In the pink
On holidays in Guardamar Del Segura, Spain, you’ll see something you’ll probably never come across again: a pink lake. And it’s not just the 2,000 or so flamingos that live there during the migratory season that make it pink. One of Las Salinas de Torrevieja (the salt lakes) is a pink, candyfloss colour because of a rare micro-algae that lives in the water. The other salt lake is blue.
Not only are the lakes stunning to look at, but they’re also a natural nature reserve, and some locals say the water has therapeutic properties. Take a picnic, go for a walk around the nature trails, and see how many different birds you can spot.
Take a trip to Alicante
A day trip to Alicante should be on your itinerary for your holidays to Guardamar Del Segura. It’s less than an hour to the capital of the Costa Blanca, with its sandy beaches, historic old town and lively bars and restaurants. Pack in as much sightseeing as you can, starting with a walk along the marbled Explanada de España, the seafront promenade that takes you to the old town.
You can’t miss Santa Bárbara Castle, sat on top of Mount Benacantil. It’s a medieval fortress with fantastic views from its battlements. At the bottom of the mountain, you’ll find the oldest church in the city, built on the site of a former mosque in the 13th century.
There are two parks you must visit on holidays in Guardamar Del Segura. The first is Alfonso Park, which lies between the town and its marina. Walk or cycle through the pine-laden sand dunes, or take a picnic and enjoy sitting in the sun while the kids race up and down the sand.
The second is Parque Reina Sofia; a peaceful paradise for nature lovers, which is home to an abundance of plants and wildlife. Stroll through the shade of the native flora and fauna, past waterfalls and lakes. See if you can spot a peacock, black swan or squirrel along the way.
Once you’ve completed your park exploration, pop into the town centre and treat yourself to a glass of sangria and a plate of traditional Spanish paella.
Guardamar Del Segura hosts several festivals each year. Tourists are encouraged to get into the party spirit and celebrate with them. The carnival takes place in February, and Easter is a big celebration, too. The Passion of Christ is performed in the streets and, on Easter Monday, the townsfolk go to the Canal Del Tio Batiste to eat cake and socialise.
If you’re there in June, you’ll see the Bonfires of San Juan when the arrival of summer is celebrated. Cardboard and wooden figures are burnt, and fireworks are set off on the night of San Juan. At the end of July, you can join in the Moors and Christians Fiesta in honour of the patron saint of Guardamar, Sant Jaume.
Eat, sleep, relax, repeat. This will be the official mantra of your holiday in Guardamar Del Segura. With warm summer temperatures and the Mediterranean Sea on your doorstep, you’re all set for some fun in the sun. Unwind on sandy beaches, take the family to a theme park in Alicante or take a dip in the pink salt lake of Torrevieja. Whatever floats your holiday boat, you’ll find it on the Costa Blanca.