We bought off plan in a very tiny village 7 miles inland from the coast at Altea. Yes the build time went way over, we had several problems along the way, all resolved eventually and although at the time we said “never again off plan” we are very happy with our property and love the village. Our neighbours are Spanish, there are half a dozen other Brits in the village who all speak Spanish and have been there for years.
The area is beautiful, surrounded by mountains and orange groves yet 15 minutes in the car to the beach. We finally moved in April this year and will retire there permanently next April. There are some beautiful villages in the area so well worth a look around. From Altea, just take any of the inland roads and even if you dont find anywhere to buy, it will make a lovely day out!