Santa Pola

Santa Pola
Fortress Castle of Santa Pola
Fortress Castle of Santa Pola
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Santa Pola is located in Spain
Santa Pola
Location of Santa Pola in Spain
Coordinates: 38°11′23″N 0°33′20″W / 38°11′23″N 0°33′20″W / 38.18972; -0.55556
Country Spain
Autonomous municipality Valencian Community
Province Alicante
Comarca Baix Vinalopó
Government
 • Mayor Yolanda Seva Ruiz (PSOE)
Area
 • Total 58.6 km2 (22.6 sq mi)
Elevation 6 m (20 ft)
Population (2016)
 • Total 31,309
 • Density 530/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Demonym(s) santapolero/ra; icositano/na
Website http://www.santapola.es/

Santa Pola ( Valencian and Spanish: [ˈsanta ˈpola]) is a coastal town located in the comarca of Baix Vinalopó in the Valencian Community, Spain, by the Mediterranean Sea. It has an area of 58.6 km2 (23 sq mi) and has a population of 30,000 inhabitants of whom 10,000 are residents of the nearby town of Gran Alacant.

The town has an important salt evaporation pond known as the salines which remains in business, additionally, most of it is recognized as the Natural Park of Salines de Santa Pola, an important RAMSAR site. The town was settled over the ruins of a Roman village called Portus Ilicitanus (literally, Harbour of Elche); after being abandoned for decades, then a castle was constructed in the 16th century which marked the repopulation of Santa Pola. The town has an archeological museum covering these phases.

Santa Pola is, at present, a coastal fishing and tourist town. Population more than doubles during the summer, with people coming mostly from the rest of the Alicante province, and also from the Basque autonomous community, Madrid, France and the UK, just to mention some. The nearby island of Tabarca (part of Alicante) can be visited by ship.

The new town of Gran Alacant, 5 km (3 mi) north of Santa Pola along the Alicante bay, accounts for about one third of the population of the district. Next to it is the Carabasi area, a nature reserve. Gran Alacant lies only a few kilometres from Alicante Airport and a few hundred metres from the town of Los Arenales which is located in the Elche district.

In June 2009, the Valencian Government announced that the Alicante Tram system will be extended southwards via Alicante Airport and El Altet, to stations in Gran Alacant and Santa Pola and then onwards to Guardamar and Torrevieja before terminating in Murcia.

Etymology

The name is derived from Saint Paula, itself derived from Saint Paul the apostole, who arrived at Tabarca island, as tradition holds. However, it is likely that the name comes from Latin "palus", thence "pauls", finally "pol".

Other Languages
العربية: سانتا بولا
aragonés: Santa Pola
Bân-lâm-gú: Santa Pola
català: Santa Pola
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español: Santa Pola
Esperanto: Santa Pola
euskara: Santa Pola
فارسی: سانتا پلا
français: Santa Pola
galego: Santa Pola
italiano: Santa Pola
қазақша: Санта-Пола
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norsk: Santa Pola
occitan: Santa Pola
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Santa Pola
polski: Santa Pola
português: Santa Pola
русский: Санта-Пола
українська: Санта-Пола
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West-Vlams: Santa Pola
Winaray: Santa Pola
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