Spain’s orange groves produce best property bargains

The Costa Blanca’s Orange Blossom County is currently producing the best value holiday homes alongside its traditional citrus, dates, artichokes and pomegranates…

Many scattered villages in the Vega Baja, a lush landscape along the Rio Segura, have seen orange groves replaced by new housing as developers cashed in on low land prices compared with the coastal resorts just 10 minutes drive away.

But as the recession bites, house prices have dropped dramatically, to produce the best bargain homes in the popular Costa Blanca and they are still surrounded by orange groves and the slow pace of Real Spain.

There are bargain apartments in gated developments offering communal swimming pools and relaxing gardens in and around Algorfa, the fastest growing village in all of Spain as foreign property buyers fall for its charms. It’s also the ideal location for a game of golf at La Finca, the nearby championship course, sailing or Blue Flag beach BBQs at Guardamar del Segura or a walk in Europe’s biggest palm forest at Elche.