A route through Santa Pola
Santa Pola, an ideal city to spend the day and enjoy nature in its various forms. We invite you to visit our route through Santa Pola .
The city is located just 12 km from Elche , which makes it ideal to take advantage of and visit various destinations in the same area.
Moreover, in Roman times Santa Pola was known as Puerto de Elche . We have some remains from that time, such as the Casa Romana del Palmeral , the residence of a rich family that carried out their activity in Portus Illicitanus .
Santa Pola in the Middle Ages
In medieval times they wanted to enhance and revitalize this area that had been abandoned by building “gates to the sea” , the towers and the castle. At that time the city was known as the Port of Cap de l’Aljub and already in the s. XVIII, the definitive nucleus that would take the name of Santa Pola is established.
A marine city
It is a city totally linked to the sea from its origin to the present day. We can observe this in its Museo del Mar where you can learn about the history, archeology and ethnography of the population.
The island of Tabarca
On this excursion, you have the option of visiting the Island of Tabarca, just half an hour away by catamaran where we will learn about the close relationship between the two cities. As a curiosity, the name Santa Pola is given by San Pablo , which was how this island was known in the past.
It is a marine reserve of the Mediterranean for its excellent water quality and for the biodiversity of its flora and fauna. Also recommendable is its gastronomy with its star dish the Caldero Marinero .
The sea is not the only wonder that the city of Santa Pola offers us, but we also have one of the Natural Parks that together with Parque Natural del Hondo , formerly formed a large area known as Albufera de Elche . It is the Salinas de Santa Pola Natural Park , a great example of coexistence between traditional uses and environmental conservation.
It is declared Area of Special Importance for Birds and included in the list of Wetlands of Europe and North Africa. In addition to going around the lake by a path, accessible to all people, and thus observing the flora and fauna of the environment, we can visit the Museum where we will discover the process of extraction of Salt and its history.