Guardamar del Segura (Spanish ‘guardar’ means ‘to keep, to guard’; ‘mar’ means ‘sea’) is situated 30 km from Alicante on Costa Blanca. Here Segura river head to the sea. The first thing I’ve heard about Guardamar was that its pine forests are good for your health. We decided to check this out.
We drove to the far end of Calle Ing. Codorníu which runs along the sea. It was longer in the past but now finishes abruptly. Also, the houses standing on the shoreline collapsed. Most are totally ruined, however, some are still occupied.
We went down onto the long beach. We saw signs warning of the fine for entering with a dog. But it’s winter now and it’s unofficially allowed.
After a short walk, we found wooden stairs. They led us directly to Parque Alfonso XIII – famous pine forest. A very pleasant walk with a company of pine smell.
We travel with a two years old boy so the last point of our little escapade was a playground. We found a very nice one in Parque Reina Sofía. In fact, it was the biggest one I’ve seen on Costa Blanca (I know, I’m not long here so there are plenty places to discover. If you know nice playgrounds in the neighborhood, let me know.) My son had to try for himself every attraction so I didn’t get enough time to walk around the park. And it looks promising. Trees, small waterfalls, benches birds, ducks, swans, peacocks, and turtles. A lot to see.
I am sure I will come back. I’ve visited only a small part of the pine forest and I want to explore more. I would also like to climb Castell de Guardamar to see the ruins and the view. See you soon, Guardamar!