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You are only a short car ride away from some typically Spanish towns including Torrevieja, Guardamar del Segura, Elche, with one of Europe’s largest palm forests, Santa Pola, famous for its seafood, Alicante, an exciting Spanish city and Benidorm, which is only one hours drive away.

 

There are many places of interest within just a few miles from Ciudad Quesada including bustling towns, ports and marinas, historical buildings tucked away and some archaeological sites like that at Alcudia.

Most of of the site at Alcudia is yet to be excavated however a replica  of the Dama de Elche (the original has now been placed in the Museo Arqueologico Nacional in Madrid) is to be found protruding from the dusty earth in the south-eastern corner.  At the heart of the site is the Museo Arqueologico displaying the rich findings from a settlement that was occupied from Neolithic to late-Visigoth times.

Santa Pola, 18kms south of Alicante, is an important fishing port.  The harbour is the base of the local fishing fleet and is haven to hundreds of pleasure vessels leaving for the popular Isla de Tabarca just 3.5 nautical miles off shore.  Santa Pola's other traditional industry has been for centuries the conversion of seawater into salt.  Behind the town is the Parque Natural de las Salinas, a set of lagoons and salt pans that are surrounded by a protected nature reserve.  Within Santa Pola there is the well preserved 16th Century Castillo-Fortaleza de Santa Pola on the Plaza del Castillo.  Around the courtyard are a small chapel, bar and the museum which depicts the history of the town through dioramas and pictures.  there is also a small aquarium showing examples of offshore marine species and the Museo de la Sal which occupies a converted salt mill at the edge of the  Parque Natural de las Salinas and tells the story of salt production.  In the right season you can look through their telescope and see the flamingos strut and trawl for the tiny invertebrates that constitute their diet.

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