The Costa Blanca continues to spearhead Spain’s tourism and foreign property sales, attracting new low-cost fligths to Alicante and contributing to record tourist numbers in 2016 .
The beginning of 2016 saw Spain break yet another tourism record, welcoming 3.5 million international visitors just in January, traditionally one of the low-season months. The latest tourism figures show that this is an 11.2 per cent increase in comparison to last year, with 20 per cent of all overseas visitors coming from the UK.
At the same time, budget carrier Ryanair has announed the launch of five new routes to Alicante. These new flights mean that London Gatwick now has six weekly flights to the Costa Blanca’s gateway airport, while London Stansted now has ten weekly flight options.
The rise in tourism numbers and flights is reflected in sales of property in the region. Recent figures released by the National Institute of Statistics and Ministry of Public Works reveal that purchases made by foreign citizens in Spain accounted for 17 per cent of the total sales completed in the fourth quarter of 2015. Yet, between October and December last year it was the province of Alicante that recorded the highest number of purchases by overseas buyers
Unsurprisingly, developers and agents are noticing a rise in enquiries up and down the Costa Blanca, addressing the demand with new developments. One example is the new Jardin del Mar residential complex, comprising two and three bedroom apartments and three bedroom duplexes, all with two bathrooms, air-conditioning and an underground parking space. Situated in the beautiful town of Jávea, also known as the Pearl of the Costa Blanca. Jardin del Mar properties offer direct access to Primer Montañar Beach and its prime location means Alicante and Valencia airports are both just an hour or so away.