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Car and leisure in Spain
Car and leisure in Spain on Costa Blanca coast. Warm blue sea, beautiful beaches, wonderful cities of southern Spain to visit and so much to do and explore! Golf with friend or a day on the beach! What to choose ...?
The magnificent, mild climate of the Costa Blanca coast offers so much for local residents of our region. Beautiful scenery of Meditteranean, bike trails, hiking trails, mountains, sea and culinary discoveries of southern Spain. Excursions to the various cities of the Alicante region will occupied you for the first few months. You will not know where to start exploring the Costa Blanca area, Alicante, Orihuela Costa, Torrevieja, Santa Pola, Benidorm, Calpe or Denia.
So if you are planning moving to Costa Blanca and you are going to spend more time here, you seriously should consider having own car on the Costa Blanca. If you buy an apartment or holiday home here and plan to come to Spain often, having a car is a great convenience and personal freedom. The car will help you more enjoy the region's attractions and make you independent from public transport on the Costa Blanca. Also you will avoid the cost of transport (taxi from the airport or bus) from Alicante Airport to your residence in Spain.
Beaches, marinas and fairways ...
The pretty sandy beaches of the Costa Blanca are the largest "beach concentration" with Blue Flags EU certification throughout the European Union. (Spanish: Banderas Azul). The word Blanca refers to white sand on the beaches of our region. Costa Blanca is famous mainly for this.
The calm, warm waters of the Mediterranean with gentle descent to the sea and shallow coastal waters of the Costa Blanca make this place extremely popular with families with young children. Families dreaming of buying property in Spain by the warm sea. There is no better place in Spain to enjoy with your children than the Costa Blanca and the Alicante region. Water sports, sailing, diving and snorkeling enthusiasts will also find their place here. Not only for your holiday in Spain, but all year round.
Costa Blanca South and the city of Torrevieja have their own selection of excellent beaches, such as La Mata Beach and the extensive beaches of Guardamar del Segura. Beaches located few minutes north of Torrevieja. Few beaches in Torrevieja in the city center like Playa los Locos, Playa del Cura and Playa Acequion are also very popular among tourist and residents.
South of Torrevieja, there are well known beaches in Punta Prima, La Zenia, Playa Flamenca, La Mosca, Cabo Roig and beach of Mil Palmeras.
North of Alicante starts region Costa Blanca North and cities such as Benidorm don't need advertising. Since the 1960s this town are visited by crowds from all over Europe, especially the operators from the UK and Ireland. With these countries is so easy to buy cheap all inclusive holiday in Benidorm on the Costa Blanca.
But going even further north, you'll discover the pretty beaches of Altea, Calpe, Moraira, Javea or Denia. But this part of the coast is more "dramatic" and playas are rocky, but extremely spectacular. The sunsets here are unique.
When your family wants to spend the day in the water park there are a few of them to choose on the Costa Blanca. At Aquapolis Aquapark in Torrevieja next to Carrefour or huge Aqualandia in Benidorm. Also you can go to the Playa Flamenca go-cart track just off the N332 road. Main road running from Alicante to Cartagena. Here is located main IBERMAXX office on Punta Prima.
Marinas on the Costa Blanca offer various attractions for locals and tourists, including diving schools, sailing schools, boat trips in the Mediterranean sea. As well as berths to accomodate your boat or motorboat in Spain.
Coasta towns with the best marinas and with real estate for sale near them are: Torrevieja, Cabo Roig, Santa Pola - Miramar, Alicante, Altea, Calpe (Greenwich), town of Javea and Denia.
And back to the land - golfers "go crazy" in this region with a huge selection of fine golf courses on the Costa Blanca. Look out for Villamartin Golf Course on Orihuela Costa and the so-called golf tringle on the southern Costa Blanca. All golf courses are within a few minutes drive - one from the other. Villamartin Golf, Las Ramblas Golf and Campoamor Golf.
A 15 minute drive north of this place you will find great La Finca golf course in Algorfa, and the golf course of Vistabella Golf. On the northern Costa Blanca golf courses are available in Denia, in Javea and smaller 9 hole course in Altea and Moraira. Not to mention the golf courses near Alicante - the capital of the region, are also open year round. Golf players from all over Europe play here.
Are you playing golf? Are you visiting Spain and Costa Blanca?
Visit IBERMAXX office, we will find the perfect investment for you in the golf course in beautiful green scenery. House on the golf course, luxury villa with pool or apartment overlooking the golf course in the most beautiful part of Spain.
Car and maintenance costs in Spain
To fully enjoy Costa Blanca's attractions and enjoy living here, you may choose to bring a car from Poland, United Kingdom, Irland, Germany, Netherlands or Belgium to Spain and keep the vehicle in your own garage. Or in the backyard of your house or on the parking lot in your neighborhood. So many of our customers doing that.
Being "NOT resident" in Spain, or as a "tourist" it is OK. However, if you move to Spain and you apply to became resident in Spain and your car will be here for more than 6 months in a calendar year in Spain, then you should try to register your car and obtain Spanish registration numbers (Spanish plates).
At our agency we also help you to register Polish, English, German, Dutch, French or other european cars to Spanish registration numbers. Our office we work with deal with all matters related to it. We will recommend it to you.
Of course, the whole process of re-registering a car from foreign plates to Spanish plates can be done by yourself. You will probably save a few hundred euros. But from experience we know that this is a relatively difficult task for a newcomer in Spain.
You have to visit several offices in several cities and patiently wait in the queues. So pay the so-called. "gestor" really pays off. You will save time and nerves. And if you don't know Spanish, doing it on your own can be twice as hard.
Technical overview of a car in Spain
In Spain a technical review of the car is mandatory. It's called ITV (Inspección Técnica de Vehículos). ITV's workshops are located in every major city in Spain. A car older than 4 years must have a technical review.
The cost of a technical review of a car in Spain varies between 50 and 150 euros. To the additional car maintenance costs in Spain must be added car tax in Spain. This tax is paid once a year, with a "window" of 2 months to pay. Here the cost is related to the car's brand, engine capacity, and car's age.
If your car in Spain fails on the Costa Blanca, we will recommend a Polish car mechanic located in Torrevieja, Alicante, Santa Pola and Orihuela Costa. There will be no problem with the language barrier.
Driver licence in Spain
Every citizen of the European Union, including Polish citizens in Spain, has the right to use a Polish driving license in Spain. This will change when you become a resident of Spain and buy a car in Spain. According to Spanish law you should change your Polish driving license for a Spanish driving license. However, in practice, a lot of foreigners in Spain drive a car with their driving license issued in their country of origin. This is a very common practice here in Spain.
However, if you decide to stay and live in Spain, we strongly recommend exchanging your driving licence for a Spanish driving license. Guardia Civil or Police can stop you for roadside checks and punish you with a fine/mandate. (Spanish: multa)
The driving license in Spain is valid for 10 years, after which it should be replaced. If you are over 65 years old, your driving license has to be renewed every 5 years.
Car insurance in Spain. Polish or european insurance companies will cover the costs of car insurance in Spain up to 6 months. When you are looking for car insurance in Spain it's better to use the services of an professional insurance broker. We will recommend you to a relevant car insurance company in Spain if you need it.
Good luck. Remember that IBERMAXX is with you all the time while you are "sattle down" in Spain and even things such as described above, we will help and advise how to "get" all these formalities. Even if related to car insurance in Spain.
We also invite you to visit section What's new at IBERMAXX Spain where we cover topics related to moving to Spain and all aspects of life in southern Spain.