A beautiful city in the ever-popular Alicante province of Spain, Torrevieja is a paradise for those seeking sun, sea and sand. Although the town’s history is relatively brief, it’s a beautiful spot well regarded for its perfect microclimate and idyllic coastline. Translated into English Torrevieja means ‘old tower’ and since 1802 the town has grown into a lively and picturesque part of the Costa Blanca tourism scene. The town has its own museum that celebrates the area’s fishing and salt-mining past, and inland explorers can take in the pink and green coloured salt lakes in the Lagunas de la Mata-Torrevieja Nature Park.
The bustling beach is a golden-sanded dream with a beautiful backdrop onto the main promenade of the town, while the harbour is home to a superb selection of dining spots and bars. If you’re feeling in the mood to get the legs moving you can also take a leisurely stroll up the hill to enjoy the old tower itself in pretty gardens and with majestic sea views to savour.
Torrevieja’s microclimate gives it sun and warm temperatures for most of the year, and bathing in the lakes or natural mud baths is not only a highly soothing experience for the mind but reportedly also very good for your skin and joints. When you’re feeling invigorated afterwards why not head to the town for a stroll along the tastefully lit promenade? This amazing area is teeming with lively bars and great times!
Under and hour’s bus ride from Torrevieja, a day trip to Alicante offers a refreshing break from the beaches of Torrevieja. Alicante is really very popular, due to its proximity to the airports. An abundance of holiday resorts keeps this destination buzzing throughout the year. Step off the bus from Torrevieja and you’ll be welcomed by an attractive, sassy city that cries out to be explored. Think colourful restaurants, noisy bars, and enthusiastic locals spilling out onto the streets, and you’ve got Alicante.
For something slightly different, head 30km inland and visit Murcia. The capital province of La Manga, Murcia is a university town, and the students certainly keep the city young and fresh. While Alicante is rowdy, Murcia is picturesque. Visit the impressive cathedral, built in the 15th century, and meander along the Segura River. The Almudi Palace makes for a romantic walk, as does the Castle of Monteagudo. Much of Murcia’s beauty simply lies in its streets, though. Pull up a table outside a café and while away an hour people watching, and admiring the surrounding green spaces.
Half an hour from Torrevieja lies San Javier. A small town on the coast, San Javier is great for a family day trip. Walk around the plaza around the church, or if you’re visiting on a Thursday, explore the morning market, hawking fresh produce and local delicacies. If you’re about in July, make a beeline to San Javier for its Jazz Festival – a treat for the ears and eyes!
Torre del Moro
The original tower from which the town took its name has to be the first destination of any explorer in Torrevieja. Sat atop a hill and within a well-maintained garden, you can climb the steps up the ‘old tower’ and bask in the tranquillity and views it provides. An evening visit is an extra special occasion to view the sunset over the Mediterranean or a day trip with the family will bring pirate adventures to life!
Museo de Historia Natural
A surprising hidden gem in Torrevieja, the Museum of Natural History is well worth a visit. It houses a splendid collection of natural treasures in an ornate catacomb of exhibition halls. From dinosaur fossils to exhibitions which bring the modern sea to life, you’ll find inspiration and education around every corner.
Water fans will simply love Torrevieja’s water park – a huge and beautiful day out packed full of palm trees, flumes, rapids and waves! Kids will love the dragon and nursery rhyme themed areas, while bigger kids of all ages will be spoiled for choice with slides of all shapes, sizes and most importantly, speeds! You’ll also make waves in the huge wave pool, before retiring to relax and chill with your choice of drink on one of the many sun lounges or bars around the park.
La Mata Beach
La Mata Beach is a beautiful and safe spot for a day of chilling out and having fun. The clean, golden sand is perfect for laying out, dozing and even a spot of beach football! Taking a dip in the warm and clear waters is a fine way to cool off or even challenging a loved one to a swim along the seafront. The beach is surrounded by a great range of bars and restaurants within walking distance so you’ll not have to venture far for some really tasty treats.
Parque de Las Naciones
A lovely park to spend a day, there’s everything from strolls through the landscaped surroundings to a children’s’ boating pool and play area. Many types of wildlife also visit the park, including proud peacocks and roosters showing off to the tourists! Picnics are also a pleasure among the tranquil fountains, and if you explore the park enough you’ll also find a hidden dinosaur! Hot summer days also feature stalls selling local trinkets and bric-a-brac to pick up a reminder of your day. All in all, the park makes for a really nice day out for all the family.
Torrevieja holidays are made for families, couples, and quite simply all holidaymakers looking for sun, fun, beautiful views and warm hospitality. Whether you’re on a mission for a week-long party or whether it’s the summer holiday with the whole family, the area has something for everyone. Whether you fancy a stroll along the coast or a walk around the quaint and quirky town itself, Torrevieja is a delight.
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