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Guardamar del Segura is a coastal city and municipality in the province of Alicante, in the Valencian Community, Spain. Located on the southeast coast of the province, it is part of the Vega Baja del Segura region. It has 15 058 inhabitants (INE 2018).
Guardamar is located within the Costa Blanca, with the warmest waters of the Spanish Mediterranean. Thus, the average water temperature is 27ºC in August, dropping to around 20ºC in the colder months. It is not unusual to see bathers in winter, especially from northern Europe.
The singularity of the Guardamar beaches is that it is an extensive coastal park. Behind an extensive 11 km beach – about 2 km north of the Segura river and 9 km south – there is a dune forest of 800 hectares, the maximum width of which is 1400 meters. The vegetation is made up, above all, of pine, eucalyptus and palm trees.
To the north of the Segura river is Els Tossals beach, a 1661-meter naturist beach, with access from the N-332 road and Camping Marjal, located just opposite the marina.
To the south of the Segura river there are 7 beaches that total about 10 km, some natural and others fully urban. From north to south they are: Els Vivers, La Babilònia, Center, La Roqueta, El Montcaio, El Camp and Les Ortigues. The urban beaches – par excellence – are Center and La Roqueta, in these, there is the promenade full of life and where you can enjoy the best gastronomy.
Next to the right bank of the mouth of the Segura river are the Fish Market and the Marina, 2 km from the urban center of Guardamar. In this area it is also common to see some types of birds that are part of our paradise.
In Guardamar you can enjoy beaches of high ecological value, with 4 blue flags in a unique setting in the Mediterranean.
In its municipal term is the mouth of the Segura river; The town is also known for its pine forest, planted at the beginning of the 20th century to slow down the advance of the coastal mobile dunes, which until then invaded the surrounding cultivation fields.
Its municipal area has 11 km of coastline, in which are found from north to south:
Tossals Beach: located south of the border with Elche and separated from the rest of the term by the mouth of the Segura, it is for nudist enjoyment. It has 500 m in length and 50 in width of sand.
Centro Beach: It has had the blue flag emblem since 1987. It is 2600 m long.
La Roqueta Beach: It has had the blue flag mark since 1987. It is 1180 m long.
Playa del Moncayo: It has the distinctive blue flag. It is 1460 m long.
Camp Beach: It has 1200m in length.
Les Ortigues Beach: continues to the south with the municipality of Torrevieja. 3
The pine forest of Guardamar
The Pine forest of Guardamar
This forest area is 800 hectares long and originally was a set of mobile sand dunes, which were fixed through the planting of various plant species such as agaves, pines, palms, cypresses or eucalyptus.
A dense pine forest had always existed in the area, but in the 18th century it was cut down to build warships4 without ever being repopulated. The consequent desertification prevents the sediments of the Segura river and the sand coming from the sea from fixing, which, carried by the east wind, form dunes that in 1896 began to invade the northern part of the town, threatening several houses and part of the orchard.
On December 2, 1897, the Defense and Repopulation Project of the Guardamar Dunes was approved by Royal Order. Forest engineer Francisco Mira y Botella tackles the task of fixing the dunes, using the so-called Bremontier method. Start by planting lines of baron and reeds, protecting the space with Aleppo pine brush, until forming palisades 80 cm high. As the sands are burying it, a new series is planted, until a 4-meter-high contradune is formed. Then the reeds are replaced by agaves, which grow in time with the dune, and the slopes are planted. With this, it is possible to stop the sand coming from the sea.
Once this is achieved, you must repopulate the dunes between Elche and Guardamar. In the process, 700 hectares are repopulated with 600,000 pines (mainly Aleppo pine), 40,000 palm trees and 5,000 eucalyptus. Of the herbaceous species, blackberry, spreader, and flycatcher are planted, the latter providing the best results. 8 km of roads, 14 km of sand dunes, 3 nurseries, 3 forest houses, and warehouses were built. 647,000 pesetas were invested in all these works, an amount that the engineer believed was less than the value of the buildings and land that were saved.
The process is visited by the Director General of Agriculture, Mines and Forests in 1911 and by Alfonso XIII in 1923, which helps to publicize the success of the intervention.6 In 1929 the process was completed, giving rise to the current consolidated forest mass by the sea. This pine forest, currently divided into two parks called Parque de Alfonso XIII and Parque Reina Sofía, stretches between the city center and the beaches of Babilonia and Los Viveros.
One of the legacies of the process to the town is the tree festival in which plantations have been held in the pine forest since 1902. Originally reserved for schoolchildren supervised by the town’s teacher, it survives today with the support of the Guardamar City Council. It is celebrated on January 31 of each year
Tombstone with the Arabic inscription found in 1897 in the Caliphate orbit
In the municipal term of Guardamar del Segura there are several archaeological remains from Prehistory and Ancient History, such as a Phoenician site from the s. VIII a. C. and another Iberian where the Lady of Guardamar was discovered.
Possibly the name of Guardamar in the Arab era was Almodóvar, being the Andalusians who fortified the population and founded, in the year 944, a caliphal rabit that is considered one of the oldest in Spain.
At the beginning of the 19th century a small group of liberals under the command of the Bazán brothers disembarked and occupied the town, proclaiming the 1812 Constitution with the frustrated hope that the entire Vega Baja would rise up against Fernando VII.
In the background is the Torreta de Guardamar, the tallest structure in Spain.
In 1829 a major earthquake caused numerous deaths, left more than 3,000 people homeless in the entire region and destroyed the medieval town, forcing the planning of a new urban area: the new Guardamar was planned according to urban planning criteria neoclassical (straight and perpendicular streets oriented from north to south and three squares arranged symmetrically) and a design of houses with an earthquake prevention purpose (low houses with large patios). The old site was used as a quarry for the construction of the new houses.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the Guardamar pine forest was planted to slow down the advance of the dunes and the irrigated area of the area was once again expanded. The 1950s greeted the first babble of tourism that, over the years, has become the main engine of urban and demographic growth in Guardamar.
Web de turismo en Guardamar: http://guardamarturismo.com/
A closer look into GuardamarThe municipality of Guardamar, in Alicante, on the south part of the Costa Blanca, is only 30 kms away from the international airport of Alicante.
Guardamar gathers everything that makes the Mediterranean region enchanting and special: its beautiful beaches, a rich cultural heritage, breathtaking natural landscapes and sceneries and last but not least, the locals.
In Guardamar you will be pleasantly surprised by the presence of many natural resources as well as the life of a modern and cosmopolitan city which has succeeded, throughout the years, in maintaining and promoting its traditional culture.
Amongst the natural sites to be seen make sure to discover its pine forest with its dunes, which have been declared highly protected Natural Parks because of their singularity, its 11 kms of beaches, the Segura river mouth or the salt lakes in La Mata or Torrevieja, perfect spots for birdwatching. Keep in mind these are only some of the most renowned natural places around Guardamar… there are many more!
Guardamar’s highlight is undoubtedly its 11-km long beach line. 8 beaches, all with different characteristics and services, three of them benefitting from the well-known blue flag.
From North to South, you will discover the Playa Dels Tossal located on the north shore of the Segura river; the playa Dels Vivers being located on the south shore. Further away you will find La Babilonia beach, Del Centre beach, La Roqueta beach (accessible for wheelchairs), Moncayo Beach, Del Camp Beach and Les Ortigues Beach.
If you are more keen on cultural visits you will be enchanted to discover the rich historical heritage of Guardamar. The Iberian, Phoenician, Islamic, Roman cultures and the Middle-Age legacy can be seen in sites such as the Cabezo Lucero, the Rabita Califal or even in the Guardamar castle site. The City Archeological Museum gathers all the information about them. Have a closer look to our history!
Last but not least, its delicious gastronomy is not to be missed. Don’t leave without having a taste of the authentic Mediterranean cuisine!
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