This has been a port since Roman times with a castle built to repel Barbary pirates. The well equipped marina is a popular anchoring spot where you can see the fishing vessels arriving in early morning or watch the outgoing ferry to nearby Tabarca Island. Santa Pola has wonderful beaches with restaurants offering the fresh fare of the sea, coupled with local vegetables and rice. It is a nice spot to enjoy the sea breeze while the sun bronzes you.
The nearby salt flats are home to a large population of pink flamingos and many other species of wildlife. Salt is one of the prime industries of Santa Pola and the salt flats are a haven, not only to exotic birds, but to bird watchers and photographers. The piles of salt take on a rosy hue making a fantastic scene and newly formed salt crystals sparkle in the faded light of dawn and dusk.