Murcia and the Costa Cálida
South of the Costa Blanca lies the beautiful Costa Cálida. This region not only offers great weather and beaches but also exceptional value villas, apartments and townhouses. Located just minutes from the sea, property is often priced 20% lower than the equivalent in Alicante. At our local office in Los Alcazares we have access to a wide range of fabulous resale property as well as the best new-build developments in the area. Contact us now to discuss your requirements or read more about the Costa Cálida below.
Property on the Costa Cálida
If golf, watersports and rubbing shoulders with celebrities is your thing, you’ll have heard of La Manga, but there’s a lot more to the Murcia region. Discover the coast, with its small fishing villages and gorgeous, unspoilt beaches, to breath-taking mountainous areas, to wide arid plains where spaghetti Westerns were filmed. These film sets were left behind and there are ‘Wild West’ theme parks to visit. There are beautiful National Parks, like the Sierra de Espuna National Park – a mountainous pine forest and haven for wildlife, plus the Ricote Valley, the last stronghold of the Moors in Spain, with a lush landscape running alongside the River Segura.
The capital of the region is the historically significant city of Murcia. The city walls date back to 831, but the it was at its economic height in the 18th century, and many elegant buildings date from that era. Murcia City has a mix of Spanish and international shops, a vibrant cultural life with restaurants, authentic tapas bars and clubs – and seemingly constant festivals and celebrations.
Property on the Costa Calida, Murcia
The absence of large-scale building projects (as seen further up the coast on the Costa Blanca) has been a boon for the Costa Calida, with admiring holiday home-hunters recognising a laid-back, outdoor lifestyle which also retains an authentic essence of Spain. Murcia and the Costa Cálida are well-serviced for transport. Major airlines fly to San-Javier airport, located right at the heart of the Mar Menor, or for a larger choice of flight options, use Alicante airport and travel down in less than an hour. A new airport at Corvera is expected to be operational in late 2018. There are several distinct areas where tourists and overseas buyers gravitate – let’s take a quick look at each:
Head south from the Costa Blanca, and you pass through Pilar de la Horadada and Torre de la Horadada, and you’re immediately onto the Murcia coastline featuring the Mar Menor, a huge, warm saltwater lagoon separated from the Mediterranean by a 22 km-long spit of land called La Manga del Mar Menor.
There is of course La Manga Club, where luxury villas and sparkling new apartments are available, but more recently, a cluster of nearby small towns have started to welcome more overseas buyers.
Prices and availability are limited in these Mar Menor towns, but if you are determined, you can get excellent value properties here, with two-bed resale apartments starting from around €75,000, and a small number of exclusive new developments, where you might be able to pick up a three-bed pool villa for under €250,000.
San Pedro del Pinatar (Lo Pagan) – boasting a marina, long promenade and beautiful beaches, San Pedro is popular with expats, but also the Spanish themselves, many of whom own second homes here.
Santiago de la Ribera – this former fishing village boasts wonderful sandy beaches, plus a large street market every Wednesday.
Los Alcazares – another lovely seaside town and popular watersports centre with 7km of beach with spas and golf featuring strongly. The Los Narejos promenade features many shops, bars and restaurants, and Los Alcazares is well-known for hosting feasts and fiestas during the year.
Polaris World Golf Resorts – With six specially designed golf resorts, offering homes at prices substantially reduced from their 2007 peak, buyers can expect the use of swimming and spa facilities, and often shuttle buses which will drop you off at the local beaches. These resorts are now being managed well, and the Nicklaus Design courses are a major attraction.
The most well-known resorts include Mar Menor, La Torre and Hacienda Riquelme. Prices vary, but at Mar Menor, the most established resort, apartments start around €140,000 and villas at €160,000.
Hacienda Riquelme golf course is very close to the small inland village of Sucina that has also become popular with the British market, partly because it also close to another golf course resort, La Peraleja. A two-bed villa or townhouse in Sucina centre can be snapped up for €100k – €120k.
At our local office in Los Alcazares we have access to a wide range of fabulous resale property as well as the best new-build developments in the area. Contact us today or drop by to talk to one of our property specialists – we are here to help.