The Spanish Costa Blanca has many well established attractions which have brought visitors to this area by the thousands, many of whome have decided to stay and make it their home. The salt flats at Torrevieja have been an important part of the attraction because of the high concentration of minerals in the mud that surrounds the waters. People swear to the healing properties of the mud and bath themselves in it to soothe athritic joint problems.
There’s more than you think:
The Costa Blanca or White Coast, which extends along that section of the Mediterranean coast through the province of Alicante to the borders of Murcia is made up of two differing scenic areas. To the North, a curtain of mountains runs parallel to the sea, descending at times to form cliffs; to the South, a vast plain of sand patches, palm trees and salt deposits make up the backdrop for the beaches. If you buy a property on the Costa Blanca the trip to the nearby regions is well worth the venture for they make up a fine representation of the typical Mediterranean countryside with its many colourful Costa Blanca Towns.
From the valleys, which are covered with stepped orchards and keep alive its Moorish past, to the palm trees of unmistakable African origin, the horizons of the Costa Blanca offer the most varied attractions.
When considering buying a property on the Costa Blanca you are assured of an excellent climate in which the temperatures are usually mild with the annual average at around 18ºC and over 300 days of sunshine per year. The world health organisation (WHO) reportedly acclaimed it as one of the healthiest areas of the world. The humidity is low, and therefore it can be ideal for sufferers of arthritis and other climatically influenced health problems. The fields of almond trees, the vineyards, the fruit orchards and the magnificent palm trees form vegetation, which emphasises the oriental nature of the landscape.
Alicante is right in the centre of the coast dividing the Costa Blanca into two regions, which are different in scenery and character. The northern Costa Blanca, which is backed by the green foothills of the Sierra De Montgo, presents a varied coastal landscape of mainly steep cliffs and pebbled coves in the area of south Denia, which give way to long sandy beaches as the cost turns southwards. At its southern end the shallow lagoon of Mar Menor you are in a different world of quieter beaches and marinas. Dehesa de Campoamor with its beaches and marina is a quiet holiday town popular with Spanish visitors, which is also becoming very popular with the English. As you look towards La Manga shimmering in the light at the end of the Mar Menor lagoon you are now at the southern end of the beautiful Costa Blanca. The region boasts a wide variety of sporting facilities, two of the best known naturally being golf and sailing, both of which are well catered for. The whole area is steeped in history, something, which becomes evident in the many fiestas, or festivals, which number over 400 and are held throughout the year.