Spain (officially the Kingdom of Spain) is a sovereign state located on the Iberian Peninsula, with an area of 505,990 sq. km. Spain is the fourth largest country in Europe after Russia, Ukraine and France. Spain is the most mountainous country in Europe after Switzerland (90% of its territory is covered with plateaus and mountains) while Madrid is the highest European capital (667 above the sea level). The country’s population reaches 47.37 million people (according to the data of 2013), 95% of the religious believers are Catholics. The Spanish State is integrated by 17 autonomous communities and 2 autonomous cities in Africa (Ceuta and Melilla). Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world (470 million of native speakers).
Spain is one of the warmest countries in the Western Europe, the fact which explains its extreme popularity among tourists from all over the world. There are about 260-285 days of sunshine a year in Spain, and the average annual temperature on the Mediterranean coast is 20 degrees. Spain boasts more than 2,000 beaches and it is the country with most Blue flags in the world (681) – the international quality mark awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) to beaches and marinas that meet strict criteria for water quality, environmental education, environmental management, and safety and services.
Spain benefits from a healthy climate and good environmental situation. Most Spaniards can’t resist taking a short nap during the day (‘siesta’) and try to keep to the famous Mediterranean diet consisting mainly of fruits and vegetables, seafood, olive oil, and hearty grains. Scientists say that the eating habits of the Spaniards are the clue to their longevity. It’s interesting to note that according to the ‘World Health Statistics 2014’ report published by the World Health Organization (WHO) on May, 2015, Spain has the second highest female life expectancy in the world (85.1 years) yielding leadership only to Japan.
Costa Blanca (literally in English “White Coast”) is a 200-km-long shoreline on the south-eastern coast of Spain, considered one of the most touristic regions in the country. Costa Blanca benefits from unique microclimate, particularly beneficial for those who suffer from asthma, migraines, rheumatism, nervous and other diseases. The most popular touristic town in the Costa Blanca that annually attracts millions of visitors from all over the world is Benidorm known as the “New York of the Mediterranean”. Benidorm is the third most visited city in Spain, after Barcelona and Madrid. The Costa Blanca beaches are known all over the world due to its crystal clear water and a wealth of watersports & fun opportunities. Costa Blanca is favourable both for vacations and permanent living as numerous international colleges give excellent opportunities for children’s education.
The exceptional features of Costa Blanca make it one of the most sought after regions in Europe for buying property or moving to for permanent residence.