The bustling city of Torrevieja is situated on Spain’s beautiful Costa Blanca, conveniently located about 30 miles from the International Airport of Alicante. Alicante and San Javier airport service many budget airlines from all over Europe and the United Kingdom.
History of Torrevieja
Torrevieja started life as an ancient watch tower from where its Spanish name is derived “Old Tower”. In the early 1800’s the salt production headquarters of nearby La Mata were moved to Torrevieja, it gradually grew into the largest salt producer in Spain. Due to the vast local salt lakes, the area has been recognised as having one of the healthiest climates in the world.
Predominantly Spanish with large expat communities, the city now enjoys a balance of industry and tourism. The super weather in Torrevieja is fairly mild all year round with temperatures not dropping much below 11 Celsius. The summer months can see the temperature soar to 40 Celsius.
Attractions & things to do in Torrevieja
Torrevieja is an extremely popular destination with Spanish holidaymakers, and indeed, many people from northern Spain have made it a permanent home.
The city borders the Orihuela Costa, a lively expat area which contains popular suburbs such as La Zenia and the ever popular Playa Flamenca. Throughout the city there are parks, plazas, promenades and of course, beaches. Visitors to the city will be kept busy with the many interesting and exciting things to do in Torrevieja.
Aside from the city’s many museums, galleries, parks and plazas, there are excellent sport centres such as the Sports City that offers facilities for practically every sport imaginable.
The popular Aquopolis Water Park is a firm favourite with the kids and has over 15 thrilling rides and attractions. Aquopolis is possibly the number one attraction in Torrevieja and always busy throughout the summer months.
Boat Trips to Tabarca
For an interesting and fun day trip away from the city, why not take one of the Tabarca Island boat trips. The boat normally departs from the port of Torrevieja on Tuesday’s, Thursday’s and Saturday’s at 11:00 and returns at 18:00. The price per adult is 22€ and 15€ for children aged 5-10. Children under 5 travel for free. The island and surrounding waters are a protected marine reserve and bird sanctuary, excellent for snorkeling and other water activities. There are a selection of bars and restaurants and the seafood is divine.
There are a selection of fantastic beaches in Torrevieja to choose from such as Playa los Locos (picture below) which consistently receives the Blue Flag award. This lovely beach has fine golden sand interspersed by a succession of small coves.
Some of the other popular local beaches include Playa de los Naufragos, Playa del Acequion and Playa del Cura. There is also a lovely promenade lined with bars and restaurants and a picturesque marina that runs alongside these beaches. Playa La Mata is located to the north of Torrevieja is a much longer and quieter beach which is ideal for long walks and jogging.
Pink Salt Lakes
The pink salt lakes of Torrevieja (Las Salinas de Torrevieja) are largely accredited for the healthy micro-climate in the City. This micro-climate along with the fantastic weather in Torrevieja are two of the principle reasons for the continued tourism here.
Lemon Tree Market
Street Markets – The city of Torrevieja has 3 popular markets, with the largest and most popular being the Friday Market, boasting over 1,200 stalls. There is also a small Craft Market open every evening from 8pm and a daily Fish Market where for the best deals, visit early when the restaurants and catering businesses are stocking up on the freshest catches of the day. Just a short drive from here there are several other popular markets. The Lemon Tree Market is located about a 10 minute drive north of the city and takes place every Sunday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.
For more great things to do, check out the Crazy Tourist website
Crazy Tourist website
Wining & Dining – Torrevieja has a huge choice of bars, cafes and restaurant options, from quaint Spanish bars to Michelin Star restaurants. Many of the simpler bars are equipped with no more than a couple of tables & chairs on the pavement where customers are served a free tapas with their drinks order. With the majority of the city being working class Spanish, there are many fantastic value restaurants and takeaways to be found. A good way to work up an appetite and take in the sights of the city is to explore the busier streets such as Calle Ramon Gallud. There are plenty of busy restaurants just off the beaten path for those who are more adventurous.