Why buy a home on Costa Blanca?

MOVING to Spain is a huge decision and not to be taken without serious consideration.

Friends and family will be asking you for the reasons that influence you, and you may still be asking the same question of yourself.

It's very straightforward, and there are definitely a multitude of answers, but the question remains: "Why buy a home on Costa Blanca".



Weather

The World Health Organisation recognises Costa Blanca's climate as one of the healthiest on the planet.

It's Mediterranean climate is considered the best in Europe and the third best in the world.

With 320 days of sun every year, the summers are long, hot and dry.

Out-of-season, winter is mild and with very little rain.

Salt lakes have created a special microclimate thanks to the high concentration of minerals in the air.

These help reduce breathing problems, skin conditions, rheumatism and orthopedic complaints.

On Costa Blanca, whole days of rain are few and far between, and heavy storms are a lot less frequent than in the UK.

Snow is a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence on Costa Blanca.


Cuisine

Spain, and Costa Blanca in particular, is known for its huge range of delicious food on offer.

Paella, the country's national dish, was invented in nearby Valencia, and is available in every town and village.

The 1000 year old dish began life when rice was first cultivated by the Moors in Muslim Spain around the 10th century.

Originally a peasant's meal, it was made with whatever was local to the area: rabbit, snails, vegetables, herbs and spices.

It became the staple diet for families by the 15th century, evolving into a seafood dish (also) by communities on the coast.

As transportation of fresh fish to inland communities became easier and quicker in the 20th century, the seafood variant of paella grew around Spain - and around the world.

Watch out at large gatherings and fiestas, as a huge paella is often made in a single pan - often measuring a couple of metres wide.

In restaurants, if you're not a fan of bones or shells in your paella, ask for 'Paella del Señorito', which translates literally to "Paella for a young child".


Tapas has an equally rich and varied history, and can be enjoyed almost anywhere.

The word itself comes from the Spanish verb tapar ("to cover"), as pieces of bread were originally used to cover a glass of sherry to avoid fruit flies taking advantage of a cooling drink in the Mediterranean sun.

The small slices of bread were subsequently eaten too, so ways to make it more tasty were developed.

Firstly it was just olive oil, then a variety of foodstuffs were added so that drinkers would eventually have such a dish balanced on top of their glass, that a small stick or fork was needed to keep it all together.

Meats such as ham and choriz