Santa Pola,  Gran Alacant & La MarinaFlag of Santa Pola

La Marina and Santa Pola are a small village and a large town along the Costa Calida coastline, in the Southeast of Spain. The village of La Marina is a small village looking over the Mediterranean sea. Santa Pola is a larger town to the north of La Marina. The population of this area is over 30,000 people.

This area is rich in sandy beaches, especially between La Marina and Santa Pola. The area is also a great place for new home lookers to seek a home. It is the perfect position to many of the major towns and cities within the similar area. There're great connections to Torrevieja, Alicante and Elche. All are major cities within the province of Alicante. 

Gran Alacant, commonly known as the new town, is a large town more in land nearby Santa Pola. It is a prime spot for home buyers and lies nearby Alicante and other towns. 



Santa Pola

Santa Pola is a large size town along the Costa Calida coastline. For being a town it has many different activities to take part within. It has its own zoo and aquarium as well as many parks. The town itself is known for being a coastal fishing town with a small but interesting history. Some of the most popular trades in the area include agriculture, fishing and craft-making. The salt works and harbour are the two major places of work in the town.

Off shore but particularly close to Santa Pola is an amazing small island with many museums, which is owned by the Alicante province. The island has many places to stay as well as cafes, bars and restaurants. There is also an amusement park in the town.


La Marina

La Marina is a wonderful small village along the Costa Calida coast. It is a place with many different urbanisations. In total there're six urbanisations in La Marina, including the Marina-Salada, Marina-Lola, La Escuera, Buenavista, Costabella and an urbanisation called La Marina. 

The town itself has multiple parks including the Nature reserve of Parque Alfonso xiii. There is also a nearby marina in the town of Guardamar del Segura. There're many restaurants and bars aroudnd the town and the beach beside the Pinet grasslands is a wonderful sandy beach, perfect for a walk, to bring the dogs or take a dip.


Gran Alacant

Gran Alacant is a large town towards the north of Santa Pola and to the south of the city of Alicante. It is filled with many urbanisations and is very close and within driving distance of the Alicante airport. The area is one of the few places in Alicante and Spain in which foreigners make up a large percentage of the population. 

Since the early 2000's Gran Alacant has quickly became larger since its very first urbanisation called Gran Alacant. Many foreign permanent residents choose to live her due to its key connections to other cities and towns and many Spanish people choose Gran Alacant as a place to have a holiday home. 

Within Gran Alacant there is its very own shopping centre called Centro Commercial. It is a large shopping complex with many different shops  including wonderful restaurants and cafes. Throughout the town there is even more restaurants and bars, with a range of over 80 to choose from. Other attractions around the town include the two blue flag beaches.


Parks and BeachesPark

In the small village of La Marina there are many activities you can get up to including a number of sports and relaxing activities. There is also a nature reserve called the Parque Alfonso xiii in which you can see many different animals and wildlife. It is great for going on walks with many plants and trees shown.

Both Santa Pola and and Gran Alacant have amazing beaches. In Gran Alacant there're two blue flag beaches. One is the Playa El Carabassi beach. It is a very popular beach with the locals and tourists alike, with sun loungers and bar available. The beach is filled with sun loungers, walks and clear water. During the busier times and summer, the beach will have life guards on duty for safety.

Along the Santa Pola seafront there're six different beaches. They're very popular with the tourists and locals also. One of the most popular beaches along this seafront is the Levante Beach. It is a 425 metre beach with sunbeds and parasols for hire. The beach aslo has volleyball facilities and is lined with bars and restaurants. Other popular beaches are the Gran Playa beach and the Playa Tamarit beach which is the beach furthest away from the centre of the town. 


Seaside townAquarium, Sports, Zoo and much more

In the large town of Santa Pola there are many activities for everybody. There is an Aquarium and an amusement park. The amusement park is great for family days out as it provides great rides and great food. The aquarium shows many different fish and sea life from the Mediterranean sea and other seas nearby. It is a great place to learn about sealife. There is a skatepark in the town as well as many other parks. There is also a nearby zoo which can make a great family day out. 

La Marina has its own sports complex, in which you can take part in many different sports including basketball and football. There is a camping ground within the town, which offers great family retreat activities such as a small water park and a spa.

Gran Alacant is a large area with many different activities to take part in. Alng the nearby beaches there're many water sports anyone can take part in. This includes sailing trips, snorkling, paragliding an more. You can even visit the nearby nature centre. Here you can learn all about the surrounding environment and the wildlife in the area and the Mediterranean. 


Wine and Dine


Throughout the towns of Gran Alacant, Santa Pola and La Marina there're many bars and restaurants. Each town even has their own mini markets, where locals can buy fresh food on a weekly basis. From each town you can expect a splendid meal with drinks with great servuice and in some cases with spectecular views.

In Gran Alacant there're many bars and restaurants. One of the best restaurants in the town is La Paletta. The restaurant offers a great Mediterranean menu and all food is homemade. Many of the main bars within the town offer great food menus along side a nice pint or bottle of wine. The Ohana GastroBar is a lovely bar with great food. It is a bar and grill so it is great for anyone who loves a great meat dish.

Along the sea front of Santa Pola there're some amazing bars and restaurants. One of the best restaurants and bars is Vintage, which is a restaurant alongside the port of the town. They offer excellent cusine, wines and cocktails in one of the most relaxing environments anywhere this side of Spain with a lovely jazz vibe. Other great restaurants and bars include the Meson Cervantes and the Casa Rico.

One of the best restaurants in La Marina is the El Fronton restaurant. They offer great Mediterranean cuisine with one of the best wine lists in this part of Spain. The restaurant is located in the urbanisation of Buenavista beside the Alfonso Park. Down beside the beach in La Marina there is the Candela restaurant. Here you can enjoy great meals with a great view. 


Important Information

Near La Marina and Santa Pola there are many hospitals and medical centres. Oveall there are a mixed range of hospitals including public and private hospitals. The closest hospitals are in the cities of Torrevieja and Elche. Near La Marina there is a single police station as well as one in Santa Pola. In the nearby cities there are also police stations. 

In the area there are a number of private and public schools. The closest cities of Torrevieja and Elche also have numerous schools and also boast multiple universities. 



The climate around the area is very similar to the rest of the region. The warmest month is August and the coolest is January. Temperatures can rise to the late thirty’s and sometimes reach 40 degrees’ if you are lucky. Generally, the month of July leading up to August is the driest and October is the wettest, experiencing the most wet days in a single month.

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