Santa Pola is a bustling fishing town of diverse attractions centrally located on the Costa Blanca. Situated just 15 minutes drive from the international airport of Alicante, the town is also the closest point on mainland Spain for boat trips to the scenic island of Tabarca. The town's main economy comes from fishing and tourism, but also has a tradition in craft making that can be seen in the Monday and Saturday markets, and its salt lakes still remain in production giving an added boost to the economy.
Beaches & Attractions
One of the highlights of Santa Pola is its 13 kilometres of coastline, and in particular the picturesque promenade that runs along the entire 7 kilometres of the central beaches and coves. For those wishing to venture to the rural beaches and bays which are great for snorkelling, there are marked walking trails.
Testimony to its fishing heritage, the town's port harbours the largest fishing boat fleet of any port on the Mediterranean sea and is a delight to explore. In the marina area boat trips to Tabarca Island are available, including a glass bottom boat featuring beautiful submarine views of the underwater world. There is also a loud and vibrant fish market that keeps the town's excellent restaurants well stocked.
With favourable wind conditions, Santa Pola is a popular holiday destination for kite surfing and during the busy months they add a kaleidoscope of colour to the blue skies. Also popular is scuba diving and the well established Dive Academy Santa Pola offer all levels of PADI scuba diving courses as well as a variety of dives for already qualified divers.
Pola Park Funfair provides thrills for the young ones and the town offers a great range of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants where visitors can enjoy traditional tapas and sample the wonderfully fresh fish and seafood straight from the market.