An Introduction to Villamartin
Where is Villamartin?
Villamartin is located slightly inland from the coast but just a 5 minute drive from a choice of fabulous blue flag beaches and the La Zenia Boulevard shopping centre. The area is fast growing and is one of the largest urbanisations on the Orihuela Costa, it has a cosmopolitan atmosphere with many privately owned apartments, town houses and villas. Villamartin is in a location where a car is recommended but is not essential, you can easily walk around the urbanisation and sample the amenities while the coast on foot is around 40 minutes away.
How do I get from Alicante Airport to Villamartin?
There is no direct transportation from Alicante airport to Villamartin unless you take a taxi or hire a car. The nearest bus \ coach drop off point is Torrevieja bus station, the journey takes 1 hour and a single ticket is €7. Please bear in mind however that a taxi from Torrevieja to Villamartin will cost in the region of €30. A taxi from the airport to your Villamartin accommodation will generally cost you around €70 and the journey time is approximately 45 minutes. If you're planning on hiring a car at Alicante, it is recommended to do it in advance of your trip as you will tend to get a better rate, particularly outside peak season.
How do I get from Murcia Airport to Villamartin?
Murcia airport is also known as Corvera airport and should not be confused with the old Murcia airport which was known as San Javier airport. Corvera airport is inland from the coast, 26km from the city of Murcia and about 55km from Villamartin, the transfer time is similar to Alicante, taking approximately 45 minutes.
Taxis are readily available outside the terminal and will you charge you around €70, a pre booked taxi service maybe slightly cheaper. Unfortunately public transport from Corvera airport to the main resorts on the Orihuela Costa is extremely limited and therefore best avoided at present.
How far is Villamartin to the Beach?
As mentioned previously, you can reach one of the many sandy beaches in 5 minutes by car, however, if you decide to walk to the sea front, then you need to be prepared for a 30-40 minute stroll. The most direct walk to a beach is the one to La Zenia, it is pretty much all downhill (but remember that if you’re intending to walk back!) and will take you past the Los Dolses commercial centre and over the AP7 bridge passing the La Zenia Boulevard shopping centre. Please bear in mind that during the summer months (June - August), day time temperatures can be excessive and even walking 30-40 minutes can be dangerous. A taxi from the Plaza to La Zenia beach will cost around €7 and is certainly recommended, particularly for a family.
What is there to do in Villamartin?
Walking & Running
One thing that you cannot fail to miss if you walk around Villamartin is the Tajo-Segura Trasvase (water transfer canal) which is approximately 50km in length and runs between Pilar de la Horadada and Vista Bella (near the city of Orihuela), it is extremely popular with people, walking, jogging and running as well as cycling (see below). The pathway that runs along the canal can be a little uneven in places but on the whole it is flat and suitable for most people. Sometimes, you may see the odd vehicle driving along the canal path and although it is not strictly legal you should always be aware.
Cycling has become an extremely popular pass time on the Orihuela Costa and in Villamartin you can hire high quality bicycles from Freedom Bike Hire who are located directly opposite the Villamartin Plaza. Within 2 minutes of collecting your bike, you can be on the canal path riding past orange and lemon groves on a relatively flat path.
Villamartin golf course opened way back in 1972 and is regarded as one of the best courses on the Orihuela Costa. In 1994 the course hosted the Mediterranean open and was won by Spanish golfer Jose Maria Olazabal. The course is a par 72, it can be challenging, exciting and very diverse, however, the character of the course makes it one that always seems to be busy!
La Zenia Boulevard is not just a shopping centre, there is so much that you can do there, there are bars, restaurants, a casino, cinema and bowling alley and then you have the shops of course!
The Boulevard is less than a 5 minute drive away from Villamartin, it has plenty of free parking, security is excellent and the whole place is spotlessly clean, it is well worth a visit.
Nightlife is centred around the many bars and restaurants in Villamartin, with the Plaza being home to many. There are some fabulous restaurants to dine at and you have a good choice when it comes to the type of food. Argentinian, Spanish, Italian, Indian and English (fish and chips) to name just a few! The bars in the Plaza tend to serve alcohol until around 1am in the peak season and you will be expected to leave the premises no later than 1.30am. The main reason for this is that the Plaza is also home to many private apartments and so noise levels must be adhered to.
What is Villamartin like to live in?
Villamartin is an extremely popular place to live, mainly dues to the points already covered in the post but also because it has a large expat community, plenty of social activities (groups that cover golf, walking, football, darts etc) and a very well-renowned international school so making it a very popular choice for those seeking a permanent residence.
How much are Properties in Villamartin?
As well as resale properties, there is also a large number of new build developments appearing in and around Villamartin, many of which are within walking distance of the centre (Plaza etc) and offer you a chance to buy either a ‘key ready’ property (one that has been completed or is close to completion) or you can look to negotiate a deal with the developer by buying off plan.
We currently have over 40 new build properties for sale in Villamartin.