Guardamar del Segura

Guardamar del Segura or briefly Guardamar is a municipality of the province of Alicante located at the mouth of the river Segura in southern Valencia (autonomous community), Spain. It is a Mediterranean resort, with a large pine forest abutting an 11-km-long white sand beach.

Historically an area of fishermen and farmers, Guardamar del Segura is the southernmost point where Valencian (a dialect of Catalan) is spoken. A Phoenician colony, called Hernan by Roman geographer Avienus in his book Ora Maritima was the first settlement near the mouth of Segura river,[1] In Spanish, “guardar” means “safekeeping” and “mar” means “sea”, and this is another possible basis for its current name.

Guardamar is the southernmost Catalan-speaking town and in 1991 41.8% of the town’s residents could speak it.[2] Guardamar hosts local festivals like Moros i Christians, L’Encantà, and Fogueres de Sant Joan, which commemorate its history.

Population 16,000

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