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Villamartin lies on the southern Costa Blanca in the municipality of Orihuela. It is one of the area ‘s longest established suburbs and is famous for its world class golf course, Villamartin Golf Course. Villamartin is very popular with tourists all year round and has a large population of full time residents of a variety of nationalities – this means that the shops, bars and restaurants are full of life no matter if it is summer or winter.

The hub of Villamartin is the square itself, known locally as Villamartin Plaza – a beautifully designed commercial complex with mosaic tiled benches, mature palm trees and a resident population of African Ring Neck parrots. The square is lined with some of the area ‘s most popular restaurants and bars – many of which have featured on television programmes such as A Place in the Sun and even The Only Way is Essex!

Villamartin Plaza was one of the first purpose built leisure areas on the Orihuela Costa. Its position close to Villamartin Golf Course and”millionaire ‘s row” mansions attracted an upmarket crowd and the high-quality bars and restaurants reflected its quality image. Over time the plaza ‘s place in the spotlight had faded but now, after its recent face lift, it is once again claiming its crown as the place to go.

The one-time playground of the rich and famous has been restored to its former glory thanks to a programme of extensive maintenance and refurbishment.

It is a family-friendly, safe and secure and environment where locals and holiday-makers can eat, drink and enjoy sitting out on those long summer evenings. For those who like a little more hustle and bustle many of the bars have weekend discos and entertainment so you can boogie the night away. The committee of owners organise free open air concerts throughout the year, many of which raise money for local charities and all of which are very well attended.

Whatever your appetite and tastes, Villamartin ‘s variety of commercial complexes are bound to have what you are looking for – Indian, Chinese, European, Sushi, Fast Food, Greek, Spanish and much more are on offer all year round. Not only that, but there is a variety of bars and cafes serving cocktails and coffees for every taste and budget.

Villamartin also boasts chemists, banks and shops where you will find English widely spoken.

Villamartin is a golfer ‘s paradise with its award winning, world famous golf club. Designed by Paul Putman, Villamartin Golf Course was host to the Mediterranean Open and has been played by some of the most famous faces in golf such as Jose Maria Olazabal and Paul McGinley. The par of the course is 72 and it measures 6005 metres. The course itself is constructed on hilly ground with the front nine holes being at the highest point of the course offering some spectacular sea views. The second nine are situated lower down with a series of ravines and dips coming into play on several challenging holes. The course enjoys a vast array of mature indigenous trees and shrubs and is home to a surprising variety of wildlife including rabbits, squirrels, hedgehogs, frogs and toads and a range of bird life.

Villamartin is ideally situated to benefit from the many nearby beaches in the surrounding area. Most of the beaches are within very easy reach of Villamartin and enjoy blue flag status and full lifeguard protection in high season.

Aside from the 300 days of sunshine enjoyed on average every year in Villamartin, how does it actually feel to live there? We asked some real residents and property owners their opinions and experiences of the area.

June and David, originally from the south of England told us,”We bought a holiday home here five years ago and have never looked back. Initially we used it for ourselves and our family during the summer months and school holidays. We let it out for two years to generate some rental income (by the way, we highly recommend Comaskey Rentals for this – they managed the whole thing from finding us a tenant, collecting the rent, getting the Energy Certificate and even the cleaning and inventory when the tenants moved out). The plan was always to move over here full time which we did eight months ago. We are so happy we chose Villamartin. It is one of the nicest areas on the Orihuela Costa. We have made friends with many different nationalities and we socialise more than we ever did back in England. There is so much to do, it is sometimes hard to fit it all in!”

Emil and Hanna from Sweden have a holiday villa in Villamartin. They told us,”We use our villa in the winter months and rent it out in summer. Sometimes we miss Spain and our friends in summer, so we end up coming here anyway and rent somewhere else! Villamartin is a great place to have a property – it is near the beach, the shops and has a great number of places to eat. We don ‘t play golf, but our tenants often do so this is a great selling point when it comes to taking bookings.”

Parents of young children Joanna and Phil from Galway, Ireland, moved to Spain eight years ago. They told us,”We rented for a while first before we settled on Villamartin to buy our house. We wanted to wait until we were sure of where worked best for us in terms of work, location and things for the children to do. We love Villamartin, it is like a little village – always full of life and things going on. We have made friends and have lots of family time to enjoy.”

Ian Comaskey, owner of Comaskey Properties said,”Villamartin is a top choice with our clients. They get a quality property in a nice area. Crime is low, there are good schools and the rental potential is very high given the volume of tourism all year round. Furthermore, resale value here is good. It is a great choice for a holiday home, a rental investment or even a permanent home. Villamartin is one of those places that ticks all the boxes and for us, it is always a pleasure to sell or rent a property here.”