Santa Pola Beaches

The Santa Pola beaches stretch along its 13 kilometres of coastline on either side of the marina. Backing this, the central beaches are connected by a lovely 7 kilometre long promenade. Nature enthusiasts and those who just fancy taking in the sea air and surrounding countryside will find further marked walking routes alongside the rural beaches. Heading north these lead to the Santa Pola Lighthouse, Carabassi Beach and the extremely popular Los Arenals Del Sol Beach. This is a favoured route with hikers and cyclists that passes the Clot de Galvany wetland area.

Santa Pola Beaches
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Santa Pola Beaches

The Santa Pola beaches are predominantly sandy and family friendly, with gently shelving sand and calm shallow waters. With the promenade and walking routes backing the coastline, visitors are never too far from a beach bar. Some quiet and peaceful, others lively, they all serve ice cold soft and alcoholic drinks. You will also find beach bars that serve inventive cocktails and snacks or full meals. Next to the marina running north to Varadero Beach are a series of stone jetties. These are great to snorkel around and the perfect place to do some crabbing with the kids. Going south from the marina you pass Santa Pola's salt works and continue to the La Marina dunes.

Gran Playa

This is Santa Pola's main bathing beach located central to the town and next to the marina. Frequented mainly by locals, during the summer months the beach crowds swell with arriving holidaymakers. With favourable wind conditions, at times the sky is a rainbow of colour from all the kite surfers. Windsurfing is also popular and in 2009 Santa Pola's Windsurfing Club played host to the World Championship Formula Windsurf. During the summer months beach facilities  are plentiful at Gran Playa. They include pedalos and a thrilling beach adventure playground for the young ones. There are ample sun loungers, ablutions and nearby shops, bars and restaurants.

Playa Marina

For arguments sake we are calling this beach Playa Marina. As is often the case in Spain, this beach seems to have several names including East Beach and Playa de Santa Pola. it lies on the other side of the marina from Gran Playa. This is an ideal place to hang out for the more active visitor wanting to enjoy water activities. These mainly take place from the marina where there are several bars and restaurants. Wind and board sports are very popular, and the marina is home to the excellent Dive Academy Santa Pola. This is also the place for boat trips to Tabarca Island.

Playa Tamarit

Also with gently shelving sand, this beach is a bit further southwest by the old salt quay that was built in 1897. The back end of the beach has great wind conditions for kitesurfing and there are also beach volleyball nets and soccer fields. There are sun loungers and parasols, ablutions, and first aid during the summer months. A play area keeps the young ones happy and a handful of beach bars provide refreshments. The beach leads to a nature conservation area which protects the salt lagoons from tourist development. The lagoons are home to interesting flora & fauna.

Playa Varadero

Continuing northeast from the marina past the series of stone jetties you reach Playa Varadero. Out of peak season this beach is often practically deserted, allowing for perfect peace and quiet. The beach forms an arc with a long stone jetty on one side. This partly protects the beach from the elements and is great fun to snorkel along. Facilities are basic but there are hammocks and parasols. For a bit of fun in the sun there is volleyball, and a couple of bars on the promenade. Santa Pola beaches have a more rural feel as they continue northwest towards Gran Alacant.

Santa Pola Lighthouse

Santa Pola Lighthouse is a pleasant historical building to visit that has been guiding ships since 1858. Built upon an old 16th century watchtower, the lighthouse stands 152 metres above sea level.