Pilar de la Horadada, is a coastal city located in the province of Alicante, specifically on the Costa Blanca, on the border with Murcia, 18 km from Torrevieja and 68 km from Alicante. According to the 2017 census, 21,202 people live here, and around 45% are foreigners.
Pilar de la Horadada has a warm Mediterranean climate, which means that you can enjoy the sun and warmth 300 days a year. The beach season, as in all parts of the Costa Blanca, can last from May to October. Rainfall is scarce, and winters are mild.
Pilar de la Horadada has a privileged location: it is located between the provinces of Alicante and Murcia. Murcia-San Javier airport is about 15 minutes by car, Alicante-Elche airport, about 50 minutes. The cities that are relatively close to Pilar de la Horadada are: Torrevieja (19 km), Cartagena (45 km), Alicante (84 km), Murcia (54 km), Orihuela (40 km), Benidorm (130 km), etc. At an hour’s drive, you will find the Archena spa.
Pilar de la Horadada on the map:
Pilar de la Horadada: what to see. History of Torre de la Horadada
In the territory of the municipality of Pilar de la Horadada, one of the natural treasures of Alicante is located: the Sierra Escalona Protected Landscape Reserve. In the Sierra Escalona, the Río Seco and Río Nacimiento rivers originate, which flow through the entire territory of the municipality, and flow into the sea.
In the center of Pilar de la Horadada, is the church of the Asunción, built in the 50s of the last century. Also in the vicinity of Pilar de la Horadada, you can see the ancient Roman Quarries, where stone was extracted for the construction of roads of the Roman Empire.
The city has a very interesting history, dating back to the times of the Roman Empire, when the modern city of Pilar was called Tiar, and served as a transit point on the Via Augusta, one of the longest Roman roads.
Regarding the history of the name, there are two main versions. To begin with, the word “horadado” means “pierced, perforated.”
The first version says that, during the Reconquista in the coastal area of Pilar de la Horadada, many watchtowers were built, one of which, Torre de la Horadada, gave its name to one of the districts of the municipality of Pilar. In this tower there were numerous openings that allowed the patrol to communicate, which is why the tower was called “Torre Horadada,” and the whole area was known as Campo de la Horadada. In the eighteenth century, because the Blessed Virgin of Pilar was recognized as the patron saint of the municipality, the town was named Pilar de la Horadada.
According to the second version, the municipality owes its name to the particularities of the local relief: in the coastal area, where the Torre de la Horadada rises, there are holes in the ground made by seawater, and that is why the site is called Punta de la Horadada. Hence the name of the tower and, behind it, the entire municipality.
The famous watchtower, located in the area of Torre de la Horadada, is one of the attractions of the municipality. It was built in 1591, on the site of an even older tower, and was part of a network of watchtowers that served in the time of Philip II of Spain to protect against pirates. During the 19th century, the tower served as a point of telegraphic communication.
Pilar de la Horadada: property
In Pilar de la Horadada you will find a large selection of properties: apartments and flats, bungalows, houses, villas, both second hand and new construction. Pilar de la Horadada is clearly divided into three zones: the first, the coastal zone. This includes the areas of Mil Palmeras, Pueblo Latino, Torre de la Horadada, and El Mojón. The second zone is the city itself – Zona Pueblo. It is located at some distance from the sea, and has no access to the beaches. The third zone – Pinar de Campoverde, is at the foot of the Sierra Escalona.
The average price per square meter of housing in Pilar de la Horadada, according to the Idealista website for June 2019, is € 1,802. If we talk about areas, the situation is as follows:
|District||Price of square meter (€)|
|Torre de la Horadada||1962|
|Pinar de Campoverde||1810|
The price of second-hand housing in Pilar de la Horadada, starts at € 38,000. This is the price for a small studio. Prices in the area of El Mojón, start at € 73,000 (houses), in Mil Palmeras – from € 45,000 (studios), in Pinar de Campoverde – from € 55,000 (houses), in Pueblo Latino – from € 38,000 (studios). Torre de la Horadada – from € 68,000 (flats), Zona Pueblo – from € 45,000 (flats). These prices are collected from the Idealista website.
In Pilar de la Horadada, you will also find a large selection of high quality new construction properties, at a reasonable price. Like Lemart-Resort, studios in bungalows for € 84,900; Lamar Resort-III, two-room bungalows for € 139,900; and two-bedroom apartments, in a closed residential complex in Mil Palmeras, for € 145,000.
A special category, in the real estate market of Pilar de la Horadada, is luxury housing, which is perfectly convenient to apply for the “Golden Visa”. Two examples of this type of property are: luxury villas with sea views and a private plot, at a price of € 790,000; and a luxury villa in Torre de la Horadada, near the sea, for 3.4 € million.
Torre de la Horadada
Torre de la Horadada, is one of the districts of Pilar de la Horadada. It is very popular among tourists, and home buyers. This is a wonderful place to live and spend the holidays, which attracts the attention of travelers and those who want to live near the sea.
If you want to buy a house in Torre de la Horadada, you have a large selection of houses at your disposal: flats, apartments, houses, townhouses, bungalows, etc. The main advantage of the area is the proximity of the sea: whatever the property you choose, the best beaches will always be within walking distance.
In Torre de la Horadada there are cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs, everything you need for the perfect vacation. Nearby are spa centers, golf courses, sports centres, etc. The real estate market in Torre de la Horadada, is represented by both high-rise buildings, apartments, studios and flats, as well as low-rise housing: villas, terraced houses, bungalows, etc. This is the best place to buy a high quality, spacious home near the sea, both for vacations and for permanent residence. In addition, the apartments here are easily rented, and will provide you with a stable source of income.
In Torre de la Horadada, there are magnificent Blue Flag beaches:
- Playa Jesuitas is an urban beach of sand, with a length of 465 m and a width of 65 m. From the north, it is limited by cliffs, and from the south by a marina. The promenade stretches along the beach.
- Playa del Conde is an urban beach 210 meters long and 18 meters wide, with clear water and golden sand. Located at the foot of the watchtower of Torre de la Horadada.
- Playa del Puerto is a sandy beach, bounded from the south by a marina, and from the north by the Playa de las Villas-Higuericas. It is 680 m long and 95 m wide. The promenade stretches along the beach.
- Playa de las Villas-Higuericas. From the north it borders on Playa del Puerto, and from the south, with Playa del Mojón. It has a length of 1405 m and a width of 80 m. This beach is often used for concerts and youth parties.
Torre de la Horadada on the map:
Mil Palmeras is a district of Pilar de la Horadada, which borders Dehesa de Campoamor in the north and Torre de la Horadada in the south. Here is the estuary of the Rio Seco. In Mil Palmeras there are a lot of bars, restaurants, cafes, pubs, hotels and aparthotels.
Here you will also find three wonderful sandy beaches: Mil Palmeras, Playa Vista Mar and Playa Río Seco. The choice of properties in Mil Palmeras is quite broad: flats, apartments, studios, houses, townhouses, bungalows, villas, etc. There are many new construction properties. This wonderful coastal area is an excellent place to live and spend your holidays, as well as a profitable destination for real estate investments.
Mil Palmeras on the map:
Other areas of Pilar de la Horadada
El Mojón is a coastal locality that belongs simultaneously to the province of Alicante (Pilar de la Horadada), and Murcia (San Pedro del Pinatar). Part of the locality, is bathed by the waters of the saltwater lagoon of the Mar Menor. In the vicinity of El Mojón, are the ruins of an ancient Roman settlement, dating back to II – IV BC.
The real estate market here is represented by low-rise housing as well as multi-story buildings. Although the houses of low height are more abundant: houses, chalets, townhouses, bungalows, and villas. The area has access to the sea. The local beach, Playa del Mojón, is located on the edge of the Regional Park of Las Salinas y Arenales de San Pedro del Pinatar. In the 70s of the last century, this area began to gain popularity as a tourist destination, and the small fishing village El Mojón, became a coastal tourist center.
El Mojón on the map:
Pinar de Campoverde, is a district of Pilar de la Horadada, located quite far from the sea (20 min by car), near a large pine forest and the Seco River, at the foot of the Sierra de Escalona. The area is very green, as its name suggests – “green field”.
Here live approximately 3,000 people, many of whom are foreigners (British, Germans, French, Belgians) who seek to live, a comfortable and quiet place, with a good climate, and far from the noise of the cities. Near Pinar de Campoverde, there are golf courses.
This area can hardly be called tourist, because it is more suitable for the permanent life of the whole family. The real estate market here is mainly represented by low-rise buildings: houses, villas, townhouses, etc. There are also apartments, but in lesser quantity.
Pinar de Campoverde on the map:
In summary, Pilar de la Horadada is a wonderful place to live and spend the holidays. Our offer of excellent quality homes in Pilar de la Horadada can be found here.