A Walk Through Guardamar del Segura
Guardamar Del Segura is located in the province of Alicante. Alicante is one of the South Eastern provinces in Spain; it enjoys great weather throughout the year especially in the summer when temperatures can reach over 40 degrees. The town sits on the Costa Blanca and this location affords it plenty of access to the tourist markets of northern Europe. Many people are also beginning to appear from Russia and other Eastern European countries.
During the winter time, Guardamar Del Segura is a quiet retiring seaside town. Many of its restaurants and bars are still open, and you will still find plenty to do here. It is during the summer months that this town really comes to life. The tourist season starts to kick in around the beginning of June as all the schools finish for their summer recess, and families begin to take their annual holidays.
Water sports are very popular here throughout the year, but as you can imagine the popularity rises along with the temperature of the sea. The different water sports that you can partake in within the confines of Guardamar include windsurfing, snorkelling, diving, swimming, jet skiing, and sailing. There are also other sports that you can enjoy including paragliding, tennis, soccer, beach volleyball, and badminton.
One of the star attractions of this 14 km long stretch of coastline are the sand dunes. These sand dunes are a protected area which has been designated as such and fenced off in certain parts while a certain level of regeneration takes place. Behind the protected sand dunes are more sand dunes which are open to the public and where you will find natural pine forest. There are plenty of trails going up through this pine forest leading you back to Guardamar, to Torrevieja in the South, or to the main Guardamar to Torrevieja road.
One of the best times to come to Guardamar is during a fiesta. A fiesta is basically a Spanish party, normally on a very large scale. Fiestas are held throughout Spain for religious events, coinciding with Christmas or Easter, and every town has a fiesta for its patron saint. But there are also fiestas which celebrate famous events in history. In the Alicante region, one of the largest fiestas is that which celebrates the battles between the Moors and Christians. Although these battles were over long ago, the commemorations last until this day, and normally consist of huge processions which stretch from one end of the street to the other, several lasting for hours on end. This is the case with the Moors and Christians Festival in Guardamar which will normally start at about 10 o'clock at night and generally lasts until well after midnight.
If you're looking for cheap food in Guardamar Del Segura, try to avoid eating on the promenade. The promenade, although beautiful to look at, often offers only food that is eaten by Northern European tourists, and the prices can be on the expensive side relative to the local area. If you scour the side roads and backstreets Guardamar you will come across some beautiful Spanish restaurants which serve the best of Spanish cuisine. The cuisine in this region is often very fresh, having just come straight from the field or the sea.
One last thing, there is the general market in the town which is held every Wednesday from 8 o'clock in the morning until approximately 1 o'clock in the afternoon. Here you will find local grown fruit and vegetables, clothing and shoes, fresh meats, olives, nuts and sweeties. There is also an evening market held every evening during the summer months which starts at about eight o'clock, located on the road from the old town Square down towards the beach. Here you will find all sorts of trinkets and tourist items. It's very pleasant to take a walk down amongst these market stalls to while away a warm summer evening.