From its humble roots as a fishing and salt mining village, Torrevieja has grown into one of the largest coastal cities on the Costa Blanca. Backed by two vast salt lakes that are still producing salt for both Spanish and export markets, the city's tourism industry has expanded rapidly in recent years and with its superb sandy beaches, excellent attractions and lively nightlife, Torrevieja is a favourite tourist destination with British, Irish and northern European holidaymakers. It also has large expat communities from these countries and is a popular place with residents from inland Spain, many of whom have holiday homes and apartments in the city.
The city boasts over a dozen beaches, some regularly receiving the prestigious Blue Flag Award for their cleanliness and facilities. Playa del Cura is the main central beach that is backed by the picturesque Paseo Maritimo Juan Aparicio promenade, lined with an excellent selection of boutique shops, cafes, ice cream parlours, bars and restaurants. At one end of the promenade is a small summer fun fair and lively Night Market, and the other end leads to the wide expanse of Los Locos Beach. Here snorkelling and spear fishing can be enjoyed at the north end of the beach where visitors will also find the popular Tropic 222 Restaurant boasting 5 bars.
Museums & Nature
Torrevieja's museums include the quaint Sea and Salt Museum that houses relics from the city's old fishing industry and some beautiful miniature works of art made entirely from salt. A favourite with the young ones is the Delfin Submarine Museum, an actual decommissioned naval submarine that has been lovingly restored to showcase the working life of submariners.
Salt really does play a major part in Torrevieja's history and just outside the city, the two salt lakes form part of the La Mata-Torrevieja Nature Park that offers pleasant hiking and cycling trails and the opportunity to experience the buoyancy created by the salt where visitors can bob around in the lakes, very similar to the conditions of the Dead Sea.
Attractions & Activities
Torrevieja is home to two water parks, the larger being the exciting Aquopolis Water Park that is set in landscaped gardens boasting a number of attractions including a good choice of water slides for young and old, pools and children's play areas. Aquapark Flamingo is a small water park with gentle slides more suited to younger children.
Ozone Leisure Centre offers a cinema complex, 10 pin bowling, mini golf, virtual arcade, trampolines and soft play areas. Not far from Ozone is a thrilling new addition to Torrevieja's attractions, Pettum Sky Zone that is set in a large indoor arena with wall to wall trampolines that make up interconnecting zones, a foam stunt pit, wall mounted trampolines and a long track flip zone.
On the outskirts of Torrevieja is the fantastic Lo Rufete Multi Adventure Park where a whole host of activities such as quad biking, paintball, kayaking and horse riding can be enjoyed. The port and marina area are just a short walk from the city centre and visitors can try their hand at a number of water sports and activities or book boat and adventure trips.
When the sun sets over the glistening Mediterranean, visitors to the city are treated to an excellent choice of nighttime activities with late night shopping malls, Flamenco dinner shows, a night market, fun fair and countless lively bars, restaurants and nightclubs.