ALTEA and its surrounding area provide plenty of opportunities for apartments of all budgets – from below 100,000€ to 600,000€+. Property in this area generally seem to be lower budget linked villas and townhouse complexes, or top of the market villas in areas like Altea Hills which remain particularly popular with Russian buyers. Mid-market villas are available, but the choice is not great. Altea blends the mellow charms of the original hilltop old town with beaches, marinas, golf, shops and restaurants providing entertainment for all ages, and of course, the comprehensive attractions and facilities of Benidorm are just a few minute’s along the coast.



CALPE
is midway between Altea and Moraira and is best known for its emblematic rock ‘Peñon de Ifach’ which separates Calpe’s two wonderful long sandy beaches. Calpe combines its town marina with its traditional fishing port which incorporates a row of adjacent fish restaurants offering a range of fresh fish and shellfish to match that of Brittany. The high rise nature of Calpe gives the town a ‘mini-Benidorm’ feel. There is a fine selection of modern hotels here which attract a large number of holidaymakers and there is great family appeal in Calpe: its own Aitana department store is supported by many other fine shops whilst, away from the vast sandy beaches, there is much to keep the children entertained. Property-wise, most of the opportunities here are either apartments, linked villas or townhouse complexes. This is almost the only opportunity to be close to the town; villas tend to be situated more remotely from the town and beaches; one exception being the charming little harbour of Puerto Blanco.

BENISSA is our local ‘cathedral town’ and is divided into two parts: the inland part which is more the administrative and commercial centre, and traditionally Spanish in its character, with its weekly market; then Benissa Costa which is effectively a seamless, southerly extension of Moraira’s residential development. Between these two halves of Benissa is a stretch of campo (countryside) which has many characterful fincas (farmhouses) and country villas dotted about the vine terraces and citrus groves. Benissa represents the start of the serious hunting ground of quality villas which extends through Moraira, beyond Javea to Mount Montgo. There are many residential areas here; many with sea views, some close to beaches or the local golf course, others closer to the countryside. This is a mature and established area where past developments have been nicely mellowed with established gardens and mature trees etc. Benissa enjoys the cache of neighbouring Moraira, but often at lower prices.
MORAIRA, Now you have arrived! This ‘Jewell in the Costa Blanca crown’ has grown from its tiny fishing village origins into the most appealing and unspoilt town on the Costa Blanca. This has been achieved largely by strict planning controls regarding build density, the designation of reserved green areas, and a limit of just four residential storeys for apartments which has created a distinctive ‘low-rise’ character to the town and surrounding area. Moraira is also distinguished by the fact that there are no traffic lights in Moraira. The demand for property here remains strong and consistent and, given the very finite supply, and almost non-existence of building plots for additional development – this is very much blue chip investment territory! Geographically, Moraira is similar to Benissa inasmuch as it too has a typically Spanish inland twin town – Teulada, which is linked as one town in administrative terms. Also like Benissa, Moraira’s terrain is undulating hillside and slopes, with a broad valley sweeping through Teulada to meet the Mediterranean at Moraira’s shore. This valley adds further to Moraira’s distinctive character as, for several kilometres, this valley bottom consists of protected vineyards which extend down to the coastal road in the middle of town. The gentle slopes to both sides of this valley cradle a deceptive number of private villas, nestling between the pine trees and palms which help maintain a verdant and mellow feel to this residential landscape. Apart from the lack of high rise, the other feature lacking in Moraira is any significant number of hotels. This again, adds to Moraira’s special ‘feel’ – not only in structural terms – but the added bonus is that virtually, the only tourists who visit Moraira are either villa owners or those privately renting villas; this also means that Moraira has a more stable, year-round population – not overrun in summer, not deserted in the winter. The quaint and typically Spanish original village lies between the marina and fishing harbour with its adjacent daily fish market, and the partially pedestrianised village centre, with its old church surrounded by pavement cafes and bars and a fine range of cosmopolitan shops and restaurants, to suit all tastes and budgets. Moraira has more than its share of Blue Flag beaches: sandy ones, together with many smaller pebble or rock beaches. Between the marina and the Cap D’or headland is the delightful little bay of El Portet, which has several small bar/restaurants along its small promenade. A nice refinement currently underway in Moraira is the project to remove all electricity pylons, telegraph poles and their attached cables and replace them underground. Moraira-Teulada’s ajuntamiento (local council) is (like the town itself) of a very cosmopolitan makeup (the deputy mayor is an English lady) and the income from the very modest local rates is used very effectively. Given the almost negligible instances of crime or vandalism, locally, we only seem to have to pay for things once here – nothing seems to be destroyed or stolen.

JAVEA is in many ways Moraira’s ‘big brother’. Lying in coastal terms, just round the corner of the Cabo de la Nao, from Moraira, Javea’s landscape is dominated by Mount Montgo (now designated ‘Parque Natural’), known locally as the ‘Elephant’s head’. Montgo is a small mountain of ‘Tosca’ stone – its distinctive ‘trunk’ extending to the sea at Cabo San Antonio where its subterranean progress continues beneath the Mediterranean before erupting to the surface as Ibiza (not a lot of people know this!) Tosca stone, originally quarried from the beaches of Javea in Roman times, and still featured in arches and pillars in local buildings and villas, until it was recently banned, is unique to just Javea and Ibiza. Javea’s discovery and development predates that of Moraira by just a few years, and has changed beyond recognition during the past forty years of its development. A kind of Spanish Dartmouth, the town has grown and developed in a ‘T’ shaped form, parallel to the coastline, and formed from three distinct areas. The left hand end of the head of the ‘T’ is the original Pueblo (old town), still retaining its Spanishness and perched at the top of a hill to protect its original inhabitants from pillaging Barbary pirates. This blends the commercial heart of the town within a tangle of quaint, narrow passageways and a permanent, covered market building close to the church square. The right end of the head of the ‘T’ is the Puerto (harbour and marina), like Moraira, it has its own market with a daily fish auction but, unlike Moraira, the emphasis of the facility leans more towards its fishing origins, rather than as a haven for ‘yotties’. Moving back southwards, along the waterfront, just past the beachside Parador, is the Arenal beach a superb sandy bay with clusters of palm trees providing bathers with some essential shade. The length of the Arenal is lined with restaurants and designer shops; both the Pueblo and the Puerto have their fair share of character shops, bars and restaurants too. Between these three centres, from first-line seafront, back to the Pueblo, many apartments have been built and there is much choice for all budgets and tastes. Beyond this triangle, are many developments of detached villas (as well as linked villas and townhouse complexes) available for all tastes, from €100,000 to €5m+. As with Moraira, many of these areas are now very mature, with the bulk of the properties partly obscured with greenery, of low density development, and blended with plenty of protected green areas. The Pueblo has recently undergone total infrastructural renewal and refurbishment which has greatly enhanced the look and feel of the area, as well as the less obvious benefits of renewed electricity drainage and water systems. Currently the Paseo (promenade) of the Arenal is being totally renewed.

DENIA lies to the north of Mount Montgo, over the Elephant’s trunk and at the end of a spectacular elevated and winding road which will shock travellers with the superb coastal panorama, as one descends towards Las Rotas and Denia; not least because of the total contrast of the landscape. The focal points of this view of Denia are its two large harbours/marinas, Denia castle atop an emerald green mound – in the centre of town, but facing the harbour; and the total flatness of the landscape around the town. Apart from apartments and townhouses, Denia itself has limited availability of detached villas. However, north of Denia are Las Marinas and Els Poblets where there is an unusually large availability of all kinds of relatively lower priced property, often within a level walk of the superb beaches that make up this whole length of coastline – from Denia to Gandia. Whilst there are some villas in this area of the grand style, smaller plot size requirements and more dense development mean that there is a greater availability of more modestly priced properties to suit all tastes. This whole area is much flatter than the rest of the Marina Alta and is more suitable for the more elderly buyers, those requiring a smaller, low maintenance garden, and those looking for a flat walk (or cycle) to amenities. Denia itself is a larger and very Spanish town, with excellent shops, restaurants and all other amenities. There is an excellent regular high-speed ferry service to all the Balearic Islands, and a few minute’s drive away, in Ondara is a superb new out of town shopping complex, and in nearby La Sella, a fine golf course. We no longer cover this area for property sales.

INLAND TOWNS. Within 15mins. drive of the coastline I have described above are to be found a plethora of quintessentially Spanish towns and villages. Whether they are perched atop mountains or cradled in valleys, they are all variations of the usual theme: narrow streets and passages radiating from the centrepiece of the church square, often a random blend of the ancient and traditional with post civil war 1950s and 60s architecture, mixed with the contemporary. All but the most humble villages will boast a few bars, cafes and restaurants, a bakery, general store and pharmacy and have a weekly open market. Largerinland towns such as Jalon, Teulada, Benissa, Orba, Pedreguer etc. will be pretty well self- sufficient. Either attached to these little towns, or positioned somewhere between them there are a number of urbanizations (an ugly word – but it just means a properly coordinated development) both large and small. These provide a mix of modern accommodation with full infrastructure, built to current or recent European standards. These urbanisations enjoy the peace and tranquility of the otherwise untouched, Spanish countryside, usually with fabulous valley views and a dramatic mountain backdrop – at appreciably lower prices than their coastal counterparts. It would be impractical to attempt to capture in print the individual character and components of each of these towns and villages as there are literally hundreds of them within the Marina Alta. Suffice it to say, that once you have a more defined idea of which coastal town you would prefer to be associated with, we can then focus on the relevant inland options. The key inland focal points – south to north are:

Benissa The inland part of Benissa Costa – between Calpe and Moraira, as mentioned above.
Jalon Valley The wine producing valley consisting of: Senija, Lliber, Jalon, Alcalali & Parcent. Its local cooperativo collects and processes or sells locally produced grapes, olives, almonds, carobs, oranges and lemons.
Teulada An inland extension of Moraira, as described earlier, also has its own cooperativo.
Benitachell A charming small town, extending west and north from Moraira with all amenities including an indoor market and modern public heated pool/sports complex. This is the best and most popular choice for properties which are cheaper than the equivalent in adjoining Moraira, but still within 10mins. Drive of Moraira’s town centre and beaches. The most popular developments here are Cumbre Del Sol – often with good to fabulous sea views, Los Molinos, Les Fonts and Los Romeros, Partida Calistros, and several other fine developments extending directly from Moraira. Definitely and option to consider!
Gata & Jesus Pobre Very Spanish villages, inland from Javea. Famous for its basketware, sombreros and classical guitar makers.
Orba & Murla At the epicentre of the Marina Alta – between the Grape and the Cherry growing valleys.
Orba Valley, Vall de Laguart, Vall D’Ebo, Vall de Gallinera The cherry growing valleys – wonderful, but a little remote and rustic for some tastes!
Pedreguer, Ondara, La Xara Self contained small towns with satellite villages, inland from Denia. Ondara hosts the largest out of town shopping & leisure centre, between Alicante and Valencia.

NOTE: We no longer market property in: Denia, Alcalali, Parcent, Gata, Jesus Pobre, Orba, Pedreguer, Ondara or La Xara. They are listed for visitor information only.

LA MARINA
La Marina essentially covers the northern part of the Costa Blanca, best identified as the promontory of Cabo San Antonio, extending eastward to the Balearic Islands. This headland forms the ‘Elephant’s trunk of the emblematic Mount Montgo, designated as a national park which, when viewed from the south, takes on the appearance of an elephant’s head. Cabo San Antonio effectively separates Javea to the north, and Moraira to the south. La Marina is itself divided into the south – La Marina Baja, and the north – La Marina Alta. Both fall within the Province of Alicante and the region of Communidad Valencia.
LA MARINA BAJA extends from El Campello, to the north of Alicante, to just north of Altea along the coast, then inland from the Sierra de Serella, south-west of Guadalest, to the Sierra Bernia Mountains.

LA MARINA ALTA covers all the areas in which we specialize. In coastal terms this includes the resort towns of Calpe, Benissa Costa, Moraira, Benitachell and Javea, extending inland from Moraira through Benissa, into the Jalon Valley, incorporating Seneca, Lliber, Murla and Jalon, itself.

OYSTER VILLAS – AREA COVERAGE: Our office is conveniently located in the town centre of Moraira, between the main (free) car park and the waterfront. Our prime focus of activity is centred on Moraira and the surrounding areas of: El Portet, Cumbre Del Sol, Benissa-Costa, and Benitachell, then extending into Javea and into the Jalon Valley.

OFFICE LOCATION, MORAIRA:

GEOGRAPHIC & LOGISTICAL NOTES: The Marina Alta coastline is best visualised as the right-hand side of a diamond, with Javea and Moraira just above and just below the easternmost point (Cabo De La Nao). Consequently, this area has the Mediterranean Sea surrounding about 270º of it; this stabilising effect of the sea’s temperature ensures that we enjoy milder winters and more temperate summers, compared to other coastal areas.

The Marina Alta has a number of spectacular mountain ranges to its south and west borders which not only shelter the area from the prevailing winds, but also provide a vast catchment of our year’s rainfall, which then flows into the low lying coastal areas via underground springs and reservoirs. Therefore, although our rainfall is rather infrequent, our landscape remains verdant throughout the year and water shortages are virtually unknown. This fabulous microclimate has been recognised by the U.N.’s World Health Organisation who has designated the Javea and Moraira area as having one of the healthiest living environments in the world. In addition, our section of coastline between Cabo San Antonio and Calpe is one of only seven ‘marine areas of special ecological interest’ in the world. This is reflected in the fact that all Moraira beaches and coves are accredited with ‘blue flag’ status. In more prosaic terms, Moraira and Javea sit midway between the elegant cities of Valencia and Alicante, each with their recently enlarged and upgraded international airports within one hour’s drive. The local A7/E15 Autovia (motorway) junction (J63) is located in Benissa, just 10mins. drive from Moraira and extends from Portugal to Dover, and beyond. The local ski resort of Teruel is within 2.5hours drive, those of the Sierra Nevada – Granada, four hours, and Andorra, six hours. There are local train stations at Moraira-Teulada and Benissa (to the south-west – Alicante), and from Xeraco (to the north-east – to Valencia and on to Madrid). There is also a regular fast ferry service (car and foot passengers) to the Balearic Islands, from Denia.