Santa Pola is a former fishing village now known as a popular tourist beach resort on Spain’s southern Costa Blanca.
The attraction as a tourist resort lies in it’s closeness to Alicante airport and it’s miles of golden sandy beaches combined with the tremendous climate of the Costa Blanca.
Santa Pola is a working town that is busy in the winter unlike many small tourist resorts that practically become ghost towns.
Of course in the summer it fills up mainly with Spanish holidaymakers, you won’t find many English restaurants or bars like you would a bit further south (Torrevieja area).
Getting to Santa Pola
Road access to Santa Pola is very good. The AP-7 autoroute (motorway) comes down from Alicante airport which is only 15 minutes drive away and goes south to Murcia San Javier airport.
Once at the airport you have a range of different airport transfer options to Santa Pola including private shuttle buses, taxis or Santa Pola car hire.
Also the N-332 goes right past the outskirts of Santa Pola and this also goes from Alicante airport in the north all the way down to Murcia San Javier airport to the south.
To the south of Santa Pola is La Marina, Guardamar del Segura and Torrevieja. To the north of Santa Pola is Alicante.
What to See & Do
Santa Pola is a great location for a beach holiday, you won’t need to go anywhere else, as everything you need for a great family holiday in the sun is right here in Santa Pola.
Santa Pola has a rich history with it’s first settlers dating back to the 3rd millennium BC. Pirates once used the island of Tabarca which you can visit by catching one of the hourly ferries leaving from the port of Santa Pola.
Santa Pola also has a number of watchtowers and a castle which was built in 1557.
The port of Santa Pola is still very much a working port, each evening you can see the fishing boats return with their catches. The port also has a fine marina with many boats moored here.
Santa Pola’s main square is called the Plaza de la Glorieta. This is a great place to gather in the evening, there are many stalls serving Spanish treats, ice cream, drinks and selling gifts.
This excellent video below shows video images of Santa Pola featuring the most important tourist attractions of Santa Pola inluding the beach at Santa Pola.
The nearest golf course to La Marina is at the small town of Ciudad Quesada which has it’s own golf course called La Marquesa golf and country club. Further south are a few golf courses nearby including La Finca golf course, the Royal Campoamor golf club, Las Ramblas de Orihuela golf club and Villamartin golf club.
Hotels in Santa Pola include the Hotel Restaurant Polamar which is located on the Calle Astilleros, the three star Hotel Summa Stella Maris which is located on the Avenida de Zaragoza, the four star Hotel Patilla which is located on the Calle Elche, the four star Hotel JM Santa Pola which is located on the Carretera Alicante Cartagena, for the budget conscious Hostal Picola which is located on the Calle Alicante and the Golf Santa Pola which is located on the Ronda Norte de Santa Pola.
Rates are available from twenty nine Euros a night and some more budget friendly hotels include the one star Quatre Llunes, Hotel Michel and Arenales Playa.
Santa Pola’s major attraction is clearly it’s beaches which run for over 11km. and are of the highest quality with plenty of facilities.
Running up the coast to the north of Santa Pola are the beaches of Vardero Beach and Levante Beach (which is at the heart of Santa Pola so is a very popular beach).
Running down the coast to the south of Santa Pola are the beaches of Gran Playa (the main beach of Santa Pola), Pinet Beach, La Gola Beach, Playa Lisa Beach and Tamarit Beach.
Most of the beaches of Santa Pola are very wide and so you can always find a bit of space even in the height of summer. there are lots of space for playing beach football and beach volleyball.
This excellent video below shows video images of Santa Pola’s beaches including the main beaches of Levante and Gran Playa.
Market days in Santa Pola are Saturday and Mondays.
Excursions & Days Out
If you are going to a holiday to Santa Pola, here are some of our ideas for tourist excursions so you make the most of your trip to the Santa Pola on the Costa Blanca South:
1. From Santa Pola go inland to the town of Elche (Elx) famous for its palms.
2. Take the ferry from Santa Pola’s port over to Tabarca Island once inhabited by pirates.
3. The historic city of Murcia is not far to the south of Santa Pola.
4. If you want history, nearby Rojales and Orihuela have old towns and cave houses.
5. Torrevieja is still very Spanish and has wonderful beaches and promenade.
Tourist Information Office (Oficina de Turismo)
Santa Pola Tourist Office
Address: Calle Astilleros 4 – Junto al Ayto, 03130, Santa Pola (Alicante – Alacant).
Santa Pola Tourist Office Plaza Constitución, s/n, 03130, Santa Pola.
Telephone: +34 966696052
Santa Pola Tourist Office
Address: Plaza Diputacion s/n. 03130. Santa Pola. (Alicante – Alacant)
Telephone: +34 966692276
Opening Times: From June 25 to August 31, Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 14:00 and 17:00 to 20:00 h. Saturdays from 10:00 to 14:00 h. Rest: Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 14:00 h. and 16:00 to 19:00 h. Saturdays from 10:00 to 14:00 h. Closed 24, 25, December 31, 1, January 6 and May 22 Santa Rita.
Santa Pola Tourist Office (Gran Playa)
Address: Avenida Valencia, Gran Playa, Santa Pola.
Opening Times: From June 27 to September 1. Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 14:00 h.
Important Phone Numbers
Town Hall: 96 541 11 00
Post Office: 96 541 30 37
Fire Brigade: 96 598 22 22
Local Police: 96 541 12 87
Guardia Civil: 96 541 12 90
Health Center: 96 541 29 40
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