The town centre of Guardamar del Segura is situated 35 km south of Alicante City, 33 km from Alicante-Elche (ALC) airport, and 14 km north of Torrevieja. The resident population of Guardamar is around 16,000, some 25% of which are foreigners, mainly European expats. During Easter Week and July-August, the population typically swells to around 50,000 when people from Madrid and other inland cities flock to their second residences.
Guardamar used to be a fishing and farming village. Today, the townscape is primarily characterized by five- to six-story houses, which are can be termed moderate in terms of urban planning. More recent developments in peripheral areas favour townhouses and villas, although some high-rise buildings have been erected on the northern side as well. In the town centre, a busy street market is open on Wednesdays from 8am to 2pm, and there is also a rural market outside the centre on Sundays.
The Town Hall of Guardamar
Long sandy beach
The fine-sandy, 11-km-long beach of Guardamar is considered one of the most beautiful in Spain, not least because of its dunes and the long pine forest that runs parallel to it. The central beach, located within an easy walk from anywhere in the town, is 2,450 m long and 30 m wide. It was first awarded the European Blue Flag in 1987.
The fine-sandy, 11-km-long beach of Guardamar is considered one of the most beautiful in Spain
An ancient Phoenician settlement
The Phoenician colony known as La Fonteta is considered the oldest settlement in Guardamar and is particularly rich in archaeological finds. The remains of this Phoenician port city, which can still be seen today, date from the 8th century BC. Also Iberian and Moorish finds abound here.
Sports marina at the rivermouth
The River Segura flows into the Mediterranean Sea at the northern end of the town. Here you can find a 500-berth sports marina, Puerto Deportivo Marina de las Dunas.
Many golf courses nearby
The nearest 18-hole golf course, La Marquesa, is situated at a ten-minute drive from the centre of Guardamar. Other nearby courses. all within a 30-minute drive, are Villamartin, Las Ramblas, Campoamor, La Finca, and Vistabella.
La Marquesa Golf
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