Situated next to the sea in the South of the Valencian Community, is surrounded by two large natural saltwater lagoons which form the well known “salterns of Torrevieja” considered the biggest in Europe. They are famous for their huge population of flamingoes. Torrevieja is 47kms from Alicante, the provincial capital, and about 35kms from the airports of Alicante and San Javier, it stands out for it’s conversion in recent years into a first class tourist centre. The town square is very picturesque, with a small church and a few street cafes. The are many shops to browse through and boat trips can be taken from the town’s lively harbour -a firm favourite is the day trip to the Isle of Tabarca. Each evening there is a craft market along the harbour front and every Friday there is a huge street market - possibly the largest one in the Costa Blanca.
Torrevieja’s climate is dry and equable throughout the year with 320 days of sun. Average daily temperatures
Jan. Feb Mar Apr May Jun
15c 15c 19c 20c 22c 28c
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov De
30c 29c 28c 24c 21c 15c
Among the opportunities for recreation, relaxation and amusement, the town places at the disposal of all its visitors one of the best Yacht Clubs in Spain, tennis and golf clubs (four 18 hole championship golf courses), a flying club, a horse-riding school, a municipal sports centre (with covered courts, tennis, athletics and sauna) and for the winter months an Olympic sized indoor pool. There is also a municipal football stadium, bull ring, water park (Aquapolis), fairground, theatre, 10 pin bowling centre, huge new soft play centre and several cinemas.
Terramitica is a fantastic theme park suitable for adults and children alike - the largest in Europe and there are numerous coach trips which run there daily. You can visit their web site for more information.
A typical local dish served in most of the Spanish restaurants is the "caldero" - a fish and rice stew popular with the "Torreviejenses" (the native Spaniards). The flavour of the sea permeates much of the local cuisine - try some fresh anchovy, red bream, freshly caught mackerel, rays and other local fish. And if it's an international flavour you're seeking, well, the world's your oyster! There are Italian, French, German,Chinese, Indian, Korean, Scandinavian, Croatian, Serbian and Mexican restaurants. After your meal, check out some of the bars which provide live music and entertainment throughout the summer months.
Torrevieja Town, Local Beaches
& Local Entertainment
Some of the best beaches can be found close to town, including Los Locos and Playa Del Cura. Along the front of Los Locos beach there are bars and restaurants with more bars throughout the back streets. There are butchers, fishmongers, spit-roasted chicken shops, bakeries and supermarkets, all providing mouth-wateringly fresh bread, pastries, fish and meat produce. A few of the local restaurants also offer a takeaway service.
Just a five minute walk away from Los Locos Beach is the totally pedestrianised promenade and beach of Playa Del Cura, where you can happily watch the children on the beach whilst having a nice relaxing meal in one of the promenade based restaurants at the same time! You will find that most of the restaurants in Torrevieja are very child-friendly and understand the “joys” of dining out with young children!
From these two beaches, you are within easy walking distance, all the way along the seafront, of the lively town centre of Torrevieja where you will find street markets, a marina and harbour, resident fun fair, buzzing nightlife and an extensive new promenade. There are restaurants and bars which cater for all tastes. The main meeting place in town is usually at the main fountain overlooking the beautiful marina, where you can enjoy a morning coffee or an evening cocktail or two!
Every evening there's a street market selling a variety of arts, crafts, clothing, leather goods, jewellery and souvenirs etc.). There's also a big fairground and you'll normally find various artists and street performers providing entertainment around the town in high season.
There is always something going on in Torrevieja around the holiday periods and there are numerous festivals and processions.
One of the biggest festivals of the year is the "Habaneras" international music contest which takes place in August. Torrevieja swings for a week to the soulful rhythms of the melodies brought back from Latin America in the late nineteenth century when the town's salt trade with Cuba was at its peak. The festival attracts a live and television audience of hundreds of thousands of people. It's a great time to holiday here…but book your accommodation well in advance!
Unlike many Spanish destinations Torrevieja is not a holiday area dominated by souvenir shops and bars offering all day English breakfasts. The town is still a working town with a history of salt production and an active fishing industry. Currently a comprehensive landscaping plan is underway which includes the construction of numerous parks, a health spa, safe bathing areas and coastal walkways.
In the unlikely event of you not finding enough night life in Torrevieja, then why not head up the coast to the 24 hour city of Benidorm. In Benidorm there's all night partying of every kind throughout the year. Whether you're into mega discos, the gay scene, karaoke or ballroom dancing, you'll find all this and much more in big, brash Benidorm! Why not experience a night in the famous night spot Benidorm Palace ?
You can either use the special summer night train from Alicante - this runs to and from Benidorm all night throughout the summer months stopping at all the major resorts between the two cities.
Located to the south of Torrevieja, Orihuela Costa has some of the most superb beaches along the coastline, all of which are blue flag. There are well established residential areas from Los Altos and Punta Prima to Campoamor offering both residents and visitors an abundance of restaurants, bars and many other facilities within the many commercial centres, including Via Park in Playa Flamenca, the Emerald Isle in La Florida, The Plaza at Villamartin and the many commercial centers all the way up to Cabo Roig.
Many superb championship golf courses are also in close proximity, including Villamartin, Campoamar, and Las Ramblas. In addition to the local entertainment there is horse-riding and various water sports available locally.
Working your way north to south of Orihuela Costa, on the N332, we first come to Punta Prima and Los Altos. They are up and coming areas and although the local beach is a little more difficult to get to, there is work underway at the moment to create a Marina and broad walk. Many other Blue Flag beaches are within easy driving distance.
La Florida is positioned slightly back from the beaches, but is well developed and home to both holiday makers and residents. A popular complex is the Emerald Isle, which has a pool, bars and restaurant, competition-grade bowling green and many other recreational facilities available.
Playa Flamenca is also well developed, with many ex-pats making it their home alongside the holiday makers. It too has two commercial centres with many bars, restaurants and shops.
Villa martin remains a firm favourite and this is also a great area for family holidays. There is plenty to do in the Plaza, a lively place with over 30 shops, bars and restaurants. A good fun holiday for all ages, especially if you prefer a larger proportion of Brits and ex-pats.
Further along the coast are La Zenia and Cabo Roig, both having beautiful beaches and lots of bars and restaurants within the local area, including a superb restaurant built into the Cliff at Cabo Roig, overlooking the small marina.
Further along the coast and a little inland are the quieter, more residential areas of Campomar and Campoverde. These are home to more traditional Spanish bars and restaurants to give you a real taste of Spain.