A day in Pilar de la Horadada

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With centuries of history

Pilar de la Horadada, a young municipality with centuries of history. More than five centuries ago, Pilar de la Horadada suffered pirate raids and looting. It was a city of passage for the Romans on their way to Cádiz through the Via Augusta.

Join us on this route through this wonderful municipality of Costa Blanca.

How do we get there?

Pilar de la Horadada is the southernmost municipality of the province of Alicante. To get there, go on the A-7 towards Murcia “, take exit 77 (Torrevieja / Cartagena) and follow the signs. We can also go by bus or train from Alicante.

Things to do in Pilar

Pilar de la Horadada has more than 5km of coastline, as well as spectacular beaches; including the famous Mil Palmeras and La Playa del Conde.

Mil Palmeras Beach

the beach of Pilar de la Horadada

Located in the hamlet of Mil Palmeras, at the natural river mouth, of the Seco River, which crosses the municipality. This beach is one of the busiest because of its easy access (it has wheelchair access) and its beauty. Surrounding this beach we will find the Vista Mar Beach and the Río Seco Beach. The three of fine white sand.

Playa del Conde beach

Pilar de la Horadada beach

This beach with golden sand and calm waters is located at the foot of the 16th-century watchtower, which is the symbol of the municipality.
It also has a ramp that makes it accessible in a wheelchair.
If you like photography, do not miss the opportunity to capture the beauty of the whole of the beach and the Tower, at sunrise or sunset.


the coastline of Pilar de la Horadada

If you want to know the history of Pilar de la Horadada does not miss the chance to visit the Archaeological – Ethnological Museum Gratiniano Baches. It is located within the House of Culture and is divided into five sections; environment, fossils, archaeology, ethnology, and numismatics.

Pilar de la Horadada, called by the Romans “Thiar”, was an enclave on the “Via Augusta” between the cities of Ilici (Elche) and Cartago Nova (Cartagena), used by travelers on this route as a place of rest, to replenish forces on their way, along the Mediterranean coast.

Another example of the passage of the Roman Empire by Pilar de la Horadada remains latent in the Roman quarries of the 1st and 2nd centuries B.C. Located in Mil Palmeras, the place from which the Romans extracted stone for the construction of buildings, roads, and other works in which this material was useful.


Pilar de la Horadada is much more than beaches and history, you can also enjoy nature through trails or routes. Do not miss the areas of Monte Mediterrano, Sierra Escalona, and the routes in the Rio Seco channel.

How to move by Pilar de la Horadada?

Pilar de la Horadada

If we want to move from one place to another in Pilar de la Horadada, the best way to do it is through the Del Pilar al Mar path, a 3km route that connects the urban center with El Conde beach. On this road, we will find the Puente del Beso, architectural work that was built in 2013, that has been awarded for its design and structure.

The advantage of this route is that we can do it on foot, by bike or on skates.

What to eat?

local food of Pilar de la Horadada

The Gastronomy of this place includes potatoes and meat stew, “Guiso de Pelotas“, the “Rabbit with Ajo cabañil”, or the “Gacha Migas”. Also rice and fish cauldrons. But if you are sweet-toothed, you mustn’t miss the “Milhojas”, and “Cordiales” cakes.

We still have many secrets and corners to discover Pilar de la Horadada, do you come with us?

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