Hi my name is Star and I have been lucky enough to call Gran Alacant my home for over 8 years now. My 6 year old daughter Ashlee and I are often “Out & About” enjoying the local attractions and culture in this part of Spain. Over the next few months I will be sharing some of our experiences with you to encourage you to go “Out & About” yourselves and maybe learn a little bit about this beautiful place we call home.
This month we wanted to share our experiences visiting the “Skywalk” of Santa Pola.
This amazing structure was constructed in 2015 and cost €300,000. It is approximately 100m long and allows for some amazing views of the coast from Santa Pola to Benidorm. Tabarca Island can be seen clearly and sunsets are particularly spectacular when viewed from here.
There are two options for getting to the Skywalk, which is located next to the lighthouse at the top of Gran Alacant. The first way to get there, is to park near the turnaround at the end of Avenida Escandinavia at the very top of Gran Alacant and take in the views as you walk towards the lighthouse. You then need to take the path that runs behind the lighthouse and on the Santa Pola side of the lighthouse you will see a walkway to the “Skywalk”.
The other option is via the N332. In order to make this turn it is best to approach it on the way from Santa Pola to Gran Alacant. On the right hand side of the N332, after the large restaurant, just before the hill goes down, you will see a sign for “Faro del Cabo de Santa Pola”.
NOTE: This is a rather tight turn. You then drive along what I affectionately call “the never ending road” for almost 4km, until you reach the parking area behind the Light House. You then go to the right of the Light House and here you will find the “Skywalk”.
Now you have arrived you can take your time admiring the views all along the coast. Alicante and Santa Barbara castle and Tabarca Island all look stunning viewed from here. As you walk along the structure it feels like the sea is proudly showing off her amazing colours as she glistens and sparkles in the sunlight.
You will also notice that a trend of attaching so called “Love Locks” to the bridge by couples and families is becoming more popular. When you reach the end of the viewing area, taking a “selfie” with Tabarca Island in the background, is a must for all visitors that feel brave enough.
There are some information boards which give details of the walkways and other lighthouses along this part of the coast. Some people also enjoy making the “Skywalk” a pit stop on a marked walk/hike from Gran Alacant to Santa Pola across the top of the mountain.
NOTE: Sensible shoes/trainers should be worn as the walk to the structure is over the campo. Also be aware that it can get quite windy on the skywalk itself.