My recommendation would have to be Torre de la Horadada, located at the southernmost end of the Alicante Province, where Costa Blanca meets Costa Calida, in the Murcia Province. We've been visiting this beautiful part of Spain for 10 years and like it more every time we go. Our most recent visit was just last week (memories of gorgeous sunshine, lovely food and relaxing bike rides are still very fresh).
The area is very popular with Spanish and Northern European holiday makers and older couples seeking to retire or shelter from the cold winter months. At least 70% of home owners in the area are Spanish.
Here are the main reasons why we love Torre de la Horadada:
-It boasts some of the best blue-flag beaches in the area.
- While having a very strong Spanish feel to it (always a plus if you enjoy exploring the native culture), it has a mix of expat communities, particularly -albeit not exclusively- during the winter months.
- It has several restaurants, bars and supermarkets, a marina and beautiful promenades.
- There is a top-class sports centre on the outskirts of the village –but still within a walking distance- with a heated swimming pool, ideal for keeping fit during the time when your community pool is too cold to use.
- The area is very flat and has excellent cycle paths tha can take you a long way up and down the coast. This also makes it extremely safe for wheel chair and mobile scooter users.
- It has good transport links with the beautiful cities of Alicante, Murcia and Cartagena.
- There is an ample choice of golf courses within a half an hour’s drive, including La Manga, Mosa Trajectum, Rhoda Golf and hacienda de Alamo.
- Murcia airport is only 15 minutes down the motorway.
Definitely worthwhile an exploratory visit as part of your research!