Guardamar del Segura 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 a 11-km-long white sand beach. Historically an area of fishermen and farmers, Guardamar del Segura is the southernmost point where the Valencian dialect of Catalan is spoken by few people. However, Castilian (Spanish) is spoken throughout the whole area by the majority of the population (above of 95%). A Phoenician colony called Alonis was the first settlement, and later Arabs called the place Guald-a-amar (River of the Sand), likely the basis for its name today. Guardamar hosts local fiestas like Moros i Cristians, L'Encantà, and Fogueres de Sant Joan, which commemorate its history (Iberic, Arab, and Christian). The local spirit is called Aigua de València (champagne, fresh orange, cointreau).