulge in your passions and hobbies, and make new acquaintances while you’re at it. Golfers are extremely well catered for in Northern Costa Blanca with world-class courses all over the place, whist hikers, runners and cyclists are spoilt for choice with pine-clad mountain trails and tracks offering breath-taking sights like waterfalls, steep climbs and thrilling descents – all with a sea view. Keen sailors can mess around in boats at various sailing clubs all over the coast, and equestrian types can spend their weekends trekking on horseback in the scented pine forests inland from Benidorm.
Healthy, Happy Life
Costa Blanca has two enormous salt lakes – Laguna de la Mata and the Salinas de San Miguel – which means that the air is especially high in iodine: great news for sufferers of all manner of ailments. This coupled with the warm temperatures make for a healing micro climate many medical professionals hold responsible for improvements in heart disease skin disorders like eczema as well as rheumatism, arthritis and asthma. Not only this, but general healthcare in Spain is exceptionally good, with quick treatment times and large, modern hospitals. The simple, fresh, Mediterranean diet enjoyed by locals and expats alike – coupled with a more relaxed approach to life than is seen elsewhere in Europe – further add to the overall ‘feelgood factor’ associated with life in Costa Blanca.
Great for Families
Securing your children a place in a state-run, non-fee-paying Spanish school is a very simple process for EU citizens, and places can be arranged before your resident’s permit is issued. In expat strongholds like Northern Costa Blanca, schools are accustomed to working with children who are new to Spain and new to the language, so many schools will offer additional support classes and clubs for language coaching. Education aside, this corner of Spain is a wonderful environment to raise children in. Vibrant, welcoming and steeped in culture, the Costa Blanca also experiences low crime rates.
Culture and History
For all its mod-cons, pristine beaches and long sunny days, Costa Blanca also boasts boundless cultural experiences. From roaming the vineyards and exploring prehistoric cave paintings in rural Alicante to walking the Moorish monuments that dot the landscape, the Gothic monuments of Orihuela and the pretty domed buildings of Altea, Costa Blanca is pretty as a picture with centuries of stories to tell.
For a healthier, happier and more active lifestyle with a strong and established support network wherever in the region you settle, Northern Costa Blanca truly has it all.
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