The terrace flat ROCAFEL is the right choice if you want to get to know the “real” modern Spain beyond the tourist centers, but don't want to give up the ocean and beach in the process. As a midsized Spanish city with 350,000 residents and a beautiful old town centre, Alicante offers something for everybody. Alicante - or Alacant – has a historic center (it had been a Roman settlement) and modern infrastructure. The biggest advantage: Even in winter, when the holiday regions are quite calm, you can always find interesting ways to spend your time (shopping, exploring the city, museums, exhibits, excavation sites, and the most varied cuisine). And all of this without your own car! The general price level is that of the long-term Spanish residents, and thus noticeably less expensive than in the tourist areas.
The ROCAFEL was constructed in the 1960s as the first luxury housing development in Alicante, right beside the ocean, in the district Albufera. In the entire housing complex, there are only four homes with large terraces, and you can rent one of them here. The home has a surface area of about 135 square metres; the terrace, as the most important "room", has about 45 square metres of this surface area and leads directly to the living room. The terrace is partially covered and practically invisible. According to the weather and season, you will always find both sun and shade. The house faces the south, so it has sun from morning until evening. The view of the ocean is fantastic, as you can easily recognize in the photos. From the terrace, one has a clear view southeast up to Cabo de las Huertas (Cape of the Gardens); southward up to the offshore island Tabarca and the Cape of Santa Pola, and to the southwest, a view over the tennis courts and community pool up to the harbour of Alicante. The sun rise and sunsets are spectacular, and even at night, the view is never boring because of the many nearby ships in the large harbour and the view of the city lights.
Albufera has a special micro-climate created by the large cliffs behind the house. The cliffs warm up in the sun, and give off the stored warmth again in the evenings. That’s why the zone of ROCAFEL is unusually dry all the time, and in the winter always a couple of degrees warmer than most other areas on the coast.
The Rocafel housing development has its own gardeners, maintenance men, cleaning personnel and porters. About 90% of the homes are occupied by their owners; only a few are rented. You will hardly ever find foreigners here, and if you do, they will not be recognizable as such, since they are so well integrated into Spain. Shops and pubs are hardly set up for foreign tourists, and thus at least a basic knowledge of Spanish is helpful (restaurant Spanish). Here, the typical Spanish lifestyle is the rule.
The housing development includes several tennis courts with floodlights which can be used for a fee.
Practically everyone in Alicante is familiar with the "ROCAFEL". As one of the few housing developments in all of Costa Blanca, it lies directly on the ocean, without through streets in-between. Behind the buildings – and also higher than these – the street from Alicante leads past the “Playa Albufereta” (Albufereta beach) and “Playa San Juan” (San Juan beach). The main street going to Valencia is on the other side of the cliffs from Albufera and is kilometers away. In front of the building, there is only a yard with many palm trees, a tennis court and a parking lot. Therefore, there is no through traffic at all in front of the house. You can simply take the lift 8 floors down and are practically right at the ocean. Here, you will find several small sandy beaches between the breakwaters pouring out of the big cliffs; a couple of hundred metres to the east is the really big sandy beach "Playa Albufereta". There are several pubs in the immediate vicinity. There is also a small supermarket right in the housing development; additional shops can be reached by foot in a few minutes.
There is a tram directly behind the housing development that also takes you to the city centre in no time, or in the other direction to the giant "Playa San Juan", the biggest sandy beach in Costa Blanca, many kilometres long and up to 300 metres wide! The next stop is about 300 metres away.
You will find a scalable map with satellite view of the area on google maps. GPS coordinates are N38.358943° / W0.453054°.
The home has a large, partially covered terrace of about 45 square metres; the living room and master bedroom are right next to it. One of the two bathrooms is directly accessible from the large bedroom; the other is accessible from the hallway. There are two more bedrooms, a kitchen open to the hallway, and a laundry room behind the kitchen. You will find a floor plan on the photo page.
The flat is completely furnished and equipped, primarily with Spanish rattan furniture. All bedrooms have wall units. Here is a list of the essential equipment:
Colour TV with Sat antenna (ASTRA digital), stereo system with speakers in several rooms, washing machine, refrigerator, terrace furniture, built-in kitchen cabinets with electric stove, oven, microwave, kitchen appliances, blender, toaster, pots, pans, dishes, cutlery, etc… Towels and bed linens can be rented for a fee from the on-site administration.
Large ceiling fans are installed above all the beds, which provide for relaxing sleep in the summer heat of July and August. Even in the cooler winter months of January, February, and March, the climate is for the most part so mild that heating the house is hardly necessary. For this purpose there are mobile electric radiators, which keep the flat warm and cozy.
As a midsized coastal town with a population of 320,000, Alicante naturally offers a variety of leisure time activities. Nowhere else on Costa Blanca are there better shopping opportunities: large department stores (El Corte Inglés), several shopping centres, the indoor markets, many weekend markets, and the artists’ market on the harbour promenade "Explanda”. A few years ago, a huge complex of restaurants, bars, cafes and shops were built directly into the harbour. From the harbour you can make daily boat excursions to the island of Tabarca (a nature and sea preserve). There are quite a few museums, theaters, and cinemas; the old castle of Alicante, which also has regular exhibits, the excavation sites of the old Roman settlement “Lucentum”, the idyllic old town centre underneath the castle, hundreds of pubs of all kinds, and of course bars and discos, and…and…and…. Several golf courses are spread around Alicante. You can rent motor- and sailboats or jet skis, go on excursions on your own to the lovely countryside, or have trips organized for you, etc. You will be surprised at how actively the Spaniards lead their lives; everything takes place outdoors, and no one stays at home longer than necessary. All in all, Alicante is an exceedingly lively and friendly city, round the clock and throughout the whole year! Tip: Experience one of Spain’s most impressive parties, the “Hogueras de San Juan” or “Fogueres de St. Joan” at the end of June. The highpoint always takes place from June 18 to 24 with the burning of the giant “Fallas” on June 24. Afterwards, for another 4 days at midnight, a spectacular "firework competition" takes place, and your view of it right in front of the terrace is perfectly visible. Detailed information and pictures are available at http://www.hogueras.org
You will find further information and pictures of Alicante and Costa Blanca in the Internet sites listed below, mostly in Spanish, but to some extent in English, too. Or just surf the internet with the search word “Alicante” or “Alacant”!
Here you find all photos: Photos ROCAFEL
Special prices for
Short term rentals: 50 Euro per night incl. electricity/water/internet
1 month: 900 Euro
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The calendar is always up to date. The prices are for the whole house, not per person! Please check out our last-minute / sales offers!
|Cleaning fee:||80 € (compulsory)|
|Linen:||10 € per person, once (on request)|
|Towels:||10 € per person, once (on request)|
|Pet:||3 € per night|
|Electricity:||usual consumption up to 35 kWh per day inclusive; extra consumption is charged at the current tariff. In winter season electricity is to be paid separately|
|Internet:||Wi-Fi / W-Lan, includet|
We have no fixed day of arrival - as far as possible, we arrange things to suit you! The minimum length of stay is 7 nights. 50% of the rent is payable on booking, and 50% one month before the beginning of your stay. The deposit is payable when you move in, and if you move out without leaving any defects it is paid back immediately. The final cleaning and any hire fee for linen and towels are payable in Spain.
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