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‘Lesser known’ destination in Spain is ‘affordable’ for British expats looking to retire – Express

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Spain is one of the most popular destinations for British expats. While the Costa del Sol and Costa Brava are well-known, there’s one incredible coastline spot Britons might never have heard of.
Spain’s Costa del Azahar, often known as the Orange Blossom Coast, is an under the radar expat destination.
Property experts at idealista said: “The lesser known Costa del Azahar, also known as the Orange Blossom Coast, is in the province of Castellon and is made up of 120 kilometres of stunning sandy beaches and coves.
“A great option for those who wish to retire in Spain by the sea, and located just over one hour’s drive from Valencia, this golden coast gets some of the best weather in Spain and is a welcoming area for English speaking expats as well as being an affordable option for pensioners.”
Quieter than the Costa del Sol, Britons will be able to find more peace and quiet on the stunning Costa del Azahar.
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TRAVEL: Pensicola
Top destinations in the Costa del Azahar include Peniscola, Torreblanca, La Llosa, Benicasim and Oropesa.
Peniscola is fairly popular with tourists and hosts two music festivals every year, including a celebration of jazz.
The ‘City in the Sea’ is built on a rocky headland about 220 feet high and is joined to the mainland by a thin strip of land.
Expats will enjoy incredible sea views with the town enjoying warm weather for much of the year.
An old fishing village, Torreblanca is a growing tourism destination. The town has a Blue Flag beach.
Each year, the town comes together to celebrate Saint Bartholomew with a festival held in the last week of August.
The town’s promenade at Torrenostra is perfect for an early evening stroll or a morning fitness jog.
Aside from beaches, the town is also close to two theme parks with go-karts, trampolines and slides.
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TRAVEL: Spain
Currently, idealista has a two bedroom apartment with sea views listed for 145,000 euros (£125,000) in Peniscola.
A semi-detached duplex in the town with two terraces and a garden is a bargain at just 99,000 euros (£85,000).
Luxury buyers will also find plenty of options on the Costa del Azahar with five bedroom places on offer.
Many of the more expensive villas have their own pool while a more affordable option could be an apartment with a shared pool.

TRAVEL: Expats
According to idealista research, retiring in Spain is generally cheaper than in the UK and other northern European countries.
British citizens will need to notify the UK Government if they intend to move abroad for pension and tax reasons.
Since Brexit, British citizens will need to apply for residency in Spain if they intend to stay for longer than three months.
Britons cannot stay in the Schengen zone for more than 90 days out of every 180 if they don’t have residency.
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