Santa Pola is located on the south-eastern coastline of the Costa Blanca and is a small fishing town with beautiful landscapes to offer. The place is a must-visit for Snow Birds who want to spend their time at a climate-friendly location in winters as Santa Pola is a pleasant place to be with spectacular views and golden sand beaches. There are numerous activities one can indulge in at all times whether you are looking for some peace or adventure as it is a popular tourist destination during the holiday season.
Why should people stay in Santa Pola during the winter?
As Santa Pola is a tourist destination, the town doesn’t let its lights go out. The main town and harbour stay busy throughout the year. For peace lovers and snowbirds, this place is an ideal spot if you want to take some time off. You’re looking forward to a sweet escape in the beautiful beaches of Santa Pola and many interesting sights to see. It is relatively quieter than summers but one doesn’t run out of places to see and things to do when you’re in Santa Pola.
Santa Pola lies 22 meter (72 feet) above sea level and so, experiences a fairly typical Mediterranean climate with little rainfall and plenty of sunshine throughout the year. The winter temperature can reach 20°C (68°F) and more during many of the sunny days. The town experiences long, mild winters with slightly colder nights and hot summers.
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Things to see in Santa Pola
Santa Pola is an interesting place for visitors and has plenty of fascinating sights to see.
- Bien de Interés Cultural: A beautiful castle located on Plaza de la Glorieta. It was built in the 16th century and holds significant historical value for the town.
- Playa Levante: One of the most beautiful beaches in Santa Pola. It has been rewarded with the Blue Flag status. The clean blue waters and comfortable weather calls for a day out at the beach.
- Playa de Varadero: Located near the main town area and is a great spot for relaxing. It is the second most popular beach in the area.
- Salinas de Santa Pola: The Salt Flats of Santa Pola occupy 2,496 hectares of land and is an amazing sight to see. It is a natural reserve and here, wild birds are provided with special protection.
- Municipal Aquarium: The largest saltwater aquarium in the entire Valencian Community. The tours offered are informational and give an interesting insight into the marine life in the area.
- Faro de Santa Pola: The lighthouse of Santa Pola. The place has stunning views and a beautiful surrounding.
Things to see not far from Santa Pola
The town’s location makes it easy to access the surrounding locations and so, many people like to visit the surrounding areas. Some of the common places for visitors are:
- Island of Tabarca: Famous for its marine reserve and is currently the smallest islet in Spain where people are living. It is located near Alicante and is a great place to visit for a day trip.
- Cueva de las Aranas: Also known as the Spider Caves and are believed to be used by prehistoric people as the rocks show different paintings which depict the older times. Located in Bicorp, approximately at a 1 hour 30 minutes’ drive from Santa Polo.
- Alicante: One can easily plan a day trip to Alicante to visit the Castillo de Santa Bárbara which is a famous tourist site.
- Palm Forest in Elche: Day trip to the largest Palm Forest in Europe which is a magnificent landmark. The Palmeral is a famous tourist spot and many people come to visit from different parts of Europe.
- Rio Safari Elche: An interesting place for a day trip to roam around the park. The place is well maintained and there are many food stalls available as well.
Activities in Santa Pola in the winter
Winter may be quieter, but there are many things one can participate in to make the stay worthwhile.
- Museo de la Sal: The Salt Museum where you can learn about the history and process of Salt extraction.
- Beaches: Santa Pola is a beach paradise. You will not be disappointed by the picturesque beaches in the town.
- Pola Park: Visit the Pola Park for a fun-filled afternoon with numerous activities to pamper yourself with. The park is full of life and also has many restaurants and bars you can visit,
- Golf retreats: Santa Pola has many locations nearby where different golf courses are offered.
- Public Library: Located in the main town centre.
- Walking and Cycling
- Sailing and Fishing
Shopping + Restaurants. Are they open in the winter?
Santa Pola’s is a working town, and that means that most shops and restaurants will be open. Only the tourist shops and restaurants near the sea can be closed. Santa Pola’s Local Market is open on Mondays and Saturdays in the town centre. This market is easily accessible to the people living in the main town and has a variety of goods at reasonable rates. On Mondays, there are stalls that offer leather products, household hoods and handicraft items whereas, on Saturdays, the market has a lot of fresh produce for the buyers like fruits and vegetables etc.
The Fish Market is among the largest of any ports on the Mediterranean Sea. As Santa Pola has a rich marine history, the fish market is fascinating for the views and visitors who don’t see such bidding stalls in their hometowns.
Some of the top restaurants from Santa Pola’s gastronomy are mentioned below:
Santa Pola offers no train services to or from other cities nearby. The nearest train stations are in Alicante and Elche.
The most frequently used public transport is the bus service as the town has its own bus station. All-day trips to other surrounding areas are mostly travelled through the bus as it is the most feasible option available to travel on intercity routes. The most popular one in town is the Autocare Baile (www.autocaresbaile.es) and Bilman Bus. The Autocare Baile goes through the Gran Alacant and makes a few stops in some areas of the city before arriving at the bus station in the centre of Alicante.
Tabarca Water Taxi is used in the area to travel to Tabarca Island. It is a comfortable and safe means of transport and provides quality service. As many people visit the Island, it is frequently used by many people as it is a reliable source of maritime transport.
The nearest airport to Santa Pola is the Alicante Airport. It is located at a small distance (approximately 20 minutes away) from Alicante. Taxi rates are usually fixed in case you are travelling from Santa Pola to the Alicante Airport or Vice Versa. However, one can also use Autocare Baile to get to the town at a cheap rate of €2,45 (approx. $2.37, £1.83, $3.12 CAD, $3.25 AUD).
Centro Médico Quirónsalud Santa Pola: Located at a prime location in the province of Alicante and has may professionally trained specialists. The staff is well trained and the equipment used is up to the mark. There are no language barriers either. Further details regarding the hospital can be found at www.quironsalud.es/
Other public and private healthcare centres around the area include:
- Centro Médico Santa Pola
- Centro Osteopata la Clau
- Hospital del Vinalopo
- Clínica Dental El Muelle
There are a number of different rental companies present in Denia, whether you’re looking for an apartment or a villa. One of the most popular organizations include Think Spain (www.thinkspain.com) which offers a large variety of rental properties like apartments and villas that are available for longer periods of time starting from €400 (approx. $473, £365, $624 CAD, $649 AUD) per month.
Idealista (www.idealista.com)and Kyero (www.kyero.com) are another organizations that connect you to local renters and real estate agents who offer apartments with rates starting from €500 (approx. $591, £456, $780 CAD, $812 AUD) per month and €1000 (approx. $1183, £913, $1560 CAD, $1624 AUD) per month respectively.
Other options like Airbnb (www.airbnb.com) are also available in case you’re looking for a more customized offer. The prices vary according to the location and the size of the accommodation.
Bahía de Santa Pola: Offers garden views and beautiful camping experience with many facilities to offer. Placed at a convenient distance from the Carabassi beach and the Salt Museum. Well trained, English speaking staff and a good variety of options to choose from when it comes to providing accommodation to the visitors. Further details can be found at www.campingbahiasantapola.com
If you are travelling with a Motorhome, Camp Park Santa Pola (www.campercontact.com/) has decent locations to offer with rates starting from €10 (approx. $11, £9, $15 CAD, $16 AUD) per night. It is a few kilometres away from the city and the beach but is a comfortable place to camp.