Santa Pola, Costa Blanca, Spain
Location of Santa Pola
Santa Pola is located on the Mediterranean Spanish Costa Blanca Coast 17 kilometres south of the provincial capital Alicante in the region of Baix Vinalopo
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Santa Pola Aquarium Castle Fortress Exhibition Hall Fishing Museum La Calera Windmill Salt Museum Sea Museum Yacht Club Salt Museum La Calera Windmill
Santa Pola Aquarium Description
The Santa Pola Aquarium was opened by the Municipal council in 1983,
See all the local species of fish & underwater plants of the Santa Pola Area. Look out for the more interesting species such as Loggerhead Sea Turtle, groupers, bass and Seahorses in the aquariums 9 glass fronted tanks that are located in an area of 707 square metres.
The council promote the aquarium as both an entertaining and an educational attraction and the need to conserve the Mediterranean Sea.
Closed on Sunday afternoons and Mondays.
Santa Pola Aquarium Location
The aquarium is located
- 100 metres north east from the north east corner of the Fishing Port.
- 100 metres from north of the western end of Levante beach.
Address: Francisco Fernandez Ordonez D. Plaza, s / n bass - 03130 Santa Pola
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El Palmera Park & Roman Villa Description
El Palmeral park is an attractive park full of palm trees and also has the ruins of a Roman Villa from the 4th century. The ruins show that the villa, of a wealthy merchant, had rooms around a central courtyard that had multi coloured mosaic floor
El Palmera Park & Roman Villa Location
El Palmeral park, located next to one of the Tourist Information Offices
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Santa Pola Castle Fortress Description
Centro Cultural Castillo-Fortaleza
Closed on Sunday afternoons and Mondays.
Santa Pola Castle Fortress
The fortress was built in the 16th century as a defence against the Barbary pirates who occupied the nearby Island of Tabarca.
The fortress is square in shape with 2 bastions jutting out on diagonally opposite corners. The 2 or 3 story buildings are set into the 4 walls leaving a parade ground and a water system in the centre. A tall bell tower is located over one of the gates.
Santa Pola Cultural Centre
The following are located within the Santa Pola Fortress
Maritime & Fishing Museum (Museo de la Pesca)
- The history of fishing, sea trade, sailing, navigation, the local salt industry and defence through the years from cave dwelling times, through the Roman era, coastal fortifications in the 16th century
- Exhibition Hall (Sala Exposiciones)
- A local Gallery
- Archaeological Museum
Santa Pola Castle Fortress Location
The fortress is located 250 metres inland from the longer harbour walls along Carrer del Muelle on the right of the road
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Capilla de la Virgen de Loreto Description
Capilla de la Virgen de Loreto Location
Located inside the Santa Pola Castle Fortress
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Salt Museum Description
The museum shows
- How import salt is to humans through the ages
- How the salt is extracted from Sea Water and further production processes
Bird Observatory Description
A bird observatory is located at the Salt Museum, where one can see many of the beautiful & spectacular bird species, that include flamingo.
Guided tours also take place within the nature reserve.
Salt Museum Location
Located in an old salt mill, within the of Las Salinas Nature Reserve
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Pola Park Description
Pola Park is a Children's Adventure Park & funfair of 24,000 square metres with over 20 attractions that will enthrall the family.
The park includes inflatable castles, 3-level american track,
bumper cars, lake with small boats, jumping, pirate ship,
video-game saloon, quads, mini-golf, balls park.
Address: Zaragoza Avenue.
Pola Park Location
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Island of Tabarca Description
The Island of Tabarca is located 3 miles west and slightly south of Santa Pola. Once the home of barbary pirated, the reason for the building of Santa Pola Fortress & Watch towers
.Boat Trips to the island: Tel: 608 330 422.
When on the island admire the crystal clear water, have a swim, have a drink meal or snack in a cafe, bar or restaurant, or enjoy a walk around the islands countryside & visit the lighthouse & 18th century watchtower
Island of Tabarca Location
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Fishing port Description
Santa Pola is the busiest Spanish Fishing port in the Mediterranean, and consequently has a busy fishing market where the catches are auctioned every week day from 5pm.
Visit a bit earlier if you want to se the fish being lifted from the boats to the quay.
Fishing port Location
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Rio Safari Zoo Description
Located along the road from Santa Pola to Elche. 4 kilometres from Santa Pola & 9 kilometres from Elche
The Zoo has Lions, giraffes, elephants, a dolphinarium, pools and much more
- Macaw Parrot Show
- Sea Lion Show and the opportunity to swim with sealions
- Asian Elephant Show
Other Attractions at the Zoo
- Swimming pool
- Karting circuit
- Children's games
The zoo has a:
- picnic area if you have brought your own food
- Cafe for snacks, hamburgers etc.
- Restaurant for meals that include Paella & Barbecue meats
Rio Safari Zoo Location
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Camelot Bar Description
Camelot Bar Location
Address: Av de Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, 38 03130 Santa Pola
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Salsa Santa Pola club Description
Salsa Santa Pola club Location
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Bar Santa Pola Description
Bar Santa Pola Location
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El Rancho Restaurant Description
El Rancho Argentinean Grill offers quality meat producing juicy beef steaks and good service in their restaurant in Santa Pola.
The El Rancho is the only Argentine steakhouse restaurant in Santa Pola.
El Rancho Restaurant Location
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More El Rancho Restaurants
El Rancho group also have restaurants in: Alicante, Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Palos Cape, Sabadell, Valencia & Vigo
La Sal Restaurant Description
La Sal Restaurant has a terrace and specialises in fresh fish & tapas
La Sal Restaurant Location
Located next to the Santa Pola Fishing Port & Marina
Avenida de Granada no. 4
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La Tinta Roja Restaurant Description
The Tinta Roja Restaurant or Red Ink in English offers good lunches & dinners. A terrace is open in summer so you can enjoy the sea breezes
Fresh fish, top quality meats and delicious rice are the main ingredients.
Eat in or use the Take away meal service
La Tinta Roja Restaurant Location
Very close to the Playa de Levante
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Nueva Casa del Mar Restaurant Description
Nueva Casa del Mar Restaurant Location
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Paco Baile Restaurant Description
Paco Baile Restaurant Location
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Skipper Marine Restaurant Description
Skipper Marine Restaurant Location
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Varadero Restaurant Description
Varadero Restaurant Location
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Santa Pola is blessed with 11 kilometres of beautiful blue flag beaches. To the east around the headland are several small beaches in secluded bays & coves. Nearer to the town are larger beaches.
On the west there are large beaches in front of the town that are shallow & ideal for kids.
The beaches in front of the town have full facilities, foot showers or fountains, disability access, sun loungers & parasols, toilets, buoy off swimming only areas, first aid etc.
Santa Pola Playa de Levante Beach Description
Santa Pola Levante Beach Location
Located immediately to the right of Santa Pola Port
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Gran Playa beach
Gran Playa beach Description
Gran Playa beach Location
Located immediately to the left of Santa Pola Port
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Playa Lissa beach Description
Playa Lissa beach Location
Located immediately to the left of Gran Playa beach and the 2nd beach left of Santa Pola Port
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Playa del Tamarit beach Description
Playa del Tamarit beach Location
Located immediately to the left of Playa Lissa beach and the3rd beach left of Santa Pola Port
The beach is 830 metres long. On the western end of the beach is the old Salt Quay built in 1987
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Santa Pola Sea Front
Santa Pola Moors & Christians
Santa Pola has a selection of supermarkets, shopping centres, specialise shops, a central market and the Saturday Street market in Viguetas Street. Craft, jewellery, leather and other goods are on sale from stalls on the promenade during the summer.
Polamax Shopping Centre, at 39 Portugal Avenue.
The nearest & recommended Airport for Santa Pola is Alicante's El Alet Airport 10 kilometres to the north
An alternative airport for Santa Pola is Murcia's Airport located on the coast 4 times the distance to the south
The local bus service is operated by Baile Tel:965 925365.
There are direct bus routes from Alicante. to Madrid, Bilbao, Vitoria, San Sebastián, Logroño, Pamplona and Zaragoza.
The nearest Tram station to Santa Pola is at Alicante. The Tram system connects the majority of Costa Blanca coastal towns between Alicante, Benidorm & Denia. There is NO tram system South of Alicante in the Costa Blanca
There isn't a rail or tram station in the town
The nearest railway stations to Santa Pola are at Elche or Alicante.
The Santa Pola Tourist Office organises 3 guided tours around the town:Phone: 966 690 562.
- Historical Route
- Maritime Route
- Panoramic Route
Calle Astilleros - junto al Ayuntamiento,4 03130