Alicante

Alicante

If you are interested in buying property in Alicante we can help. We have put together a helpful guide to give you a better understanding of the area and the buying process.

Buying Property in Alicante

The Spanish region of Alicante is located in the South East of Spain on the Costa Blanca. It has become an increasingly popular destination for tourists as well as for those wishing to buy property in Spain.

Costa Blanca map alicante

Enjoying a Mediterranean climate, Alicante and the Costa Blanca enjoys an astonishing 320 days of sunshine every year. Some of the very best beaches in the country can be found here, spanning as far as the eye can see. This magnificent coast has something for everyone. From larger towns with vibrant atmospheres to quaint fishing villages. Inland, you can enjoy a calmer way of life while enjoying the stunning scenery on offer.

Another factor influencing the popularity of Alicante is its many golf courses. Wherever you are in Alicante you are always only a short drive away from a championship golf course. To name a few there are: Villamartin, Las Ramblas, Campoamor, Vistabella, Las Colinas, Lo Romero, La Marquesa, La Finca, Bonalba and Alenda Golf Courses are all located in the province of Alicante.

When it comes to the Spanish property market in Alicante, on the Southern Costa Blanca the mountains are further from the shore exposing a larger expanse of much flatter land on which more building can take place. If you are looking for new build properties in Spain then Alicante and in particular Costa Blanca South promises to deliver. Whether you are looking for apartments or villas to buy in Alicante or even condos throughout Spain, they are all widely available here and the affordability is another reason the area is attracting more and more people every year. 

This part of Spain has so much to offer, but when buying property in Alicante, it may be hard to know where to begin. In this guide we will discuss some of the towns and villages you are likely to come across when searching for property in Alicante.

  • Alicante

The city of Alicante itself is located on the Costa Blanca and is a historic Mediterranean port. It is known for its palm tree flanked boulevards, shopping streets, huge plazas and its stunning marina. It is the regions capital which means there is always something going on. While Alicante attracts many tourists it is also a ‘real town’ and therefore doesn’t completely close up over the winter months.

buying property in Alicante

Alicante offers the perfect combination of a old and new with a modern, vibrant atmosphere full of history and culture at the same time. It could be said that Alicante is more authentic than other nearby cities such as Benidorm. Its old town, Barrio de la Santa Cruz has quaint narrow streets with bright coloured houses and is popular for its nightlife scene as well. From here, you can make your way up to medieval Castillo de Santa Bárbara, set on a hilltop with sweeping views of the Mediterranean coast – a must see for everyone.

  • Benidorm

Benidorm is located on the northern end of the Costa Blanca and is now a very popular holiday destination, known for its nightlife by many. Until the 1960’s it was a very small fishing village. In contrast it now comprises rows and rows of high rise buildings. There are two beautiful long sandy beaches backed by the promenade filled with bars and restaurants and lined with palm trees.

Breathtaking view of the coastline in Benidorm

In Benidorm you will never be short of something to do. On top of the beautiful beaches and promenades for those long strolls you can find water parks, theme parks, casinos, cabaret shows, excellent shopping and much much more.

When it comes to property for sale in Benidorm it will come as no surprise that if you are looking for apartments for sale in Spain they are widely available here and a popular choice. They vary from studio apartments to penthouse apartments with rooftop swimming pools and views of the Mediterranean sea. If it’s villas for sale in Costa Blanca you’re looking for, these are available in and around Benidorm too.

  • Cabo Roig

Cabo Roig can be found 10 kilometres to the south of Torrevieja, on the Southern Costa Blanca. The elegant cape of Cabo Roig stretches into the Mediterranean Sea with its distinct red clay cliffs that run down to its golden sandy beaches and intimate rocky coves.

cabo roig

Cabo Roig and more specifically the Aguamarina area, has a perfect mix of excellent restaurants, everything from some of the finest Asian and modern cuisine to the more traditional Spanish and Italian culinary delights. All the amenities you could need are within walking distance without losing that authentic Spanish feel.

In terms of places for sale in Spain, there are some beautiful luxury villas for sale in Spain in Cabo Roig.

  • Ciudad Quesada

Ciudad Quesada is located inland approximately 8 kilometres from the Costa Blanca South at Guardamar del Segura and around 8 kilometres north of Torrevieja. It boasts beautiful views of the Torrevieja salt lakes and stunning mountain ranges.

Ciudad Quesada is rather unusual as it didn’t really exist until the 1970’s when a Spanish entrepreneur, Justo Quesada Samper, decided to start his own town. Since then many property developments have been built to include villas, townhouses and apartments. It has become a very popular are for expats and for those looking for holiday homes for sale in Spain.

Ciudad Quesada

The town centre of Ciudad Quesada has everything you could need with shops, bars, restaurants, a golf course and its own water park. Although it is inland, several blue flag beaches are only a 10 minute drive away, giving you the best of both worlds. If you are interested in properties for sale in Ciudad Quesada check out our listings.

  • Guardamar del Segura

Guardamar del Segura really is a paradise on the Costa Blanca South mainly due to the dunes, pine forests and beaches all set in harmony. It is located at the mouth of the river Segura and in history, took its place as the protector of the river.  Guardamar town has a population of around 11,000. The area boasts around 12 km of beautiful white sandy beaches many of which hold the flue flag badge.

Of course, water sports are big in this part of the region. Every type is catered for including windsurfing, underwater diving, sailing, and water-skiing, jet skiing and canoeing. A top-class marina also has its home at Guardamar. The marina is located at the mouth of the river and offers some 498 moorings. If you’re into sport and fitness, then there is also a large sports centre in Guardamar del Segura.

Guardamar del Segura

Top quality fresh prawns and the very best rice dishes are offered by the local restaurants. Of course there are many fine bars in the town offering superb tapas at very reasonable prices.

If you are looking at buying property in Spain an are in particularly interested in beachfront property for sale, then property for sale in Guardamar del Segura is a good place to start.

  • Orihuela

Orihuela is located inland on the Southern Costa Blanca near Torrevieja and has around 50,000 inhabitants. It is a typically Spanish city full of history and culture where Spanish people live and work giving it an authentic feel. Many expats have made their homes in Orihuela so they can live amongst the Spanish.

Orihuela

Orihuela is the main city in the Vega Baja area which is an important agricultural zone, surrounded by orange and lemon groves. It is quite compact and so it is easy to walk around and enjoy all this beautiful city has to offer including many churches and historic buildings, museums and all the shops, bars and restaurants you could need.

There are several blue flag beaches close to Orihuela on the Orihuela Costa so you can enjoy the best of both worlds.

  • La Zenia

La Zenia is located on the Costa Blanca South just south of the major town of Torrevieja. It is a relatively small beach resort but has much to offer. There are several bars and restaurants and a large shopping centre with everything you could need.

La Zenia boasts a stunning blue flag beach with great facilities making it brilliant for both families with children, and those who enjoy water sports.

la zenia boulevard

More expats than Spanish people live in La Zenia so it does not offer the same authentic Spanish feel that other towns do but there are several traditional Spanish towns and villages close by. 

If you are looking for relatively cheap Spanish property near beach then La Zenia is a good place to start your search as prices are very reasonable. Check out our list of properties for sale in La Zenia.

  • Playa Flamenca

Playa Flamenca is a place to suit all tastes, whether you are a beach lover, golf fanatic, nature lover or history buff.

Playa Flamenca is a non-commercialised, quiet residential area on the Southern Costa Blanca. Having said this, the blue flag beaches, championship golf courses, aqua parks, water sports and tennis facilities are all just a stones throw away. You will find, after just a short walk, a large shopping centre, superb bars and fabulous restaurants.

Playa Flamenca

The beautiful town of Torrevieja is only a short drive away. Nature lovers will benefit from the lakes of Torrevieja and La Mata where fantastic wildlife can be seen. You can also take a mud bath should you feel the urge. 

  • Torrevieja

Torrevieja is located on the Southern Costa Blanca. The beaches here are beautiful and the area boasts the biggest salt flats in Europe, which are bursting with nature. These two lagoons are now nature reserves and are home to an impressive 250 species of birds alone.

Torrevieja pink lake

Remains of the historical Roman docks are situated alongside the old watch tower of La Mata. This tower along with the other ancient watch tower, El Moro, was used as lookouts for pirates in the middle ages. Torrevieja hosted a wealth of Spanish and international restaurants serving up some truly fine cuisine. Alongside the restaurants are many vibrant bars serving up quality tapas and a great nightlife. Whether you’re a food fan, history lover, sports buff or a sun worshiper, you will not be short of places to visit or things to do. Torrevieja has something for everyone.

When looking to buy Spanish property there is so much to offer in Torrevieja. Whether you are looking for beach property for sale in Spain or luxury houses for sale in Spain there is something available for everyone. Be sure to check out our list of properties for sale in Torrevieja

  • Villamartin

In Villamartin, the community is varied, with some living permanently whilst others just visiting for the golf season. Villamartin Golf Course is now one of the most recognised golf courses on the Costa Blanca.  Of course, you don’t need to be a golf fanatic to appreciate the stunning green areas and lazy way of life within this area. Villas, apartments and townhouses are all available for purchase here. 

Both Villamartin and nearby Los Dolses Plazas have many shops, bars and restaurants. There is something here for all tastes and the atmosphere here makes it a good choice for singles, couples and families.

villamartin-spain-properties-for-sale

La Zenia, Campoamor and Playa Flamenca are all superb beaches and all within a 10 minute drive from Villamartin. Water sports of all types can be enjoyed here as well as food and drink throughout the year, served from the beach bars. 

If you are looking for cheap properties in Spain then you can see by using the link below that properties for sale in Villamartin start from as low as €110,000.

Thank you for taking the time to read this guide to buying property in Alicante. We hope it has given you insight into what Alicante and some of its cities and towns have to offer. If you have any questions about property in Alicante, you’re looking for places to buy in Spain or for anything else at all, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at Movehappy.

We specialise in new build properties in Spain and all of our properties come complete with our Movehappy package saving you between €6,000 and €18,000 and with a complete after sales service there is simply no easier way to purchase your new dream home.

So, you are want to buy property in Alicante and would like to know where to start? Allow us at Movehappy to help you.

Alicante is located in the southeast of Spain on the Costa Blanca South along the Mediterranean sea and has become an increasingly popular destination for expats, migrating from all over Europe.  

Buy Property in Alicante

For many, the thought of buying a property in a different country is a scary one. You probably have lots of questions about the whole process and the many things you may need to know before you buy property in Alicante. Below we will try to answer some of these questions for you.

The property purchase process in Spain is actually quite straightforward but is different to the process in the UK. In this guide we will outline this process step by step, hopefully answering the questions you may have along the way. 

Step 1 – Before you buy property in Alicante, think about what you’re looking for

When searching for a property for sale in Alicante it is helpful to consult knowledgeable and reliable Spanish property agents such as us here at Movehappy. We can use our expertise and experience to advise on choosing the right area and property to meet your requirements. 

Try thinking about the following things as a starting point:

  • Affordability & budget – the price of property will certainly vary from location to location, so budget is a good place to start. If you need to get a Spanish mortgage, this is an option too and we will be able to advise you about mortgages in Spain.
  • Property size and requirements – how many bedrooms do you need? Would you like an outside space? Would you like a communal or private pool?
  • Distance from the beach, nearest town and amenities – what travelling distance is acceptable to you?
  • Other individual requirements – for example, you may want to be close to schools, the airport, a golf course, a leisure centre etc.

The answers to the above questions will allow us to advise you on which areas and properties we think would best suit your needs – the first step to finding your dream property in Spain!

Step 2 – Book a visit to Spain

Once you know what it is you are looking for and have selected properties you would like to view, it is time to book a trip to Alicante. Please check our availability before booking anything such as flights or a hotel. 

At Movehappy, we will always collect you from the airport if we are available and drop you off at your hotel. You will then have some time to yourself at leisure. The following day we will spend the day viewing your selected properties and exploring the local area. We are always happy to show you anything else which is of importance to yourself such as the local golf course, schools, leisure facilities, beaches etc…

Step 3 – Now you have found your dream property to buy in Alicante

To secure your chosen property, a reservation fee of between €3000 and €6000 is required at this stage. This reservation fee is part of the overall cost of the property and can be paid by card or bank transfer. You will be required to sign a reservation document confirming your will to purchase the property. The builder also signs to agree to the sale.

Once the reservation fee has been paid and the contract has been signed the next step is to meet our legal team. 

Our legal team will oversea:

  • Getting your NIE numbers – this stands for número de identificación de extranjero and is essential for opening a bank account, buying property, mortgages and connection of utilities
  • Setting up Spanish power of attorney – this will be your lawyer and means they can oversee the purchase of the property while you are back home
  • Checking purchase contracts and managing deposit and all stage payments
  • Completing on the property and managing all completion payments
  • Organisation and installation of water and electricity metres
  • Setting up of direct debits for water and electricity

You will also need to open a Spanish bank account before you can buy property in Alicante, we will help you open your bank account to make the whole process as easy as possible for you. 

At Movehappy, we help all of our clients with all of the above. We will introduce you to one of our professional and friendly English speaking legal team.

Step 4 – While you’re back at home…

While you’re back at home our Spanish legal team will manage any required payments to the builder. We will inform you on the progress of your property purchase and provide you with regular updates right up to completion. Your next flight to Alicante should be to collect the keys to your new home. 

Buying Costs in Alicante

These are the approximate purchase costs for buying a property in Alicante:

  • VAT (IVA) is currently 10% 
  • AJD local Tax (Actos Jurídicos Documentados) 2%
  • Notary costs will depend on purchase price but allow €1000
  • Land registry costs to change the legal owner of the property allow €500

At Movehappy, we pay for your legal costs and also for the connection of your utilities. 

If you have any questions or are looking to buy property in Alicante, or you are looking for other places to buy in Spain or for anything else at all, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at Movehappy.

We hope our little guide on how to buy property in Alicante has been helpful. If you have any other questions please let us know. We specialise in new build properties in the Costa Blanca South and all of our properties come complete with our Movehappy package saving you between €6,000 and €18,000 and with a complete after sales service there is simply no easier way to purchase your new dream home.

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