Guardamar de Segura (usually simply called Guardamar) is a small town about 30 km south of Alicante. It is one of the few bigger places on the Costa Blanca that has been spared from mass tourism so far. The fact is amazing, especially as Guardamar (about 15.000 inhabitants) has great, kilometre-long sandy beaches and is only 20 km away from the big tourist airport Alicante. Famous in Spain is Guardamar above all because of its painful history. In former times, the place was often devastated by shifting dunes.
Places of interest Guardamar
Most tourists first go to the magnificent beach. All in all there are fine sandy beaches of about 12 km length in and around Guardamar. Also in summer there is a lot of space for everyone. Even in the center the beach of the small town is beautiful (see picture).
In order to stop the migration of dunes, which in the past caused much destruction in Guardamar de Segura, the massive reforestation of large parts of the municipal territory was started about 100 years ago. Above all, pine trees, but also palm trees and cacti, were planted in a kilometre-long area north of the centre. Today this rampart is a large nature park with hiking trails and is perhaps the greenest area on the Costa Blanca. From the centre of Guardamar it is only a few minutes walk to a completely different world.
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Via Guardamar de Segura (about one km from the centre) you can visit a medieval castle. From up here you have a good view of the pine forests and the great beaches, as well as of the village itself.
In the small centre of Guardamar there is a large square where the church and the town hall (picture right) were built. Only a few meters away from the sea you will find the tourist information of the city. Here you can get detailed and friendly answers to questions about the city. There is also a good city map (free of charge) and a helpful information brochure about Guardamar de Segura. In the tourist information there is a small museum worth seeing about the fight of the inhabitants against the shifting dunes.
Those who can choose the day of their visit should choose Wednesday (market day of Guardamar). At the big weekly market you can buy food and cheap clothes.
A secret tip among the German emigrants at the Costa Blanca are the restaurants in the centre of Guardamar. Here, good and high-quality fish dishes are offered at reasonable prices. Especially the traditional paellas of Guardamar are popular (about 10-12 Euro per person). Good taverns can be found directly on the promenade in the center.
The big wheel Vienna
During the day there are hourly buses to Alicante and Torrevieja. Buses to other places like Murcia, Cartagena or Elche are less frequent. Several times a day there are also long-distance buses e.g. to Madrid, the capital of Spain. By car one takes the coastal road Alicante – Cartagena, which passes Guardamar. Guardamar is an excellent place for a day trip from the big holiday resorts on the Costa Blanca by rental car or public bus.