The Costa Blanca is famous not only for its beautiful coastline with over 200 km of white sandy beaches and clean Mediterranean waters, but also for its fantastic climate and conditions that make it one of the healthiest places to live on earth.
The Healthiest Place on Earth
The World Health Organization has specifically named the southern part of the Costa Blanca as one of the healthiest places to live in the world today. In addition to approximately 320 days of sunshine per year, the beautiful Crevillente Mountain Range helps to create a very unique local climate with average temperatures all year round of 18 – 25 degrees Celsius.
The two large salt lakes “Laguna de la Mata” and “Salinas de San Miguel” that surround Torrevieja play a significant role in creating this fantastic climate and offer an additional range of benefits and health bringing properties. They are two of the largest lakes in Europe and are flat, shallow, salt lakes where salt water evaporates to produce sea salt for export.
The high concentration of salt and iodine in the air, together with the temperature, creates a special microclimate that is renown worldwide by medical specialists for its health bringing properties, in particular for heart disease, skin disorders, rheumatism, and bronchial illnesses.
The humidity in the region is relatively low as well, so it is ideal for those suffering from climatically influenced health problems such as arthritis.
There are numerous medical studies that show the direct health benefits of spending time in this area, and many well documented cases of people suffering from illnesses such as arthritis, rheumatism, and skin disorder like psoriasis for example, that experience almost instantaneous pain relief and regain mobility.
The Costa Blanca is also a very popular destination for people suffering from allergies, and medical centers all across Europe recommend this area for those seeking some freedom from symptoms and pains.
In recent years The Costa Blanca welcomes national and international “health tourists” who are coming to enjoy this unique environment and escape the stress of everyday life. This has opened up a whole new range of services that cater to people who are not only looking to enjoy the beach and sun, but who seek to combine this with treatments and therapies.
The heath sector, both public and private, is very well developed here on the Costa Blanca and you have access to some of the best specialists and treatment centers in the world. Local hospitals boast modern facilities, full range of specialties and excellent specialists, the latest technological advances, and professional staff that speak languages and are accustomed to international clients and patients.
All certified medical practitioners, facilities and treatment centers in Spain uphold the strictest standards according to EU rules and regulations, so you can rest assured you are getting the best possible treatment.
The prices for private treatments and procedures are a fraction of those in other northern European countries, which is another main reason Spain is such a popular health destination.
For example, many people choose to come to Spain to undergo laser eye surgery, cosmetic surgery, fertility treatments or dental procedures that would be much more costly and have long waiting lists back home.
Here you can have your treatment done at a world class treatment facility for a much lower cost, and at the same time enjoy your recovery period on the warm shores of the Mediterranean.
Relax & Rejuvenate
If you feel a little tired and worn out from the stress and pressures of everyday life, maybe all you need is a some time off in the sun. The Costa Blanca is the perfect place to disconnect and get that extra boost of energy that you need.
Sunlight can really work miracles, and there is a well known correlation between warm sunny climates and happy people. A deficiency of vitamin D can not only lead to fatigue, weakness, low immune system, and bone aches, but many times is seen in people suffering from depressions and stress related conditions. The “sunshine vitamin” is also associated with reduced risk of flu, diabetes and cancer prevention, and is important for healthy pregnancies.
Nothing can compare to the feeling of the warm sunlight, sand under your bare feet, and the energy you get from starting your day with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice or pomegranate.
The Costa Blanca is surrounded by citrus orchards and is home to oranges, lemons, and pomegranates – all considered to be super fruits packed full of vitamins and minerals your body needs to be strong and healthy. The best thing you can do for your immune system is to start the day with a freshly squeezed glass of vitamin C from locally farmed oranges or pomegranates.
Did you know that organic pomegranates are being exported from this region to all parts of the world? Pomegranates are loaded with antioxidants and are rich in fiber, minerals and vitamins, and are considered to reduce the risks of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer and obesity amongst other things.
Fresh fruit and vegetables are at center stage of the Mediterranean diet, which is also famous for being lean, healthy, and above all delicious! Meat, chicken and fish typically grilled with fresh herbs and spices, with a touch of garlic and splash of olive oil – and of course, accompanied by a nice glass of wine. This is a heart-healthy eating plan that is responsible for ensuring a long and healthy life.
Get Out & Enjoy
The sandy beaches, rugged mountain ranges, country landscapes and small villages all set a fantastic backdrop to enjoy one of the healthiest places on earth. You can start of your day with a trip to your local street market where you can buy your fruit and vegetables straight from the farmers themselves, organic options are readily available as well.
There are countless walking paths and hiking trails awaiting those who will wish to explore the region by foot. There are also many organized walking groups that are a great way to meet new people.
Ask us and we will gladly help you find one in your area. The infrastructure and road system along with the nice weather of course, is also excellent for riding your bicycle. There are many places you can rent one for the day.
We recommend you take a day trip to the famous Mud Baths of Lo Pagan at the Mar Menor. The Mar Menor is known as “The Sea of Health” because of its warm shallow waters with high salinity and healing muds. The mud baths here have therapeutic properties known since antiquity and have been used in both medical and beauty treatments for thousands of years.
Due to the very unique climate and the surrounding salt deposits, the mud is very special and contains a high percentage of positive ions, calcium, magnesium, floride and potassium as well as negative ions such as sulphate, which create this extraordinary combination and environment.
You can either go directly to “Las Charcas” and enjoy the muddy experience from the source or you can visit one of the fantastic Spas in San Pedro del Pinatar for more extensive treatments and massages.
These “Baños de Lodo” are specially recommended for those suffering from arthritis and other rheumatic conditions, bone illnesses and pain and skin diseases. However, they will make anyone feel great, and it guarantees a fun day out!
Costa Blanca offers a tranquil environment that is perfect for those who want to relax and rejuvenate, and take the time to pamper both body and soul.
Its shores, beaches, and mountain ranges, set a beautiful backdrop for one of the healthiest places to live in the world, with one of the best climates in Europe.