Activities in Santa Pola offer something for everyone and include a variety of water sports. There are also fun things to do for young children and a number of activities in the surrounding areas. For some visitors, the most active thing they are considering is the short walk to the beach. For others, their holiday needs to be non stop adrenaline fuelled action and adventure. Thankfully in Santa Pola it's possible to pursue several more gentle activities, or go hell for leather every day.

Santa Pola Activities

One of the more gentle activities on offer in Santa Pola is a Rice Cooking Experience. Rice, and in particular paella, are one of Spain's most iconic dishes and not as easy to cook as you may think. Mandarina Blue offer a variety of fun and exciting tours and experiences. Accompanied by a guide, visitors can try their hand at cooking two of the most famous rice dishes, Arroz a Banda and Arroz Negra (Black Rice). This is done under the supervision of a chef in a local restaurant.

Also a gentle activity but super fun for the young ones is crabbing. This is possible wherever rocks meet the sea. Try the series of rock jetties that jut into the sea off Santa Pola beach. Adults and children alike can enjoy the activities offered at Santa Pola's sports centres. These boast various sports fields, courts, tracks and stadiums to practice a number of sporting disciplines. Kids can also learn basic rules of the road and safe cycling at the fun Parc Infantil de Tráfico.

Water Activities

Being a coastal town with a rich maritime history, Santa Pola is home to some fantastic water sports and activities. The marina houses several yacht clubs where visitors can go sailing or do a variety of sailing and boating courses. This is also the place for boat charters. These can be hired for deep sea fishing, family fun days, romantic dinner cruises or snorkel safaris around Tabarca Island. Dive shops and schools offer fun scuba diving days and several PADI scuba diving courses. It's also possible to undergo more advanced scuba diving and speciality scuba diving courses.

The marina is really the heart of the action in Santa Pola when it comes to anything aquatic. It's the place to catch fast water taxis and several daily boat trips to nearby Tabarca Island. A couple of hundred metres from the marina and close to the beach is Be Watersports Santa Pola. These guys are excellent and feature a number of water activity choices. They mainly specialise in wind and board sports such as wind and kite surfing and stand up paddle. Equipment is available for hire. They also offer a variety of courses, group activities, a sports school and fun summer camp.

Surrounding Activities

Of all the activities in the areas surrounding Santa Pola, golf is certainly very popular. Most courses are 18 holes, some lie inland and others hug the coast offering splendid sea views. Those on the coast are great to play if you are over with family as they can enjoy some time on the beach while the golfer in the family faces the challenges of the course. Other courses that form part of luxurious resorts are also a good choice. Here you can play golf to your heart's content, enjoy first class accommodation and indulge in various excellent leisure and entertainment facilities.

Those with a need for speed will find several surrounding go-kart tracks. The closest to Santa Pola is in neighbouring Elche. Further tracks are located in San Fulgencio and Orihuela Costa. Of the three, the two tracks, karts and facilities at Orihuela Costa are by far the best. They have karts for all age groups, a mini boating pool, bouncy castles, amusement arcade and large cafeteria. Quad biking is another adrenaline fuelled activity to enjoy during a stay in Santa Pola. Two multi activity centres near the shores of Lake Pedrera offer a variety of exciting quad bike tours. For those who enjoy horse riding there are several riding schools offering a variety of fun hacks.

Holidaymakers who prefer to take to the skies can try their hand at paragliding. Those with experience and equipment can practice this activity at a number of nearby locations. If you're trying it for the first time, you will be well taken care of with Outbound Adventures. These guys really know their stuff and will take you on a tandem flight over the beautiful beaches and vast countryside. When it comes to airborne group activities, it doesn't get much better than a hot air balloon flight. Rise high above the earth in near silence where the views are just breath taking.