Cabo Roig is a prominent hub for tourists and expats looking to make that permanent move to sunny Spain. Located south of the beautiful cities of Alicante and Torrevieja, the area’s surroundings of La Regia; Monte Zenia, Castillo de Don Juan, Los Dolses, La Florida, Los Almendros, Villamartin and Villacosta are residential and highly urbanised areas. Across this entire area are numerous opportunities for buying Spanish property – not to mention prime holiday locations.
A fabulous coastal destination, Cabo Roig is one of the region’s most popular locations for expats seeking second homes and European holidaymakers. The population of the area tends to swell exponentially in the summer months, especially with European and Scandinavian tourists. Generally, however, the area hosts a permanent population of various national groups who have resettled there.
Translating to ‘nibbled cape’ in Spanish, Cabo Roig was built up across the 1970s and beyond, now offering residents and tourists a huge variety of activities including watersports, bars and restaurants. The town of Cabo Roig even has its own recently-refurbished marina with several mooring spaces for rent: a perfect spot for those amateur sailors. For history-lovers, an old defence tower overlooks the town.
Much like other areas in this region of Spain, La Zenia is a built-up urban area with a huge choice of properties including bungalows, apartments and bespoke detached houses.
La Zenia Beach is extremely popular and locally-renowned for its pristine water and clean sands. Just off the beach lies La Mirada, one of the area’s most-loved restaurants. Meanwhile, the nearby Orihuela Costa Resort offers a huge outdoor pool, loungers, tennis courts, basketball courts and pelota.
Any visit to La Zenia is incomplete without a trip to La Zenia Boulevard – a huge shopping development containing 150 shops including Primark, Stradivarius and Jack & Jones. The shopping centre also features a casino, a bowling alley and a yearly calendar filled with family-friendly events.
Villamartin is an urbanisation of the Cabo Roig area of Alicante. It is nearby other built-up towns including Los Dolses, Villacosta and Valencia. Right in the middle of the area is the Villamartin Golf Course, which needs no introduction to golf fans.
Since 1972, Villamartin has sprung up quite quickly, amassing thousands of holiday homes and second homes. Close to Cabo Roig, a centre plaza within Villamartin is packed with bars, restaurants, shops and nightclubs.
Food and Drinks
The area is known for its huge offering of bars and restaurants – especially Irish bars. The Stray Sod is widely recognised as one of the best in the area, offering perfect pints of Guinness, home-cooked meals and accommodating staff. Surrounding this bar are the more Irish contributions, including the Auld Dublineer, Pint Depot and The New Priory.
Aside from the obvious fast food choice of McDonalds, the area hosts a number of other restaurants including Italian, English and traditional Spanish. When visiting Villamartin, be sure to check out Witherspoons – a cheeky interpretation of the popular British restaurant chain, Wetherspoons.
Coast, Beach and Marina
One of the most rewarding parts of this area is the coastline. It is filled with beautiful views over the Mediterranean sea. Alongside Cabo Roig itself is one of the most picturesque parts of the Mediterranean coastline with a wonderful refurbished marina for all to enjoy. A walk along this coastline is a must-do.
The beaches along this coastline are perfect for everyone in the family. There is the La Zenia beach, the main beach of Cabo Roig and another large beach nearby in Dehesa de Canpoamor.
Around the coastline are many opportunities to take part in water-sports, from kayaking on the sea to jet skiing.
Cabo Roig and the surrounding area is a golfer’s heaven. Altogether there are four nearby courses: the Las Ramblas course; Lomas de Campoamor, Las Colinas and the Campo de Golf Villamartin. The Las Colinas course was voted Spain’s number one course in 2017.
All local courses are full 18-hole courses and have different degrees of difficulty.
In Cabo Roig’s surrounding area, residents and visitors can avail of one nearby hospital and two medical centres, as well as multiple police stations
Getting to the cities of Torrevieja, Alicante and Benidorm is quick and easy from this area. There are many bus routes to each of the cities – getting to the city of Torrevieja would take you around 15-20 minutes, whilst the city of Benidorm would take you just over an hour.
If you are moving over with your family, a range of schools are in the area. There are public schools located near Villamartin, Los Dolses and near Punta Prima. There is also a secondary school in Villamartin.
Nearby are two airports, both situated in the two provinces closeby. There is one airport in Murcia and another in Alicante. The airport in Murcia is down beside the coast, 26km away from the city of Murcia. The other airport is situated just outside of the city of Alicante. Both airports offer many flights directly to other parts of Spain and Europe.
The weather around this area is generally good all year-round, so if you are looking to get away from the bad weather back home, this place would be perfect. A typical Mediterranean climate features in this area. Overall, the average temperature for each month doesn’t go below 10 degrees celsius. Temperatures can reach as high as 40 degrees in the summer months.