A Look at Guardamar Del Segura

City views of Guardamar del Segura at the Costa Blanca in Spain. The city is famous for its dunes, which have been planted with pine trees for hundreds of years to protect against the strong winds. The resulting pine tree forest in Guardamar is now the smallest protected national park in Spain.
At the beginning of the 20th Century the engineer Francisco Mira Y Botella worked on a scheme which took almost 30 years to implement, the purpose was to create a natural barrier for the sand: and a natural space, it proved to be without equal in Spain, it continued for over 20 years, the people of Guardamar del Segura took part in the planting and were paid a salary for doing so. The plan worked perfectly and so the town was saved from disaster. The resulting forest still exists today and still keeps the sands from moving. The area is now known as “La Pinada” and covers an area of 840 hectares, now declared an area of natural interest. There is a wide variety of flora and fauna to be found here and it is a popular place for an afternoon stroll in the shade of the trees