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Orihuela Costa - Spain

Orihuela is a very traditional inland Spanish town and is the capital of the Vega Baja area of Alicante. During the boom of the late nineties/early “noughties”, a satellite town sprang up along the beautiful coasts that belonged to this municipality but that had previously been virtually undeveloped. Houses, shops, bars, schools, police stations and eventually its very own Civic Centre quickly sprang up to replace the lemon groves and open spaces, accommodating the huge number of immigrants that flocked in from all over Europe. This is the area known as the Orihuela Costa, an area popular both for living and holidaying, and unrivalled in its facilities, choice of bars and restaurants, beautiful beaches and easy accessibility to both Alicante and Murcia airports. The London inspired shopping Centre La Zenia Boulevard opened its doors in the autumn of 2012 and this has only added to its popularity as a holiday destination and the perfect place to live all year round.
Beaches along Orihuela Costa

Beaches in Orihuela Costa

Orihuela Costa can proudly boast some of the best and most popular beaches in Alicante. Punta Prima, Playa Flamenca, La Zenia, Cabo Roig and the lovely long beach of Campoamor are all beautiful all year round.

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Restaurants in Orihuela Costa

A really cold beer in a Bar in Orihuela Costa There is a great diversity of restaurants in Orihuela Costa; you will find romantic restaurants, cheap restaurants, taverns, tapas bars, all offering you delightful food in charming surroundings. They offer you an exquisite cuisine with plenty of diversity of national and international dishes. You can enjoy different restaurants, “pub grub”, bistros and tapas bars, all proud of the variety of dishes and prices they can offer.

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Tapas bars in Orihuela Costa

There are plenty of tapas bars in Orihuela Costa and if you move away form the sea front you will find many excellent typical Spanish tapas bars. Many tapas bars in Orihuela Costa offer tapas and caña for 1.5 €. Because of the large selection it can be hard to find good tapas bars in Orihuela Costa. A good tip is to look where the Spaniards go.

Hotels in Orihuela Costa

There are not many hotels in Orihuela Costa centre. The majority of the hotels are located along the beaches of Orihuela Costa. A good place to look for hotels in Orihuela Costa is There you can search among a lot of hotels at the same time and you can also book a hotel online. The prices are often lower than other web sites. Visit them on

Orihuela Costa Resort Hotel is a large estate located just 600 metres from the beaches of Orihuela Costa. It has an outdoor pool, 3 tennis courts, a basketball court and a gym. It is 15 minutes drive from Campoamor, Villamartin and Las Rambla golf courses and other popular activities in the area are hiking, horse riding and water sports activities on the beaches. All rooms are air-conditioned and have a balcony and a TV. There is a restaurant offering Mediterranean and international food and a bar with live music. It offers good access to the AP7, and both Alicante and San Javier airports are only 50 minutes away. It is very close to all facilities including the La Zenia Boulevard.

La Zenia Hotel Situated within 20 metres of two fabulous beaches, the La Zenia hotel boasts a tennis court, spa, outdoor pool, and sea views. All rooms have private balconies with full or side sea views. There is a sun terrace with loungers overlooking the beach, and also large gardens, children’s play areas and a wide range of activities and entertainment all the year round. The restaurant serves self-service buffet-style meals and offers show cooking and special menus on request. The spa is available at an extra cost, and has an indoor heated pool, gym and sauna. Massages and beauty treatments are also available. Guests at the hotel receive discounted green fees at a local golf course, and the Hotel is very nicely situated for the beach and all other facilities.

Attractions in Orihuela Costa

Sun clock in Orihuela CostaThere are many attractions in Orihuela Costa. The lovely Parque de las Naciones in the centre is open all year round and is a great place to take the kids. There is a huge outdoor market every Friday, and in the summer there is an evening market and a funfair near the port and the Paseo Marítimo. There is a long pier to walk out on and a lovely walkway alongside the beach that is buzzing most times of the year. Aquapolis, the water park, is open from June to September, and there is always the salt museum to visit all year round. If you go in December, a must-see is the Belen or nativity scene that appears every year in the church square and is fascinating in its complexity and inventiveness.

Activities in Orihuela Costa

The Orihuela Costa and its many areas are literally packed full of bars and good restaurants to eat drink, and be merry at exceptionally good value for money. There are many facilities, doctors, schools, tourist information, supermarkets, go- karts and sporting venues to suit all tastes, apart from the fabulous beaches previously mentioned. Most places, including beaches are within walking distance, and there is a bus service and taxis are easy to get and quite reasonable, so a car is not always necessary. All this combines with fabulous weather makes the Orihuela Costa a perfect place for a holiday or to live all the year round.

Travelling and transportation in Orihuela Costa

An octopus in the crystal clear waters of Orihuela Costa Orihuela Costa boasts a complete public transport service, which can be used by all the different urbanizations. The existing line route has been substantially modified to expand the scope of the service up to the places with more population density, reaching the limits with boundary towns such as San Miguel de Salinas, Torrevieja and Pilar de la Horadada. The service is structured in two clearly different lines whose only point in common is the Orihuela Costa’s Town Hall. The “red line” departs from the said Town Hall, goes by the “Alameda del Mar” civic centre up to the Torrevieja’s hospital, and has 13 stops in total. The “blue line” starts at the Orihuela Costa’s Town Hall and travels through Villamartín; urbanization El Presidente; urbanization El Galan; Las Filipinas; La Cuerda; Campoamor; Aguamarina; La Regia and La Zenia, having a total of 20 stops. The service offered comprises a total of 30 stops between the two lines, and provides a service for all coastal area urbanizations.

Car hire is easy to find and very reasonable but if you are looking to hire a car for the high season such as summer or Easter, early booking is advisable as prices rises as availability falls.

Festivals and holidays in Orihuela Costa

Orihuela om natten - foto: WikipediaAs a satellite of the larger inland town of Orihuela, the Orihuela Costa shares its holidays and fiestas with it. However, over recent years it has begun to celebrate independently also, and now has its own fiestas throughout August. During these, you will enjoy different concerts, be able to taste traditional food from different countries in Europe whose citizens now live in the area, as well as enjoy firework displays. Many of these are held on the beach, and the fun goes on well into the early hours. “Fiestas” in Spain normally have a religious connection and can last for several days. There are national fiestas, which are celebrated throughout the country, and local fiestas only celebrated in a particular city, town or village. They are normally celebrated with processions, parades, fancy dresses and a general party atmosphere through the streets.

There are the usual Easter fiestas, a local fiesta in April, the May Fair in May, the Festival of Music in July and August. Also on the 12th of July the patron Saint of Orihuela Costa, the Virgen del Carmen is celebrated. In August we also celebrate San Emigdio and on the 9th of October the whole Valencian community celebrates el Día de la Comunidad Valenciana.

Add to those the “national” fiestas such as Christmas Day, New Year, Kings Day (Día de los Reyes) on the 6th of January, Father’s Day (Día del Padre) on the 19th of March, Labour day on the 1st of May, Spain’s National day on the 12th October, All Saints day on the 1st of November, Constitution day on the 6th of December and the day of the Immaculate Conception on the 8th… plus a few others… and you can see that whenever you decide to visit Orihuela Costa there is likely to be some kind of party going on !!

Shopping in Orihuela Costa

On the 26th September 2012, La Zenia Boulevard opened its doors to the public in Orihuela Costa, converting itself into the largest shopping and leisure complex in the region of Alicante. Offering over 150 shops and services, including over a third taken by local businesses. La Zenia Boulevard is also home to high street names such as Leroy Merlin, Decathlon, C and A, Primark, H and M, MediaMarkt, Norauto, and the supermarket giant Alcampo. Also, the Inditex Group which includes high street chains Zara, Zara Home, Massimo Dutti, Oysho, Stradivarius, Pull & Bear and Bershka has brought all its brands to La Zenia Boulevard. Sprawling over 161.000 m2, La Zenia Boulevard has over 5,000 parking spaces. 11,000 m2 has been dedicated to restaurants and bars, many offering sea views. There is also a Casino, many children’s activities, and a bowling alley. Over 5,000 direct and indirect jobs have been created, and a new road layout gives La Zenia Boulevard direct links to the AP-7 motorway, making it easy to find for shoppers from all across the region. The Centre has a traditional Mediterranean design, featuring more than 600 trees and 55 different plant species in the various gardens and open spaces, which give colour to the shopping centre. Its layout is designed to reflect a typical Spanish village, with various “town squares” such as Plaza London Square or Plaza Mayor linked by “streets” lined with shops of every description. The opening of this new shopping giant has been met with enthusiasm by local residents and is very conveniently located in the heart of the Orihuela Costa.

The Habaneras is a large Shopping Centre Torrevieja, with free parking and such shops as Zara, C and A, Bookworld España, Druni, H&M and many others, also DIY shops and Sports shops. There is an El Corte Inglés in Alicante, Cartagena and Murcia, all less than an hours drive away, and you will find Ikea in Murcia only 45 minutes drive from Orihuela Costa.

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Spanish classes in Orihuela Costa

Whether you want to learn spanish from scratch or you want to improve your spanish, Orihuela Costa is a perfect choice. The advantage of studying Spanish in Orihuela Costa is that you can practise your language in the spare time.

On you will find spanish classes in Orihuela Costa and many other cities in Spain.

Moving to Orihuela Costa

Moving to Orihuela Costa does not need to be a difficult process. Here you will find tips and advice about jobs, what you should do when moving to Orihuela Costa and which obstacles you might meet.
Moving to Orihuela Costa

Living in Orihuela Costa

Many have chosen living in Orihuela Costa because of the good climate. There is a large society of expats living on Orihuela Costa, and there are plenty of businesses run by foreigners who specialize in serving the expats society in Orihuela Costa
The Paseo in Orihuela Costa

Properties in Orihuela Costa

The prices on properties in Torevieja attract many expats to buy a home in Orihuela Costa as a second home or as an investment. The prices on properties in Orihuela Costa are often lower than for instance on Costa del Sol. Read more... Properties for sale in Orihuela Costa
Beaches in Orihuela Costa
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