In the Costa Blanca region, the busy port city of Alicante is home to 332,000 people, with 1.8million living in the region, of these about 18% are British.

With a long and colourful history spanning over 3000 years the city still attracts visitors who are keen to experience its vibrant history combined with its glorious beaches.

The Moors took control of the region in the 8th century, giving it the name Alicante (Arabic for City of Lights) and it was a few hundred years before the Christians reclaimed the land.

This is today celebrated with the Moors and Christians fiesta which is held in each district of Alicante throughout the year.

The Moors also contributed heavily to the agricultural economy of the land by terracing the hills, introducing irrigation and planting almond and olive trees. These still make up a large portion of the local economy today.

The historic old town with its narrow streets and coloured houses is also home to the entertainment district – with fabulous restaurants, bars and nightlife. Remember the action starts late here, usually from midnight!

Alicante is the most popular area in the Costa Blanca for overseas buyers.

Although the Spanish domestic property market is gloomy there is growth in the overseas market as foreign buyers are attracted by prices that are currently around the 2002 level.

However in some popular areas there are shortages of property which has pushed up prices. With a positive outlook for the Alicante region, now is a great time to buy.

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