In and around Pilar De La Horadada there are lots of places to visit, such as the Cantera Romana which is a Roman quarry of more than 60 meters length along the coastline and by the mouth of the Seco River. This open-pit quarry was exploited by the Romans for the extraction of stone, which they then used possibly to pave the Via Augusta that crosses the municipality.
You can visit the Gratiniano Baches archaeological-ethnological Museum and the Vigia Tower Built in 1591, which was built due to the numerous incursions and looting that the coast suffered from the Berber pirates. The tower was still in use well into the XVII century.
Just 30 minutes away you can visit the cities of Murcia and Cartagena, which are full of history and monuments.
In Cartagena you can visit the ROMAN THEATER, which began to be built at the end of the 1st century BC, coinciding with the period of greatest urban development in the Roman colony. Also of interest is the Town Hall, The Municipal Archaeological Museum, and its castles and fortresses, not to mention the beautiful and historic harbour.
In Murcia, the Cathedral with its mixture of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical styles, which began to be built in 1394 is a beautiful building. There are lots of other places of interest too, The Virgen de la Fuensanta Sanctuary, 5 km from the center in the lost mountain, the Real Casino de Murcia that was built in 1847, or the Roman Theatre currently in use.
Pilar de la Horadada has modern sports facility just 5 minutes from “Novo Lo Alegre” where sports enthusiasts will find: soccer fields, tennis courts, paddle tennis courts, racquetball courts, indoor pavilion, climbing wall, skate park, English bowling alley, running track, heated pool.
The environment of Pilar de la Horadada lends itself to mountain biking tours, with varying difficulty and length. As well as several signposted routes for hiking in the dry riverbed.
Don’t forget the Nautical Club of Torre de la Horadada, where you will find more than 500 Moorings. This marina is open during the during the summer months, and there is also a sailing school.
One of the attractions of the southeast of the Costa Blanca is the great variety of golf courses that hosts in its territory, making Pilar de la Horadada a paradise for golf lovers.
Just one minute away you can find the golf courses of Lo Romero, Campoamor, La Finca, Las Ramblas, Villamartin, Vistabella golf or La Manga Golf Club.
PLACES OF INTEREST
Distance to Places of Interest:
– 2 minutes to the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean Sea or the Mar Menor.
– 2 minutes walk to the center of the town of Pilar de la Horadada (medical center, pharmacies, supermarkets, restaurants, …)
– 5 minutes to the nautical club of Torre de la Horadada or San Pedro del Pinatar.
– 5 minutes to sports facilities (soccer, tennis, paddle, indoor pool, …).
– Only 10 minutes from the Villarmatín, Las Ramblas, Campoamor and Lo Romero golf courses. La Manga Golf Club, 30 minutes.
– 15 minutes to the natural area of Sierra Escalona.
– 10 minutes to Murcia airport (in San Javier).
– 40 minutes to Alicante airport.
– 15 minutes to the train station (in Balsicas).
– 2 minutes for access to the highway.
– 10 minutes to the Shopping Center of La Zenia Boulevard.
– 30 minutes to the historic cities of Murcia and Cartagena.
The beaches of Pilar de la Horadada are very clean and have been awarded Blue Flags of the FEEE. Pilar de la Horadada is one of the municipalities with the least disturbed coastline, so it is still possible to find secluded and natural places. The culture and the healthy lifestyle make many visitors settle here.
Sierra Escalona is a Special Protection Area for birds that is located in the West of the Province of Alicante. Covering some 10,000 hectares that are distributed between the municipalities of Orihuela, Pilar de la Horadada and San Miguel de Salinas. Sierra Escalona is of great importance as a dispersal area for young specimens of Bonelli’s eagle, one of the most endangered raptors in Europe, also the booted eagle and golden eagle, and many birds are seen here in winter.
The semi-arid climate, with little rainfall, tends to have concentrated downpours in spring and autumn. These have made intensely beautiful eroded ravines in the area.
Sierra Escalona is a cultural heritage, as it has a great archaeological, patrimonial and ethnological value. The Roman Road, Via Augusta, for example, crossed this place on its way to Carthago Nova (Cartagena).