Torrevieja - A city in the province of Alicante with a population of 85.5 thousand people, according to official data of the local administration for 2017. By the number of inhabitants, this city ranks third in the province of Alicante, second only to Alicante and Elche. However, the actual population of the city, according to various evaluation criteria, reaches up to 270 thousand people.
In Torrevieja, a huge number of foreigners live, among which there are most of all the British, Germans and Scandinavians. This comfortable city with a wonderful climate and excellent beaches was chosen by our many compatriots. Therefore, in Torrevieja there are not only shops and restaurants for Russians, but also Russian schools, radio, taxis.
The geographical location of Torrevieja provides a wonderful climate - without much heat in the summer and cold in winter - from the north and south the city is protected by foothills and mountains.
There are many salt lakes scattered around Torrevieja, the largest and most famous of which - Salinas de Torrevieja - are located in the city itself. Torrevieja owes these lakes its appearance and development - now it is one of the largest suppliers of table salt in Europe. In addition, not far from Torrevieja there are extensive citrus plantations, fruits from which go to the table not only by the Spaniards themselves, but also by many Europeans.
By the beginning of the 19th century, Torrevieja was an old watchtower and observation tower with several fishing houses around. The city received its name in honor of the 14th-century observation tower - “Torre vieja” means “Old Tower”. Unfortunately, that tower collapsed and did not reach us, the notorious earthquake of 1829 contributed to this. However, over the years, the residents of the city built a new tower as a historical symbol of their hometown. It is now called Torre del Morro, or Tower of the Moors.
For many centuries, starting from the time of Roman rule, salt was mined in this region and provided it with most of Europe. The history of the city of Torrevieja dates back to 1802, when King Carlos IV transferred the salt production headquarters from La Mata to Torrevieja, which was the impetus for the rapid growth and development of the city. There are legends that the famous trip of Christopher Columbus to America was funded by funds received from the sale of salt.
In 1820, Torrevieja separated from Orihuela and became an independent administrative unit, and in 1931, King Alfonso XIII of Torrevieja was granted city status.
In the second half of the 20th century, the tourism industry was actively developing in Torrevieja, and mass construction of tourist and residential real estate was in progress. The first people in Torrevieja were chosen by the English back in the mid-90s, and residents of other European countries also followed them. In the 2000s, Russians began to acquire residential real estate here in large quantities, and now in Torrevieja there is the largest Russian diaspora in Spain.
There is also a tragic moment in the history of Torrevieja - the devastating earthquake of 1829, after which the whole city had to be rebuilt. The result of this reconstruction we see now on the streets of Torrevieja.
A lot of tourists come to Torrevieja in season because of its wonderful climate, magnificent beaches, beautifully groomed streets and boulevards, as well as picturesque parks.
The unique geographical location of Torrevieja - on the one hand the sea, and on the other the salt lakes - contributes to the establishment of an ideal climate here, which is extremely beneficial for human health. World Health Organization WHO(WorldHealthOrganization) recognized Torrevieja and its surroundings as an ideal place to stay.
In Torrevieja, the record number of sunny days per year is 320, the climate here is very mild due to the lakes and mountain ranges enveloping the city from the south and north.
The average air temperature in the hottest season is in July-August + 25-26 degrees, the maximum - 36 degrees. The water temperature warms up to 28 degrees.
There is no sweltering heat and extreme cold, in winter the temperature rarely drops below 10 degrees in the afternoon.
Alicante Airport is 44 km from Torrevieja. From there, you can get to Torrevieja by Autocars CostaAzul bus. Departure every 1-2 hours, ticket price 4.5 euros. The schedule can be clarified on the website. By rented car or taxi (35-70 euros) can be reached in 40 minutes.
From Murcia Airport, which is 32 km from Torrevieja, it is more convenient to travel by car or taxi. A taxi ride will cost 40-60 euros.
The beaches of Torrevieja stretched for 25 km along the rugged coast. All beaches in Torrevieja are clean and well-maintained, with the status of a “blue flag”.
In the central part of the coast are the most popular beaches of Del Cura, Los Locos and Los Naufragos.
Del Cura (PlayadelCura) - A large sandy beach located in the historical center of the city, with a gentle entrance to the sea and a pleasant promenade for walks (Marineros Avenue). The length of the beach is 375 m, the width is 27 m. There is a rental of water and beach equipment, showers for legs, lifeguards, and other necessary infrastructure. The beach has malls, breakwaters made of stones, leaving the sea, which is convenient for fishing. Del Cura is also equipped with wooden flooring with convenient slopes for the disabled. On the picturesque promenade you can take a walk while admiring the palm trees and the sea, have lunch or dinner at a restaurant, buy souvenirs, treat yourself to sweets.
A little north is another fairly large city beach - Los Locos (PlayaDeLosLocos), with a length of 760 m. The beach is well equipped, has a comfortable entrance to the sea, so in the high season it is quite crowded. On the beach there is everything you need - lifeguard towers, showers for legs, sports and playgrounds, bars and cafes where you can eat. Along the beach runs the promenade, which has many restaurants and cafes.
In the northeastern part of Torrevieja, in a residential area near La Mata, there is a popular beach of the same name, stretching for almost 2 kilometers towards the neighboring Guardamar Del Segur. This is the largest beach in Torrevieja, its width is about 50 m. Throughout the beach La Mata (LaMata) covered with clean fine sand, which is leveled and cleaned every day. The sea has a gentle entrance, through the clear waters the sandy bottom is clearly visible. There are no breakwaters on this beach, so there are frequent waves. The beach has the status of a “blue flag” and, accordingly, is equipped with everything necessary: toilets, foot showers, beach cafes, first-aid posts and rescue towers, wooden flooring and sports grounds (including eight volleyball fields). There is practically no vegetation on the beach, so it is better to come here with your umbrellas or rent sun loungers and parasols directly on the beach. Along the beach, between the dunes, there is a long wooden promenade, and to the west of the beach there is a beautiful natural Park Molino Del Agua (ParquedelMolinodelAgua)in which on a hot day you can hide in the shade of coniferous trees and refresh yourself near cascading ponds.
In the southern part of the city there is another quite popular beach - Naufragos (Playa de los Naúfragos). Its length is 325 m and its width reaches 77 meters in the widest part. Clean fine sand is leveled and cleaned daily. There is all the beach infrastructure, children's play areas, a small promenade for walks is equipped along the beach, on which bicycle parking lots are installed. In the southern part, the beach becomes stony; fishermen have chosen these places.
Next to the beach of Naufragos, but closer to the city center is the beach Acequion (ElAcequión)surrounded by moorings for boats and yachts. The length of the beach is 900 m, the width is 25 m. There is all the necessary infrastructure. Adjacent to the beach is a small but beautiful and well-groomed green park - Parque Doña Sinforosa, where you can relax from the heat and have a good time with the whole family - the park has fountains, playgrounds, various birds, including ducks and geese, live.
Due to the rocky coast in Torrevieja, several beaches are located in small bays. For example, a rocky bay is located west of Los Locos Beach Cala del Palangre (CaladelPalangre). Here, a 50-meter beach consists of sand and stones, rocky rocks are found at the bottom of the sea. Right next to the beach is a motorway.
Near the southern border of La Mata beach there is a quiet bay with a sandy beach Cape Server (CaladeCaboCervera). This small beach, 50 m long, has convenient and easy access to the sea, and is also equipped with toilets and foot showers.
In the city center, from the seaport to Del Cura beach, the main promenade stretches along the coast - the embankment of Torrevieja. This embankment can be safely called a decoration of the city - it is beautiful, cozy, there are a large number of shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as wonderful sculptures and monuments. Among the latter, it is worth mentioning the monument to the Man of the Sea (Monumento al hombre del mar), the sculpture Beautiful Lola (Estatua de la Bella Lola), the monument to the cultures of the Mediterranean (Monumento a la sculturas del Mediterráneo).
The story of Beautiful Lola is interesting and sad at the same time: according to legend, having learned that her lover had died tragically at sea, Lola refused to believe it and sat on the shore for days and nights, peering into the distance, hoping to someday see the ship on which her betrothed set off in the sea.
In the area of the seaport, the embankment passes into Vistalegre Boulevard (Paseo Vistalegre), along which a large and spectacular sun awning is installed. On this boulevard there are two more interesting monuments - Habanera monument(MonumentoalasHabaneras) and monument to musicians of Torrevieja(MonumentoHomenajealosMúsicosTorrevejenses).
The seaport itself - Puerto de Torrevieja (Puerto de Torrevieja), filled with many ships and yachts, occupies a fairly vast area on the coast in the city center. Near the port, at 1440 meters, the famous Torrevieja Mall, a popular and picturesque place for walking among tourists and the local population, goes into the sea. It offers stunning views of the coast. And here there was a monument - the sculpture of the Wife of the Sailor (Monumento Homenaje a la Mujer del Marinero) is dedicated to all the wives of sailors and fishermen.
At the very end of the mall is the Torrevieja lighthouse (Faro Torrevieja), built in the 14th century.
The architectural sights of Torrevieja are represented by the already mentioned Old Tower, or Moor Tower(TorredelMoro) and Church of the Immaculate Conception (IglesiaArciprestaldelaInmaculadaConcepción). This church was built on the site of the previous 18th-century temple, destroyed by the earthquake of 1829. During its restoration, stones of the ancient watchtower were used.
The magnificent historic building of the Casino Torrevieja (El Casino de Torrevieja), located on Paseo Vistalegre, 14, was built in the late 19th century. Both the facade and interior design are shocking and literally enthrall with their luxurious decoration. Now inside this center of the cultural community is a restaurant where you can taste traditional dishes and drinks, without forgetting to admire the chic interiors.
But perhaps the main attraction and the most beautiful place in Torrevieja are the famous salt lakes Salinas de Torrevieja and Salada de la Mata - pink and emerald. The pink color of the water of the first lake against the background of white because of the salt of the coast creates unusual species, and the salt water itself has healing properties. The concentration of salt in the lake is so high that water simply pushes the body to the surface, like a float.
1. Park de las Naciones
One of Torrevieja's main city attractions is the Park of Nations or the Parque de las Naciones. The beautiful park is located in the city center, 1 km from Constitution Square in the old city. The total area of the park is 20,000 square meters, a large lake occupies a large territory, in which ducks and swans swim. The park is dedicated to the nations of Europe, you can see the flags of different countries here, and the shape of the lake is made according to the silhouette of the European continent.
Parc de las Naciones is suitable for walks for both adults and families with children. Lush vibrant vegetation, picturesque green areas, beautiful fountains and ponds - there is everything for lovers of nature recreation. For children there is a high-quality playground with trains, swings and slides.
2. Torre del Morro
The Torre del Morro Tower is, without exaggeration, the true symbol of the city. As you already know, the name of the city translates as “The Old Tower”, so not taking pictures in Torrevieja near the stone tower will be just a tourist crime. The observation tower in the city was of practical importance. Its main function was to control the coast: at that time invasions from the sea from pirates and Berbers were frequent.
However, the tower, which you will see before your own eyes, has practically no historical value. Torre del Morro has undergone numerous reconstructions and changes and is already very far from the original design. Near the tower there is a small pretty square with original landscape solutions. It also offers sea views, but you cannot climb to the top of the tower for a good panorama.
3. The Natural Park of Laguna La Mata and Torrevieja
But Torrevieja's most famous landmark is the Laguna La Mata and Torrevieja Nature Reserve (Lagunas de La Mata y Torrevieja). Its area is 3800 hectares, but the main feature of the park are two very unusual and unrealistic in beauty salt lagoons: Torrevieja and La Mata. Laguna La Mata has a green tint, which is explained by a high salt content. The lagoon of Torrevieja has a rich pink color, which is explained by the characteristics of flora and fauna.
Due to the habitat of rare species of birds, the park is a protected reserve and has the status of a national park. There are many up to 100 species, including flamingos, hoopoes, storks. There are special observation points for bird watching in the park. This is a great place where you can have a great time and here are gorgeous landscape photos. In the park there are several there are several options for walking routes, both hiking and cycling.
4. Waterpark "Aquopolis"
The water park "Aquopolis" (El parque acuático Aquopolis) is located on the outskirts of the city and is one of the most popular attractions in the field of entertainment Torrevieja. Here are 15 different water attractions for children and adults, ranging from steep hills and ending with calm wave descents. It’s especially worth trying the famous Kamikaze attraction, which is a long, closed pipe where your body flies down at a tremendous speed.
The water park is also suitable for young children: a children's pool with water and mini-games has been specially built here. In addition, an animation team works in the park, which entertains the public with songs, dances and games. The ticket price for Aquopolis for an adult is 22.40 euros, for a child 17.30 euros, for children under 0.90 m admission is free. Open from May to September.
5. Constitution Square
Constitution Square (Plaza de la Consitutión) is an open, small square in the center of the old town of Torrevieja. This is a nice comfortable place where you can relax from the tiring walks along the city streets. The area is surrounded by palm trees and green trees, and shops, cafes and bars located nearby are responsible for the trade component. Although the Constitution Square is not the main attraction of Torrevieja, it will be very pleasant to sit here in a cool place near the fountain.
Please note that every year in December on the Constitution Square opposite the Town Hall, a very special exhibition opens - the Bethlehem in miniature (Belén municipal), which consists of 900 figures and covers an area of 220 square meters. m. Bethlehem - a sacred city for Christians, where, according to the Gospel, Jesus Christ was born. Around Bethlehem in miniature on the Constitution Square is a Christmas market.
6. Church of the Immaculate Conception
However, the main attraction of Torrevieja on Constitution Square is the Church of the Immaculate Conception (Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción). The architecture of the temple is a neoclassical facade and two symmetrical chapels topped with classic pyramidal figures. The Church of the Immaculate Conception is considered the most visited in the city.
The temple was built in 1789, but 40 years later it was destroyed during the strongest earthquake in Torrevieja. It is curious that during the reconstruction of the church stones from the old tower of Torre Vieja were used. Inside the temple you can see the statue of St. Purisim - the patron saint of the city, which was created in 1940.
7. Museum of the sea and salt
Since Torrevieja is the largest salt production center in Europe, you simply cannot do without a museum. The Museum of the Sea and Salt (Museo del Mar y de la Sal) was opened in 1995. The following expositions are presented in it: underwater archeology, salt mining, handicrafts, coastal navigation, sailing, Spanish armada, museum workshop. This is an ethnological museum, therefore it will not be interesting to everyone, although from the point of view of studying the craft of the city it is quite useful. The entrance is free.
8. Doña Sinforosa Park
Parque Doña Sinforosa Park is a small beautiful park with a wide variety of tropical plants, which is an ideal place for walking on a beautiful sunny day. Or even a romantic evening, when the park is lit by beautiful street lamps. There is a fountain in the center of the park, and there is also a small stage where local musicians sometimes gather. There is also a children's playground, so you can take a walk here with the children. Near the park is the beach of Asekion.
9. Monument to musicians
As you have already noticed, the city is famous for its symbolic monuments and sculptures. We draw your attention to another similar attraction of Torrevieja near the promenade - a monument to musicians (Monumento a los Musicos). The sculptural composition is five life-size bronze figures of musicians: a saxophonist, drummer, trumpeter, a girl with a flute that stand around the conductor. The sculptures do not have historical value, this place is curious only in terms of the ability to take some interesting photographs.
10. Cultural center
Walking along the promenade and in particular along the Libertad alley, pay attention to the building of the cultural center (La Sociedad Cultural Casino), which was built in 1882. There was a casino here, and the richness of the interiors remained even after a century: rooms with coffered ceilings, art paintings, openwork arches, decorations in the Mozarabic style. Outside, the center attracts attention with its refined architecture and carved facade. This is one of the few attractions of Torrevieja with a rich long history.
There is a cafe in the building, so tourists can combine a visit to a historical place and dinner. The former casino also has a library, a games room for relaxation, a billiard room. Numerous picturesque exhibitions and cultural events are held here throughout the year.
11. Marina Levante
Walking along the picturesque Libertad alley, you can approach close to the seaport and to one of the most visited sights of Torrevieja - Levante Marina (El Paseo del Dique de Levante). This small marina was created as protection against storms, but then the structure was abandoned and was empty for a long time. At the beginning of the century, the territory was ennobled, and now the place is ideal for walking.
The pier extends for almost 1.5 km, chic natural landscapes and fresh sea air attracts not only tourists, but also local residents for walking. The marina is also a great place to watch sea sunset. You are guaranteed to take beautiful panoramic photos! During the walk, pay attention to the monument to the wife of the sailor (El Monumento Homenaje a la Mujer del Marinero), which is a real symbol of the city.
12. Museum in the submarine S-61
Even if you don’t like visiting museums, do not rush to page further. The museum in the submarine S-61 (Museo flotante submarino S-61 Delfín) is not just a collection of exhibits, but a real Daphne class submarine! The museum provides an opportunity for everyone to see the conditions in which submariners work. Narrow corridors, steep stairs, small cabins and twilight: the atmosphere of the museum perfectly reflects the difficult service of military sailors. You can go through all the compartments of the boat and look into the cabins of the submariners.
The museum also includes an inspection of the coast guard boat. The cost of visiting this attraction of Torrevieja is 2 euros. If you arrive at rush hour, then there may be a queue in the museum, since they launch into it in groups. Inspecting the museum will take you a maximum of 30 minutes, it is located next to the marina of Levante. Please note that children under 115 cm will not be allowed into the museum.
13. Embankment of Paseo Maritimo
From the museum you can immediately walk to another attraction of Torrevieja - the oldest city promenade (Paseo marítimo Juan Aparicio). The seafront is located on the cliffs of the coast of Torrevieja, its history can be traced from the beginning of the last century. In 1999, the street was reconstructed and made completely pedestrian. This place is perfect for romantic walks at any time of the day. There are large wooden benches where you can relax and enjoy the sea air.
Two interesting statues were erected on the promenade, which are worth paying attention to. The first of these is the Man of the Sea (Hombre Del Mar), a statue was created by a Catalan master in 1975. Nearby on one of the benches you can see the statue of the beautiful Lola (La bella Lola), who looks longingly at the water and waits for the return of her navigator.
14. Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
The Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (La Iglesia del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús) was erected on the site of an old chapel built in 1922 and demolished in 1976. The modern church was opened in 2009 by the architect Adolf Rodriguez Lopez. The church consists of one nave 16 meters wide and 19 meters high with several chapels and service rooms on both sides of the main structure of the space. The capacity of the temple is 1000 people and is one of the most important Catholic attractions of Torrevieja.
15. Waterpark "Flamingo"
Another option for water fun in Torrevieja is the Flamingo Water Park (Parque acuático Aquapark Flamingo). The park is small and compared with Aquopolis does not have such a variety of water slides, so this attraction of Torrevieja is more suitable as entertainment for children. The cost of a ticket to Flamingo for an adult is 13.20, for a child 11.00 euros, for children under 4 years old admission is free.
16. Aromatico Park
Parque Aromatico was created by the famous Catalan architect Carmen Pinos as an environmental project to revive the environment and the avant-garde landscape. It covers an area of 70,000 sq.m. and is a great place for walking in nature. Do not be surprised if in the park you feel a variety of flavors that remind you of kitchen spices. One of the features of this park is that it is full of various types of fragrant plants, such as thyme, rosemary, orange blossom, basil, lavender, etc. Relax and take a deep breath, because you just discovered the new charm of Torrevieja.
17. Park Molina de Agua
Another magnificent natural attraction of Torrevie is located near the main beach of La Mata. The Park of Molina de Agua (Parque del Molino del Agua en Torrelamata) is simply designed for walking away from the bustle of the city among the dunes and trees, breathing in full fresh pine air. Many trails pass through the entire park, including those leading directly to the sea. In the dark, the paths in the park are lit by lanterns, so you can take a walk here in the evening.
But the main feature of the park is the original artificial river, made in the form of a beautiful water cascade lasting 500 meters. The river ends with a pretty pond with a fountain. The total area of the park is 17 hectares. There are also small places for relaxation and a picnic.
Torrevieja Attractions: A Selection of Beaches
However, most tourists come to Torrevieja, of course, not for the sake of natural beauties, but because of the delightful coast of the Costa Blanca. Torrevieja is an ideal resort city, here it is one of the highest in Europe the number of sunny days per year (320 days), so the holiday season here calms down only in winter.
Torrevieja has several beautiful beaches where you can enjoy the soft yellow sand and clear sea. We offer you a rating of the beaches of Torrevieja, they are located according to the popularity and positive reviews from tourists:
- La mata beach - The longest and most beautiful beach in Torrevieja, located about 5 km from the city center. It has been repeatedly marked as the cleanest and safest city beach and confidently occupies the leading line of the beaches of Torrevieja.
- Playa punta prima - a small equipped beach in the southern part of Torrevieja. The beach is clean and pretty, but the location is not the most convenient. The popular Nautilus Restaurant is nearby.
- Playa del cura - A beach in the city center near the promenade of Paseo Maritimo. In season, this beach is very crowded. Nearby are a variety of shops and cafes.
- Playa de los locos - a small sand and pebble beach, located near Playa del Cura. Clean and less crowded, but also to get to it longer in time from the center.
- Playa del acece - A small but spacious city beach located south of the Levante marina. Fully furnished, well maintained and clean.
- Playa de los naufragos - Another beach near the center, next to Playa Del Acequion. Conveniently located, but dirty and not very picturesque.
- Las salinas - A salty lagoon of a pink hue, which is definitely worth a visit not only for beautiful photos, but also for useful and rejuvenating water procedures.
Map of Torrevieja Attractions
We also offer you a ready-made map of the attractions of Torrevieja. Be sure to keep it to yourself, so as not to miss any important place in this wonderful resort town. The map shows all the attractions of Torrevieja, including beaches. To save, click on the “star” next to the name of the map or click on the “share” button (the triangle in the upper right corner).
Torrevieja is a resort on the Costa Blanca in the province of Alicante. It is successfully located between two lagoons - pink (Salinas de Torrevieja) and malachite (Salada de la Mata). The microclimate that these lakes create is called one of the most beneficial for humans in all of Europe.
The city is nicknamed the "capital of the Russian-speaking diaspora" for the huge number of immigrants from the former CIS living here. Here is inexpensive housing that anyone can buy by selling even a 1-room apartment in Russia.
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Torrevieja is a spectacular resort town with ideal beaches, modern infrastructure and a sunny climate. Salt lakes contain healing mud, and the conservation area itself is a haven for beautiful flamingos. Huge salt reserves are the basis of the local budget - Torrevieja is the salt leader of Spain.
The city has many memorabilia, especially interesting sculptural compositions and interesting museums. There is also a water park, entertainment centers, yacht clubs, golf courses and much more. In the middle of summer, “Habaners” are held here - vibrant music festivals with a Cuban touch.
How to get to Torrevieja
Torrevieja is located near the El Athlet International Airport in Alicante (40 km), where direct flights from Russia land. Buses go to Torrevieja from the airport in Alicante - the journey takes 50 minutes, the cost is about 6-7 €. Tickets can be purchased directly from the driver.
The second airport near Torrevieja is San Javier in Murcia.
From Madrid or Valencia can be reached by bus (ALSA) - the journey takes about 4-6 hours, cost from 27 €. It’s inconvenient to get to Torrevieja by train, since there is no train station in the city and trains go to Alicante.
When to go
The climate of Torrevieja is characterized by hot summers and mild winters. In summer, the temperature reaches + 31 ° C, there is no place to drop an apple on the beaches, hotel prices are high, restaurants are crowded and there is not always a free table. In mid-July, a vivid and memorable event takes place - the Habaneras Vocal Festival.
The holiday season begins in May and ends in October. In May, the air temperature is + 23.7 ° C, but the water is still cool, so the weather is suitable only for walking and shopping. September is the pearl of the season with daytime air temperature + 28 ° C, warm water + 25 ° C and an increasingly thinning number of tourists. It is still warm in October, but the water temperature drops (+ 22 ° C) along with housing prices.
The name Torrevieja is translated from Spanish as “old tower”, which is quite true, because in the early 19th century the whole city consisted of one watchtower and a handful of houses. The ancient tower, as well as the only church were destroyed by an earthquake in 1829. Residents with their own forces and means rebuilt the symbol of the city - the tower of Torre del Moro.
In the mid-19th century, salt mining made a breakthrough in the development of the city, transforming it into a port, from where salt and agricultural products were exported. Excellent climate, sea and magnificent beaches have created all the conditions for the acceptance of tourists. However, one of the foundations of the city was and remains the extraction and sale of salt.
The city's attractions
The ancient tower of Torre del Moro in fact, a remake - enthusiastic townspeople erected it on the site of the destroyed tower of the 14th century. This is a great place for a photo shoot with a magnificent square.
Lagoon Salinas de Torrevieja - one of the largest salt lakes in Europe. Studies have shown that the water and mud of this pond practically do not differ from the Dead Sea. Even the local air carries healing to the lungs, and pink pre-sunset waters heal the soul, giving unique emotions.
Photo: Laguna Salinas de Torrevieja
Church of the Immaculate Conception (Iglesia Arciprestal de la Inmaculada Concepcion) - an 18th-century temple in the neoclassical style with beautiful interior decoration. The church was completely destroyed in 1829 as a result of a powerful earthquake and rebuilt again in 1844. Inside is a statue of the heavenly patroness of Torrevieja, Our Lady of Purism Concepcion, who miraculously survived an earthquake and even a fire.
International Concert Hall (Auditorio Internacional de Musica) - Amazes the imagination with its scale and futuristic design, reminiscent of the Philharmonic in Berlin. There are magnificent acoustics and two halls - chamber and symphony.
Photo: Map of the water park "Aquapolis"
Aquapolis (Aquopolis) - This is a small water park right in the midst of nature among palm trees. The area for children is very well equipped, but be prepared for queues for adult rides. You can sit on sunbeds or directly on the grass, fas food.
Park Watermill (Parque del Molino del Agua) - a huge reserve on 17 hectares with a forest of rare pine Pignon and dunes. For a comfortable walk through the territory, paths along the water channel with mini-waterfalls and bridges are equipped. Walking in the park you can come across a unique sight - pink flamingos and other birds that live here.
Photo: Watermill Park
City embankment - This is a favorite place for a promenade among citizens and tourists. It is simply crowded with busy objects - monuments and sculptures.Among them there is a monument to the Mediterranean culture, Musicians, choral singing of "habaner", Bella Lola and Fisherman’s wife, with whom I want to take a photo.
Museum of the Sea and Salt (Museo del Mar y del Sal) next to the turofis is a very interesting place with models of ships and everything related to navigation. Some exhibits are made directly from salt - these are beautiful ships and buildings. Free admission.
Photo: Museum of the Sea and Salt
Salt Industry Presentation Center (Centro de Interpretacion de la Industria Salinera) will allow you to immerse yourself in the world of salt production from the time of its inception.
In Torrevieja there are three decommissioned vessels, which now can be called museums on the water:
- Submarine El Dolphin,
- Customs patrol ship Albatross III,
- Schooner Pascal Flores, a salt trader.
Habanera Museum “Ricardo Lafuente” tells all about the choral singing of "habaner", as well as the founder of the festival "habanerus", in whose honor the museum is named.
Photo: Habanera Museum “Ricardo Lafuente”
Museum of Natural History (Museo de Historia Natural) It is dedicated to representatives of flora and fauna from shells to the huge skeletons of cetaceans found near the coast.
Museum of Semanta Santa (Museo de la Semana Santa) - This is a collection of all belonging to a religious procession on Holy Week. A great opportunity to see sculptures and other attributes while in the city outside of the Easter holidays.
You can also visit the Nativity Scene and Typography Museum.
All city beaches have “blue flags”, among them there are ideal sandy beaches and rocky coves for diving.
The best beaches of Torrevieja:
- El Kura (Playa del Cura) - a small central beach with golden sand. Always crowded
- Los Locos (Playa De Los Locos) - an excellent sandy beach with calm water,
- La Mata (Playa de la Mata) - a long (2.5 km) beach on the outskirts of the city. A pleasant promenade is equipped, a lot of cafes.
To make a pleasant shopping trip with a gathering in a cafe, go to Paseo Maritimo. There are many shops where you can buy leather accessories, glasses and branded items, as well as replicas of famous TM. Be sure to visit the store Salvador Artesano is a local brand shoe store.
Photo: Salvador Artesano Brand Store
You can skimp on markets in the open air - next to the bus station (on Fridays), in the center (on Wednesdays), as well as on Paseo Maritimo (in the evenings). Here you can buy cheeses, jamon, wine and even clothes, shoes and accessories at very nice prices.
For souvenirs it is better to go to the store Serge Creaciones.
If you were planning a thorough shopping, then go to the Habaneras shopping center (parking is free) and the huge Zenia Boulevard shopping center a few km from Torrevieja. In the latter, the Primark store, popular in Europe, is of particular interest. In the near Alicante the famous shopping center works El corte ingles.
- Clothing and shoes of Spanish brands,
- Replicas of clothes and shoes Dior and other brands,
- Leather bags, purses, belts made in Spain,
- Sweet wine "Fondillon de Alicante."
Things to do
5 cases in Torrevieja:
- Find out the bliss on one on the golden beach of La Mata,
- Find a flamingo flock walking in the Watermill Park,
- Spend a fun day with the kids in Aquapolis,
- From head to toe, smear ourselves with mud from the pink lake of Salinas,
- Find all the sculptures of Torrevieja for a photo report,
- To sing incendiary Habanera at the summer festival,
- Hang in Bodegon Riojano bodega, tasting wine and jamon,
- See what a real serving of paella is at the Chez Danne Bar & Restaurant,
- Take an exciting shopping experience on a Friday bazaar,
- Visit all the possible museums of Torrevieja.
What and where to eat
Torrevieja's most popular dish is arroz caldero, which is rice with fish, seafood, garlic and tomatoes. You should also try de-potter squid, pickled anchovies, octopus and grilled cuttlefish.
Chez danne bar restaurante - One of the best places with incredibly large portions and affordable prices. The paella with a variety of seafood and sangria is especially good.
A restaurant El gaucho vasco in La Mata will please meat lovers. Grilled meat platter, beer and potatoes will satisfy any hunger, and prices will not drain the wallet.
Bodegon riojano - A traditional bodega with a huge selection of wine, tapas, jamon, cheese and sausages. The prices are pleasant, as well as the service. The facility is located near the port.
Great ice cream to eat in the ice cream maker Helado GU GU, what's next to the port.
Memo for vacationers: attractions of the Costa Blanca, Torrevieja and the surrounding area
So, you have chosen as a place to relax Torrevieja or one of the nearby cities of the Costa Blanca. Let's try to dilute the beach vacation and determine where you can go for adventures and emotions:
1. Lakes Salinas de Torrevieja and Salad deeds Mata. In addition to the fantastic color, water, as well as mud, have healing properties. They are the habitat of many birds,
2. Torrevieja National Park. There are fountains, ponds, playgrounds and even a house. Ideal for relaxing with toddlers,
3. The Church of the Immaculate Conception (Iglesia de La Inmaculada Concepcion). Decorated with sculptural compositions. During the Christmas season and Easter, ceremonies are held there,
4. Submarine Museum "Dolphin", Which presents the real working conditions of sailors,
5. Waterpark "Aquopolis". Slides, pools, playgrounds. More suitable for families with young children,
6. Theatre. A place of immersion in the local culture, but the performances are staged by visiting artists,
8. Recreation center Ozone. A place of relaxation for the whole family: bowling, casinos, cinemas, restaurants,
9. Karting center for children and adults: car races, spectacular shows and adrenaline,
In addition to Torrevieja, a lot of interesting things can be found in its vicinity:
1. Cave of a candelabra (Busot). The amazing natural museum of stalactites and stalagmites,
2. Safari park (Mount Aytana near the city of Alcoy). Allows you to get acquainted with the life of various animals in vivo. Some can even be stroked and fed,
3. Guadalest (province of Alicante). A true ancient city-museum dated to the 11th century. In addition to visiting the fortress, you can have a good time walking around the lake located here or visiting one of the local restaurants,
4. Gandia (province of Valencia). Here guests are waiting for holidays, fireworks, numerous shops of local artisans, where you can buy unusual souvenirs for yourself and your family, and luxurious cuisine,
5. Wallahoyosa (Alicante). A real city of joy. It is famous for ancient monuments of architecture. Young tourists will undoubtedly be pleased with the opportunity to enjoy chocolate, the production of which is one of the main areas of the economy,
6. La manga (Murcia) - a sand spit ideal for an unforgettable beach holiday,
7. Cabo Roig(Alicante). Here the guests are waiting for the clear sea, the sun and the opportunity to admire the famous Watchtower,
8. Guardamar del Segura (Alicante). Wonderful white beaches, cozy bays and fantastic beauty of the sunsets are waiting for you here,
9. Dénia (Alicante). Beach vacations can be alternated with a tour of ancient and modern structures. The latter, by the way, also includes the monument to Climate,
10. Valencia or city of holidays. Mountains, the sea, horseback riding, cycling, spearfishing, bars, clubs, cafes, restaurants - the list of local attractions can be continued endlessly,
11. Murcia. A real fruit paradise. In addition to a beach holiday, you can have a good time getting acquainted with ancient fortresses, palaces and cathedrals,
12. Center Thalassia (Mar Menor). Recreation, entertainment, spa treatments, sauna, massage, mud therapy, oriental medicine - this is just a small list of services provided here,
13. Althea - the city of white beaches. Cathedral La Virgen de la Consuelo - its main attraction. But this city is more the focus of the cultural life of Spain than a beach holiday. Therefore, here you can buy stunning handicrafts of local craftsmen and artisans,
14. Calpe - The land of the sea and the realm of gulls. It is famous for its exotic park and serpentine, after passing which stunningly beautiful views appear to the daredevils,
15. Parks Benidorm: - Aqualandia. One of the largest in the world. A real paradise for children: pools, various slides, delicious food and lots of souvenirs, - Mundomar. Grottoes, waterfalls, fur seals shows and the ability to feed animals and birds - Botanical Garden "Algar Cacti". An opportunity to admire various types of cacti and other tropical plants, - Algar Waterfalls - the realm of crystal spray of water,
16. The natural park of Cazorla (Andalusia). Rich flora and fauna, including rare species,
17. The ancient settlement is the city of Ronda (Andalusia). It is called the soul of Andalusia. You are waiting for palaces, churches, churches, museums, the bullring and more,
18. Architectural monuments Cartagena - ancient palaces, amphitheaters, museums, arenas,
19. Palm groves (Elche) - tens of thousands of magnificent trees,
20. Fortress of Santa Barbara, Cathedral of St. St. Nicholas and the Church of St. Mary etc. (Alicante). These are the main attractions of the Costa Blanca and the surrounding areas that you can visit while relaxing in Torrevieja. It remains only to choose what you like and go on an adventure!