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Santa Pola, Costa Blanca, Spain

Introduction & Location

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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Attractions

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 (Acuario)

Santa Pola Aquarium
Santa Pola Aquarium

Aquariun Octopus
Aquarium Octopus

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

See Location of Santa Pola Aquarium on our Santa Pola Map

El Palmera Park & Roman Villa

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

See Location of El Palmera Park & Roman Villa on our Santa Pola Map

Santa Pola Castle Fortress & Santa Pola Cultural Centre

Santa Pola Castle Bastion

Santa Pola Castle Bastion

Santa Pola Castle Courtyard

Santa Pola Castle Courtyard

Santa Pola Castle Fort

Santa Pola Castle Fort

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

See Location of Santa Pola Castle Fortress on our Santa Pola Map

Loreto Virgin Chapel (Capilla de la Virgen de Loreto)

Capilla de la Virgen de Loreto

Capilla de la Virgen de Loreto

Capilla de la Virgen de Loreto Entrance

Capilla de la Virgen de Loreto Entrance

Capilla de la Virgen de Loreto Description





Capilla de la Virgen de Loreto Location



Located inside the Santa Pola Castle Fortress

See Location of Capilla de la Virgen de Loreto on our Santa Pola Map

Salt Museum(Museo de la Sal) & Bird Observatory

Salt Museum

Flamencos


Flamencos

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

See Location of Salt Museum on our Santa Pola Map

Pola Park - Children's Adventure Park & Funfair

Pola Park Fery Boat Crash

Pola Park Fery Boat Crash

Pola Park Train

Pola Park Train

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



See Location of Pola Park on our Santa Pola Map

Island of Tabarca

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



See Location of Island of Tabarca on our Santa Pola Map

Fishing port - Fish market

Santa Pola fish port

Santa Pola fish port

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



See Location of Fishing port on our Santa Pola Map

Rio Safari Zoo

Rio Safari Zoo Hippo

Rio Safari Zoo Hippo

Rio SafariZoo Pool

Rio SafariZoo Pool

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

Shows



  • 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

Meals



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

Website

Rio Safari Zoo Location



See Location of Rio Safari Zoo on our Santa Pola Map

Bars in Santa Pola

Camelot Bar

Camelot Bar

Camelot bar on Google Maps

Camelot Bar Description





Camelot Bar Location

Address: Av de Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, 38 03130 Santa Pola

See Location of Camelot Bar on our Bar Map 

Salsa Santa Pola club

Salsa Santa Pola club
Salsa Santa Pola club

Salsa Santa Pola plan
Salsa Santa Pola plan

Salsa Santa Pola club Description





Salsa Santa Pola club Location



See Location of Salsa Santa Pola club on our Bar Map

Bar Santa Pola

Bar Santa Pola

Bar Santa Pola

Bar Santa Pola Description





Bar Santa Pola Location



See Location of Bar Santa Pola on our Bar Map

Restaurants in Santa Pola

El Rancho Restaurant Santa Pola

El Rancho Restaurant Terrace

El Rancho Restaurant Terrace

El Rancho Steakhouse Restaurant


El Rancho Steakhouse Restaurant

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



See Location of El Rancho Restaurant on our Santa Pola Map

More El Rancho Restaurants



El Rancho group also have restaurants in: Alicante, Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Palos Cape, Sabadell, Valencia & Vigo

La Sal Restaurant Santa Pola

La Sal Restaurant

La Sal Restaurant

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

See Location of La Sal Restaurant on our Santa Pola Map

La Tinta Roja Restaurant Santa Pola

La Tinta Roja Restaurant

La Tinta Roja Restaurant

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

See Location of La Tinta Roja Restaurant on our Santa Pola Map

Nueva Casa del Mar Restaurant Santa Pola

Nueva Casa del Mar Restaurant

Nueva Casa del Mar Restaurant

Nueva Casa del Mar Restaurant Description





Nueva Casa del Mar Restaurant Location



See Location of Nueva Casa del Mar Restaurant on our Santa Pola Map

Paco Baile Restaurant Santa Pola

Paco Baile Restaurant

Paco Baile Restaurant

Paco Baile Restaurant Description





Paco Baile Restaurant Location



See Location of Paco Baile Restaurant on our Santa Pola Map

Skipper Marine Restaurant Santa Pola

Skipper Marine Restaurant
Skipper Marine Restaurant

Skipper Marine Restaurant Description





Skipper Marine Restaurant Location



See Location of Skipper Marine Restaurant on our Santa Pola Map

Varadero Restaurant Santa Pola

Varadero Restaurant

Varadero Restaurant

Varadero Restaurant Description





Varadero Restaurant Location



See Location of Varadero Restaurant on our Santa Pola Map

Santa Pola Beaches

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 Levante Beach Santa Pola

Santa Pola Levante Beach

Santa Pola Levante Beach

Santa Pola Levante Beach

Santa Pola Levante Beach

Santa Pola Playa de Levante Beach Description





Santa Pola Levante Beach Location



Located immediately to the right of Santa Pola Port

See Location of Santa Pola Levante Beach on our Santa Pola Map

Gran Playa beach Santa Pola

Gran Playa beach

Gran Playa beach Description





Gran Playa beach Location



Located immediately to the left of Santa Pola Port

See Location of Gran Playa beach on our Santa Pola Map

Playa Lissa beach Santa Pola

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

See Location of Playa Lissa beach on our Santa Pola Map

Playa del Tamarit beach Santa Pola

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

See Location of Playa del Tamarit beach on our Santa Pola Map

Santa Pola Sea Front

Santa Pola Sea front

Santa Pola Sea fron

t Santa Pola Sea front

Santa Pola ships anchor

Santa Pola Moors & Christians

Santa Pola Moors & Christians

Santa Pola Moors & Christians. A must see festival. Held First week in September

Churches in Santa Pola

Shopping in Santa Pola

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.

Nearest Airport to Santa Pola

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

Airport transfers to/from Hotels or Apartment in Santa Pola



Santa Pola Bus Stops & Bus Information

Local buses



The local bus service is operated by Baile Tel:965 925365.

National Buses



There are direct bus routes from Alicante. to Madrid, Bilbao, Vitoria, San Sebastián, Logroño, Pamplona and Zaragoza.

Santa Pola Tram/Rail Station

Tram



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

Rail Station



There isn't a rail or tram station in the town

The nearest railway stations to Santa Pola are at Elche or Alicante.

Santa Pola Official Tourist Information Office

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

Tel: 966696052

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