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The Torrevieja area guide

Things to do

A coastal city along the Costa Blanca, Torrevieja dates back to the 18th century. What was once a humble fishing village is now one of Spain’s fastest growing cities, particularly in the summer months when throngs of tourists flock to its sunny beaches and ice cream parlours. Due to its popularity with English-speaking expats, there are several English-language newspapers, radio stations and a single TV station.

The name Torrevieja means ‘old tower,’ with the name coming from the watchtowers used by fishermen along the shore. In addition to fishing, salt mining is a major industry that still plays a role in Torrevieja’s economy. The city is positioned between two salt lakes, one tinted pink and one emerald-green.

Naturally, Torrevieja’s attractive beaches are one of its main draws. It’s set along 20 km of coastline and includes six large beaches in the area. The main city beach is Playa del Cura, but you can also hop aboard a local bus to access Cabo Cervera, Los Locos, Los Naufragos, Ferris, and La Mata. Its two salt lakes are also intriguing natural resources, particularly the pink-tinted Laguna Salada de Torrevieja.

Learn more about Torrevieja’s salt mining history by visiting the Museum of Sea and Salt, or about the city’s nautical history at the Floating Museums, which include a submarine and an old customs boat. Visit Torre del Moro, one of the city’s old watchtowers, to enjoy extensive panoramic views, or take in a typical flamenco and Spanish horse show at the Vila Rada riding centre. There’s no shortage of water sports to take part in as well, from jet-skiing to sailing, it’s all possible here.

Places to eat

Playa del Cura is Torrevieja’s most popular beach, being the easiest to get to within the city’s main urban area. As a result, there are plenty of bustling eateries in the area, where you can sample freshly caught seafood or relax with a refreshing cocktail. One of the top choices is El Tintero, at the south end of the beach. It’s built up above the water, offering seaside views along with steaming dishes of paella.

Many restaurants reflect Torrevieja’s increasingly international atmosphere in their menus, including Mundo Pequeño on Calle Marcelina. It offers varied dishes from all over the world, although traditional tapas are also always an option.

Shopping

There are an estimated 2,500 shops in Torrevieja, which means that you can find just about anything your heart desires in its sleek shopping malls, such as Habaneras, or in the traditional markets along the pedestrian walkways. Shops are generally open between the hours of 10 AM and 10 PM from Monday to Saturday.

Those who wish to get away from the main High Street brand names can visit Torrevieja’s famous street market, held each Friday in the city centre. It boasts over 1200 stalls, making it one of Europe’s largest. If you want to get the best bargains on crafts, designs, clothing, and produce, be sure to show up early before it’s packed with visitors.

Getting there & around

Torrevieja is a major hub for tourism along the Costa Blanca, which means that it’s well-supported by transit links, and the closest airport is San Javier airport in Murcia, just 30 km to the south. El Altet airport in Alicante is a little bit further away, located 45 km to the north.

Motorists can access the city via the N-332 or A-37 between Alicante and Cartagena. There’s no RENFE train station within Torrevieja, but you’ll find stations in both Murcia and Alicante. There are a number of bus companies linking Torrevieja with both cities and others, including La Inmaculada, Continental Auto and Vega Bus.

Within the city itself, its compact nature makes it easy to tour Torrevieja on foot. Costa Azul is the local bus line, and taxis are easy to find, should your feet get tired from exploring.

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