Polop de la Marina or briefly Polop, is a municipality in the comarca of Marina Baixa, Alicante, Valencian Community, Spain. The village of Polop is located inland in the Costa Blanca North in an area known as the Marina Alta.
The local economy is based mainly on agriculture, so much of the surrounding countryside is covered in polythene to act as giant greenhouses. The village is a delight to explore and perfect for a morning or afternoon amble. The hill, where the old castle used to be is encircled by a medieval wall, and is a ‘must’ to walk up. Follow the zig zag path and you’ll be well rewarded with some fabulous views. On a clear day you can see right to Albir and Altea on the coast and inland to Callosa and the Sierra Bernia.
Polop in Spain is a small charming Spanish town, located just minutes drive from Altea and Albir. Although the city is small, it has a lot of history behind it. When you walk the streets of Polop, it is quiet and peaceful, and you would not think that this city was once an important city in the Kingdom of Valencia.
Polop’s origins go back to when the Moors conquered the Iberian Peninsula around the year 1000, they built a fortress and gave the city the name Polop. With the city’s strategic location and with the castle at the highest point of the city, Polop was an important city in the region.
Castillo de La Polop at the top of the mountain has changed “owners” through battles and royal donations for 1000 years. El Cid Campeador occupied the castle in 1089-1090 before conquering Valencia in 1094. The castle was then given to Muslim leader Mohammad Abu Ben Abdallah Hudzail a Sahuir, he was killed in 1258 in an attempt to kill the king Since then the castle has been owned of sheiks, Moors and kings.
Polop is also known for its water sources, on the square in the center you will find 221 water taps where you can fill bottles and jugs with water. The water comes from Font dels Xorrets.
Airports near to Polop
Alicante is the best-placed airport for travel abroad, and like any major city, offers a variety of destinations and price points for the budget conscious. The working day is often seasonal, with later opening hours over the summer months, and many businesses still close during traditional siesta hours.
Alicante Airport (IATA: ALC, ICAO: LEAL), also known as Alicante-Elche Airport, is currently the fifth largest airport in Spain and is the gateway to the Costa Blanca resort region, serving both the Valencia Community and the Region of Murcia. It is located 9 kilometres southwest of Alicante city. Growing in size continuously over the past years, in March 2011 the airport got a brand new terminal building, replacing the old two terminals.
Corvera Murcia Airport is a new Airport in Murcia. Several airlines are flying in and out of Corvera Murcia Airport, covering an increasing number of flight routes. Corvera replaces Murcia San Javier Airport (for civilian flights) and is also run by AENA (the official airport authority). It has significant scope to handle many more additional routes.
Valencia Airport ( VLC ) also known as Manises Airport, is the tenth-busiest Spanish airport in terms of passengers and second in the region after Alicante. It is situated 8 km (5.0 mi) west of the city of Valencia, in Manises. The airport has flight connections to about 20 European countries and 5.79 million passengers passed through the airport in 2016.
A new regional terminal, expanded car parking facilities and apron area have been recently constructed in time for the 2007 America’s Cup. The runway has been also lengthened by 50 m (160 ft). The airport has one terminal and one runway. The former runway 04/22 is not in use and has no ILS but has a helipad at the southwestern end.
It is the main base of Iberia’s regional carrier Air Nostrum. Irish low-cost airline Ryanair used the airport as a hub since 2007 but decided to close it in November 2008 following a dispute over subsidies by the airport authorities. Since then the airline has continued to operate out of Valencia but as a relatively large destination airport, and not a base.
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Destinations on Costa Blanca North
Costa Blanca – Costa Blanca North – Alicante – Valencia – Albir – Alcalali – Alfaz del Pi – Altea – Benidoleig – Benidorm – Benilloba – Benissa – Benitachell – Calpe – Denia – El Vergel – Finestrat – Gata de Gorgos – Jalon – Javea – La Nucia – Lliber – Moraira – Orba – Parcent – Polop – Pedreguer – Teulada – Torrellano – Villajoyosa