Gran Alacant is one of those few places where old Spain blends with modern Europe; the hill is home to a wide range of Europeans (other nations are well represented too amongst the populace but Europeans (especially The British) make up more than 50% of its current population meaning that the area is a cosmopolitan mix of people, shops, bars and businesses unlike most places in Spain.
In 2001 the boom started in Gran Alacant and the ‘hill’ began to fill very quickly with foreigners, Spanish residents and holiday makers ready to take their place in the sun and following on from the those early homes all of a sudden many more urbanisations were being completed, and all of them (bar none) sold out well before they were actually built.
Modern meets old
Although some may describe Gran Alacant as a ‘modern’ area it has some history too and established urbanisations – as well as the more recently built ones – offer fantastic views, especially at night. The bay of Alicante is like a flame to a moth for many (especially if you find yourself in one of the rooftop bars overlooking the city) and Elche and Santa Pola offer an attractive and alternative view too.
Hitting the beach is your choice then you will be spoilt for choice as Gran Alacant has some of the best beaches available on the Coast and if you include Santa Pola in the equation it can boast around 16 kilometres of clean sand and a sparkling sea.
The area is fully covered by all services these days with its own post office, town hall, local police station and doctor’s clinic. A modern primary school, a petrol station a 24 hour chemist along with spas gyms and much more, Gran Alacant is modern Spain at its best – it even has its own lighthouse, proving that here old Spain really does meet the new.
Along with its wonderful setting on top of the cliffs of Santa Pola, Gran Alacant also boasts a close proximity to the historical sea port of Alicante and its modern airport and the quaint and charming city of Elche; both of which are just fifteen minutes away by car and with Benidorm (45 mins) not too far away the things to do list may well need to be extended a little.
Foods from around the world and around the corner (fresh Santa Pola seafood) offer the adventurous gourmet a rich menu to choose.