La Mata Costa Blanca, guide to the Costa Blanca seaside resort of La Mata in Spain.
La Mata - Costa Blanca - Spain
La Mata - Situated to the north of the well known Costa Blanca town of Torrevieja, the seaside resort of La Mata is a beautiful and popular destination. La Mata has some fine beaches and a good selection of facilities and still has the feel of an old Spanish town although it has experienced a lot of development in recent years.
La Mata historically developed around the salt industry due to the existence of a huge salt lake to the rear of the town, it became important as far back as the times of the Romans, and it was the Romans who realised the importance of salt and found methods for extracting it. The salt industry in La Mata grew from then onwards and the revenue earned from salt is said to have paid for the travels of the famous Christopher Columbus in the 15th and early 16th Centuries. After many years of salt production in Torre La Mata, the headquarters was moved to nearby Torrevieja in 1802, increasing Torrevieja's growth and importance.
The salt lake in La Mata is now a significant and protected Natural Park called the Parque Natural de las Lagunas de La Mata y Torrevieja and it contains many species of flora and fauna, and is an important refuge for various species of birds. Much of the literature about this park will mention the large number of flamingos to be found there, however the flamingos disappeared some years ago and have not returned. To see flamingos you would be better advised to head for Santa Pola a few miles to the north of La Mata.
La Mata holds its weekly street market on Wednesdays and this attracts visitors from all over the surrounding area, La Mata is a fairly small market, for a bigger version head for Torrevieja on a Friday where there are over 1,200 stalls and thousands of people (but hold onto your handbag, pickpockets are rife here).
La Mata fiestas - as is the tradition in Spain (any excuse for a holiday!) there are a number of fiestas and festivals held throughout the year in La Mata, two of the most important are the Virgen del Rosario (held during October) and the Virgen del Carmen (held during July), other significant fiestas are held at Christmas and Easter (Semana Santa).
La Mata has a good selection of properties available to buy or rent should you wish to take a holiday in the area or if you are looking to purchase a holiday home, many Brits have chosen to settle permanently in the town.
La Mata is situated on the N-332 coast road between Torrevieja and Guardamar del Segura about 35 minutes drive from Alicante airport.