Things to do and places to see in Torrevieja
Bordered by a trinity of natural beauties – the Mediterranean Sea and two salt lakes, one pink and one green - the salt mining city of Torrevieja boasts a host of attractions. It has a variety of museums and waterparks on offer, together with a vibrant nightlife.
Situated between the mountains and the sea, it experiences hot summers, with welcoming sea breezes. The months of July and August reach average daily temperatures of around 30°C. If you’re looking for a cooler, slightly quieter holiday, June and September are ideal times to visit.
Torrevieja La Mata Natural Park
This is a protected natural park where you can find the biggest and oldest salt lakes in Europe.
Licences to harvest the salt were granted by Royalty in the 13th century and nowadays the salt is sent to Northern Europe, for use during their winter months.
As the pink lake is still a working salt lake, towards the north you are able to see the huge salt piles.
You can stroll through the park on its sandy paths, through various marked out routes.
The pink salt lake has the most amazing, far stretching views and the unusual colour is caused by the same pigments of bacteria found in the Dead Sea.
During breeding season, bird lovers and photographers are treated to the majestic sight of flamingos, along with all kinds of aquatic and marine birds such as ospreys terns and gulls.
Both lakes are also homelands for all types animals, including foxes, toads and lizards and if you’re lucky enough, you can see the beautiful dragonflies and a variety of different coloured insects pass on by.
During Spring, wild flowers provide a splash of colour alongside the pathways.
There are picnic areas where you can eat under the pine trees, which give you wonderful views of the lakes.
The Salt and Sea Museum
Here you can view delightful model boats which are created out of salt and string. The salt sticks to the string, enabling beautiful shapes to be created and this type of craftsmanship is particular to Torrevieja.
This small but interesting museum is located in the centre of Torrevieja and is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 am, it's a real treat and entrance is Free.
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La Mata Village
This is a small, unspoilt village, with a relaxed environment.
The concentration of salt, combined with the temperature, provide the area with a healthy environment which is highly recommended by doctors.
There are fields of grapes from which a sweet dessert wine is produced and a visit to La Matas bodega is well worth while to sample its unique flavours.
Every Wednesday, the street market takes place, where you can find all sorts of goods on sale. Watch out for the ‘pea' or ‘potato’ men who will ask you to bet cash on which potato you think the pea is under.
Pura Aventura, Spain
A multiadventure park, Pura Aventura is for those who want to try all kinds of new experiences which include scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking, paragliding, jet skiing and paragliding.
The open water diver PADI course is available for those who’d like to become a certified scuba diver.
Diving into the clear waters will open you up to a different world of all types of fish and coral and you may even be fortunate enough to see a seahorse.
Torrevieja is one of the most popular places to enjoy nightlife in Spain. There is a huge variety of bars and restaurants available. Sip a cocktail at the 222 Tropic Garden down on the beach or sample one of the local ales being served at the C Breeze Lounge, located right behind the Playa del Cura.
There are a host of nightclubs to visit along with venues which offer live music.
La Zenia Boulevard shopping centre is the largest and most popular in Torrevieja.
You can find good clothes shopping and stores include Zara, C&A and Primark. There are a variety of other stores such as home decoration, electronics, toys and gifts.
A range of restaurants and bars are available to choose from plus there are numerous live events and shows held throughout the year in the main central plaza area.
If you’re looking for fun, head to the bowling centre or visit the casino, which puts on big shows during holiday season.
Walking distance to the sea, it offers many restaurants and cafe bars and a good selection of small shops. Products are well priced and you can find your souvenirs for home. Mercadona is right next door.
Habaneras Shopping Centre
A compact mall which is easy to navigate and offers a relaxed shopping experience.
There are a good selection of outlets and if you’re after a handbag, watch, or shoes, then this is a the place to visit. There is also a Carrefour nearby.
There are plenty of festivals and fiestas held in Torrevieja. A huge beach party takes place on 23rd June for San Juan where you can witness a spectacular parade of giants and watch a sea shanty singing competition.
February is Carnival time, the Easter parades in April are always well worth visiting. One of the main events of the year is the Torreviaje Feria held in May and dont forget the Virgen del Carmen.
San Emigdio is the Co-patron saint of Torrevieja and the Protector Saint Against Earthquakes.A host of events are held around town during the first week of August.
Torrevieja boasts several stunning beaches, all of which are kept immaculately clean and most are suitable for families .
La Mata Beach
A vast, beautiful sandy beach with a promenade to meander along. There are plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from and lots of small shops to browse in.
The nearby Molino Aqua Park is worth a visit with lots of pine trees, sand dunes and shady areas to relax in.
Playa de Zenia
A clean, sandy beach with a coastal path to follow for walkers. It is a quieter beach which is family oriented and has a beach bar and restaurant situated on the front.
Playa de los Naufragos (The Shipwrecked Beach)
A great beach which is perfect for children as there is a large area of palm trees for shade. There is also a small waterpark for youngsters to enjoy.
A beautiful beach, with crystal clear waters and a cool sea breeze to enjoy. It’s also a great place to sit and read or people watch.
Playa del Cura
A sunny, sandy beach with plenty of shade. The sea is clear, with few waves, which makes it ideal for swimming. It offers great beachfront restaurants and bars.
Located a few minutes walk north of Playa Zenia, Cala Mosca is a small quiet cove perfect for sun bathing and swimming. There is plenty of parking nearby and the area has some great walks. And for a delicious lunch try the Surfers Bar & Grill located right on the beachfront ovelooking the Plaza Cala de la Mosca.
5 Interesting facts about Alicante
- Torrevieja was originally a salt-mining and fishing village as it is located between the sea and two large salt lakes
- One of the salt lakes is green and the other is pink!
- Torrevieja became famous in 1802 when it ook over the salt administration from Orihuela.
- The harbour is home to over 1000 leisure craft and around 300 fishing boats.
- The combination of salt and the weather provides Torrevieja with a healthy micro-climate.
Popular Tapas Bars in Torrevieja
El Patio Chico
Located in central Torrevieja, Calle Pedro Lorca 3, just a minutes walk from the promenade. Serves a good mixture of authentic tapas and a few international dishes. They also offer a good weekly menu:
Bar Taperia Los Zamoranos
Located in the Paseo Libertad N 5. Serves an excellent variety of fish and seafood tapas, international dishes and a delightful tasting menu.
Located on Calle Ulpiano 16, this very popuar Spanish eatery offers a varied selection of Spanish dishes and a suprise menu for under 13€.
For a real taste of Spain the Patio Andaluz has been serving superb quality rice and paella dishes since 1972. Set within a charming rustic Andalucian style property you will be treated to a large selection of grilled and barbequed meats, tapas,typical Spanish paellas, oven-cooked pizzas and a variety of delicious desserts. Located on the Carretera Alicante-cartagena, KM 5 - Torrevieja.
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Recommended hotels and places to stay in Alicante
Hotel Dña Monse is a 4 start hotel located a 5 minute drive from the beaches and central torrevieja. Very modern with spacious clean rooms and high quality furnishings.
Reviewer Rating: 8.9
The Hostal Gran Via Levante is a popular choice in Torrevieja when it comes to budget accommodation. The hostal enjoys a great location close to lost of tapas bars, restaurants and shops and just a 10 minute walk to a number of beaches.
Reviewer Rating: 8.2