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 G u a r d a m a r     del Segura  

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Scenery 

Located next to the mouth of the River Segura, Guardamar overlooks a long beach bordered by a large expanse of sand dunes covered with pines and eucalyptus. The setting is one of the most unique scenes in the Land of Valencia, with an original combination of extensive coastal dunes protected by a verdant forest, fertile fields and orchards and the omnipresent beach and the Mediterranean sea. The forest parkland of the Dunas de Guardamar, with over 800 hectares running parallel to the coast, is a wonder in a class of its own.

Fiestas

Festivities are an important part of life in Guardamar. And the enthusiasm of the locals will make you want to participate and be more than a mere spectator. Carnival (February), with costumes and outdoor parties.guar fiest

Holy Week (March/April), with processions and scenes from she Passion. First and second Monday of Easter (March/April). Moors and Christians (2nd fortnight of July), in honour of Saint James, with parades of comparsas (mock warrior companies), sieges of the castle, fireworks and the re-enactment of the legend of L 'Encantà. Feast in honour of the Virgin of Fátima (September) in the country side outside Guardamar. Feast in honour of the Virgin of the Rosary (7th October). 

Cultural Life

Due to its ideal geographical situation, Guardamar has been the chosen location for many different cultures, from Iberians to Romans, Arabs and Christians. Historical remains of these civilisations can still be found. Of note is the Iberian settlement of Cabezo Lucero, where an example of Iberian art, La Dama de Guardamar (The Lady of Guardamar) was found dating from the 4th century BC. Dating from the Arab domination, the archaeological site of Rábita Califal, a group of mosques.

Sports

guar sportIn Guardamar you can enjoy water sports at their best: windsurfing, scuba diving, fishing, water skiing, and more. But the options certainly don't end here. At the local municipal sports complex, you'll find an indoor football field, frontón tennis, tennis courts, swimming pools, basketball and handball.

What to do? 

Get a good tan on any of the area's broad, golden beaches: Moncayo, La Roqueta, Centro or the nudist beach of los Tuseles.
Practise your favourite water sport: windsurfing, water skiing, fishing, scuba diving, swimming. The choice is yours.
Spend a Wednesday morning at the typical village market, where you'll find handicrafts, leather goods and a wide selection of fruits and vegetables.
In July, take part in the Fiesta of Moros y Cristianos, with parades, processions of mock warriors, outdoor parties, fireworks and musket explosions.

Where to go?

dmire the scenery of the Torrevieja and La Mata lagoons (12 km from Guardamar). For music, don't forget that in August Torrevieja is the venue for the International Habaneras and Polyphony Event.
Drive inland to Elche (21 km from Guardamar) and stroll through Europe's largest Palm Forest. It's a delight to lose yourself amongst the subtropical gardens of the Huerto del Cura.

 

 

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