The beaches of Gran Alacant and Santa Pola, Spain, are two of the nicest beach resorts in the Elche area. These two villages are hugely picturesque, with endless Costa Blanca beaches and excellent local cuisine. Far from the hustle of many of the resorts on the Costa Blanca, Santa Pola and Gran Alacant are a couple of the few resorts where you can genuinely get a sample of traditional Spanish maritime life, yet enjoy a huge number of facilities.
The beaches of Santa Pola and Gran Alacant are the main attraction for those taking an apartment or holiday rental villa here. The sweeping expanses of golden sand make a perfect place to sunbathe and relax almost all year round, and there are boat excursions to the Island of Tabarca, Benidorm and Altea, which make for a great day trip from a self catering Santa Pola holiday rental villa or apartment in Gran Alacant. Sailing, deep sea fishing and canoeing are popular water sports in the Alicante area, and there is a water sports school situated in Santa Pola.
Away from the beaches, there are many great places to relax. The Plaza de la Glorieta in Santa Pola is a great place to sample authentic tapas, and the slat mines (Salinas de Santa Pola) are situated in a beautiful National Park between the two towns, which is home to over 3,000 flamingos by the end of summer.
Santa Pola, Spain, has a rich Roman heritage, made especially famous for the discovery of the Roman ruins of Portus Illicitanus, which are considered to be some of the most famous finds in Alicante. The most impressive sight in Santa Pola however is the huge Renaissance Castle which stands proudly at the centre of the town. You cannot miss the fortress if you are staying in a Santa Pola holiday rental villa, as it also houses the Archaeological Museum displaying some of the bizarre Roman and Iberian findings of the surrounding area. By taking a self catering Santa Pola house rental you allow yourself to join in with the hugely enjoyable fish auctions which occur every afternoon as the fishing fleet returns with its catch.
Gran Alacant is situated just a few miles from Santa Pola. Taking a Gran Alacant house rental is perfectly suited for family holidays, as well as having access to some challenging golf courses and a naturist beach (Carabassi Beach). Gran Alacant, Alicante is also known for its shopping centre and wealth of water sports.
With an average of a staggering 325 days of sunshine every year and an annual average temperature of 19.3°C, many people stay in Santa Pola holiday rentals or apartments in Gran Alacant all year round. In July and August, daily temperatures routinely reach the mid-high 30’s (°C).
Alicante Airport (ALC) is within 10km of both Santa Pola’s and Gran Alacant’s holiday house rentals. It could not be easier to reach holiday rental accommodation in the area, as there are both hire cars available at the airport and a huge number of transfer options, from taxis to busses.