Santa Pola, bathed by warm Mediterranean waters, a tourist resort mingles with sea traditions.

Palm trees in Santa Pola

Santa Pola

Santa Pola, bathed by warm Mediterranean waters, is set in exceptional surroundings where natural spaces abound. Here is a place where a tourist resort mingles with sea traditions, where you can take a walk or just relax feeling the sea breeze on your face, where you can admire breathtaking sunsets or have a taste of succulent and varied cuisine.

Santa Pola is a tourist resort and fishing port with a mild Mediterranean climate and a mean annual temperature of 18C. It is situated 18km south of Alicante and only 10km south from Alicante airport.

Santa Pola castle

History

After the fall of the Roman Empire and during the Middle Ages the area known as the Port of Cap de l’Alijub lost its population, due mainly to plunder by pirates and corsairs who established on the Island of Santa Pola (known today as Tabarca Island).

The watchtowers and the castle fortress were built in the 16th Century and once the island was fortified and the pirates expulsed. This gave rise, in the 18th Century, to a new village, which took the name of Santa Pola.

Santa Pola beach, Gran Playa

The Environment

The salt-works dating from the late 19th Century have enabled the survival of the saltpans, a protected marshland Natural Park that has been distinguished as a “Zone of Extraordinary Importance for Bird Life”. It is one of the few places in the Iberian Peninsula where flamingos and black-winged steals are permanently seen.

In the eastern part of the Santa Pola district you will find the Cape and the Hills, a cliff formation which rises 144m above sea level.

This area, along with the saltpans and the Island of Tabarca, declared a sea reserve and only 3 nautical miles from the Cape, make up a remarkable environment of great interest.

Santa Pola, relaxing on the beach

Sports and Leisure

Due to the kindness of its climate and its priviledged landscape, Santa Pola offers exceptional conditions for water sports, both traditional and aerial: windsurfing, sailing, swimming, fishing, jetskis and scuba diving.

More traditional sports can be practiced at the City’s sports grounds, including tennis, athletics, football and, of course, golf.

Since 1990, the town has hosted its own Half Marathon.

Of course, you can just spend some time strolling along the sea walks and avenues and enjoying Santa Pola’s welcoming pavement cafes.

Sunset over Santa Pola, Spain

Beaches

Santa Pola has 15km of coast, of which 11km are beaches of fine sands. Since 1987, the beaches of Santa Pola have been distinguished with several Blue Flags.

To the west Playa Lissa, Tamarit and Gran Playa beaches have shallow waters and are ideal for families. Gran Playa has been certified as an Accessible beach with complete disabled access facilities.

To the east, Levante, the Santiago Bernabeu Calas (coves), Veradero and Calas de Santa Pola del Este beaches are protected from the Northern winds by the hills and enjoy crystal clear waters and fine sand.

Santa Pola cuisine

Cuisine

Santa Pola has a well established reputation for traditional and varied seafood cuisine: shrimp, lobster and red prawn from the bay. Among the appetizers one must not forget salted fish such as salted tuna, fish eggs and codfish.

Rice is, without doubt, the regional great chapter in cuisine. Please take note of the original Valencian names with fish or seafood: “arros a banda”, “paella de marisc” and “arros i gatet”.

Other distinguished dishes include: grouper stew, angler whitefish and the unequalled “caldero” (fish stew). The most demanded fish are gilthead, sea bass and “lechola”

Ice creams, buns, rolls, pastry and puff pastry are very much as part of Santa Pola’s glorious culinary traditions.