The various residential areas of Orihuela Costa can be quite confusing. This is due to the fact that Orihuela Costa is neither a town or city but rather a collection of coastal and inland resort and residential areas. These are all part of the municipality of Orihuela. The coastal area reaches from its border with the city of Torrevieja in the north to Campoamor in the south. The inland area reaches as far as the city of Orihuela which is about 20 kilometres from the coast.

Suburb Or Urbanisation

To confuse matters more, these residential areas are referred to as urbanisations. This is really the Spanish version of a suburb. The main difference is, a typical UK suburb for instance is a residential area surrounding a village, town or city with maybe a small grocery shop. Orihuela Costa's urbanisations are more like little towns with their own services, shops, supermarkets, bars and restaurants. Many of these are all under one roof, located in commercial centres.

Orihuela Costa Coastal Areas

Punta Prima is the northernmost coastal area that borders Torrevieja. It boasts a nice little beach flanked by numerous rocky coves. From here a picturesque coastal path reaches all the way to Campoamor. A couple of great value Sunrise beach bars keep visitors refreshed. Running parallel to the N-332 is the Punta Prima Strip. Here you will find a good selection of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. Across the road from the strip is the Punta Marina Centre. This offers further eateries and entertainment venues as well as a petrol station.

Next up along the coast is Playa Flamenca. This is one of the most popular areas of Orihuela Costa. It has two lovely Blue Flag Award beaches, one backed by a small commercial centre. On the inland side of the N-332 are a further five commercial centres. The largest and most popular is the Flamenca Beach Commercial Centre. This boasts some of the best restaurants and bars in Orihuela Costa. Close to this is the exciting Go-Karts Orihuela Costa that also offers paintball, a variety of fun stuff for the young ones and a large cafeteria and seating areas.

Inland La Zenia is home to the fantastic Zenia Boulevard. This is the largest shopping complex in the Alicante Province with over 120 shops, boutiques, cafes, bars, restaurants and leisure venues. La Zenia Beach also flies the Blue Flag and boasts a lively beach bar and the La Zenia Hotel. Just up from the beach are a selection of popular bars and restaurants including the Irish favourite Paddy's Point. Slightly further inland are two commercial centres.

The highlight of Cabo Roig for many visitors is its famous ‘Strip'. Running along both sides of the N-332, the strip is home to some excellent entertainment venues. A worldwide selection food can be enjoyed in its many restaurants. Buzzing bars stay open until the early hours, and for a bit of raunchy entertainment there is a selection of ‘adult' clubs and a CSC ‘green' club. Cabo Roig beach offers good facilities, beach bars and a charming little marina.

Campoamor covers one of the largest areas in Orihuela Costa. It's coastal area is quite often referred to as Dehesa de Campoamor. This is one of the most upmarket areas with some stunning beachfront property. There is also a beach, marina, sailing club and a selection of bars and restaurants. Inland is quite barren until you reach the splendid Campoamor Golf Club. This lies next to Las Ramblas Golf Club and just up the road is the popular La Fuente Centre.

Orihuela Costa Inland Areas

The border of Orihuela Costa and Torrevieja actually runs through the centre of Los Balcones. On one side of a street you could be in Orihuela Costa and on the other side Torrevieja. A good example of this is Torrevieja's local bus to the area only services half of Los Balcones. Here you will find the excellent Torrevieja Hospital overlooking the pretty salt lake. Further up the hill is the popular Filton Centre. Further still are the Via Park 5 and Via Park 3 commercial centres.

La Florida is one of the smaller urbanisations but still popular with holidaymakers and expat communities. The action here centres around its small ‘Strip'. The two longest established venues are the Abbey Tavern and Emerald Isle. Both offer extensive gardens, restaurants and regular live entertainment. Emerald Isle boasts a large swimming pool and bowls club, and Abbey Tavern often rocks until 7am. Also worth a visit is the delightful Torre Bar & Restaurant.

Villamartin is well known for both its championship golf course and lively plaza. It covers a vast area of rolling hills and valleys. Many of it's residential areas overlook the golf course and there are several holiday apartments surrounding the plaza. Here you can enjoy a great choice of shops, bars and restaurants. There is also a handy ‘Chino' store and Passion Nightclub.

San Miguel is regarded by most as a typical Spanish village, which it actually is although it lies within the borders of Orihuela Costa. Nestled on a hill between Lake Pedrera and Torrevieja Salt Lake, the village is charming but not pretentious. Surrounding the quaint church square are a number of shops, traditional tapas bars and restaurants. Well worth a visit is the unique Las Cuevas Restaurant built within a cave. The village has a popular and lively Wednesday morning market and the large municipal swimming pool boasts a great social scene.