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 its closeness to Alicante airport and its 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, so you won’t find as many English restaurants or bars like you would a bit further south, so this area provides a Real Spanish feel, whilst being beside the coast.
Road access to Santa Pola is very good. The AP-7 autoroute (motorway) comes down from Alicante airport which is only 15 minute’s drive away and goes south to Murcia San Javier airport.
The Area also has a rich history with its 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. Santa Pola also has several 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.
The 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.
Santa Pola’s major attraction is clearly its beaches which run for over 11 kilometers 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 it’s a very popular beach).
Going 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.