Special appeal Benissa and Moraira
Spain, and particularly the Costa Blanca North region, has been a popular destination for years amongst those who are looking to buy a (second) home, and continues to gain in popularity. What makes moving to Benissa, Moraira and their surroundings worthwhile?
Benissa and Moraira’s climate has been among Europe’s healthiest for years. Where people used to think that once outside the coastal region you would enter directly in a chilly or a hot region depending on the season, it now turns out that the climate is not that different. Due to the refreshing sea breeze the summers often tend to be a little less hot and the temperatures in winter a little more comfortable when compared with the temperatures in northern Europe.
Whether you decide to buy or rent a property, the price/quality ratio continues to be decisive. Especially when it comes to comparable properties and the locations can be mere minutes apart, the balance tilts ever more frequently towards Benissa.
The local secondary school and the Lady Elisabeth School have been among the Costa Blanca’s best for years. That is why an ever-increasing number of parents decide to enrol their children there. For those foreigners who miss the taste from home it is good to know that several supermarkets cater to Belgian and Dutch products. There are two Dutch supermarkets for example, and the local Mercadona stores have added a few Belgian/Dutch specialties to their shelves. Several expat entrepreneurs also offer their countries of origin’s flavours.
Gastronomically speaking there are dining options for every taste, both local regional products as well as dishes from foreign cuisines. Restaurants are quite popular, so reservations are recommended. Thanks to the local vineyards wine lovers also feel right at home.
Benissa and Moraira know no high-rise buildings and take care of their historical heritage. This ensures many dwellings in the old town centres retain their original appearance. There is also a local festivity, celebration, or other cultural activity more than once monthly. There are many sports’ opportunities such as golf, tennis, or the latter’s Spanish version, ‘padel’. They can be played amongst others at two tennis clubs, an 18-holes golf course, a manège, a sports centre with indoor pool and gym, besides the range of water sports offered at the marina and the numerous hiking routes. An increasing amount of professional cycling teams also train in the region during the winter.
‘Benissa’ is usually used to designate the town a couple of 100m above the Mediterranean. That it represents the Costa Blanca’s fourth biggest municipality is less well known, bigger even than Benidorm, and with more beaches than Calpe! One enters Benissa the moment you exit Moraira. A succession of small inlets such as Cala Baladrar, Cala Avocat and Playa de la Fustera make up Benissa rightfully earning it the nickname ‘Benissa Costa’.
In Moraira the lively town centre lies right on the coastline, with the beautiful olive tree welcoming visitors at the roundabout upon arrival, and it is a great place for shopping. It is also known for its possibilities for dining, its cosy sandy beach, the El Portet bay, and its marina.
There are therefore many reasons why an ever-increasing amount of buyers opt for real estate in or around Benissa and Moraira.