YOU MIGHT HAVE HEARD a few whistles and the ringing of bells around the local area this past week, as the new Orihuela Costa tourist train enters service.

The new local attraction has been launched by Orihuela Town Hall in association with the established Valencian passenger transport company, Bus Sigüenza.

The Orihuela Costa tourist train, or “Orihuela Tren Turístico” will run local transport services along the coastline all summer, offering a super-fun way to see the sights and experience the sounds of the region.

Orihuela Costa tourist trainThe service will operate two routes, with one train starting out from Campoamor and running east along the Orihuela Costa coastline, and another train running return services from Playa Flamenca and travelling in a westerly direction.

This week in the local paper there was an article about inspections on unlicensed tourist rentals. We are a fully legal company and all out properties are registered, if you would like to know more about our services please contact us.

We have a first floor roadside apartment to rent in La Cinuelica with all white goods and a few pieces of furniture. The rent is 400€ a month plus bills. There is a lovely communal pool, newly painted.

We have available from the 24th April a lovely  first floor apartment in La Florida for long term rental. The property has 2 bedrooms, independent kitchen, lounge and communal pools. The rental cost is 400€ a month plus bills.



New to Market

We have a superb top floor apartment for sale in La Cinuelica R11. For any further information please contact us.

If you have a property to let long term from a 1 bed apartment to a 5 bed house contact us now, we can help you achieve maximum income for your property.

We have a 3 bed villa with communal pool for long term rent in La Florida for 550€ a month plus bills. Currently no photos available, but available for viewing from the 5th February.  No pets allowed.

We have a new property on our books, it is a traditional spanish apartment in the area of Los Balcones, Urbanisation of Lago Jardin for 400€ a month plus bills.

This newly decorated first floor apartment in El Galen has just been reduced to 350€ a month. It has 2 bedrooms, kitchen lounge/diner, a large roof terrace and communal pool.

Contact us to arrange viewing.

Recently back on the market a lovely 3 bed quad house in Lomas de Cabo Roig close to Calle Ciprés for 500€ a month plus bills. Reference P230

We have 2 new long term rentals available.

A lovely quad house in Lomas de Cabo Roig for 500€ a month plus bills, which has 3 bedrooms. Reference P230

An independent villa in VistaBella Golf for  550€ a month plus biils, which has 3 bedrooms,. Reference NH4.

Both properties have communal pools.

We have only 4 long term rentals available.

A ground floor apartment in Las Ramblas for 500€ a month plus bills. (ref: A110)

A ground floor apartment in Pau 8 for 450€ a month plus bills. (ref: A106)

A second floor apartment in Vista Golf (near El Galen) for 400€ a month plus bills. (ref: V701)

From 1st November a villa in Vistabella Golf for 550€ a month plus bills. (ref: NH4)

If you wish to see any please contact us to arrange a viewing.

From 1st October we have many long term rentals available in the Orihuela Costa area. Please look at our Long term rental link and contact us if you would like to go and view.

For all long term rentals you require a permanent work contract or pension, a valid passport/NIE number, plus a reference/referee and a months deposit.

21 Blue Flags for Vega Baja beaches this summer
Orihuela, Torrevieja, Pilar and Guardamar amass the most in the Valencian Community

Cabo Roig beach

The beaches of the Vega Baja have obtained 21 Blue Flags to fly from June 2017, two more than last year. This makes it the county with the highest number in the Valencian Community.
The Blue Flag is an annual award based on a system to certify environmental quality and facilities that has been given out by the FEE since 1987.
The four municipalities along the coast of the Vega Baja are Guardamar del Segura, Torrevieja, Orihuela and Pilar de la Horadada. Orihuela has become the municipality with the most Blue Flags in the Valencian Community with nine, one more than last year, and equal second in Spain with Vigo in the Basque Country, only behind Sanxenxo which has eleven.
Orihuela Costa has been able to renew its Blue Flags for Punta Prima, Cala Bosque (La Zenia), La Caleta-Cabo Roig (see photo), Aguamarina, Cala Capitán-Cabo Roig, Campoamor, Barranco Rubio and Cala Estaca. And this year it has added Cala Mosca, where environmentalists and residents are battling against plans to build another 1,500 new homes.
Guardamar has retained the three it got last year for Playas de La Roqueta, el Moncayo and Centro.
Torrevieja also got the same five it did in 2016; for Playas de El Cura, Los Náufragos, Cala Piteras, Los Locos and La Mata.
Pilar got an extra one this year for Playa de las Higuericas and was able to renew those for Mil Palmeras, Playa de los Jesuitas and Playa Conde.

Holiday rental licences on Spanish properties

We can obtain the licence on your behalf and leave you safe in the knowledge that your rentals are 100% legal.

We often receive enquiries from clients and real estate professionals regarding the legal situation of tourist rentals and whether it is necessary to register the property in the Valencian Community, Andalusia and other regions of Spain

Do I need a holiday letting licence for my property?

This year the government have started to investigate the licences on properties, deeming that it is compulsory for ALL holiday lets to be officially registered. We advise that if you’re renting a property as a holiday let to make the application for your licence now in order to avoid hefty fines in the future.

What is considered to be a tourist rental?

It can vary from region to region, that’s why we recommend that you get in touch so we can explain to you in more detail on how your property is affected in your area

If your property is based in the community of Valencia then the decree 92/2009 gives you a definition of what will be considered as a tourist rental which can be translated as the following:

Article 2. Definition of tourist accommodation

  1. Tourist rentals are properties of any type which are rented out regularly in exchange for payment, with immediate availability and with the aim of fulfilling accommodation needs for tourism, holidays or leisure.
  2. It will be considered that the property is rented out on a regular basis if any of the following are the case:
    1. The property is let for tourist use by a company which manages holiday rentals.
    2. The property is made available to tourists by its owners or deed holders, regardless of the length of the rental, and that services are provided which are considered to be standard hotel industry services.
    3. When advertisements of the property are aimed at tourists. This will be considered to be the case when the property is advertised via travel agencies or any other means which is aimed primarily at tourists including internet sites and other channels provided by new technologies.

Services which are deemed to be standard hotel industry services are outlined in Article 3 and include cleaning, change of linen, storage of luggage, laundry, repairs and maintenance and all services similar to these.

Decree 92/2009 distinguishes between three different types of tourist rentals which are classified according to the facilities which are available to guests. The three types are Superior, Premier and Standard. The requirements for each can be seen in the table below:





Public entrance
Lift ✔(property on floor 2 & above) ✔(property on floor 3 & above) ✔(property on floor 4 & above)
Sound & heat insulation
Noise level of facilities Regulated by Law 7/2002 on Protection Against Noise Pollution
Plug sockets in all bedroom with labels showing voltage
Air conditioning in bedrooms
Air conditioning in living rooms
Heating in bedrooms
Heating in living rooms
Telephone or access to internet
Hot water
Garden space
Swimming pool (interchangeable for beach front)
Individual safes
Evacuation plan on the door of the property
Easily visible list of emergency and other useful telephone numbers
Min double bedroom size including wardrobe 12m² 10m² 8m²
Min main bedroom size including wardrobe 14m² 12m² 10m²
Min single bedroom size including wardrobe 9m² 8m² 6m²
Min size of living/dining room & kitchen 26m² 22m² 18m²
Min size of living/dining room 20m² 17m² 14m²
Bathroom or toilet
Min size of bathroom 6.5m² 4.5m² 4.5m²
Minimum size of kitchen 8m² 7m² 5m²
Minimum size of studio apartments 34m² 29m² 24m²
Wardrobe for every bedroom
Oven / Microwave
Electric iron
Extractor Fan
Washing machine
Colour TV
Laundry room

Other key aspects of the law

  1. The property’s deed holder, owner or management company can request a deposit for rentals which will be no more than €250 unless explicitly stated in the contract.
  2. The following facilities/services are considered as standard (where present) and will not provide the basis for higher charges: Upkeep, maintenance and repairs when these are within normal parameters; rubbish collection; water supply; playgrounds; swimming pools, gardens and terraces; electricity supply; community fees.
  3. Properties must be maintained in perfect habitable conditions and must have all the services listed in the documents provided to the regional government available to clients.
  4. Properties will have connected utilities and will be clean and well kept for the arrival of guests.
  5. Guests have the responsibility to respect the property itself and communal areas and to leave these in the same state as that which they were in when they arrived.
  6. Advertisements of the property will be done in a way which meets standards for objectivity, good faith and honesty.
  7. Tourist rental management companies must include the number which they have been assigned by the regional government in all their advertisements for properties located in the region.
  8. An authorization document must be signed by the owner of a property and the tourist rental management company where there is such an agreement. This document will clearly state that the responsibility for compliance with Decree 92/2009 has been handed to the management company and that any lack of compliance will impact solely on the company and not the owner.

Tourists are being warned over travelling to Turkey this summer over fears it could be a target for ISIS.

The majority Muslim nation has long attracted westerners to its golden beaches and historic towns, but there are now serious concerns tourists will become “primary targets” for ISIS in the country.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s soldiers are heading to Raqqa after liberating the Syrian city of al-Bab, and for that, terrorists have vowed to strike the neighbouring nation.

Multiple ISIS publications have sworn to fight back and attack Turkey, rejoicing in killing soldiers over the border in Syria.

A new report, by a professor, and former Turkish police chief has found travelling to the nation could well be walking into an ISIS trap.

Ahmet Yayla Professor of Criminology and former counter-terrorism police chief has consistently warned about attacks in his former home country.

The report, The Reina nightclub attack and the Islamic State threat to Turkey, claims there “may be as many as 2,000 hardcore fighters loyal to the Islamic State inside Turkey”.

On New Year’s Eve a rampaging gunman carried out a bloody assault on the Reina nightclub leaving 39 dead and 71 injured, eight weeks after Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called for all-out war against Turkey.

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