Santa Pola – the small old fishing town

Santa Pola is a coastal fishing and tourist town located near Alicante city and the airport. Its 58,6 km2 and has a population of 30.000 (approx 10.000 from the nearby town Gran Alacant). During the summer the population more than doubles with people coming from the rest of the Alicante province and a lot of other nationalities.

The town has an important salt evaporation pond known as the salines. The town was settled over the ruins of a Roman village, after being abandoned for decades. In the centre of the town stands one of the most impressive castles and fortresses in the area. It dates from the 16th century and is still used today. It now houses an impressive museum as well as a chapel dedicated to the Virgin of Loreto. The town also offers a marine museum, located close to the beaches

Santa Pola has some superb beaches and a small marina. The coastal area around Santa Pola is well known as a sporting paradise with fishing, windsurfing, surfing, canoeing, sailing, kite surfing, mountain biking, diving etc.

Santa Pola has always been a major fishing port on the Valencian coast. Even today, the fishing fleet is busy and thriving. Fresh fish is caught daily. Santa Pola offers a wide range of delicious foods. A local fish stew, caldero santapoler is something you have to try. Arroz negro, rice with squid ink and Arroz a la marinera or sailor’s rice are both local favourites

Fiestas in Santa Pola are held trough out the year. The highlight of the year in Santa Pola is the Fiesta that honours La Virgen de Loreto and its between the 1st and the 8th September.  There are street processions, parades and giant parties.

Santa Pola offers some markets to, on Saturday morning 9-13.30 and on Monday morning 9-13.30 (Mondays its no vegetables or fruit for sale) and its very popular and visited by many people.