Local Area & Climate
Southern Costa Blanca is famous for its white sandy beaches, many of which have been awarded 'Blue Flag' status by the European Union. Our house is within easy distance by car of some 30 miles of beaches stretching from Santa Pola in the north to Cabo Roig in the south.
Algorfa, our nearest small town (population 1000), is situated in the midst of the 'Vega Baja' - the Spanish name for the fertile lowland area located between high mountains to the north and south and the sandy dunes to the east at Guardamar. This area, dissected by the Seguro River, has long been the 'Huerta' or market garden for the Alicante region. Aquifers or irrigation ditches, installed by the Romans and by the Moors, keep the crops watered in an otherwise dry landscape and result in the supply of much fruit and vegetables to local markets. There is massive production of salt just south of the city of Alicante, where the salt lakes are home to flamingos. A few miles to the south, Torrevieja is the principal area for salt production in Europe and the salt lakes are home to much bird life.
Each year there is an average of at least 310 days of sunshine, with temperatures normally ranging from a low of 16° in January to 31° centigrade in August. Humidity is low and winter frosts are rare. Coastal sea breezes keep temperatures comfortable in the summer. The salt lagoons near Torrevieja (visible from 'Casa Alta') create a unique micro-climate which is claimed to be particularly beneficial for those suffering from rheumatism, arthritis and asthma. The area has been designated by the World Health Organisation as one of the healthiest places in which to live.