“70% of British enquiries are for Alcossebre,” explains Juan Saborit, national sales manager for the property portal Spanish Home Net ( on the Costa Azahar. “They come by word of mouth, and are attracted by the good choice of detached and semi-detached properties in Alcossebre.”

Judi and David Simpson, both 48, from Sheffield, bought a villa in Alcossebre in 2001. The Simpsons, who have two daughters, aged 10 and 18, paid £190,000 for a three-bedroom, two-bathroom villa with a lush, tropical garden and pool, just 10 minutes’ walk from the old town centre of Alcossebre and the beach. They spent a further £30,000 refurbishing the property.

Judi Simpson is very clear about the advantages of buying property in Alcossebre, on the Costa Azahar. “First, it’s down-to-earth and authentic, free of the glitz and pretensions you see elsewhere,” she says. “Here you can just relax and be yourself in a friendly, Spanish environment. Second, it feels very safe, the sort of place where you don’t worry about your kids all the time. Third, there’s plenty to do — at home, at the beach or on excursions, and the kids are never bored.”

© Mark Stucklin (Spanish Property Insight)