Alicante is one of the most popular provinces in Spain for holidays, visitors flock from all over the world as well as Spanish Nationals. The main two areas where tourists love to visit are the Costa Blanca North and the Costa Blanca South. The famous holiday towns in the North are Denia, Javea, Moraira, Calpe, Benidorm and Alicante itself. The city of Alicante has several beaches which can be accessed by local transport San Juan beach, The Cabo de las Huertas coves, Almadraba beach, Albufereta beach, Postiguet beach, Saladares-Urbanova beach. On the Costa Blanca South you will find the towns of Torrevieja, Orihuela and it´s Costa of la Zenia and Cabo Roiog. La Zenia is known for it´s huge shopping centre the biggest in the province. Other local holiday towns to Alicante are El Campello, VillaJoyosa that are on the coast. Alicante province not only offers beach holidays, with it´s several mountain range and valleys it´s popular destination for cyclists and walkers. Many top cycle teams train around this area in the winter as it offers great weather and testing terrain.
The Alicante region is a fabulous place to live all year. The weather is fantastic, hot in the summer and warm in the winter, this makes it popular place to live for not only the Spanish but many Northern Europeans. The employment is reasonably good in this area and there is work available for expats as well as Spanish. This creates a great demand for long term rental properties for these people that live and work here in the Alicante Province. There are many types of properties to rent from studio apartments to luxury villas. Prices can vary greatly for long term rentals depending on the areas. Usually the south of the region has cheaper long term rental properties than the North. There are also properties to rent long term inland that many people prefer, away from the hustle and bustle of the coast. The popular locations for Northern Expats to rent are Denia, Javea, Moraira and Calpe in the North and Torrevieja, Orihuela Costa, Pilar de la Horadada in South. There are also many long term rental properties in Benidorm and the city of Alicante.
Due to the fantastic winter climate in the Alicante province many Northern Europeans decide to winter in this area. The simplest way to do this is to take a winter rental. The south of Alicante is slightly warmer than the North and prices are cheaper. Although the North is very popular with towns, like Denia, Javea and Calpe offering all year living, bars and restaurants are open all year and there are many activities for retirees such as bowling, bridge, lunch parties and for the more adventurous sailing, walking and cycling. The winter in the Alicante region is perfect for outdoor activities, that perhaps are not possible during the hot summer months, making a winter rental perfect to explore the coastal and inland areas of this spectacular area. Winter rentals can be anywhere from between 3 to 6 months and usually offer great value, the rents are considerably cheaper than a summer rental. Many of the properties available are rented during the summer for premium weekly rates, these are not possible in the winter, so owners will often prefer to have someone in the house and taking a smaller rent.
Alicante is a major city and port on the east coast of Spain. It offers many cultural activities, as well as many bars, restaurants and shopping experiences.
Elche is the next biggest city to Alicante in the Alicante Province. A large city just inland. It has a beach area called El Altet and is close to the Alicante airport.
Torrevieja a coastal town South of Alicante in the region of the Costa Blanca South. Is a favourite for UK visitors and has a large UK Ex-Pat Community.
Orihuela is a city to the South of Alicante which also encompases Orihuela Costa with the towns of La Zenia and Cabo Roig.
Benidorm famous for it´s entertainment and party holidays offers a great atmosphere all year round and especially during the winter months for residents.
Alcoy is an inland city in the Alicante Province. One the highlights of the year is it´s spectacular Moors and Christians Parade in April.
Elda is the seventh largest city in the Alicante province. Elda is renowned for its show manufacturing industry. It is around 30 minutes drive from the coast and Alicante.
A municipality that is part of Alicante and where the Alicante University is based. It has a large population the majority of which are students or related to the university.
Denia in the Northern Costa Blanca, is town on the coast which boasts fantastic beaches and a luxury marina, as well as a stunning tree lined shopping street.
Villena is around one hour drive inland from Alicante and has a historic castle thought to be built in around 1100. Like it´s neighbour Elda it´s economy is based around footwear.
Petrer is joined with Elda and together they have a population of nearly 100,000 residents. Making them the 3rd biggest city in the Alicante Region.
Known as the jewel of the Costa Blanca, Javea is well known holiday destination with it´s sandy Arenal beach and up market bars and restaurants.
Villajoyosa is around 20 minutes north of Alicante and as well as it´s visiting tourists it is also know for it chocolate industry.
Crevillent is 30 minutes inland for Alicante just past Elche. In October they celebrate the Moors and Christians fiesta, which is a well organised event.
A beach resort on the outskirts of Alicante Santa Pola. The town is known for it´s salt evaporation pond. It is very close to Alicante and during the summer months it´s population doubles.
A coastal town north of Aliante Calpe is overlooked by the famous rock the Penon de Ifach. It is a favoured destination for tourists with it´s port and soft sandy beach.
A 30 minute inland drive from Alicante Novelda is a major part of the marble industry and has several quarries and mines of marble, limestone, silica, clay and gypsum.
A twenty minute tram ride from Alicante, El Campella has a busy marina and fish market, as well 18km of golden sand on it´s beach.
Altea an upmarket resort 30 minutes north of Alicante, with its many boutique designer shops, bars and fine dining restaurants. It is overlooked by it´s famous blue roofed church.
Ibi is a 45 minute drive inland and north of Alicante. Surrounded by mountains, gorges and countryside, ideal for hiking and walking in the great outdoors.
Sant Joan d'Alacant is within the metropolitan area of Alicante and shares it´s services such as the fire brigade. It is also close to El Campello and the Playa de San Juan.
On the border of Aliante and Murcia provinces Pilar de la Horadada has been a site of many historical battles, but is now the home to many Northern European Expats.
Only a 20 minute drive inland from Alicante Mutxamel provides a rural more traditional Spain that perhaps the coast no longer offers.
Aspe famous for the special kind of grape eaten on the stroke of midnight on year. Along with several towns in this area its main industry is footwear and textiles.
North of Benidorm L'Alfàs del Pi offers calm to the wild side of Benidorm, a town mainly of Northern European Expats it has a beach a variety of bars and restaurants.
Almoradí is close to the Segura river and it´s main economy is based around agriculture, growing fruit and vegetables. It is a busy town with lots of tapas bars and its famous Saturday market.
Located to the North West of Orihuela. Callosa de Segura is a traditional Spanish town. The mountain of Sierra de Callosa dominates the view from the town.
On the Segura river, originally an agricultural town Rojales has a high population due to it´s more recently built urbanisations.
Located at the mouth of the river Segura Guardamar, historical populated by famers and fisherman, it is now a resort town with a pine forest adjoining it´s 11km sandy beach.
A short drive inland from Benidorm, La Nucia offers a historic old centre and several modern urbanisations with a mix of Spanish and Ex-Pat residents.
Originally a small fishing village, Moraira is now a holiday destination that retains it´s village feel with it´s narrow streets, up market boutique and fine dining restaurants.
Benissa is a small town inland from Moraira, only a short drive to the beautiful beaches and coves that are on the Benissa Costa.
Cocentaina is 45 minutes drive inland and north from Alicante. A popular area for road and mountain cyclists and professional teams often use the area for training.
Albatera meaning “Spanish Land” is around 1 hour south and inland from Alicante. An agricultural town 20 minutes from Orihuela.
Pego, originally an important Arab enclave in the 1st century, is close the coastal towns of Oliva and Denia, surrounded by mountains it is a country retreat yet a short drive to the busy coastal towns.
Oliva has an old town as well as a fabulous long unspoilt sandy beach. It is a short drive north of Denia and Javea.