Living in Orihuela Costa Spain: The Definitive Guide

Orihuela Costa Spain

Orihuela Costa Spain is a coastal region along Spain’s Costa Blanca.

The coastal area includes La Zenia, Campoamor, Playa Flamenca. Cabo Roig and Punta Prima.

However, the main town Orihuela sits around 30 km further inland.

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Where is Orihuela Costa Spain?

Orihuela Costa Spain is located in the south east of the country in the region of Alicante.

It is to the south west of Torrevieja in the south of the province and next to the province of Murcia.

The nearest resorts are found at La Manga and Mar Menor.

The city of Murcia is within easy reach to the south, as is the city of Cartagena.

Their are international airports at Alicante, around 45 minutes driving time away and Murcia’s airport (San Javier) is located at San Javier, just 30 minutes from Orihuela Costa.

Orihuela Costa Map Spain

(Orihuela Costa – Google Maps)

Other resorts in the area include GuardamarOrihuela and La Marina.

Around one hour away, you will find the towns:

You will love Orihuela Costa Spain :-)


What is the History of Orihuela Costa?

There is very little recorded history concerning Orihuela Costa.

However, the area has a long history dating back as far as 3000 years BC, including settlement by the Iberians, followed by the Romans… replaced by the Visigoths afterwards.


General Information about Orihuela Costa Spain

Orihuela Costa Spain extends over a large area the coastline of Costa Blanca and includes several resorts.

The historical city of Cartagena is only 44 minutes away.

Cabo Roig is located at the southern end of the Orihuela Costa and is a charming town  of several beaches holding the coveted Blue Flag.

Cabo Roig Orihuela Costa Spain

(Cabo Roig – Orihuela Costa Spain)

There is a spectacular backdrop of mountains, while the resort has delightful lush gardens and avenues of palm trees.

There are views across to the peninsula of La Manga and Mar Menor.

Orihuela Costa is next to the city of Torrevieja and having quick and easy access to the cities of Elche and Murcia through the Motorway.

The well-know N332 road crosses Orihuela Costa, which will take you to Santa Pola in just 30 minutes.

Playa Flamenca is a tranquil resort lying close to the larger city of Torrevieja and hosts some delightful beaches, has several recreational activities such as golf, tennis, go karting and water parks.

La Zenia, is perhaps the most well known of the resorts that make up the Orihuela Costa and has everything needed to enjoy life here. There are Blue Flag beaches, golf, good amenities including some wonderful restaurants and surrounded by wonderful countryside.

The golden, sandy beaches at the resort of Punta Prima are surrounded by natural sand dunes and pinewood trees. It is an urbanisation rather than a town and comprises several blocks of apartments, townhouses and villas located around five kilometres from Torrevieja.

If you wish to experience an element of real Spanish culture then the resort of Campoamor could well be your destination of choice. It has some stunning scenery of green woodland encompassing the beaches that makes this resort one of the premier destinations along the Orihuela Costa.

Campoamor Orihuela Costa Spain

(Campoamor – Orihuela Costa Spain)

Villamartin is a prestigious golf development with the feel of a charming Mediterranean village comprising of apartments, villas and town houses. There are two 18-hole golf courses, beautiful sandy beaches that are never overcrowded and every amenity you could wish for.

The most southerly of Orihuela Costa’s resorts is known as Mil Palmeras. It hosts several sandy beaches with some rocky coves and bays. This popular resort has some good water sports and beach facilities to keep all entertained.

If you drive 1.5 hours to the north along the coast,you will get to Denia, which is at the border of the province of Valencia. Benidorm is half way between Denia and Orihuela Costa.


What is the Weather like in Orihuela Costa?

The climate of Orihuela Costa is that of a typically Mediterranean one, with a summer of cooling sea breezes and protection from the cold northerly winds each winter by the surrounding mountains.

The region receives around 3,000 hours of sunshine every year across approximately 325 sunny days.

The average annual temperature is in excess of 20C, with winter days having an average of 11C, while in the summer on occasion the temperature can rise to around 40C.

During the coldest month of January, there could be a consistent temperature of 11C, a bit warmer than Alcoy.


What Architecture can be seen in Orihuela Costa Spain?

There is very little evidence of historical architecture to be seen in Orihuela Costa and for this you will need to visit the town of Orihuela some 30 km to the west.

Here there is an ancient town full of historical artifacts and architecture in abundance in its churches.

La Zenia Orihuela Costa Spain

(La Zenia – Orihuela Costa Spain)

There is not as much history in Orihuela Costa Spain as in Guadalest, but you will love to live here :-)



The cuisine of Orihuela Costa is typical of that of the Costa Blanca using a combination of food from the land and the sea.

Many past civilisations have also left their mark on the local styles of cuisine.

The diet is rich in fish, vegetables, olive oil, rice and fruit. All are combined to prepare delicious, healthy recipes such as arroz negro or black rice, oven baked rice, fish and rice stew and princes rice.

Food from the land includes roast lamb, home made sausages and black pudding.

Those with a sweet tooth are also catered for with delicacies such as home-made pastries and deserts, including nougat ice cream made from locally produced almonds.

Typical dishes will include tapas, paellas and other seafood dishes, similar to Villajoyosa.


How much does it cost to rent or buy property in Orihuela Costa?

There is no shortage of property available to rent or buy in the resorts of Orihuela Costa and lots of reasonably priced properties on sale.

One bedroomed apartments begin at around 55,000 Euros with two bed apartments available from 59,000.

Two bedroomed houses begin at around 62,000 Euros.

Three bedroomed properties are on sale from 76,000 Euros.

Sunset Orihuela Costa

Long term rental properties are available in several locations of the resort area with two bedroomed apartments costing from  375 Euros per month.

Three bedroomed town houses cost from around 550 per month.

Villas are available from just 800 Euros per month.


What are the most Interesting Attractions I should visit in Orihuela Costa?


There are some excellent quality golf courses along the Orihuela Costa with the best courses located at Villamartin, Campoamor and Las Ramblas.


The coastline of Orihuela Costa extends for some 16 km and covers several resorts and the beaches include golden sandy beaches and small secluded coves where you can practice water sports in safety all year round.

Some of the best beaches include Punta Prima which includes a lift onto the beach as an alternative to the steps.

La Glea beach is the biggest beach to be found along the Orihuela Costa coast while the Flamenca beach is among the regions smallest beaches.

All of these beaches hold the Blue Flag award and have first class facilities, including restaurants and bars close by.

Beach Orihuela Costa Spain


Along the length of the Orihuela Costa there are three cycle routes to follow that keep cyclists away from the road traffic in a safe environment.

These routes extend from Campoamor to Cabo Roig and then on through to La Zenia.

The Dehesa to Campoamor route is 1.1km in length and offers some splendid panoramic views across the Mar Menor.

The Cabo Roig route is 2.8 km long and passes the Marina with some good views of the beaches.

It also has some good access points onto those beaches it passes.

The La Zenia route is 2.4 km in length and passes the beach at Cala Bosque and the beach at La Zenia.


Every Saturday a large street market is held in Playa Flamenca on the Calle Nicolas de Bussi. It begins at 9am and continues through to 2pm.

Nearby, Torrevieja hosts a market every Friday morning with around 1000 stalls operating.

From the many markets held across the Costa Blanca you can buy fruit and vegetables, leather goods ad even second hand English books, usually at bargain prices.

Go-Kart Racing

One exciting activity is to visit Go-Karts Orihuela Costa with two tracks, one for younger thrill seekers and the other for adults.

There are also bouncy castles, trampolines and other play areas for younger children.

Another option here is to try paintball for the older visitors.

The exciting mixture of activities here make this a popular destination for those days you wish to keep away from the beach.


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