Moving to Guardamar Spain: The 2020 Guide

Guardamar Spain

You are ready to move to Guardamar Spain.

The great weather.

The sea.

Almost the entire year in the sun.

The time has come.

At the end of the article, I will tell you the most important steps about how to move to Guardamar Spain, as well as how to contact me at Torrevieja Translation.

But please read this article first, you will love it 😊

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About Guardamar Spain

Guardamar del Segura is an important but small town on the coast of Alicante province, within the Spanish Costa Blanca.

It is located just 15km to the north of the resort of Torrevieja, and in the opposite direction, the major city of the region, Alicante is easily reached in about one hour driving time.

Although a relatively small town, it has 11km of fine sandy beaches in this authentic and historical Spanish town.

Surrounding the town are some ecologically friendly areas of nature, offering a variety of plant species, both local and imported.

Its ecosystem has attracted many species of wildlife and is now a protected area.

The town is just a few minutes from the two picturesque salt lakes of Torrevieja and La Mata, which provide another haven for wildlife particularly birds.

Map of guardamar spain

(Guardamar del Segura, Costa Blanca, Alicante Province, South east Spain – Google Maps)

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History of Guardamar del Segura

The earliest known history of the area existed at La Fonteta. This was a Phoenician site in the town which is believed to have existed from as long ago as the 8th century BC when the Phoenicians arrived into the extreme west of Europe.

The site was recently extensively excavated during archaeological work in 2018/19, where a defense system including a fortified wall were uncovered, as well as a ditch and bastions.

Another historical relic of the town’ past importance can be seen at Guardamar Castle. This structure was built around the 12th century.

However, most of the castle has not survived, although it does offer some good photo opportunities from its high vantage point above the town.

Guardamar is the town where “Segura River” (Río Segura) dies, after going through the provinces of Jaen, Albacete, Murcia and Alicante.

Rio Segura Guardamar Spain

(Sunset in “Rio Segura” – Guardamar Spain)

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General information about Guardamar del Segura

The main industries of Guardamar del Segura are tourism, farming and fishing.

The town has about 16,300 inhabitants among this famous resort on the Costa Blanca.

Guardamar is famed for its beaches which are enclosed by a forest of pine trees.

Its two more cultural venues are the Archaeological-Ethnological Museum and the Engineer Mira House-Museum.

The Lagunas de La Mata Nature Reserve has a network of trails, ideal for both mountain biking and walking.

The town is popular for both couples and families with a Spanish feel, it is not too commercialised and nightlife is low key. Low key, pretty much, generally sums up this location.

Guardamar Spain Weather

(Guardamar Spain from the air)

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What is the weather like in Guardamar del Segura?

The climate surrounding Guardamar Spain is among the mildest to be found on the Costa Blanca.

A combination of the sand dunes and the forested areas means less direct sunshine and more shade.

The sand dunes purposely planted with pine trees prevent strong winds which also leads to milder weather.

The extremes of weather however can still lead to some summer days of up to 40C, while in the winter, the temperature does not drop below 8C.

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What Architecture can be seen in Guardamar del Segura?

The Phoenician ruins, briefly described earlier are one of only two known examples of occident casement walls in western Europe.

This type of fortification was developed in Syria and Palestine in the 12th century BC and is not normally found in such structures in western Europe.

The Phoenicians built very effective structures which were seen for military use, storage as well as for their architecture.

The only other example of ancient architecture, is the town’s castle built around the 12th century BC.

Nearby in the resort of Santa Pola, there are some remains of the Roman existence in this area.

Portus Illicitanus are Roman ruins as is the Roman House of the Palmeral, which dates from the Low Imperial era. Another relic of the Romans is the factory for pickling and salting fish which was in use from the 4th century BC.

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Gastronomy

A ‘bola’ or ‘ñora’ is a type of pepper that is grown locally and seen as a symbol of Guardamar Spain. The round, sweet pepper is generously used in the cuisines of Alicante and Valencian regions.

Other local delicacies include locally caught shellfish and eels. Guardamar del Segura holds an annual festival, the Semana Gastronomica de la Nyora I el Llagosti, this is a gastronomic feast that celebrates the ñora peppers and local shellfish.

The high-quality rice used in paella is also grown locally across this area of the Costa Blanca and this dish is featured heavily in local restaurants, each giving the dish their own individual variation of this traditional favourite.

Gastronomy Guardamar Spain

(A nice Spanish meal, the sea, the breeze… isn’t this a form of happiness?)

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How much does it cost to rent or buy property in Guardamar del Segura?

Long-term rentals in the town are quite reasonably priced with an apartment featuring three bedrooms and three baths costing around 750 per month in the El Raso area.

I am sure you could find smaller apartments at much cheaper rates by looking locally, between €400-€600 a month.

The prices of buying property in this town vary greatly. While, a two-bedroomed apartment can be bought for as little over 60,000, other two and three bed properties I found listed were in excess of €160,000 up to and above €350,000 for villas and townhouses.

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The 7 most interesting attractions I should visit in Guardamar del Segura?

1. The Dunes of Guardamar- Park Alfonso XIII

Sandstorms were once a problem here, until a large forest of pine, eucalyptus, cypress and palm trees was created in what is now known as the Dunes of Guardamar.

Over the years this forest has attracted an enormous amount of wildlife and it is now an environmentally protected area.

The forest also created Spain’s smallest natural park, Park Alfonso XIII which has been described as a great place to visit in the early morning when all you can hear is the sounds of the birds before the crowds arrive.

It is an ideal location for walking, or if you are feeling a little more energetic, then running and cycling, or just coming here to enjoy the wildlife 😊.

Dunes Guardamar Spain

(Dunes of Guardamar)

2. Reina Sofia Park

Another park worth visiting in Guardamar del Segura is the Reina Sofia Park.

It has a play area for the kids and lots of shaded areas to hide from the sun in the hotter months.

There is a bar/café area and the whole park is kept spotlessly clean.

One of the biggest attractions apart from the fountains and numerous lakes, especially for the kids, is the abundance of animals here, ducks, geese, parrots, terrapins, red squirrels, peacocks and goldfish.

This park is a great place for the kids to run around and enjoy themselves.

Guardamar del Segura Spain

(Fishing inheritance explanation – Guardamar Spain)

3. Golf Courses

There are two golf courses a few kilometres away from Guardamar del Segura.

The Golf and Country Club La Marquesa is located at Rojales close to the town of Guardamar.

La Finca Algorfa Golf is closer to other towns nearby such as San Miguel de Salinas and Los Montesinos.

Golf Course Spain

(A good round of golf in a relaxing Spanish atmosphere)

4. Beaches at Guardamar del Segura

Among the 11km of beaches at Guardamar Spain, some of the favourites are Moncayo Beach which is just a short walk from the main streets of the town, it is a spacious beach, relatively peaceful, with a warm breeze in the summer and kept in a clean condition.

The beach of Playa El Campo is also not overcrowded with some good restaurants close to the beach area. It is a good beach for families and best to arrive before 11am to find the best spots on the beach.

Moncayo beach comprises some beautiful white sand, with a selection of sun beds available to hire, some in shaded areas of the beach.

This beach, like all along this section of the coast are cleaned early every morning and lifeguards patrol the beach during the summer warning people of the possibility of rip tides etc, when they exist in the sea.

The beaches here are great for water sports, including snorkelling, surfing and water skiing.

Guardamar beach

(Beaches of Guardamar del Segura)

5. Mercadillo El Campo de Guardamar

This is a large Sunday market held in Guardamar, and is locally known as the “lemon tree market.”

On the lower tier of the market you can find a selection of cafes and other small eateries.

There are more than 450 market stalls, situated over the three tiers of the market.

The top two tiers are full of everything you would expect from a market including cooked chickens, pork, ribs and so much fresh fruit and vegetables.

Many of my clients love this market 😊

Moncayo Guardamar Spain

(Guardamar area is surrounded by lemon trees)

6. Castillo de Guardamar

There is not too much left of the castle itself, however, it is worth the time to walk up there and take a look around.

Believe me, it is worth it just for the views across the Mediterranean, the town itself and the hills in the distance.

Up there, you will find information boards that will tell you about the history of this castle.

7. Museo Arquelogico de Guardamar

Guardamar’s Archaeological Museum is definitely worth a visit with some comprehensive displays full of comprehensive information in the historical finds of this area.

There is free entry to this museum and most of the interesting details are written in English.

Credit image: Hector R.SteHLiverpool, Hector R., Tord S., Hector R., Ani, Hector R., Jeroen S. 

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Are you ready to move to Guardamar Spain?

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You are either from an EU or non-EU country… and chances are you don’t know where to start.

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Your Spanish home is important, but, believe me, knowing the area where you are moving is much more important, as you can end up in a horrible place.

It is the reason why I’m publishing these kinds of articles on my website, because my job goes beyond the actual relocation services.

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