The sea has shaped the history of Santa Pola, a tourist and fishing town known for its outstanding beaches, promenades and landscape, together with its rich Mediterranean cuisine. Best of all, it still retains its character and its fishing village atmosphere.
More than 300 days of sunshine a year, an average annual temperature of 18 °C and its prime location, just 10 km. from Alicante International Airport, are good reasons to visit our town.
When we add to all this, its beautiful sunsets, its friendly people and the chance of
buying fresh fish, fruit and vegetables every day, the attraction for tourists is quite understandable.
Throughout its 15 km. coast, there are 11 km. of south facing beaches of fine sand and you can discover natural features just as varied as the Headland; “The Sierra” (The Hilltop), an important fishing port and the Salinas Natural Park wetlands, where throughout the year you can find more than 150 different species of birds, the most important being the flamingo.
It must be stressed that more than 70% of the area is protected, which makes Santa Pola an area with a beautiful natural environment.
3 miles from the Cape is Tabarca Island, an idyllic spot for diving and a Marine Reserve, with spectacular turquoise-coloured clear waters.
Good weather, promenades and the sea air are more than sufficient for jogging, hiking and cycling along the coast, or through various routes and trails that run through the inland hill area.
A modern yacht club and a sheltered bay encourage visitors to practice windsurfing, sailing, swimming and diving, and other water-sports.
The stews of this region are known for their variety, based on fish and rice. Ranging from red prawns, shrimps, salted fish, fish only sourced in Santa Pola "Peix de Santa Pola" (unloaded daily at the port), to dishes like paella, "caldero de gallina" rockfish stew, lobster stew, the "arrós i Gatet" (lesser spotted dogfish in rice), oysters farmed in the bay, cannot fail to impress anyone visiting Santa Pola.