Transport, whichever mode you choose, is always a good idea to have during a stay in Santa Pola. Visitors who are happy to remain in the town during their holiday will find most of the beaches, bars, restaurants, shops and entertainment venues are easily reached on foot. However, during the scorching summer months just a short walk can take its toll on some. Bicycles and scooters are great to get about without working up a sweat. They also allow you the freedom to explore a bit further afield. For more lengthy journeys it's advisable for holidaymakers to arrange car hire.
The location of Santa Pola is nice and easy for visitors arriving by air. The excellent Alicante Airport is less than 15 minutes drive from the town. It lies on the outskirts of Alicante City and boasts good services and facilities. These include currency exchange, ATM machines, a number of shops, bars and restaurants as well as assistance for those with limited mobility. Getting to and from the airport, passengers will find car hire, taxis and buses to Santa Pola and other towns.
Depending on where you're travelling from, it may be easier to arrive at Murcia-San Javier Airport. This is further to travel from, around 50 minutes drive to the south. However, it's a thoroughly charming little airport and a breeze getting through passport control. Services and facilities are not as numerous as at Alicante Airport, although a great feature here is the lovely wooden outdoor bar. Car hire and taxis are available, but there is no bus service whatsoever.
Both airports offer a choice of national and international car hire companies. Vehicle rental is available on arrival, although advanced booking is highly recommended during peak season. You may also encounter one or two reps from independent car hire companies hanging about the terminals. For those deciding to use the services of an independent company, Santa Pola Insider always recommend the well established and reputable Coys Rent-A-Car based in Torrevieja. When choosing your mode of transport, consider where you may wish to visit during your stay. Some of the mountainous areas of Costa Blanca are not suited to small capacity car engines.
This is also the case with most scooters. 50cc and 125cc scooters which are predominantly used by hire companies are best for short journeys and getting about town. It is possible to find larger capacity scooters and motorcycles for hire in larger cities such as Alicante and Benidorm. With around 7 kilometres of beach promenades, bicycle hire is a great transport option. The main bike hire company in Santa Pola is Bicimotos Paquito. They stock both road and mountain bikes. With many miles of surrounding nature trails to explore, hiring a mountain bike is the best option.
Mobility scooter hire is an essential service for some visitors to Santa Pola. The town's beach promenades are relatively flat and easily negotiated on a mobility scooter. The same can be said for most of the street pavements. However, the access ramps to the pavements can be a bit tricky and require care. Amigo 24 are based in Alicante and offer a delivery and collection service to the nearby towns, including Santa Pola. They offer a good selection of transport options. These include three and four wheel mobility scooters, and collapsible ones that fit in most car boots.