Places of Interest in Santa Pola, Orihuela Costa, Costa Blanca, Spain
Santa Pola is approximately 20 kilometres south of Alicante, being very easily accessible either by car via highway N-332 or by air when landing at the Altet Airport which is 15 kilometres away.
Santa Pola dates right back to Roman times. It was here where the Portus Illicitanus, the Roman ruins, were found. The Roman House of the Palmeral which was built during the Low Imperial and the Roman factory for pickling and salting fish from the 4th century BC are also clear signs of the Roman era. It used to be a prosperous fishing village on the Costa Blanca, but now all of this has been overshadowed by tourism.
Santa Pola extends to both sides of the Renaissance Castle Fortress built in the 16th century to defend itself from pirate attacks. This building can be found in the city centre and has a very strict military appearance. It houses the magnificent Archaeological Museum where you can view first-hand the Iberian and Roman findings. The Fishing Museum with a fine collection of maritime objects and a fascinating aquarium Fortress can also be found at Santa Pola Spain.
One remarkable attraction is the auctioning of the fresh fish that arrives on the fishing boats every afternoon. This allows anyone who wishes to have access to see and buy. The permanent fish market is next to the main building. Not to be missed.
On the outskirts lies the Salinas de Santa Pola (salt mines) in the natural park where you can get information and book a date for a visit. Incredible views of flamingos (reaching over 3000 at the end of summer) are to be seen, along with many other birds.
Nearby there are the sandy beaches like the Varadero, the Levante and the Gran Playa... ideal for a relaxing stay enjoying an incredible climate that lasts almost all year round.
The local ferry can escort you to the small but interesting island of Tabarca. Other places not far away and easily reachable by car, train or coach include: Benidorm with its great variety of restaurants and discos. Altea to the north is very picturesque with its blue tile roofed cathedral and nautical port. Then there is Calpe with its beaches and restaurants where you can choose your own fresh fish menu.