Guardamar del Segura
The town of Guardamar del Segura with a population of just over 11,000 has historically played the role of guardian of the river Segura.
Guardamar’s strategic position on a hill over the Vega Baja made it an ideal settlement for the various cultures that have inhabited this part of Spain over the centuries.
Guardamar del Segura owes its very existence and livelihood to the dunes that have shaped it. Forests, dunes and beaches make Guardamar del Segura a paradise on the Costa Blanca.
Located between Santa Pola and Torrevieja, Guardamar del Segura is approximately 45 minutes drive from the international airport of Alicante. The resort town has been developed directly on the beach. Inland towns and villages are easily accessible with the excellent local road network.
Beaches and Nature
Guardamar del Segura boasts over 12 kilometres of natural coastline, with sand dune beaches backed by pine trees.
The natural dunes form from sand deposited by both the river Segura and the sea, and are blown inland by the eastern winds. This beautiful natural scene makes Guardamar del Segura so appealing; there are also lots of charming spots where you can observe the local flora and fauna and multitude of bird species that nest in this ecosystem.
Guardamar del Segura is also home to the Reina Sofia and Alfonso XIII parks, ideal for a leisurely stroll or for cycling. Here you will find lots of wildlife – squirrels, swans, birds and fishes, which all make the local park environment a place for nature lovers.
Recreation and Leisure
Activities around the restored mouth of the river include fishing, camel rides and a visit to the Molino de San Antonio (San Antonio Windmill).
Guardamar del Segura offers you every imaginable water sport such as sailing, windsurfing, water-skiing, underwater diving, canoeing, and jet skiing, amongst others. Plus the Marina de las Dunas, at the mouth of the river, accommodates 498 moorings.
Guardamar del Segura also has extensive land based sports facilities. The “Las Rabosas” Sports Centre and the magnificent Municipal Sports Centre, with its Olympic swimming-pool, three football pitches, basketball courts, five-a-side soccer pitches, tennis courts, padel courts and a covered sports hall. Perfect for sports enthusiasts!
Within one hour’s drive of Guardamar del Segura you are spoilt for choice with golf courses.
All the local restaurants offer top-quality seafood and shellfish and outstanding rice dishes, the pride of Guardamar cuisine.
The municipal Marina de las Dunas is a splendid addition for tourism in Guardamar del Segura. It is located at the mouth of the river Segura in a unique natural environment.
It has 494 moorings and all the services and facilities of a top-ranking marina. It also provides two kilometres of the new navigable river course for small boats, a risk-free place for sea sports.
There are local shopping facilities in Guadamar del Segura and further shopping facilities in nearby Torrevieja.
Torrevieja offers a comprehensive variety of nightlife, with nightclubs, bars and restaurants and is just a short taxi ride away.
Guardamar de Segura enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, like most of the Costa Blanca, with cool sea breezes in summer and protection by surrounding mountains against the cold North winds in winter. The area averages nearly 3,000 hours of sunshine each year and the average temperature easily exceeds 20 degrees.
In 1986 the World Health Organisation recommended the climate of the area as one of the most equitable in the world - neither too hot in the summer nor too cold in the winter. On average it can boast 325 sunny days each year making it an ideal all year round destination