Dehesa de Campoamor (Campoamor for short) is situated 15 minutes away from Murcia airport (approximately 20 km) and 35 minutes from Alicante Airport which is approximately 60km away (thanks to a fine new motorway).
Campoamor is a popular seaside resort on the south Orihuelan Coast. Campoamor is on the border of the Costa Blanca and Costa Calida.
Campoamor is ideally situated as it quite possible to go on holiday there without hiring a car, as one can easily get an airport transfer or catch a taxi from the airport and Campoamor is one of the few towns on the Costa Blanca that offers a good bus service to Torrevieja and its surrounding towns and beaches.
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This guide to Campoamor is for people intending to visit or come to Campoamor on holiday. We help visitors who are planning a trip with useful and practical advice on many tourism related subjects such as Campoamor car hire, Campoamor accommodation, sightseeing, weather, where to go, where to stay, travel information, airport transfers to Campoamor, excursions and what to see and do in and around Campoamor.
Campoamor weather is excellent as it is blessed with over 320 days of pure sunshine per annum and also has blue flag beaches with a good range of facilities such as, sun loungers, sun shades to rent, pedalos, jet skis, beach bars, snack bars, volley ball nets, foot showers and WC’s. Please note that no dogs are allowed. See Campoamor before you go on holiday there by seeing a Campoamor webcam.
Dehesa de Campoamor Beaches
There are three main beaches in Campoamor, Cala De Campoamor, Playa De Campoamor and Caleta De La Glea. The beaches are cleaned and raked everyday to remove any seaweed or stones and the water here is crystal clear making it ideal for snorkeling.
Campoamor has a lovely marina with many beautiful yachts moored there.
Dehesa de Campoamor Golf
Campoamor is a good place to be based if you have come to the area to play golf. There are three golf courses located nearby at Real Club de Campoamor, Villamartin and Las Ramblas golf.
Las Colinas de Campoamor
Las Colinas de Campoamor is a new development of a golf course and villas and apartments. The location of Las Colinas de Campoamor Golf Resort means that it is very accessible with good motorway links and proximity to three international airports.
By road, the resort is just a few minutes drive from the main A-7 and AP-7 motorways, for connection to Alicante and Murcia, as well as being a short distance to the AP-36 and A-31, for access to Madrid.
By train the high quality Altaria trains link Madrid with Alicante and Murcia and the AVE high speed train will soon link the capital with Alicante and Murcia in less than 2 hours.
Where to Stay in Campoamor – Hotels
Just 200 metres from the beach in Campoamor is the three star Hotel Montepiedra which is made up of private bungalows surrounded by beautiful gardens and a large swimming pool.
Lomas de Campoamor
The popular urbanisation of Lomas de Campoamor is located on the Real Club de Golf Campoamor Resort and offers high-quality apartments where you can spend your holidays. Apartments have fully equipped kitchen, spacious living room, terrace, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
Alicante and Torrevieja also feature historical, shopping and nightlife attractions. Torrevieja with its squares, promenades, beaches and water parks are just seven kilometers away. Cabo Roig with its strip of restaurants and bars and Villamartin are less than ten minutes away by car and have plenty of restaurants and bars.
Nearby are some interesting towns to explore: Cartagena is a naval port, Murcia and Orihuela are inland towns not greatly disturbed by tourism, but the locals make full use of Campoamor during the summer months.
Archena and Fortuna boast health spas and mineral hot springs where one can bathe in temperatures of over 30ºC. The Spanish seem to love street markets, each town has one and it is a good place to buy fresh fruit, vegetables, shoes, bags and clothes.
There are some good beaches within a ten minute drive from Campoamor such as Playa Flamanca, La Zenia, Slightly further (20-30 minutes) are the resorts of Mar Menor and La Manga.
Real Estate Agents
Whether you’re looking for a place to rent or to stay at permanently, you can take advantage of the services from the real estate agents in Campoamor who are more than willing to help you in finding your ideal residence.
You can contact Tecnohouse (www.tecnohouse.es, Tel. +34 965 322 828); Moreno Schmidt – Campoamor (www.morenoschmidt.com, Tel. +34 965 322 620 and +34 670 719 609) and Antaal Life Inmobiliaria (www.antaal-life.com, Tel. +34 622 433 967).
It is a big surprise to find no official tourist office in such a popular tourist resort!
The official tourist offices are great for picking up free maps, leaflets and guides for the local area – not to mention having your questions answered by English-speaking staff.
The nearest ones would be in Pilar de la Horadada, Torrevieja or in the terminal at Alicante Airport – for phone numbers, addresses and email adresses see our page on tourist offices on the Costa Blanca.
Moving to Campoamor
If you are thinking of moving to Campoamor, then you must read our expat interview with Mike Garnham of Tecnohouse below:
Mike, what would you say would be the advantages to living in Campoamor compared to other Costa Blanca towns?
There are many advantages to living in the Campoamor which is in Orihuela Costa, close to the region of Murcia. Firstly is the climate. The world health organisation recognises it as one of the healthiest places to live in the world due to the special micro climate that is created by the many salt lakes in the area spread over a fairly level plain surrounded by the mountains. Therefore people who suffer from breathing difficulties, arthritis, rheumatism etc will feel a lot better living in this region.
Just 2.5 – 3km’s inland behind Campoamor are three championship 18-hole golf courses, namely Villamartin, Campoamor and Las Ramblas, good for golfers but also a major role in keeping the various businesses in our area open all year round. So you will never have any problems in finding excellent bars, restaurants, health services and shops near Campoamor.
Campoamor has the well-known Cabo Roig strip a short walk which has several aparthotels and private dwellings opposite which all benefit from a huge selection of shops, bars and restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets plus a health centre. There is a local bus service that takes you up to the golf courses and the fantastic new shopping centre called La Zenia Boulevard. Here you will find many famous name shops including Zara, Zara Home, C&A, Primark, H&M, Mango, Pull & Bear, Springfields, Swarovski, Alcampo, Decathlon and Leroy Merlin, a casino, bowling alley to name just a few. This centre puts on regular daily free entertainment and upstairs you will find many restaurants and a children’s large play area.
Campoamor offers an excellent coastal footpath and is a short walk to a lovely south facing sandy beach and yacht marina. Many property buyers are tempted to purchase a second home in the Orihuela Costa as prices in some parts had fallen by up to 50% so offering a great deal for future investment.
Would the area not suit certain types of people, i.e. are there any possible downsides?
The area suits all ages with plenty to do for everyone with no real drawbacks.
What proportion of the local population are Spanish?
In the Orihuela Costa the population of Spanish is quite low as many here are either from the UK, Ireland, Dutch, Belgium, French, Russian or Scandanavian.
What are your favourite things to do in the area?
Golf, Beaches, shopping, sight-seeing, eating out, Go Karting, Cinema as in Torrevieja the cinema shows a couple of its multi screen films in English via headsets, 10-pin bowling, casino and some lovely coastal walks on designated pathways.
Can you give us some insider tips to the best bars or restaurants?
Well Campoamor has many restaurants all around the beach area. These tend to be more Spanish which I prefer, but just a ten miniutes walk and you have in Cabo Roig which has 150 bars and restaurants of every nationality so eating is not an issue.
Are there many facilities such as doctors and dentists, shops etc?
Yes, health centre, general hospital is close by on the on skirts of Torrevieja town a few km’s away, plus several private dentists etc.
Are there smaller villages nearby that you might also recommend?
San Miguel De Salinas, Montesinos, Mil palmeras, Torre de la Horadada, Pilar de la Horadada and Pagan on the Mar Menor and some interesting Spanish towns near to Campoamor.
What are the nearest international schools and how good are they?
The nearest International private school is just 10 minutes drive inland behind Campoamor at Blue Lagoon, El Galan area and is apparently a very good school. The Spanish public schools can be found in Playa Flamenca and Los Dolces with mixed reviews.
Is crime an issue for expats?
No worse than any other areas, just need to be careful in the local markets and busy packed areas where pick pocketers hang out.
Coming onto buying property, what is the market like now in terms of prices going up, or down or staying the same?
Properties on the Orihuela Costa are still excellent value for money and are currently selling a lot faster than a few years ago and the general concensus of opinion is that we are starting to see price increases especially the nearer to the beaches you get.
Is this a good time to buy and are there any repossessions or very cheap properties still available to buy?
Yes, this is a very good time to buy before the prices go up due mainly to many other nationalities wanting to live in the sun together with regular cheap flights from their country of origin.
What urbanisations are there and can you describe each one and how they might differ from each other?
The Orihuela Costa comprises Campoamor, Cabo Roig, La Zenia, Playa Flamenca and Punta Prima, all of these are next to the coastline. Punta Prima and Campoamor are more Spanish and less popular with the English as opposed to the others which are more international, offering a vast amount of services and facilities to English-speaking nationalities.
Further back inland on the Orihuela Costa are La Florida, Los Dolses, Villamartin golf, Deheasa de Campoamor, Campoamor golf resort, Las Ramblas golf resort, El Galan, Blue Lagoon, Eagles Nest, Los Balcones and Los Altos.
The three golf resorts offer quality-built properties on the golf courses with high standards obviously good for golfers and people looking for a peaceful quality life style. The other areas mentioned are all good and offer similar facilities and amenities. The furthest back is only 10 minutes drive to the nearest beach.
How much are the typical property prices in Campoamor for apartments, villas etc?
Apartments with 2 bedrooms in Campoamor start from around €90,000; town houses with 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms start at around €150,000 and villas start at around €250,000.
Any tips and advice to people looking to buy in Campoamor or surrounding area?
Use a qualified solicitor which we can recommend should the buyers require assistance and try and establish what you need the property for. If it is to rent out, then it is important to be as close to the beach and facilities as you can afford. If it is to live in full time, then you may wish to be up to 10 minutes back from the coast in a more normal residential lived-in area, plus you can expect to get more for your money the further back you go. For full time living go back at various times of the day to make sure there are no noisy bars, owners nearby with noisy dogs etc. If you want the winter sun then buy a property facing south.
Mike, thank you so much for taking the time to help our readers with your experiences in Spain. If you want to contact him, you can find his details below.
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