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The Torrevieja area guide

Sights and attractions

It may be well-known for its lively nightlife and inviting beaches, but Torrevieja is a charming destination year round, offering a slow-paced way of life and unique natural attractions. Nestled along the Costa Blanca coastline, not too far from Murcia, the city was founded in the 18th century and is named after its watchtowers, which provide solid positions for gazing out at the sea. In fact, the city’s name means ‘old tower’ and hearkens back to its fishing heritage.

Two colourful salt lakes surround Torrevieja, one pink and one emerald in hue. These provide the city with a pleasant microclimate and are an important part of its salt mining industry, which persists to this day. Yet, tourism is the number one industry in Torrevieja, with many visitors choosing to purchase attractive holiday homes here. A multicultural influence can, therefore, be seen in the city’s bars, restaurants and quirky shops.

There’s a bevy of attractions in and around sunny Torrevieja, both natural and manmade. You can explore Torrevieja’s history and culture by visiting museums like the Museum of Sea and Salt while The Floating Museums also provide a fascinating look at its past. It’s hard to beat the sweeping panoramic views that you’ll enjoy from a climb up Torre del Moro, which is an old watchtower. Horseback riding is also a popular pastime, and you can take in all of the culture and drama of the Spanish riding tradition from the audience by attending a flamenco and horse show at the Vila Rada riding centre.

Get outdoors and feel your adrenaline surge by jet-skiing, sailing and snorkelling, or simply relax on the sandy beaches. There are six to choose from in the area, with Playa del Cura being Torrevieja’s main urban beach. On top of this, the salt lakes, as mentioned above, provide the chance to see something different, particularly the pink-coloured Laguna Salada de Torrevieja.

Restaurants and cafes

Freshly caught seafood is a specialty in Torrevieja and you’ll find a plethora of restaurants and cafes with a superb view. A large concentration can be found near Playa del Cura. One of the best is El Tintero, which is mainly built over the water to allow for splendid sea views.

Mundo Pequeño on Calle Marcelina is another popular option, particularly with the expat crowd. It offers an extensive menu of international dishes as well as traditional Spanish tapas and is centrally located, being near the main town square. You’ll also find a number of international restaurants and cafes in this area, as well as pubs, tapas bars and ice cream kiosks.

Shops

Shoppers are truly spoilt for choice in Torrevieja, which is home to an estimated 2,500 retail outlets, ranging from the traditional to the modern. For a contemporary shopping experience, visit Habaneras Shopping Centre. You can also find rows of traditional market stalls and boutiques along the pedestrian walkways near the waterfront, shops are typically open between Monday and Saturday.

The city centre hosts a famous street market on Fridays, with over 1200 stalls spilling out from the main plaza. Get an early start to find unique jewellery, clothing, crafts, and local produce in one of Europe’s largest markets.

Travel

Positioned between the major tourist hubs of Murcia and Alicante (which are both home to international airports), along the Costa Blanca, Torrevieja offers numerous transport links.

The N-332 and A-37 motorways run between Alicante and Cartagena, providing access to the city. Numerous bus companies operate services in Torrevieja, including Vega Bus, Continental Auto and La Inmaculada, and Costa Azul runs local services within the city.

The nearest rail services are located in Murcia and Alicante, providing RENFE train services to further destinations throughout Spain. Within Torrevieja itself, it’s fairly easy to navigate the city on foot due to its compact nature, although taxis are always plentiful as well.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.


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