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We are looking for some advice on good areas in Murcia and Alicante.
We are considering setting up a small (probably rural) self-catering holiday business and would be keen to hear any recommendations.
A few areas I have started to research are: Pinoso, Sax, Fortuna, Calpe, Cartagena.

Also, are tourists generally here all year round or are Murcia and Alicante more seasonal? The weather looks really nice here, even in the winter months, with very little rainfall.

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Pinoso, Sax and Fortuna are inland.

Calpe and Categena are on the coast, and hence, possibly more tourists year round.

All areas tend to have good winter weather, but, again, the coast may be warmer, but can suffer from sea mist on occasions.

If you're genuinely thinking of coming out to Spain and setting up a business, you have many things to take into account, not least the possible disadvantages that Brexit may bring.

Do lots of research, and then lots more, and good luck.
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And ... as for lack of rainfall, an unfortunate time to pose your question ��.


All will be back to normal in a few days though.
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Thanks! Yes, the weather has dipped a little these past few days. I should have mentioned I live in Palma so this won't be such a big move in terms of relocating.
Our search had initially focussed on Malaga, Granada, areas I know well. However, it seems you can get a lot more for your money in Murcia and Alicante so Im keen to find out more.

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Hi

We are looking for some advice on good areas in Murcia and Alicante.
We are considering setting up a small (probably rural) self-catering holiday business and would be keen to hear any recommendations.
A few areas I have started to research are: Pinoso, Sax, Fortuna, Calpe, Cartagena.

Also, are tourists generally here all year round or are Murcia and Alicante more seasonal? The weather looks really nice here, even in the winter months, with very little rainfall.

Thanks.
Pinoso and Sax are quite high, 590m and 480m respectively, and that makes quite a difference with weather. In summer they will be hotter than the coast and in winter considerably colder. I live in the mountains in the north of Alicante province at 530m above sea level and the temperature in winter can be 6c colder than Alicante city. In the summer we get regular daytime temperatures in the high 30s and on occasions over 40c. We tend to head for the beach to take advantage of the sea breeze when the heat becomes too uncomfortable. The coastal areas of Alicante South and Murcia are normally hotter than Alicante North. Inland tourism is all about mountain walking and cycling and the busiest seasons are Spring and Autumn, so it's a different market than the coastal resorts like Calpe.
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Whilst choosing the area make sure you find out what licences, regulations and costs are involved in each place to know what you are up against in that way before you shell out.

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Inland tourism is all about mountain walking and cycling and the busiest seasons are Spring and Autumn, so it's a different market than the coastal resorts like Calpe.
We found that in Siurana, a tiny place in Catalonia, see photos here
https://www.google.com/search?q=Siur...w=1199&bih=924
We went to a small campsite in summer and there was practically no one there because their main tourist season was spring and autumn when people went climbing. Catalans are big on climbing in general. I know the OPs are not looking in that area, but just to say that tourists seasons vary depending on climate and attractions.
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We found that in Siurana, a tiny place in Catalonia, see photos here
https://www.google.com/search?q=Siur...w=1199&bih=924
We went to a small campsite in summer and there was practically no one there because their main tourist season was spring and autumn when people went climbing. Catalans are big on climbing in general. I know the OPs are not looking in that area, but just to say that tourists seasons vary depending on climate and attractions.
Thanks for this. We loved Catalonia, in fact, we lived in Barcelona for a year. We wanted to settle there but found the winter quite tough, it rained a lot. We are looking for a dry climate with year round weather.

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Pinoso and Sax are quite high, 590m and 480m respectively, and that makes quite a difference with weather. In summer they will be hotter than the coast and in winter considerably colder. I live in the mountains in the north of Alicante province at 530m above sea level and the temperature in winter can be 6c colder than Alicante city. In the summer we get regular daytime temperatures in the high 30s and on occasions over 40c. We tend to head for the beach to take advantage of the sea breeze when the heat becomes too uncomfortable. The coastal areas of Alicante South and Murcia are normally hotter than Alicante North. Inland tourism is all about mountain walking and cycling and the busiest seasons are Spring and Autumn, so it's a different market than the coastal resorts like Calpe.
Thanks for this, interesting to know cycling and mountain walking are popular in these areas. For the summer months, we expect to buy a place with quite a lot of land so hopeful of small weddings and retreats.

What nationalities tend to holiday here? is quite mixed?

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Thanks for this, interesting to know cycling and mountain walking are popular in these areas. For the summer months, we expect to buy a place with quite a lot of land so hopeful of small weddings and retreats.

What nationalities tend to holiday here? is quite mixed?
In the area where I live a lot of the houses are second homes owned by Spanish people from the big cities like Madrid. However, a few years ago I spent a few nights at a four-star hotel at Biar, on the edge of the Mariola national park, and it was packed with British mountain walkers. Some Belgian friends who live near me offer mountain biker holidays, mainly to other Belgians, and I often see cars with Dutch and German number plates driving along the mountain roads in my area. As a matter of interest, "El Tel" (football legend Terry Venables) runs a boutique hotel in a mountain village not far from me and he attracts customers from far and wide.
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