Guardamar del Segura is renowned for its fine white sandy beaches and is situated on the mouth of the river Segura, north of La Mata and Torrevieja on the southern Costa Blanca, Spain.
Guardamar originates historically as an area of fishermen and farmers was once a Phoenician colony called Alonis was the first settlement and later Arabs called the place Guald-a-amar (River of the Sand), likely the basis for its name today.
In Spanish, “guardar” means “safekeeping” and “mar” means “sea”, and this is another possible basis for its current name.
Guardamar overlooks a long beach of sand dunes fringed by pine and eucalyptus forests making it a unique almost paradise. Guardamar is a bustling town and popular holiday resort for thousands of holiday makers, as it has much to offer.
Guardamar beaches are twelve kilometers of fine white wide sandy beaches, beautiful parks, numerous fine restaurants, many specialising in local cuisine as well as the international variety.
Guardamar del Segura is located north of Torrevieja and south of Alicante on the Southern Costa Blanca. Guardamar del Segura has fourteen kilometres of golden sandy beaches and eight beaches along its shores that attract many families with children to spend their summer holidays at the resort.
From north to south, the beaches of Guardamar are Los Tusales Beach which is for nude bathing, Los Viveros Beach, De la Babilònia Beach, Playa Centro, La Roqueta Beach, El Moncayo Beach, Playa del Campo and Les Ortigues Beach.
All the beaches are golden sandy beaches with sand dunes and are surrounded by pine, palm and eucalyptus trees.
With the beaches being as long and as wide as they are they are never over crowded even during the summer months when Guardamar del Segura is at its busiest. Sun beds are available at all the beaches and they are cleaned on a daily basis. At Playa Centro and at Playa Roqueta you will also find water sports.
Guardamar hosts local festivals like Moros i Cristians, L’Encantà, and Fogueres de Sant Joan, which commemorate its history (Iberian, Arab, and Christian). The local spirit is called Aigua de València (champagne, fresh orange, cointreau).
- March 24, 2013 – Palm Sunday Procession
- August 11, 2013 – August 15, 2013 – Misterio de Elche religious theatre (play staged inside the Santa María Basilica).
Which Are The Best Restaurants?
The complex situated off the N332 on the outskirt of Guardamar del Segura is called Via Park IV and is home to two restaurants – both Chinese wok buffets. The Agra Indian restaurant is on the Avenida Cervantes,11 at the junction with Jacinto Benavente also comes highly recommended. La Tabernita De Guardamar is situated in the Plaza Porticada. This restaurant specializes mainly in home made Spanish food and tapas, excellent service with a smile and reasonable prices.
Here are some more restaurants in Guardamar worth a try – Chocolateria La Churreria, Restaurant Akropolis, Nostra Pizza, Restaurant Jaime, La Terrazza, Restaurant El Padrino, Cafeteria Galitia, Restaurante El Rincon de Carmen, Restaurante La Saranda.
Amongst others there are nine Chinese restaurants in Guardamar, Restaurante Gran China – C/Cartagena at the corner of Crevillent, Restaurante Chino Pato Laqueado, Restaurante Chino Internacional, Restaurante Chino Zhong Hua, Restaurante China Town, Restaurante Chino Wang Cheng, Restaurante Chino Nankin, Restaurante Chino Hong Kong – has two parts the restaurant and a Buffet and the Restaurante Asiatico.
El Jardin” Restaurant is located in a privileged environment. It has a wide glassed terrace from which you will be able to gaze at the see while being surrounded by a warm ambience and enjoy the best mediterranean cuisine.
This fabulous combination, together with a friendly and professional service and an exclusive cellar grant “El Jardin” the privilege of being one of the most recommended restaurants in most national guides: Michelin, Gourmetour, Repsol (Campsa)… Since 2011 they have aditionally been organizing “Beach Weddings”.
Tourist Attractions and Sights
Guardamar attracts more the type of holiday makers such as families with children, nature lovers and golfers. Guardamar is a developing tourist resort and is one of the most important on the southern Costa Blanca. It is not yet as heavily commercialised as other tourist resorts on the Costa Blanca and therefore retains much of its typically Spanish charm.
Throughout the year, Guardamar, Spain enjoys great weather conditions. In the summer, daily temperatures average over 30°C, and even during winter, temperatures rarely drop below 15°C, making an apartment in Guardamar ideal for golfing holidays in the winter sun. See Guardamar weather for more details.
Guardamar is surrounded by two salt water lakes which form the Salinas de Guardamar. These salt water lakes are a national nature reserve and attract a large variety of bird-life. The concentrations of salt and warm temperatures give Guardamar what is known as a healthy micro climate recommended by doctors for various ailments such as respiratory and aching joints.
Guardamar is blessed with over 320 days of annual sunshine making it an ideal escape from the dark bleak British winters. The best times of year to visit are probably October and May as they are outside of the holiday season yet are very warm but the beaches and resorts are less crowded.
Activities – Things To Do and See
Guardamar offers you every possible sea sport such as sailing, windsurfing, water-skiing, underwater diving, canoeing, jet skiing. The Marina de las Dunas at the mouth of the river offers all these as well as almost 500 moorings. It also offers 2 kilometres of the new navigable river course for small boats, a risk-free place for sea sports.
Guardamar del Segura has extensive sports facilities, the most important being the “Las Rabosas” Sports Centre and the magnificent Municipal Sports Centre, with its Olympic swimming-pool, 3 football pitches, basketball courts, five-a-side soccer pitches, tennis courts, pelota courts, covered sports. The municipal Marina de las Dunas is a splendid addition for tourism in Guardamar del Segura.
Make sure you visit the local market selling fresh fruits and vegetables as well as other locally-made goods and produce – market day in Guardamar is on a Wednesday.
Excursions and Days Out
You can spend your whole holiday in Guardamar enjoying the beaches, restaurants and cafe lifestyle but if you want to explore the Costa Blanca then there are some short day trips outside of Guardamar that are worth seeing such as Torrevieja which is very similar to Guardamar but it has the Habaneras shopping centre. There is also the water park called Aquapolis.
For history visit the big cities of Murcia, Cartagena, Orihuela, Elche and Alicante.
Nearest Golf Courses
The nearby town of Rojales has the La Marquesa golf course. There are many other good golf courses in the area such as La Finca and Villamartin.
Real Estate Agents
Whether you’re looking for a place to rent or to stay at permanently, you can take advantage of the services from the real estate agents in Guardamar who are more than willing to help you in finding your ideal residence.
You can contact El Moncayo Properties International (el-moncayo.com, Tel. +34 965 724 446); Naranja Spain (naranjaspain.es, Tel. +34 865 770 615) and Nexus Group (www.nexusgrupo.com, Tel. +34 965 727 960).
Guardamar Tourist Information Office (Oficina de Turismo)
The tourist centre office in Guardamar can help you will local information such as maps, guides, brochures, help with accommodation and they can answer any questions you have about dates for festivals, fiestas, weather information, transport and airport transfers to Guardamar from Alicante airport or San Javier Murcia airport.
Tourist Information Office Guardamar del Segura
Adddress: Plaza de la Constitución 7, 03140 Guardamar del Segura.
Telephone: +34 965 724 488
Opening Hours: Winter (from 01/10 to 31/05): Monday-Saturday, 10:00 to 15:15 h. and 17:00 to 19:00 h. Summer (from 01/07 to 30/09): Monday, from 10:00 to 14:30 h. and 16:00 to 20:30 h. Saturdays from 10:30 to 14:00 h. and 17:00 to 20:00 h.
Below is a video showing a number of interesting places in Guardamar.
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