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Costa Calida

Spain - Costa Calida

The name of this area of Spain translates as ‘warm coast’ and is a good indication of what expats should expect when they arrive. It covers a stretch of Spanish coastline of approximately 250km in Murcia. The name comes from the micro-climate which ensures hot dry weather all year round. Costa Calida runs from El Mojón near Alicante to Aguilas in the south.

Expats have discovered that when compared with the rest of Spain, property prices are fairly low, although they have risen in recent years. Property (propriedad) is a good investment in the area and there is every reason to expect to make a profit if you decide to sell in a few years time. The area is now more accessible from the rest of Europe than it was a decade ago. The addition of another airport and improved motorway access means that the region is coming to the attention of both expats and tourists.

Camposol translates as ‘sunny countryside’ and has an average temperature all year round of 20°C. The area has much to offer those who enjoy sports or leisure with golf courses, spa hotels and a variety of shops, bars and restaurants. It is just a short drive from the beaches at Mazzaron. The town is popular with expats as it is a reasonably priced area in which to purchase a property and has a low crime rate, a steady cost of living and plenty of properties to choose from. There are also a number of societies in the area for expats, so it is very easy to make friends with fellow residents. It is particularly popular with the British as alongside Spanish restaurants there is a growing number of British bars, takeaways and shops.

The resort of Mazzaron is fairly low key when compared to the resorts at La Manga and Mar Menor. Mazzaron has become very popular with expats and there is a growing community of all nationalities. They are attracted to the town by the low property prices and the tranquil setting. The town does not attract the same numbers of tourists as other resorts.

The Costa Calida is home to one of the most famous resorts in Spain, the La Manga club and resort at Mar Menor. The area attracts thousands of tourists each week who come for the excellent sports and leisure facilities. There are some expats living in the area, although this is mainly a tourist region. Buying a property at the La Manga resort would prove very expensive, so is a luxury reserved for those who have unlimited funds. The tourism (turismo) industry in the area is one of the main employers, so for those who have experience in the catering, retail or hotel industries, finding employment (trabajo) should be fairly easy.

The area in and around La Manga is home to a number of recent developments of apartment complexes (complejo residencial), aimed at both tourists and permanent residents. There are some building restrictions in the area which means that high-rise developments are not permitted, so there is no excessive construction (construcción) taking place.

Lorca is not as well-known as some of the other towns in the region but has much to offer expats (expatriados) looking to set up home there. The town has a long history and is now a thriving commercial centre, so is ideal for the expat who is looking to work in a business environment. Property prices are average for the region and there are different types of property to choose from, with apartments (apartamentos) in the town centre and traditional houses (casa de epoca) in quieter areas.

The village of Sucina is attracting more expats now as it begins to grow into a small town. The area is very welcoming, but is perhaps better for the expat who is looking for a traditional way of life in Spain rather than a tourist resort.

The town of Totana is situated in countryside that is ideal for those who enjoy hiking and many people come to the town for this reason. This medium sized town is famous for potteries and crafts and is the ideal destination (destino) for expats who want to experience the Spanish way of life but also enjoy town living. Totana is easily reached by motorway and public transport.

Los Alcazares is a coastal town, so attracts more tourists than some of its neighbours and the population of 3000 can become 100,000 at the height of the summer season, so it is not the best destination for expats who want a quiet life. Property prices are slightly higher due to the demand for tourist accommodation and many apartments – particularly those near the beaches – are kept as holiday lets.

Balsicas is a much more peaceful area and is situated in the countryside, though it is just a short drive from the coast. It is very close to San Javier and the airport there and is easily reached from most parts of Europe as many budget airlines fly in and out of San Javier airport in the summer months. San Javier has grown over the last few decades from a village to a medium sized town and this is mainly due to the influx of expats. There are large communities of expats here, mainly from Europe.

Isla Plana is in the district of Cartegna and has a wide variety of properties available for the expat buyer. These range from apartments and villas close to the town’s beaches from traditional Spanish-style homes further inland. The area is popular with tourists but is a fairly small town compared with other coastal resorts in the area. Employment opportunities are mainly in the tourist industry as the town has numerous hotels, bars and restaurants.

Mar Menor is ideal for those who are enthusiastic about water sports or spa treatments, as the waters of the lagoon are said to have healing properties. The waters are not deep and the lagoon is used by many for swimming and other water sports. The Mar Menor area has many small traditional villages which are not affected by the tourism in the region. They have their own restaurants and bars offering traditional Spanish fare and these villages are ideal for expats who are keen to live in the area but a little off the beaten path.

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