About the Costa Blanca

The Costa Blanca or White Coast extends along the eastern coast of Spain (approximately in the middle) and covers the province of Alicante. To the north of Denia is the Costa del Azahar and to the south of Torrevieja is the Costa Calida.

The Costa Blanca is not as cold or wet in the winter as the Costa Brava, north of Costa Blanca, nor is it as humid or hot in the summer as the Costa del Sol, in the south. The Costa Blanca has the best all year round temperatures. The climate is recognised as one of the best in the world by the World Health Organisation. Many people with arthritis come to the Costa Blanca and within days feel much better. In the winter months the Costa Blanca is lucky enough to have nearly as many sunny days as in the summertime.

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The Costa Blanca is famous for its tourism. Once upon a time the places along the coast were mostly just tiny fishing villages. Then the fantastic climate and beaches attracted tourists and the area boomed. Some towns have restricted their development and retained their original charms while others have over-developed and lost what charm they originally had.

Guardamar Del Segura Beach
Beach at Guardamar Del Segura

The Costa Blanca has over 100 kms of sandy beaches and rocky coves and many of the beaches have the coveted European Blue Flag signifying cleanliness and safe bathing.

Of course the charms of the area have meant that many foreigners now live here. There has been a property explosion with many people regarding the Costa Blanca as the California of Europe. Not just people retiring, nowadays many young families move to the Costa Blanca searching for a better lifestyle. Every nationality can be found here but especially English and Germans (oh and some Spanish too!).

The Costa Blanca is a beautiful region with mountains stretching along most of the coast. The A7 motorway (with some toll sections) stretches from north to south along the coast. The N-332 also runs parallel yet is free from charges although much slower as it passes through the middle of many towns.

The northern Costa Blanca is typically mountainous with cliffs and coves, a mixture of pebble beaches and fine sandy beaches. North of Altea it is surprisingly very green and lush.

Seafront near Pilar De La Horadada
Seafront near Pilar De La Horadada

The southern Costa Blanca is mostly flat with fine sandy beaches, palm trees and salt lakes. The south is much drier and more typical of what a person who had never visited Spain would expect to see.

The Costa Blanca has something for everyone from tiny rural inland villages to cosmopolitan tourist resorts on the coast such as Benidorm.

The Costa Blanca isn't necessarily a place one would go to see historical monuments (although there are many). It's attractions lie in it's beauty – the amazing vivid blue Mediterranean waters, the lovely sandy beaches, the old towns and villages with their old narrow streets, the restaurants and bars where one can sit and relax outside because of the wonderful all-year round climate. It's simply a wonderful place in which to enjoy life (as we should do but often don't) and feel rejuvenated and refreshed.

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Easy Access

There are huge amounts of flights into Alicante airport, especially from Northern Europe. Valencia airport to the north is also well serviced. Further to the south of the Costa Blanca is Murcia airport. With the advent of many low-cost airlines many people live in Spain and commute to work in England. Flying time is only about 2 hours which often doesn't get you far when driving on congested roads in England.

Pinar de Campoverde

About Pinar de Campoverde

Rio Seco Dry River Bed
Rio Seco Dry River Bed

Located on the South East coast of Spain, just 15 minutes from Murcia San Javier airport, an hour from Alicante airport and a ten minute drive from some of the region's best Blue Flag beaches, Pinar de Campoverde is considered by many to be one of the Costa Blanca's hidden gems. The village is divided into two areas; old Campoverde and new Campoverde and both parts boast a fantastic array of local facilities including a great selection of bars, restaurants, supermarkets, tobacconist, post room, a bank, two chemists, doctor's surgery, dentists, hair salon, beauty palour, town hall and even a vets.

The traditional centre of the village however, is located on the popular two kilometre long Avenida del Pino which runs from the main Pilar de la Horadada to Orihuela road right up to the municipal sports centre at the Río Seco. It is here that you will find most of the local amenities and during the evening, it is a fantastic place to visit as many people will sit outside one of the many bars and enjoy the warm Spanish evenings. One of the reasons that Pinar de Campoverde is so popular is due to its real community spirit where there is a perfect balance between holidaymakers and permanent residents. The village is busy all year round and unlike many of the more renowned nearby tourist areas, it is not a summer only destination but successfully maintains its appeal 12 months of the year.

Originally located next to a pine forest, hence the name Pinar de Campoverde (Pinar means 'pine woodland' and Campoverde means 'green fields'), the village is now home to a variety of nationalities, however still with a very strong Spanish influence.

To the south west of the village, lies the stunning Río Seco Natural Park which is famous for its dry river bed where you can enjoy picturesque walks and view the spectacular gorge. There is also a popular polideportivo ('recreational area') with several tennis courts, five-a-side football pitches, municipal swimming pool and a restaurant.

View of Campoverde
View of Campoverde

Every Sunday there is an excellent village market which is an ideal place to buy locally grown fruit, vegetables, flowers and souvenirs. Alternatively, it is a great place to meet friends and watch the world go by in one of the street cafes.

There are several outstanding beaches stretching from El Mojon to Mil Palmeras and nearby Torre de la Horadada, which is just a ten minute drive away, has a beautiful marina and a superb beach which is ideal for all members of the family. A little to the south of the village lies the world famous Mar Menor which is best known for its five star La Manga Golf Resort and the array of watersports that take place within this large lagoon.

There is a host of outstanding 18-hole golf courses within a 30 minute drive of the village; Real Club de Golf Campoamor, Villamartin, La Finca, Las Ramblas, Altorreal (near Murcia) as well as the legendary La Manga Golf and Country Club and a new golf course, Lo Romero, which is just five minutes away and opened in January 2008. A 30 minute drive from the village is the new Paramount Theme Park site which is expected to attract millions of tourists to the region each year.

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