Spain is situated in south west Europe with a population of around 46.56 million people covering an area of 505,992 square kilometres, making this the 3rd largest country in Europe.. This area is known as the Iberian Peninsula, sharing its borders with Portugal to the west, France and Andorra to the northeast and the British dominion of Gibraltar and Morocco in the south. Madrid is the capital city of Spain. The administrative system is more complex than that of other European countries. Spain is divided into 17 regions referred to as autonomous communities, which in turn encompass a total of 50 provinces. Besides its mainland territory, Spain comprises more than fifteen offshore islands which are intensely visited by tourists, among the most popular being The Balearic and Canary Islands. Spain is an active member of the European Union and NATO. The official currency of Spain since January 1st 2002 is the Euro.
Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Sevilla, Zaragoza, Málaga, Murcia, Palma, Las Palmas, Bilbao.
The Costa Blanca has two distinctive areas, Costa Blanca North and Costa Blanca South. The Northern part of the Costa Blanca features seaside towns and resorts such as Dénia, Javea and Moraira to the far North. Further south, bigger more bustling resorts like Altea, Calpe, Benidorm, Alicante and Torrevieja attract millions of tourists annually. Valencia is Spains third largest city after Madrid and Barcelona.
The Costa Blanca enjoys a typical subtropical mediterranean climate, with cool sea breezes in summer and protection by surrounding mountains against the cold north winds in winter. The area averages 2,700 hours of sunshine each year and the average annual temperature comfortably exceeds 20 degrees. In 1986 the World Health Organisation recommended the climate of the area as one of the most equitable in the world, neither too hot in the summer nor too cold in the winter. On average it can boast 325 sunny days each year making it an ideal all year round destination.
White sandy beaches, warm mediterranean climate, a slower healthier pace of life, cheaper cost of living, easy accessibility to and from the UK and very affordable property prices all contribute to make the Costa Blanca as an ideal place to permanently live, holiday home or retire.
Thinking of buying a property in Spain or Portugal? With many regions of Spain & Portugal to choose from, check out our quick guides to each region for more details.
Portugal is located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe and enjoys around 2500 to 3200 hours of sunshine a year, and an average temperature as high as 28°C.
Costa Cálida, is known as "Warm Coast" and is a 250 kilometre stretch of Mediterranean coastline of the Spanish province of Murcia. Offering over 300 days of sunshine a year.