Snapshot Guide to the Costa Blanca for Prospective Expats

Costa Blanca

As one of Spain’s top holiday destinations, the Costa Blanca needs no introduction.

The long stretch of Mediterranean coastline attracts millions of tourists every year.

And the year-round pleasant climate, beautiful scenery and affordable property also make a popular relocation spot among British, Irish and Northern European expats.

Costa Blanca Fast Facts

  • Total population: 1.84 million (2016)
  • Foreign population: 342,686
  • Largest foreign population group: British (74,349)
  • Area: 5,816km²
  • Coastline: 212km
  • Capital: Alicante
  • Main airports: Alicante Airport, Murcia Airport (south) and Valencia Airport (north)
  • Days of sunshine a year: +300
  • Cheapest property: 2-bed apartments available from €40,000
  • Most expensive property: luxury villas from €1-18 million

Where is the Costa Blanca?

The Costa Blanca is situated on the Mediterranean coast in south-east Spain. It stretches from Denia in the north, next to Valencia province to Pilar de la Horadada in the south, next to the region of Murcia.

How do you get to the Costa Blanca?

Three airports serve the Costa Blanca: Murcia Airport, in the south; Alicante Airport, located just outside Alicante city; and Valencia Airport, to the north near Valencia city.

Murcia Airport and Alicante Airport both offer a range of flights to destinations in the UK, Ireland and Northern Europe.

From Alicante Airport, you can fly to some 114 destinations in Europe and 2 in Algeria. Murcia Airport serves 18 destinations in Europe, most of which are in the UK. Valencia Airport has flights to 77 destinations in Europe, North Africa, Turkey and Israel.

What’s the weather like on the Costa Blanca?

One of the biggest attractions of moving to the Costa Blanca is the area’s weather.

It boasts one of the best climates in the world as recognised by the World Health Organisation. Along with over 300 days of guaranteed sunshine a year, the Costa Blanca also has year-round pleasant temperatures with a daily average of just under 20 degrees.

Like the Costa del Sol, there’s no need to worry about activities being rained off here – the Costa Blanca averages around 20 to 30 days of rain a year, mostly in the autumn months.

In the winter, coastal temperatures rarely drop below 10 degrees at their lowest.

The Mediterranean is warm enough for swimming all year round, but if you like your water warm, the summer months are the best when the sea averages around 24 degrees.

Which are the main towns on the Costa Blanca?

Along its long coastline, the Costa Blanca is home to a sizeable list of resorts and towns. Inland, you’ll find lots of villages and small towns, some of which rank among the prettiest in Spain.

The largest place on the Costa Blanca is the city of Alicante, the capital of the coast and home to the area’s main services. The city has a population of around 334,200 people.

North of Alicante, the main resorts are:

  • Villajoyosa, a mainly Spanish fishing town famous for its chocolate;
  • Benidorm, one of Spain’s tourism icons and home to the country’s highest coastal skyscrapers;
  • Altea, one of the prettiest towns in the north of the Costa Blanca;
  • Calpe, with its characteristic coastal rockly outcrop;
  • Teulada and Moraira, located on the Cabo de la Nao peninsula with many popular residential developments;
  • Jávea, one of the most up-market resorts on the Costa Blanca;
  • and Denia, a large town with good amenities.

South of Alicante, the main resorts are:

  • Santa Pola, a busy fishing resort;
  • Guadalmar de la Segura, home to perhaps the finest beaches on the Costa Blanca and some of the area’s largest residential developments including Rojales and San Fulgencio, both very popular with expat residents;
  • Torrevieja, one of the largest towns on the Costa Blanca; and Pilar de la Horadada, a small town on the border with the region of Murcia.

Did you know this about the Costa Blanca?

  • The Costa Blanca has over 170 beaches and coves.
  • There are 21 golf courses on the Costa Blanca.
  • The Costa Blanca is home to no less than 100 castles.
  • 10 natural parks are located along the coastline.
  • The group of tiny islands that make up the Isla de Tabarca, off the coast of Benidorm, were once home to pirates.

More information about the Costa Blanca

One of the best places to find information about the Costa Blanca is on the area’s official tourist website: www.costablanca.org.