Costa Blanca is pulling ahead of other destinations in Spain, establishing itself as a tourism and investment hotspot. In particular, the area’s beaches are proving themselves to be worlds apart. In the recent 2013 list of Blue Flag beaches, 114 were in the Valencian Community, home to the Costa Blanca. Conversely, Andalusia – where the Costa del Sol is located – had 78.
Kieran Byrne, managing director of Costa Blanca estate agency HomeEspaña, said: “The latest Blue Flag index highlights two key things. Firstly, it shows how much is being done to improve the quality, and in particular the access, of our beaches on the Costa Blanca. Only seven of the 114 listed beaches in Valencia don’t have access for wheelchairs, while 37 of them have wheelchair access not only to the beach but also to the water.”
What’s more, the listing shows the choice available in the Costa Blanca. Mr Byrne explained that beaches in the northern part of the Costa are different to the south. The north is currently the most popular area, but in the south there are some lesser known beaches worth a visit, such as Guardamar or Santa Pola.
Unsurprisingly, the Costa Blanca is performing well in other areas too. In March, Taylor Wimpey Espana reported that it had experienced a 57 per cent increase in sales in the Costa in 2012. This is despite the arguably fraught Spanish property environment. The appeal of Costa Blanca is proving to be global too, with buyers flocking from the UK, Russia and Scandinavia. Vicente Domine, head of the Housing and Public Works Department of the regional government in Costa Blanca, said foreign citizens purchasing homes in the Costa Blanca accounted for 29 per cent of total sales – a rise of 32 per cent on 2011 levels.
The majority of activity is currently coming from the second home market and Taylor Wimpey Espana claim enquiries are returning to pre-recession levels. However, opportunities also abound in the holiday let market, with tourism continuing to thrive in the region.