Moving to La Zenia, Orihuela Costa, Spain

Expats tell us their accounts and stories of their move to La Zenia on the Orihuela Costa of Spain.

Find out what they like and dislike about La Zenia.

We moved from Princes Risborough (Buckinghamshire) to La Zenia (Orihuela Costa) a few years ago, we are in the Alicante Province.

What we like about this place is everything is just walking distance, there’s two beaches that we can go to La Zenia and Cabo Roig , there are supermarkets, shops, restaurants, bars with live music.

The Clinic, Dentist, is also walking distance and Torreveija Hospital is only 8 to 10 minutes drive away.

The ZENIA BOULEVARD is only 3 to 4 minutes in the car.

We live in a small urbanization called INMOEPUL II, we have a few different nationalities, Dutch , Norwegian, Icelandic, English, Irish, Scottish, Spanish and I am A Singaporean, what else can you ask for?

Yes, we like it here, the only thing we dislike is nobody wants to speak Spanish, they all want to speak English even the Spaniards, well you can’t have everything , the most important thing is we get on with life.

We really could not live in the U.K. as how we are living here and that’s a fact.

Hope you’ll enjoy reading this.


Dudley de Mello

About to Move to La Zenia (Costa Blanca)

It took us a full year and several trips before we found the ideal place.

We had already decided that we would settle in Alicante and narrowed our search to the town of La Zenia. La Zenia is situated south of Torrevieja and is located in the middle between Torrevieja and Murcia.

It was difficult as my husband  and I have very differing tastes. We also saw a number of properties that on further examination didn’t have the right paperwork!

In the end,we found a house we both liked. It is in a gated community and has a community swimming pool. Where at first, we were dazzled by the lovely looks of some properties, with hindsight, we now are more sure then ever that we made the right decision.

Our house is located 5 minutes walk away from banks, restaurants, bars and supermarkets and is also just about 5 minutes to the new shopping venue “The Boulevard”, yet, we are only a10 minute walk away from the beech. We are close to everything and yet the house is located in a very quiet and tranquil spot.

We are getting older and to have all amenities close at hand is important!

At present, we still live in the UK but both of us retire in March and we will then emigrate to Spain. In between this, our family and ourselves have been able to enjoy the house for holidays.

We have found the process of buying the house very straightforward and had a very good solicitor (Xavier Pastor) who ensured all went smoothly and we were fully protected,inclusive of helping us with our Spanish wills.

We are by no means rich but managed to get an interest only loan on the equity of our English property and managed to buy our Spanish home with this.

We know we made the right decision and cannot wait for our “new” life to start!

PS: I have joined the online community of and am learning Spanish on line!



  1. Advise please . We want a holiday home for now , with a view to spending autumn and winter in Spain in our retirement. We would like to be car free but want to explore the area . So close to bus stops would be good . We would like s nice gated community with shared pool and lots of restaurants and amenities within walking distance , also walking distance to the beech . Looking at la zenia , plays flamenco, Cabo Roig areas. Open to suggestions and names of particular urbanisations to research . Also good estate agents .
    Many thanks .

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