For many Brits, the popular trend of buying property and retiring to Spain has not lost its appeal. In the last 25 years, Welcome Estates has successfully helped countless people retire along the Costa Blanca. In particular, the beautiful province of Alicante in the southeast of Spain’s Costa Blanca continues to attract British retirees year after year. But when it comes to retiring in Alicante, where are the best places to buy a property and why does it remain a favourite destination among retiring British expats?
Why Retire in Alicante, Spain?
People have a variety of reasons for choosing Alicante as their ideal location for retirement. For some people, the fact that retirement in Spain looks different when compared to retirement in the UK is a huge appeal. From the year-round sunshine to the busy festive atmosphere and traditional cuisine, here are a few other reasons why retiring in Alicante is so desirable.
If you’re a fan of a year-round summer climate, then Alicante’s 300 days of sunshine each year will draw you to its shores. The health benefits of living in a warmer climate are well known, so it’s no wonder why so many individuals choose to leave the colder temperatures of the UK behind in favour of a climate that boosts wellbeing. With a great climate comes great scenery and living in a coastal region means you’ll have stunning beaches on your doorstep. The good weather brings more opportunities for outdoor activities, so retiring in Alicante is ideal if you don’t plan to slow down during your retirement. However, if the opposite is true and you prefer a slower pace, then a relaxing life in the sun is equally achievable in Alicante, Spain.
Cost of Living
When it comes to buying a property in the Costa Blanca, on average, prices are lower than in the UK and overall, Alicante is an affordable place to live. The cost of living in Alicante is generally lower when compared to cities in the UK. For example, groceries are over 30% cheaper than they are in London with general consumer prices just over 40% cheaper. The increased financial security that comes along with a reduced cost of living is a welcomed break from the financial worries that often plague retirees in the UK. Yet another reason to consider retirement in Alicante.
Access to state pensions
Moving to Spain fortunately won’t stop you from accessing your UK pension. If you retire in Alicante you are still eligible to claim UK State Pension or New State Pension as well as pensions you’ve earned in other EU countries. You can find out more information about claiming and receiving your UK pension in Spain here.
The Best Places To Retire in Alicante, Spain
Alicante has been a popular destination for expats for many years and there are a few towns that are particularly favoured by British retirees. Where you decide to settle will depend on what you expect retired life to look for you. Do you like the cosmopolitan, busy pace of life or perhaps something more relaxed and leisurely? We’ve highlighted 4 of the most desirable locations for retiring in Alicante.
Located in the south of Alicante just 56km from Alicante Airport is Campoamor. Set in the Orihuela Costa district of Orihuela, Campoamor is a traditional village that retains a lot of its Spanish charm and culture with 60% of the local population being Spanish. Unlike some of the more popular Spanish retirement locations, British expatriates make up about 20% of the population. But with over 100 different nationalities calling Campoamor home, it can be described as a cosmopolitan retirement destination. If you’re after an active lifestyle, then you’ll enjoy the facilities available in Campoamor. From golf at the Real Club de Golf Campoamor Resort to indoor and outdoor sports at the Sports Centre Montepiedra, there is plenty for active expats to do in this diverse village.
Guardamar del Segura
With 11km of coast and 8 beaches, Guardamar del Segura is a perfect location for retirement if you appreciate nature’s beauty. Lots of British expats buy second homes in Guardamar del Segura and currently the British are the second biggest population in the area. Not only is Guardamar del Segura blessed with stunning beaches, but it also has pine forests with walking and cycling routes, orchards and a national parks ideal for spotting local wildlife. The Dunas Marina and Fishing Marina are popular attractions for water sports like sailing and scuba diving and canoeing and are enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.
Pilar de la Horardada
Located in the most southern part of the Alicante province and 1km from the neighbouring province of Murcia is the town of Pilar de la Horadada. Not only is this town a prime location for golf lovers (there are 3 nearby courses) but it also boasts 4km of blue flag beaches with crystal clear waters and fine sand. Even though this area is popular with tourists and has an international community made up of French, German, Dutch and Scandinavian expatriates, Pilar de la Horadada manages to escape the heavily commercialised feel of some other Spanish tourist destinations. Pilar de la Horadada benefitted greatly from a boost in high-quality property development back in 2001 and 2002 due to the rise in tourists choosing to buy a second property in the area and it continues to be a desirable place to retire.
With its substantial British expatriate community, Torrevieja is a firm favourite for those looking for a Spanish retirement destination. Situated on the southeastern coast of the Alicante province, Torrevieja is equally as popular with Spanish retirees as it is with the British due to the many health benefits of its dry microclimate. Those who suffer from conditions like arthritis, rheumatism or heart problems benefit from living in the area once labelled as having the healthiest climate in Europe according to the World Health Organisation. With a large selection of amenities situated locally, retirement in Torrevieja offers you the choice between quiet beach living or an active and lively lifestyle or even a satisfying mixture of the two.
With so many beautiful places to retire in Alicante, it’s no wonder the British expatriate community continues to thrive in Spain. Welcome Estates has helped countless Brits to find their ideal property and retire in Alicante. If you like the sound of retiring in Alicante and you’d like more information about buying a property on the Costa Blanca, talk to our friendly and experienced sales team who will be happy to help you find the perfect place to retire. Contact us today for more information.