Why live in Santa Pola?

Why live in Santa Pola?

Year-round sunshine

To live in Santa Pola is to enjoy life next to the Mediterranean sun and beach.

With an average temperature of 26º in the middle of summer and 14º in winter, its Mediterranean climate and scarce rainfall make it possible to enjoy sunny days almost all the time.

Urban beaches and natural sites

Enjoy both its urban beaches, with coastal promenades next to the city, as well as its natural landscapes. Among them you have the Cape of Santa Pola, where you can contemplate its breathtaking views from the Mirador del Faro or the natural spectacle of pink flamingos in its salt flats.

Beach destination, I also live in winter

Beach destination, I also live in winter

Being a residential tourist destination, during the summer it is at its peak and its more than 33 thousand inhabitants are multiplied with neighbors from nearby towns, big cities like Madrid or of international origin.

However, Santa Pola is a city to live all year round because during the winter continues its activity in the historic center dominated by its Castle-Fortress, with services, stores and restaurants where you can taste its gastronomy based on seafood.

In addition, the offer is extended in its shopping and leisure centers such as Polamax, which has cinemas, Gran Alacant, a few kilometers from the center, in the residential area of the same name, or its amusement park Pola Park.

Come and live in Santa Pola if you want to enjoy the seafront in a small town that has managed to modernize without losing its essence as a fishing village.

What to see in Santa Pola?

Port of Santa Pola

The Port of Santa Pola is considered one of the most important in Spain in the Mediterranean area and is mainly dedicated to fishing, boat building for sporting purposes and the shipment of salt, as it is located next to the Salinas.

Don't miss the fish auction which is free from 16:00 to 19:00 on weekdays at La Lonja. It sells all the fresh fish and seafood that arrives each day at the port and that you can also buy directly from the stalls next to the port.

In addition, you can walk along the promenade from which you can contemplate its small and medium-sized boats while you enjoy the seafood cuisine in its restaurants, have a drink in its cafes or go shopping.

Port of Santa Pola

Santa Pola Lighthouse

The Santa Pola Lighthouse is located on the Cape of the same name, on the watchtower called Ataloya, from the sixteenth century. Thanks to its position, on top of a cliff, you can enjoy panoramic views of the entire Bay of Santa Pola, Alicante and even the island of Tabarca.

If you are lucky and there is no cloud cover, you can even see Cape Cervera and Isla Grosa to the south and the Peñón de Ifach, located in Calpe, in the east.

This Cape is also very frequented by paragliding enthusiasts so that the natural spectacle is also joined by these parachute flights over the mountain.

Santa Pola Lighthouse

Santa Pola urban beaches

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In the town center you will find seven beaches with all services and fine golden sand, which can be reached on foot from the streets of the city. Tamarit beach, to the south, with blue flag and eco-beach flag, has a length of more than 800 meters and a width of 98 m, and you will see the old salt pier.

Next are Playa Lisa and Gran Playa, the latter accessible, which together exceed two kilometers in length and between 30 and 55 m wide, whose shallow waters make them ideal to go with children. You will also see fans of windsurfing and other sailing sports, because here is located the Club Windsurf Area.

In the center you have the Levante Beach, accessible, with WIFI and blue flag since 1987. It runs for half a kilometer between the port and the Calas Santiago Bernabéu, also with blue flag, a beach of fine sand almost a kilometer long.

Continuing with the urban beaches to the north, we find Playa Varadero and Calas de Santa Pola del Este, both with blue flag and all services.

Santa Pola urban beaches

Natural beaches

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In Santa Pola you also have several natural beaches a little further away from the urban environment. In the southern area are the Playa La Gola and the virgin beach of El Pinet, next to the Natural Park of the Salinas, both of fine sand that can only be reached on foot.

On the other hand, in the northern area, and under the Cape of Santa Pola, you can take a swim in the Calas de l'Aljub, located in an area of high landscape and environmental value, the Bancal de l'Arena or the Calas del Cuartel, ideal for snorkeling and also have the Caleta dels Gossets, the beach for dogs in Santa Pola.

Finally, on the edge of the town and bordering the beaches of Elche, is the Ermita Beach, where, in addition to the small chapel that gives it its name, a few meters away is the Cueva de las Arañas, with a cave painting declared a World Heritage Site along with the rest of those found in the Mediterranean Arc.

Natural beaches

Santa Pola salt flats

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One of the most interesting natural spectacles of Santa Pola are its wetlands, declared of international importance.

The Parque Natural de las Salinas de Santa Pola consists of several ponds that occupy an area of 2.5 hectares and where you can see pink flamingos and storks feeding on small fish and invertebrates that inhabit them.

You can walk along various trails and follow the two routes enabled for this purpose, the Yellow Route: the Pinet and the Red Route, Playa del Tamarit, easy access and little difficulty for walking.

Santa Pola salt flats

How to get to Santa Pola?


By road

Santa Pola is connected to the rest of the coast by the national road N-332 and is very close to the AP-7 highway, which links all the cities of the Mediterranean.


By plane

It is located just 15 minutes from the Alicante-Elche-Miguel Hernández International Airport, one of the main airports in Spain, from where passengers arrive from all over the country and hundreds of foreign cities.


By sea

The city has a port located in the center of the city, whose pontoons are divided between the fishing dock and the Yacht Club, one of the most important in the province, with moorings for 510 boats up to 15m in length. In addition to the attraction of nautical tourism, in the Club are the Sailing and Windsurfing Schools and the Summer Campus with paddle surfing, kayaking and windsurfing activities for children and young people.


By public transportation

Santa Pola can be reached by public transport by bus, whose bus station is served by lines from nearby towns such as Alicante, Elche or the airport, to destinations in the north, south or north of Spain.

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