Santa Pola is a working town and very active fishing port, situated between two beaches. It caters for local Spanish tourists, but there is very little to encourage the less desirable foreign tourist: not an English Breakfast (or large hotel) to be seen! From the sea, the rows of apartment blocks do not appear very attractive, but once in the town this perspective is lost, and an effort is being made with further development and landscaping.Nearby there are good beaches, and the town lies opposite the Isla de Tabarca conservation zone 4 miles away. Alicante Port is 13 miles to the north, while Torrevieja and Tomas Maestre at the entrance to Mar Menor are 14 miles and 29 miles respectively to the south.
There are good shops close to hand, including post office, supermarkets (Masymas, Dia, Eroski and Mercadona is singposted), two chandleries, engineers, gas and iron mongeries. There is a twice weekly general market, and a daily afternoon fish market on the fish quay to the east of the harbour. There are plenty of local restaurants and bars to choose from. The town has a 'castle' where there are exhibitions and events. Nearby, you will find banks and Vodafone concession.
Gas shop half way up street from fishing quay to castle, on right
Fuel from Club Nautico (ask Marineiro) or from Marina Miramar
Marina Miramar was opened in 2007, and does not appear in our older pilots. However, it provides an excellent port of call just over half way up the Costa Blanca, between Torrevieja and Alicante. Its position just 10 minutes by taxi from Alicante airport makes it a convenient place to keep a boat, or for crew changes.
The marina occupies the western side of the central quay area, opposite the Club Nautico (full of local boats). The pontoons are concrete bridge style, on piles. Many of the berths are alongside finger berths, also on piles, providing secure mooring and comfortable access. The outer berths use med mooring lines. All are equipped with metered electricity, water, and tv points. Access to the pontoons is controlled by card key operated gates (unfortunately not sprung). The central quay area provides public metered car parking under distinctive curved shade sails. It has been very attractively landscaped and planted with palm trees, in raised beds with various plants and even herb bushes.
The Capitania offices occupy the upper floor of the central building. Downstairs, the facilities are all individual shower rooms with toilet, wash basin and hair dryer. There is a room equipped for a disabled user, and a laundry with coin-operated washing machine. Access to the facilities (and lighting, water) is controlled by card key.
The reception staff, Carmen and Luz, are very friendly and speak good English. There are a number of helpful marineiros to assist with berthing.
At the root of the quay, there are two bar/restaurants and a dive centre operating.
Daily charge rates in the marina for visiting yachts are reasonable by current Mediterranean standards. For Fuga (12m x 4m) we paid 47 euros a day, inclusive of tax and IVA. Water and electricity is metered and charged on an actual usage basis, currently at 6 euros per 1000 litres and 22 cents per kwH. Wifi is available, but not unfortunately free to transit yachts, and mobile broadband is more cost effective. Longer term berthing rates are rather higher than the Andalucian marina rates. Berths are still available to purchase.
|The Capitania building, with facilities below||Many berths are alongside finger pontoons|
|The bar area||Med moorings for the larger berths|
The Club Nautico has a 32 tonne travel hoist. Their immaculate yard is well run by the delightful Vicente, and his son and team of marineiros and other helpers. No English, though! They could not have been more accomodating, nor their charges more reasonable.
The harbour is also the home of Astilleros Astondoa, who build large luxury motor yachts, and who have a 150 tonne travel lift. Whether they would undertake repairs if needed is doubtful?
To the east of the harbour (approx 1 mile), there is another yard Vatasa (email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 96 541 1368 Pedro Havla) with a travel lift that came recommended.
Engineer in town, grey doors near fishing quay. Said to be very helpful.