Xàbia was most popular with buyers from the United Kingdom.

Almost 7,000 properties were sold in the Marina Alta in 2023, almost 13% of the total sales in the entire province of Alicante, according to the latest data from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Agenda which has been studied by the Marina Alta Observatory.

And the figures show that foreigners were responsible the majority of the purchases and sales of new and resale property across the region, with the Dutch leading the way with 834 property transactions, some 12% of the total, in Xàbia (254), Teulada-Moraira (130), Calp (117) and Dénia (108) as well as Benissa, El Poble Nou de Benitatxell, Pedreguer, Pego and Alcalalí.

Brits were responsible for 548 sales, of which 161 were in Xàbia, 123 in Teulada-Moraira, 99 in Dénia, 66 in Calp, 38 in El Poble Nou de Benitatxell, 31 in Benissa and 30 in Pego.

The most popular towns for foreigners in 2023 were Calp (1,029 sales) and Dénia (808 sales). Other nationalities were responsible for almost 84% of total sales in Teulada-Moraira, just over 82% in Benissa and almost 76% in Calp.

Overall, real estate sales were down almost 15% of 2022 (8,147) and the coastal towns remained the most popular destinations with Dénia leading the way with 1,747 total sales (down 19% of 2022), Calp seeing 1,356 sales (down a fraction on 2022), and Xàbia enjoying 1,197 sales, down 11.2% of 2022.

The municipalities which saw increases in sales last year compared to 2022 were Castell de Castells (9 sales, up 77.8%), Senija (18, +50%), Sagra (13, +44.4%), Benidoleig (32, +6.7%) and Alcalalí (51, +2.0%).