The Costa Blanca and in particular the Jalon valley is a perfect place to retire to. More and more European people of retirement age are choosing to embark on a new adventure in the temperate climes of this wonderful area.
But what if you’re not ready or willing to sit back and enjoy a slower pace of life?
There are a multitude of possibilities for those with motivation and vision.
Is the bed and breakfast business something that interests you?
If you see yourself as a home-maker and host and you think you could turn that into a great income you couldn’t choose a better place to do it. The Jalon Valley and surrounding areas of the Costa Blanca receives a huge number of visitors from all over Europe all year round.
It is an area newly discovered in the hiking and climbing holiday market. The mountains and valleys have some very popular walking trails that hide some amazing historic ruins and caves. The area is awash with Spanish history and culture in a multitude of Spanish pueblos. There are vineyards and their bodegas to visit and they offer guided tours for those wishing to learn more about what goes in to our famous Jalon wines. Each pueblo is no more than a few kilometres from the next, and each has its own main plaza which nearly always houses an ancient church and bell tower. Perfect for the tourist wishing to explore as well as relax.
The area is also seeing a huge surge in the numbers of cyclists. The Spanish “Vuelta”, which is fast becoming as popular as the “Tour de France”, runs right through the valley every year. More and more of our holiday rental villas are booked out every year to cyclists. That said, most prefer the bed and breakfast option for accommodation. They are, after all, only looking for a good breakfast to start the day and a warm and comfortable bed to sleep in ( make that cool in the summer months! ) There are some breathtaking mountain and coastal routes, with the world famous “Coll de Rates” among the challenges most cycling enthusiasts want to take on.
Also on the increase is the number of motor cycle clubs touring the valleys and coasts of the Costa Blanca. It’s a superb way to see Alicante and Valencia provinces. The views from the tops of the mountains make you, literally, stop in your tracks and a touring motorbike is a prime way to see it all.
Also just your regular holiday makers are also looking more at B and B accommodation. All of the towns have a municipal swimming pool within walking distance to the town centre. The bigger ones have bar and restaurant facilities and are bustling centres of entertainment for the Spanish residents in the summer months. Most would rival any four or five star hotel facilities and your holiday feels more like a Spanish holiday.
So if Bed and Breakfast is something you would like to look at what kind of property should you look at?
A palatial villa with its own swimming pool may spring to mind but it’s usually way outside your budget.
Traditional Spanish town-houses http://www.casadepozo.com/ make perfect B and B’s. If you really want a project look at a “reform” opportunity. There are some superb properties which have been left to fall into disrepair and this market could be hiding a gem of a prospect. These houses are often enormous with three or even four floors each with five or six rooms. They always hide some amazing traditional features and can be very reasonably priced. Most of the pueblos in the area has at least one of these beautiful bed and breakfasts.
It’s not for the faint hearted of course. From the outset you have to be prepared to get your hands dirty and often chase contractors to get the job done. But imagine the sense of achievement when you welcome your first guest?