For a fun filled day of exciting water sports and activities, the busy coastal town of Santa Pola lies just south of Alicante City and can be reached by car in 20 minutes. Although a selection of water activities can be enjoyed in Alicante, they are somewhat restricted due to its shipping lanes and many of the water sports, activities and adventure tours available to book from tour operators in Alicante will actually take place in or leave from Santa Pola.
Santa Pola Water Activities
Jet Ski Hire – Santa Pola's marina is the area most of the water sports and activity companies are based, and for those who enjoy the thrill and speed of riding a jet ski there is a number of rental options. These range from 30 minutes to 1 hour jet ski rental or a choice of adventures to a variety of destinations along the coast, including a trip to the popular Tabarca Island.
Semi-Rigid Boat Hire – These are a great alternative to jet ski for groups of up to 5 people, and due to their size and engine capacity don't require a licence. One of the best ways to explore the picturesque coastline, these nippy little boats can be used for snorkelling trips, fishing or just to head for a secluded cove for a peaceful picnic. Available for 3 or 6 hour excursions.
Boat Charter – A number of boat charters are available from Santa Pola's marina, either as a luxurious day's sailing trip or for some serious deep sea game fishing. Fishing boat or yacht charters don't come cheap so it's advisable to fill the boats maximum capacity for your trip.
Wind & Kite Surfing – With favourable wind conditions Santa Pola is a popular destination for wind and board sports, and there are a number of surf shops and schools where visitors can hire equipment and enjoy a day on the water or take a few individual or group lessons.
Santa Pola Attractions
Backed by a wonderful 7 kilometre promenade, Santa Pola's beaches are easily reached on foot or by bicycle, and there are further marked walking trails and scenic coastal driving routes. The town centre and lively marina offer a multitude of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, a Monday and Saturday market, daily fish market and charming parks and plazas. The town is the closest point on mainland Spain to Tabarca Island, and those not confident enough to make the journey by jet ski, or on a tight budget can visit the island by ferry of water taxi.