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Santa Pola Overview

Natural spaces: Santa Pola holidays are nearby to two of the main natural wonders of Costa Blanca. Firstly, there’s Salinas, a huge salt lake which is still used for extracting salt today. The grassy wetlands around the lake have now been declared a nationally protected area. And if you travel just a little further west, you’ll reach El Hondo Natural Park. This huge green space is an important home to the diverse birdlife of Costa Blanca, and it makes for a pleasant walk through miles of grassy knolls.

Beach holidays: The long stretch of coastline in Santa Pola is home to several expansive beaches with plenty of space for sunbathing, sports and activities. The main two beaches, Vardero and Levante are always kept clean, and are lined with elegant marble promenades.

Attractions in Santa Pola

Santa Pola Fortress: Built in the 16th century by King Philip II to protect against pirates, the impressive Santa Pola Fortress has been elegantly designed with cobbled beige stones, a central bell tower and a large courtyard inside. It’s now used to house an archaeological museum, a maritime museum and a small chapel.

El Palmeral: The remains of this large Roman villa are well worth a visit on holidays to Santa Pola, and they serve as a reminder of the town’s history, being built on top of the ancient city Portus Illicitanus. Although the ageing effects of time have reduced the villa to rubble remains, you can still see the intricate mosaics which were used to decorate the floors and walls.

Activities in Santa Pola

Salinas Natural Park: An expansive park of over 2,500 hectares in size. Much of it is taken up by the salt lake which is still used for the extraction of salt today. The lake also attracts many forms of wildlife, in particular all sorts of exotic birds including bright pink flamingos! There’s also a salt museum which details the extraction process and highlights how important salt is to Santa Pola.

El Hondo Natural Park: This large nature reserve is another haven for bird-watching holidays. There are many different vibrant species which migrate here over the summer, ranging from the common marbled duck to harriers, sandpipers and flamingos. With dense green forestry encircled by two large lakes, the park also makes the ideal compliment to relaxing holidays to Santa Pola. Additionally, there’s a nature reserve centre that focuses on the migration patterns of the visiting birds and the park’s efforts to ensure successful breeding of the native marbled ducks.

Beaches in Santa Pola

Levante: At the heart of Santa Pola is this wide, open stretch of golden sand. Many of the beaches on Costa Blanca holidays are very flat and expansive, and Levante is no exception. There’s more than enough space for everyone, and you’ll enjoy clear views of the seemingly endless Mediterranean Sea.

Gran Playa: Another of the main beaches in Santa Pola, just to the south of the resort. Again, the sand here runs very wide into the sea so you’ve plenty of space for spending beach holidays here. There’s also a lovely palm tree lined promenade which runs alongside the beach.

Varadero: A quiet white sandy beach lined with palm trees. There’s a man-made rocky headland out to sea which helps calm the currents and waves, so you can be sure it’s safer for swimming too, even for children on family holidays.

Restaurants in Santa Pola

Meson Gallego: Although not as touristy as some of the other eateries in Santa Pola, you’ll find the food here more than makes up for the plain decor. As expected, Paella and Cured Ham dishes are both served here, but they’re very authentic in flavour with fresh spices and herbs like rosemary and saffron used extensively in the ingredients.

Miramar: A classy seafood restaurant where the bill may be a little higher than usual, but you’ll certainly be treating yourself on holidays to Santa Pola! Overlooking the harbour, the relaxing sea view and sleek modern decor adds to the eating experience. On the menu you’ll find delicious creations like Garlic Bruschetta, King Prawns with Chilli, Mussels and Spaghetti.

Fayago: On the beach front of Playa Lyssa, this highly-regarded Spanish restaurant is a real favourite of the local people of Santa Pola, so you know it must be good! Appropriately, the decor is rustic and simply presented, although staying true to the community spirit of the owners, the walls are also decorated with pictures from local artists. The restaurant is famed for its paella, so much so that the head chef was even invited to represent Spain with the dish during the Olympics in China.

Nightlife in Santa Pola

Traditional bars: While certainly not as lively as holidays to Benidorm or Alicante holidays, it’s still entirely possible to have an enjoyable night out on Santa Pola holidays. Many of the bars here have a rather traditional style, with places such as Casa Antonio, Bar Volanti and El Rancho offering an authentically Spanish experience as their names would suggest.

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