Santa Pola is a seaside town on the Costa Blanca, known for its fishing industry, salt marshes, and of course the excellent white sandy beaches that line the 13 kilometres of coastline.
The town has a tourist office with very helpful staff, a palm park, an aquarium and various cultural and historic museums and even a castle and if you visit the area you really should visit the busy market on a Monday and Saturday morning.
The nearby Island of Tabarca was once used by Berber Pirates as their headquarters but is now a Marine Reserve. It can be visited by taking a boat from the local port. Snorkelling trips can also be arranged with a permit to see the abundant flora and fauna in the Mediterranean waters surrounding the island.
Las Salinas, right next to the town, is a protected natural marshland area and an area of special importance for wild birds, including Flamingos and other stilt birds.
In the winter months Santa Pola could be classed as quiet with the population more than doubling in the summer months. Cycling and kite surfing are extremely popular in this area as is walking along the 7km promenade that connects all the beaches in the town area.
There is a scenic drive to the area of Gran Alacant which is classed as part of Santa Pola but situated 5 km away from the main town. The road to Gran Alacant hugs the rocky shore line, with the steep cliff and light house towering down on the other side. During the summer a number of chiringuito chill out bars, are dotted along here finishing at the little church which overlooks the blue water of the Mediterranean.
Santa Pola Beaches
There are 13 kilometres of beaches in the Santa Pola area so you will find one perfect for your stay. All the following beaches are sandy and during the summer season have Red Cross and lifeguard facilities. The main beaches are:
- Playa de Varadero – this is a 475 metre long sandy stretch of beach which has been awarded the Blue Flag. In the summer months there is a public toilet available and an area where water sports are permitted.
- Calas de Santiago Bernabeu – This is a 920 metre stretch of sandy beach where in the summer months, will be beach bars, sunbed and umbrella hire, public toilets and areas where windsurf, kayaking etc are permitted.
- Playa de Levante – this beach has been awarded the Blue Flag since 1987 and has wheelchair access and wifi. It is right next to the Pola Mar Hotel and in the summer months has pedalos and volleyball. It has exercise machines for adults to use and also a play area for children.
- Gran Playa – this sandy beach is over 1 kilometre long and has wheelchair access. In the summer months it has chiringuito beach bars, public toilets, sunbed and umbrella hire, areas for water sports and shops and restaurants just along the street beside it.
- Playa Lisa – this is a sandy beach of 533 metres and renowned for the shallowness of the water, making it safer for children and those practising wind-surfing. There are shops and restaurants nearby and in the summer months beach bars, public toilet, sunbed and umbrella rental.
- Playa de Tamarit – this is a sandy 665 metre stretch of beach with water sports areas where wind-surfing, kayaking etc are very popular. There are machines for adults to exercise with and also children's play areas. In the summer months there are beach bars, public toilets, sunbed and umbrella rental.