Guardamar del Segura
In Spanish, “guardar” means “safekeeping” and “mar” means “sea”, and this is another possible basis for its current name.
A perfect harmony of historical and festive attractions co-exist, alongside an offering of sun and beach in Guardamar. A beautiful landscape of sand dunes contributes to making it a desirable tourist destination. The town is situated in an area that has yielded the remains of Phoenician and Iberian settlements. The river Segura divides the territory into two zones. The municipality had to be completely rebuilt from nothing, after being destroyed by an earthquake. Today it presents a dozen kilometres of beaches covered with sand dunes and fringed by pine, eucalyptus and palm trees.
Guardamar is surrounded by two salt water lakes which form the Salinas de Guardamar. These salt water lakes are a national nature reserve and attract a large variety of bird-life. The concentrations of salt and warm temperatures give Guardamar what is known as a healthy micro climate recommended by doctors for various ailments such as respiratory and aching joints.
Guardamar is blessed with over 320 days of annual sunshine making it an ideal escape from the dark bleak British winters. The best times of year to visit are probably October and May as they are outside of the holiday season yet are very warm but the beaches and resorts are less crowded.
The nearby town of Rojales has the La Marquesa golf course. There are many other good golf courses in the area such as La Finca and Villamartin.