Guardamar del Segura, south of the province of Alicante, is one of those places on the Levantine coast that offers a bit of everything. A site where you not only enjoy some of the most emblematic beaches of the Costa Blanca, but also offers the opportunity to know the history of a place that was already inhabited by the Phoenicians. And if that were not enough, nature lovers will also find the most suggestive landscapes.
The beaches of Guardamar del SeguraGuardamar Beach - Graham White / Flickr.com
Along the municipality there are more than 6 kilometers of beach which, as usual on the Costa Blanca, are long beaches of fine sand and calm waves.
In this case We have to highlight the Centro Beach, La Roqueta and Moncayo, the largest of all and also possessing a blue flag. But there are also others, and above all you have to name the beach of Tossals, separated from the rest through the mouth of the Segura River and which is a common place for nudism.
The mouth of the SeguraMouth of the Segura - Rodriguillo / commons.wikimedia.org
Popularly the population is known as Guardamar, although its official name adds «del Segura», given the presence of the mouth of this river in the municipality. So far the river arrives after passing through four provinces in southeastern Spain: Jaén, Albacete, Murcia and Alicante.
In this way it reaches the so-called Gola del Segura, its mouth in the Mediterranean, where generates a closed area and lagoons, in addition to reaching a large width, greater than 200 meters, due to an artificial channel. In short, if you visit Guardamar del Segura, you have to take a walk to the mouth of the river that gives it its name.
The pine forest of Guardamar de SeguraPinar - Héctor Rodríguez / Flickr.com
The pine forest of Guardamar is another place to take a walk during a vacation in this town. It is an artificial forest extension based on pines, cypresses, eucalyptus or palm trees. All of them planted at the end of the 19th century on an area of sand dunes that threatened the cultivation fields around Guardamar del Segura.
This place is today a must see space, and It is mainly due to the engineer Francisco Mira, who created a method to plant on sand dunes. The city is so grateful to him that one of the most beautiful parks in Guardamar del Segura bears his name, and also the house where he lived is transformed into an interesting museum where to meet this character and his work.
More on the sand dunesDunes - Héctor Rodríguez / Flickr.com
However, there are still dunes in Guardamar del Segura that retain their most natural appearance. In fact, the dunes of Guardamar are one of its great treasures, and therefore they are protected and are a very suggestive and photogenic couple of hours walk between the town itself and the marina.
Also, in the highest part of the dune zone, You can also visit another treasure, in this case of an archaeological nature: the Rábida Califal de las Dunas. A site that takes us to the Muslim Spain of the 10th century. A kind of monastery from the time of Abderramán III that is an exceptional case for its good conservation within the entire Spanish heritage.
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And more about the history of Guardamar del SeguraLady of Guardamar - Rafael dP. Iberia-Hispania / Flickr.com
However, During the stay in Guardamar you can take advantage to discover other sites. And there are even older ones like La Fonteta, which immerses us in the time of the Phoenicians, when navigators arrived from here on the other side of the Mediterranean to establish their colonies.
From that time and from later ones, the great findings that have emerged can be seen today in the city's Archaeological Museum (MAG). There the beauty will attract attention Lady of Guardamar, an Iberian treasure that appeared at the site of Cabezo Lucero, and that inevitably must be related to the most famous Lady of Elche, which was found north of Guardamar.
Y To end the historic visit, we have to talk about the Castle of Guardamar which, how could it be otherwise, stands on the town center. At present it is a perfectly consolidated ruin, which tells us about the past of the population, through which several civilizations have passed.
A population that has also suffered serious catastrophes, such as the great earthquake that occurred in 1829, which destroyed the fortress and much of the town. However, it resurfaced from horror and Today Guardamar del Segura is a most attractive tourist destination in the province of Alicante.
Cover photo: Jorge Sanz