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Urbanisations of el campello

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Posted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:01pm
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Sjr28

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Hi all . 

We are looking at buying a holiday home for now with a view to spending half a year there in retirement ( currently in our late 40s,/early 50s with 2 kids , 11. and 19 year old. ) We have settled on el campello due to the tram links and ease of access to Alicante and up and down coast . We would like to be able to visit in winter as well as summer. We would like to be within walking distance of a sandy beach, and close (walking distance) to shops restaurants and services. We would like a nice communal pool and to be able to get to the tram and bus easily to explore the area. We would like and urbanisation that is quite busy even in winter months with permanent residents as well as holiday homes, and a town that does not close down over winter. Does eL Campello fit the bill ? and if so what urbanisations do you recommend? We would like to be able to safely lock and leave. I have looked at el poblet, alkabir, playa alkabir. Any other suggestions ? as I don't know what urbanisations are in the area, I am just going off what I can find in property searches. We are coming over in October to research the area more fully, all advice would be greatly appreciated thank you. 

Sam

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AlicanteDesign

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Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:05pm

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Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:05pm

I lived up that way for few years. Busot and Bonalba outside El Campello. The town is busy all year round. Always somewhere open. It’s very busy July and August when the Madrid people come for a holiday.

Alkabir is within a walk to the beach and there are a few restaurants near by. Mostly small stuff. I think you would need a car to visit El Campello. It’s a long walk to town. The supermarkets are in the town with Carrefour a car ride up the N332. Theres a Tram service from El Campello to Alkabir probably have to walk the last part in to the urbanisation.

Your best bet is just to take a holiday and explore the Tram and buses an look for houses that are near the stops. 


ericpercival

Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:16am

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Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:16am

We have recently bought a holiday house in Alkabir.  We chose El Campello because it's not overly touristy, with the exception of the sea front.  It's a 5 minute walk to the tram at Amerador - and a 5 minute walk to the cove, but as already mentioned it's a longer walk to the town.  The tram takes 5 minutes to get to El Campello and there's a Supercorr supermarket right at the tram stop, so shopping for groceries without a car is certainly possible.

There are quite a few permanent residents on site - and the communal pool is open between May and September - although there is currently a bit of a stramash going on about access for visitors and guests - with a charge being imposed for non-owners and their immediate family.

The site is attractive and well maintained and does get busy during the summer months - but we have never failed to get parked - although sometimes it's been a bit further away from the house.

Communal fees aren't too bad at just over 120 euros per quarter.

MarieM

Thu Sep 7, 2017 10:19am

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Location: El Campello

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Posted: Thu Sep 7, 2017 10:19am

Sjr28 wrote on Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:01pm:

Hi all . 

We are looking at buying a holiday home for now with a view to spending half a year there in retirement ( currently in our late 40s,/early 50s with 2 kids , 11. and 19 year old. ) We have settled on el campello due to the tram links and ease of access to Alicante and up and down coast . We would like to be able to visit in winter as well as summer. We would like to be within walking distance of a sandy beach, and close (walking distance) to shops restaurants and services. We would like a nice communal pool and to be able to get to the tram and bus easily to explore the area. We would like and urbanisation that is quite busy even in winter months with permanent residents as well as holiday homes, and a town that does not close down over winter. Does eL Campello fit the bill ? and if so what urbanisations do you recommend? We would like to be able to safely lock and leave. I have looked at el poblet, alkabir, playa alkabir. Any other suggestions ? as I don't know what urbanisations are in the area, I am just going off what I can find in property searches. We are coming over in October to research the area more fully, all advice would be greatly appreciated thank you. 

Sam

Hi, when you buy property in El Campello make sure it is within walking distance to the shops & beach if you buy on the fringes you will regret it especially as you have children

Sjr28

Sjr28

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Thu Sep 7, 2017 10:26am

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Posted: Thu Sep 7, 2017 10:26am

Thank you for your advice . Is it difficult to access beach and town via tram or bus then ? I am currently looking at alkabir, 5 min walk to local beach ( not main one) and a few minutes to urbanisation shops. It says 10 mins on tram to centre. 

Thanks 

Sam

MarieM

Thu Sep 7, 2017 10:41am

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Location: El Campello

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Posted: Thu Sep 7, 2017 10:41am

I have never visited Alkabir but I believe the pool complex is fantastic. The problem is, it is too far away from the action and lovely El Campello beach. If you like to go out at night then it´s OK in the summer as the trams run late but from now onwards the trams stop around 11 pm, then you would have to walk or take a taxi.

ericpercival

Thu Sep 7, 2017 11:11am

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Location: El Campello

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Posted: Thu Sep 7, 2017 11:11am

Sjr28 wrote on Thu Sep 7, 2017 10:26am:

Thank you for your advice . Is it difficult to access beach and town via tram or bus then ? I am currently looking at alkabir, 5 min walk to local beach ( not main one) and a few minutes to urbanisation shops. It says 10 mins on tram to centre. 

Thanks 

Sam

It's only 5 minutes on the tram to the centre, but as another poster has said, the last tram back in the evening is just after 10.30 p.m.

On site shops are currently a couple of bars and a restaurant - there's a "supermarket" but it has been shut since before we bought a place there a year ago.  Shopping requires a tram trip or a car.

The pool is a bit of a political hotbed at the moment - "they" (community general meeting) have just decided to put the charges for non direct family members of owners up from 1 euro per swim to 4 euros with immediate effect.  This is because apparently passes have been given, presumably by owners, to friends who are not associated with Alkabir and who treat it as a public swimming pool.  I don't know how big a problem this really is since when we have been there the pool has not been too busy.  Needless to say those who like to let their houses are up in arms.  That said, it's a lovely pool with a pool bar.  It's open between May and September.

sue55

Sun Nov 5, 2017 4:20pm

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Location: El Campello

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Posted: Sun Nov 5, 2017 4:20pm

We have lived on Alkabir for 8 mths  and don't have a car .We are 55 and walk to Campello  about three times a week We walk to Aldi 20 mins up the main N332 for shopping (though it is closed until Dec for big extension refit) or shop at Llidl in town and tram back.Tram is 70 cents if you buy a Bono 10 ( tram pass.) There is a bar and excellent pizzeria 20 mins walk at Pueblo Espanyol and several bars and restaurants at Coveta Fuma ,20 mins walk in the opposite direction .We find our Spanish neighbours' very friendly and love it here.

PS The sea at Coveta Fuma is wonderful for swimming ,though the sand is not great.

Sjr28

Sjr28

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Sun Nov 5, 2017 5:52pm

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Location: El Campello

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Posted: Sun Nov 5, 2017 5:52pm

Thanks Sue,

We are now in the process of buying in alkabir .... so excited. It will only be for holidays for now but within the next five years or so when our youngest is independent we plan to spend a lot more time there . 

Your advice is great and much appreciated. 

I may be asking more questions as we move on with the purchase if that’s ok?

I have a few more already ! Sorry. Do you know of anywhere for a bit of entertainment? The occasional guitarist in a restaurant or the odd band playing anywhere, not after frequent nightlife but occasionally may be nice .

Also , what is the situation with bin collection ? A particular day ? Where are bins left ?

The lady we are buying from doesn’t speak any English so it’s diffic to ask such things .

Thanks in advance 

Sam

ericpercival

Sun Nov 5, 2017 6:38pm

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Location: El Campello

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Posted: Sun Nov 5, 2017 6:38pm

Not sure about the entertainment angle, but the communal bins within the site are emptied regularly.

There are two or three sets on the road throughout the site.

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