Costa Blanca north
What we do
Our first home in Spain
My wife Linda and I sold our house in the UK and moved to the Costa Blanca on Spain's beautiful south east coastline. We bought a villa in Calpe that had superb views of the Penon de Ifach rock, the sea, surrounding countryside and the incredible mountains that are a feature of this area.
The villa was split into two apartments as is usual and consisted of two bedrooms, lounge, kitchen and bathroom on each floor. This made it great for family and friends to visit allowing them perfect privacy in a large self contained apartment. The upper floor where Linda and I chose to live also had a small enclosed balcony overlooking the garden and pool, a large hall that had previously been used as a dining area and a large open balcony overlooking the azure Mediterranean Sea. It was from this balcony that most of our visitors would gaze across the stunning scenery whilst drinking a large Larios G&T and watching the sun go down.
The plot was not large at 700 sq.m but was still big enough to have a 10m x 5m swimming pool, 5 large and mature Washington palm trees, and cultivated garden surrounding the villa. Near the pool we also had an outside kitchen that housed a barbecue, bar, washing machine, fridge/freezer and sink that meant we hardly needed to go into the villa during the day. The fridge was always well stocked with salad, fruit and cold drinks. The bar was equally well stocked with not just alcohol, but savoury snacks, olives, cutlery and tableware. There were sun-loungers, reclining and upright chairs, huge 10 seater table and most importantly a number of very large umbrellas to protect us from the midsummer sun.
The drive was just long enough to park our small car and shut the gates that led onto the narrow road outside. Driving down this road a couple of hundred yards you would arrive at the marina to the right and beach to the left that is Puerto Blanco. Across the road from the marina we discovered the Restaurante Puerto Blanco that has a superb and gastronomic menu. We made sure that all our visitors had a meal here as although not cheap it certainly was a meal to remember.
My favourite eatery is in the old town of Calpe, the Campanari, that serves a lasagne to die for. Have an aperitif sat at an outside table watching the world go by. Then start with the delicious tomato soup and tiny, fresh bread rolls followed by a bottle of house wine with the lasagne and a bill of less than £20 for two.