The bustling city of Torrevieja lies on Spain’s beautiful Costa Blanca. Located around 45 minutes south of the International Airport of Alicante. This area is one of the top tourist destinations on the eastern coast of Spain.
History of Torrevieja
This popular city started life as an ancient watch tower. it’s Spanish name translates to “Old Tower”, one of several towers which lie along the coastal road. In the early 1800’s, the salt production headquarters of nearby La Mata moved to Torrevieja, It’s since become the number 1 salt producer in Spain.
This city has one of the healthiest climates in the world. This is due to the local salt lakes and the micro-climate here. The super weather in this popular location is excellent all year round. The temperature rarely drops below 11 Celsius and can soar to more than 40 Celsius in summer.
Attractions and things to do in Torrevieja
Torrevieja is a popular destination with Spanish holidaymakers. Many people from northern Spain have made it their permanent home.
The city borders the Orihuela Costa, a lively expat area with many beach-side suburbs. Throughout the city there are parks, plazas, promenades and of course, beaches. Visitors to the city will be kept busy with the many interesting and exciting things to do in Torrevieja.
Below we provide information about some of the top attractions in this area.
1) Boat Trips to Tabarca Island
For an interesting and fun day trip away from the city, why not take one of the Tabarca Island boat trips. The boat departs from the port of Torrevieja on Tuesday’s, Thursday’s and Saturday’s at 11:00 and returns at 18:00. The price per adult is 22€ and 15€ for children aged 5-10. Children under 5 travel for free.
The island and surrounding waters are a protected marine reserve and bird sanctuary. Excellent for snorkelling and other water activities. There are a selection of bars and restaurants on the island where the seafood is divine.
Street Markets – This city has 3 popular markets. The largest and most popular being the Friday Market, boasting over 1,200 stalls. There is also a small Craft Market open every evening from 8pm. The daily Fish Market is where to get the best deals. Visit early when the restaurants and catering businesses are stocking up on the freshest catches of the day.
A short drive from here there are several other popular markets. The Lemon Tree Market lies about a 10 minute drive north of the city and takes place every Sunday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.
2) Aqua Fun At Aquopolis Water Park
The popular Aquopolis Water Park is a firm favourite with the kids and families. There are now more than 15 water attractions here. Aquopolis is the number one attraction in Torrevieja during the summer months. A super day out for everyone.
3) Visit The Pink Salt Lakes (Las Salinas)
The pink salt lakes (Las Salinas) are a big reason for the healthy micro-climate in the city. This micro-climate along with the fantastic weather are two of the principle reasons for the continued tourism here. See more images here of Las Salinas.
4) Sandy Beaches
There are a selection of fantastic beaches in Torrevieja to choose from. These include Playa los Locos (picture above) which often receives the Blue Flag award. This lovely beach has fine golden sand interspersed by a succession of small coves.
Other beaches include Playa de los Naufragos, Playa del Acequion and Playa del Cura. There is a promenade with bars and restaurants that runs alongside these beaches. The promenade is a buzz of activity during summer.
Playa La Mata lies to the north of Torrevieja. This is a much longer and quieter beach which is ideal for long walks and jogging. You will see plenty of windsurfers here if the conditions are right.
Torrevieja has a vibrant nightlife with many fantastic bars and clubs. During the summer, many of the top clubs will not close until the early hours.
Wining and Dining – Torrevieja has a huge choice of bars, cafes and restaurant options. These range from quaint Spanish bars to Michelin Star restaurants. Many of the simpler bars offer little more than a couple of tables and chairs on the pavement. Customers to these establishments often get a free tapas with their drinks order.
The majority of the city is working class Spanish and those that have made this their full time home. As a result, there are many fantastic value restaurants and takeaways to be found. There are plenty of busy restaurants off the beaten path for those who are more adventurous.
5) Mountain Bike Hire and Trails
One of the best ways of getting about here is by hiring a bike. This is especially true in summer when the traffic can be horrendous. The National 332 highway is the main access point to this city and the Orihuela Costa.
The Mediterranean Sea runs alongside the N 332 and all the popular towns and suburbs. Hiring a bike will allow you to enjoy the beautiful scenery at your leisure. There are also some fantastic mountain bike trails to the north.
6) Visit The Submarine Museum
Moored in the marina of Torrevieja is the Delfin S-61 class submarine. This is an unusual sub because it’s now a museum these days. Donated by the town hall, the Delfin underwent restoration before opening as a museum in 2004.
This submarine is 6.8 metres at it’s widest point and 58 metres in length. Receiving it’s flag of combat in 1974, 56 mariners formed the crew of the Delfin Submarine. You can enter this sub for a mere 2 € per person.
7) Visit Torre del Moro
Torre del Moro is one of the most distinctive attractions in Torrevieja. This is one of the ancient watchtowers that lie within the city and outskirts. Built in the 14th Century, Torre del Moro was a protective measure against Muslim pirates.
This structure lies a few km’s north of the city centre in Cabo Cervera. There are several more which also lie on the coastal road but this is the most famous.
King James II of Aragon ordered the system of watchtowers to be constructed. Most have undergone restoration work many times in recent history. These watchtowers remain important symbols of the city which is how it’s name came to be.