Costa blanca locations

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    I recently spent an hour in each of the following areas on the costa blanca – Altea, Moraria, Javea and Denia. Which area do you think is the most suitable for living year around?; thinking about seafront flats not houses in the hills…..

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    All of them have excellent sea front flats, Altea is more easily accessible, Moraira and Javea are not well served by public transport and Denia is older and more historic, but still has an emphasis on the Valenciano language which can be annoying.

    The sea front apartments have held their prices well.

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    no, in Marbella, just feel like a change after so many years here!! also, have a boat and the area is more boat friendly!! 🙂

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    I have only driven through Altea (and it does seem that the main road does go straight through it).

    I believe Moraira is dead out of season.

    The most “out of seaon” times I have been to Javea are April and September and I found it pleasant enough at both times with plenty (but not too many) people around the place to not make it feel deserted. As far as living there permanently in a flat goes, I’d look at those Floridamar urbanisations near the port, or anything similar not too far from the port (I imagine the Arenal out of season could be a bit depressing).

    I spent last Easter at Denia and while it is certainly bigger than Javea, and is in fact a working town with everyday stuff going on, it didn’t really click with me. I think it is quite windy there and, being north of the montgo, certain areas can get quite damp. Don’t forget that the gota fria can affect that region, but Javea seems to be sheltered by and on the sunny side of the Montgo.

    To be honest the idea of spending winter anywhere that isn’t a decent sized city with plenty going on doesn’t really appeal to me, so I may not be the best person to ask. I was looking at buying in Javea with the aim of eventually spending a lot of time there, but not living year round. It does appeal to me in that sense, but for now renting there makes more sense than owning.

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    Altea, Moraira, Javea and Denia are certainly boat friendly places and are quite near to each other. Altea and Denia are more people friendly, by numbers anyway.

    I always think of Moraira and even Javea as pleasant places but at the end of a cul-de-sac, with only one major route in and out. It’s not strictly true, but I’m ignoring the mountainous route from Javea to Denia, or the winding route from Moraira to the south along the coast, a dizzying road.

    Comparing any of them to Marbella is difficult, the Costa Blanca towns don’t have the same glitziness, they are more sedate and longer established places – Denia was an important town centuries ago and needed a castle to protect it from invaders, but Napoleon broke through and bombarded it, and a lot of the Denia inhabitants have French roots.

    When I lived in Denia, they often discovered pre-Christian graves full of skeletons when repairing main streets. They left them open for the archaeologists for ages and it was strange walking down a street with a bag full of shopping, past skeletons from thousands of years ago.

    It’s not an experience to be recommended after midnight, when the street lights are out and some strong Spanish wine is distorting your vision.

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    UBEDA, have you considered the Balearics? I’m not a boating person myself, but I think they have the best coastlines on the med side.

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    @UBEDA wrote:

    I recently spent an hour in each of the following areas on the costa blanca – Altea, Moraria, Javea and Denia. Which area do you think is the most suitable for living year around?; thinking about seafront flats not houses in the hills…..

    The area in Spain most suitable to all year round living is the Canary Islands. Forget about the costa blanca, try looking at Teneriffe or Gran Canaria or even Lazarote or Fuerteventura. If I was going to buy a property in Spain I think a place in the Canary Islands will be ideal. However, the islands are short of fresh water and the fresh water is produced from desalination plants which makes the water bills quite expensive. The islands tend to be windy because they are in the Atlantic Ocean. However, apartments are relatively cheap. You can easily buy a two bedroom flat in Teneriffe for as little as £40,000 or even cheaper at £30,000 if you haggle really hard and not too bothered about sea views.!

    A low-budget Norwegian airline called “Norwegian Air Shuttle” will start offering return flights to the Canaries from London for as little as £100 soon.

    I did go to the Canaries a while back and whilst I was in Teneriffe visted Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos which are huge mega-resorts with plenty of shops. I didn’t go to Los Gigantes unfortunately, maybe I’ll go there next time, apparently Los Gigantes has a rather steep and high cliff face to the sea.

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    Chopera, I’d like to be close to Valencia, Madrid etc…. thanks Jake, Love the Canaries!!; €40,000?? no thanks very much 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

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    @UBEDA wrote:

    I recently spent an hour in each of the following areas on the costa blanca – Altea, Moraria, Javea and Denia. Which area do you think is the most suitable for living year around?; thinking about seafront flats not houses in the hills…..

    Denia has much better beaches (many, long, wide), a nice castle, ferries to Balearics, the biggest mall in the area can be reached in 10 minute by car, there are some nice mountains/hills nearby. Go as much to the East as possible to avoid the shadow.

    Javea is quite secluded but it is not as much shadowed by Montgo. The beaches are crowded over the Summer . I would chose areas on Calle Jesu pobre.

    I might choose Denia between these two.

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    Horse meat has been found in IKEA products. Blimey, I thought that IKEA flat-pack furniture consisted of MDF or chip-board but not horse meat!

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    You may also find it in Pineapple cans.

  • #115736
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    thanks for that flosmichael 🙂

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    When I last went to the housepricecrash pub meeting ten years ago in 2003 I was shocked to see that most of the people there were STR’s and only one or two people were first-time buyers. The STR’s were having a ball, congratulating one another and backslapping each other over how they managed to sell their house at an extortionate price to some poor naive gullible buyer, ripping off the buyer. These STR’s were hoping that a property crash would happen soon after they sold their property which would enable them to get back onto the property ladder by buying a property on the cheap from a distressed homeowner but ten years has passed since that pub meeting and the property crash in the UK remains as elusive as ever.

    The relentless money printing and quantitative easing by the bank of england has ensured that a property crash remains a distant dream for the STR’s who so arrogantly thought that they could just get back onto the property ladder soon after selling their property but for over ten years these STR’s have been paying dead money in rent which helped to pay off their landlord’s mortgage and these STR’s have been watching their money being eroded away by inflation and the situation is getting worse as interest rates on their savings plummet because of the Bank of englands QE and the latest funding for lending scheme has resulted in further falls in savings rates all of which means that the STR’s fund money will be wiped out by inflation in the coming years.

  • #115752
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    Jake I used to (and occasionally still do) post on HPC and actually had similar thoughts. The STRs who tried to play the market with their own homes back then were pretty stupid, and yes, greedy. They had bought their homes on the cheap but instead of sitting back and enjoying their good fortune they got greedy and tried to pick the top of the market with their homes. However I’m not sure what that has got to do with the Costa Blanca.

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