Ciudad Quesada Area Guide
With a population of around thirteen thousand, Ciudad Quesada is situated in the Southeastern part of the Valencian region within the province of Alicante. Founded as an urbanisation in the 1970s by local entrepreneur Justo Quesada, Ciudad Quesada is now one of the most vibrant and well known towns in the South of the Alicante province.
Over the last forty or so years, it has proven popular with both tourists and ex-patriots resulting in what is today, a thriving multi-cultural community. A large part of Ciudad Quesada’s success is down to its location; it’s forty minutes by car from Alicante city centre, thirty from El Altet airport, about an hour from Murcia’s new Corvera airport and is serviced by the Mediterranean Motorway, the AP-7, which stretches the length of Spain’s Mediterranean coast. The regional capital, Valencia, is approximately two and a half hours away by car, whilst Murcia city centre is somewhat closer and can be reached in about forty five to fifty minutes.
What Does Ciudad Quesada Have To Offer?
Diverse Foreign Businesses
As one may expect, Ciudad Quesada is something of a cultural melting pot in almost every aspect of its existence. Local business is no exception; the British, Irish, Dutch, Belgian, German and Scandinavian populations are represented in many of the local businesses such as restaurants, bars, hair and beauty salons, gyms, estate agencies, legal firms, furniture stores, builders, electricians, butchers, bakers and yes, probably candlestick makers!
Over the past two years, Ciudad Quesada and the surrounding towns have seen massive investment in their infrastructure. As recently as summer 2020, an extensive project to re-modernise Avenida de las Naciones (effectively Ciudad Quesada’s “High Street”) was completed making the area even more accessible to tourists and locals alike as well as improving things for local businesses. Other very recent projects have included the construction of large supermarkets, new shopping centres, the development and expansion of local park areas, large scale road resurfacing and the construction of numerous cycle paths.
Excellent Educational and Medical Services.
Ciudad Quesada is served by Rojales Primary (CEIP Miguel Hernández) and High Schools (IES La Encanta) both of which are state run. In addition, there is a private Norwegian School (Den Norske Skolen) and a newly opened private English school (Willow International Academy).
The town’s medical centre is situated in Lo Marabú which is around a five minute drive from the main street, with an additional twenty four hour emergency service covered by the Rojales medical centre. The local hospital is Torrevieja University Hospital. Granted University Hospital status and recognised, by way of its gold award status by the Joint International Committee in 2017, as one of the best hospitals in the world.
Torrevieja is also home to a private hospital, Quirón, operated by the Quirónsalud group.
Arguably the most appealing part of living in, or visiting, Ciudad Quesada is discovering for oneself the rich diversity of leisure activities available in the town and further afield.
Almost every type of restaurant one could imagine is available, as well as plentiful bars and takeaway places, bowling, go-karting, paintballing, theatres, concert halls, cinemas, and nightclubs.
There are outdoor municipal swimming pools, and Quesada’s own waterpark, Aquapark Rojales which is open throughout the summer months. The beaches of Guardamar del Segura and Santa Pola are only ten and twenty minutes by car respectively from Quesada town centre and, as well as swimming and sun worshiping, offer jet skiing, kite and windsurfing, scuba diving, snorkelling and ferry trips. If you like the outdoor life, it may interest you to know that the Alicante province is the second most mountainous in Spain which means forests treks, mountain trails, hillwalking, camping and mountain biking are all very popular hobbies here.
In short, whether you come to visit Quesada on holiday, or decide to live here full time, there is no excuse, even in the very mild winter months, to have nothing to do.