Attractions in Santa Pola provide visitors with super fun in the sun while discovering all the area has to offer. It's nice to get out and explore your surroundings during a holiday, meet the locals, and above all, have fun. Being a seaside town, many visitors are content to spend lazy days on the beach. Others may wish to steep themselves in the history of the area, visiting old buildings and popular landmarks. Then you have the more adventurous visitor, and families with children that want to get as much excitement out of their time, enjoying the more thrilling attractions.
Santa Pola Attractions
By far the biggest attractions of Santa Pola are its beaches and lively marina. The majority of fun and adventurous things to do at the marina we have covered in our activities category. The town's beaches stretch along its 13 kilometres of coastline. Much of this can be explored using the many nature and hiking trails. For a more gentle walk or bike ride, Santa Pola's promenades are around 7 kilometres long in total and boast a good selection of bars and restaurants along the way. Fronting these of course are the lovely golden sand beaches. These offer good facilities, safe shallow areas for children to swim, great snorkelling and many fun beach and water sports. Just behind the beaches is Pola Park with rides, amusements and attractions for all the family.
Heading north along the coastal path, Santa Pola Lighthouse is a pleasant historical building to visit that has been guiding ships since 1858. With the wonderful surrounding nature, the lighthouse is best visited on foot when you can really appreciate the countryside. Along the way you will pass the inventive glass Sky Walk that looks over the cape and out to sea where you can enjoy the views of Tabarca Island. Another of Santa Pola's historical attractions is its castle. It's a wonderful example of 16th century Renaissance military architecture housing several museums.
One of the most exciting attractions, and just 6 minutes drive from Santa Pola town centre is Rio Safari Elche. The park is home to animals, birds and reptiles from around the world. Meandering its way through the park is the fun Safari Train, and there is a superb leisure area complete with a swimming pool, water slide, go-kart track and several dining options. Of course, Elche is more well known for its famous palm groves, the largest in all of Europe. Taking advantage of this wonderful natural setting is Elche Palmeral Aventuras, a thrilling multi-adventure outdoor park.
A bit further afield around the shores of Lake Pedrera, the adventures continue. Casa La Pedrera and Lo Rufete are both multi-activity centres boasting thrills galore. There is loads to do for the young ones, swimming pools, paintball, quad bikes, zip-line, mini golf, archery, horse riding and kayaking on the lake. On the other side of the spectrum, Carmen Del Campillo Tea House is a magical place of beauty and total tranquillity. This delightful Moorish style villa offers so much more than just tea. The gardens are spectacular and lead to inner courtyards and chill out spaces.
Well, I suppose we could look at the sea as one huge attraction, although surrounding Santa Pola are several thrilling water parks too. The coastal city of Torrevieja lies 30 minutes drive south from Santa Pola and is packed with attractions and activities. Many of these are all located in the same area on the outskirts of the city. Rising above them all are the tall slides of Aquopolis Water Park. Set in a lovely green area of landscaped gardens and pools, the park's attractions boast three categories. This ensures everyone has fun with children's, moderate and high excitement rides and slides. There is also a wave beach, Amazonian river, mini park and several eateries.
Aqua Park Rojales is also around 30 minutes drive from Santa Pola. It's smaller in size with less extreme slides, but still offers fantastic family fun. The park boasts a large main swimming pool surrounded by sun terraces with ample sun loungers and parasols. Slides include favourites such as kamikaze, magic carpet, zig zag and a lovely children's lake. A great feature of the park is its picnic area. It's unusual for a water park to allow picnics so bring along some goodies and enjoy.