All about Torrevieja: attractions, beaches, weather and recreation
Torrevieja is a famous resort town and a major tourist center in the central part of the province of Alicante. It has gained worldwide popularity because of its mild climate, comfortable beaches on the Costa Blanca, the beautiful green area of the city, picturesque salt lakes in the surrounding area.
When to go to Torrevieja
Torrevieja is located in the subtropical climate zone, which is characterized by mild winters and hot summers with insignificant seasonal temperature variations. Holidays in Torrevieja are attractive throughout the year, but the high and low seasons have a significant impact on the look of the city. The high season is characterized by stable sunny and calm weather, a massive influx of tourists from all over the world, hotels filled to capacity, and high prices. During the low season, from autumn to spring, hotels become empty and prices drop accordingly.
Winter in Torrevieja resembles the beginning of autumn in the northern countries. It is sunny, warm and relatively dry. The daytime air temperature during the winter months in Torrevieja does not drop below +15°C and sometimes reaches +25°C. It is cooler at night, up to +10-15°C. The water temperature of the Mediterranean Sea is about +15 ° C. Precipitation is rare. It never rains for a long time.
In the spring in Torrevieja, the temperature ranges from +14-20°C. The water temperature in the sea is around +10°C. In March it is windy, humid and cool. In April the air temperature during the day reaches +20 ° C, the water temperature is about +15 ° C. The precipitation is rare. In May the daytime temperature reaches 26°C, the nights are getting warmer – up to 18-20°C.
Dry, sunny weather is typical for the beginning of summer, when the high season begins. The air temperature in June rises to +28°C, the water temperature reaches +22°C. The beaches and hotels slowly come to life and the first holidaymakers arrive. In July, when the air temperature reaches 30°C and the water temperature reaches a comfortable 25°C, the number of tourists increases. The swimming season is in full swing, the beaches, hotels, stores and streets of Torrevieja are filled with holidaymakers. In August the temperature exceeds 30°C, but the heat is hardly noticeable thanks to the huge green areas of Torrevieja, the fresh breath of the surrounding forests and the gentle whiff of the sea breeze.
Autumn brings a decline in Torrevieja’s tourist activity, but solely due to the need to get back to work and drop off children at schools and colleges. The young people go off to university and there is a blissful quietude. Respectable pensioners and wealthy citizens from various countries who do not need to rush anywhere rest on the beaches. The temperature in September is around +30°C, the water temperature is at least +25°C.
Velvet season continues in October. The air temperature remains comfortable up to +26-28 ° C, the water temperature is about +23 ° C. The number of rainy days increases, but after the short rains again sunny and dry. The night temperature drops gradually.
In November the low season begins. It is much cooler – about +20°C during the day to +15°C at night. There are a lot of rainy days and the weather is often overcast.
1. Parque de las Naciones
Parque de las Naciones (Parque de las Naciones) is one of the main attractions of Torrevieja. It is a magnificent park in the center of the city with an area of almost 400 thousand square meters. At the heart of the park is a large lake which forms the silhouette of the European continent. Many swans, geese, ducks and a variety of fish swim here. In Parque de Las Naciones, the dinosaur statue and the spectacular geyser-shaped fountain are worth seeing. Also in the park is an exhibition hall where various art exhibitions are held.
2. Torre del Morro.
The Tower of the Moors or Torre del Morro (Torre de Moro) is a coastal watchtower built of masonry and has a trapezoidal shape. It is located on a hill about 5 km from the center of the city, on the promontory of Cervera. In the 14th century an old tower, the Torre del Cabo Cervera, after which the town was named (Torre Vieja – “old tower”), was erected on its site.
3. Natural Park Laguna La Mata and Torrevieja
Parque natural de las Lagunas de La Mata y Torrevieja is the most iconic attraction of the city. Many people come to Torrevieja, in order to visit this park and bathe in the salt springs. The park includes two lagoons: La Mata Lagoon with an area of 700 hectares and Torrevieja Lagoon with an area of 1400 hectares with an incredible pink water surface. The total area of the natural park is 3,743 hectares.
4. Aquopolis Water Park
A popular attraction among Torrevieja’s youth and family tourists is the Aquópolis water park (Aqua Park Aquópolis) with many water attractions. This is a great place for recreation with children: during the day a team of animators organizes various sports and fun activities. There are also extreme slides, which adults will love. First of all they are Speed, Boomerang and Kamikaze. The cost of visiting the water park is 25 euros (if you buy online 16 euros).
5. Constitution Square
The main square of Torreveja is the Plaza de la Constitución. This is also called the “heart of the city”. Here are located the most important historical and administrative buildings. For example, the beautiful Church of the Immaculate Conception, the City Hall and the City Council. There are many cafes around, where you can relax and have a cool drink. It is on Constitution Square that mass festivities and festivals take place.
6. Church of the Immaculate Conception
The Church of the Immaculate Conception (Parroquia Inmaculada Concepción) is Torrevieja’s main historical site. The temple was developed in 1789 during the reign of Charles III. But the first building of the church was destroyed by an earthquake in 1829 – the strongest earthquake shook Torrevieja and Guardamar). The church was rebuilt, but during the Civil War in the mid-20th century the building was burned in a fire. Now the Church of the Immaculate Conception is fully restored and decorates the city.
7. Museum of Sea and Salt
The Museum of the Sea and Salt (Museo del Mar y de la Sal) is the most interesting ethnological museum of Torrevieja. It was founded in 1995 because of the rich history of the salt and sea trade in Torrevieja. It features exhibits that focus on underwater archaeology, salt mining, artisanal fishing, coastal shipping, sailing, the Spanish Armada, the saltworks and the museum workshop. Museum admission is free.
8. Paseo Marítimo Quay
There are also great places for walking in Torrevieja. For example, the Paseo maritimo (Paseo maritimo) promenade. It stretches parallel to the Mediterranean coast. Here there are many tourist stores, restaurants, cafes and bars where you can relax and enjoy the spectacular views of the Mediterranean. It is especially beautiful to walk along the Paseo Maritimo promenade in the evening.
9. Musicians Monument
This interesting monument to the musicians (Monumento a los Musicos) is located on Vistalegre Alley, next to the Torrevieja Yacht Club. It is the work of sculpture Carmen Fraile, which consists of 5 figures of musicians in real size. The saxophonist, drummer, trumpeter and flutist play their instruments and form a circle around the conductor, who directs the musicians with a baton. The sculpture is in bronze and is a tribute to local musicians.
10. Flamingo Water Park
And another water amusement park on our top list. The water park “Flamingo” is more modest than “Aquopolis” and is more suitable for children’s leisure. Aquapark Flamingo has two pools for adults and children. There are two small slides for kids, two medium-sized tube slides, one high slide and a pool with a Jacuzzi. The cost to visit the water park is 14 euros (12 euros for children).
Sights of Torrevieja on the map
History of Torrevieja
A small coastal settlement inhabited by fishermen and artisans was known even during the Roman Empire because of the salt lakes located nearby. Salt has been mined for two thousand years, providing a valuable product to many European countries. There is speculation that the funds from salt mining were the basis for financing Christopher Columbus’s expedition to find a sea route to India, which led to the discovery of a new continent.
In the early 19th century, by decree of King Carlos IV, the fishing village became the center of the country’s salt trade, which was the beginning of its rapid development and the acquisition of urban settlement status. It was named after the medieval watchtower “Torre Vieja” or “Old Tower” located in the center of the village. In 1829 the structure was destroyed in a major earthquake. Some time later, in memory of the former symbol, the inhabitants erected a new tower, known as the Tower of Moor.
Torrevieja was approved as a city by decree of Alfonso XIII in 1931.
With the development of the world tourism industry in the second half of the 20th century, Torrevieja has attracted the attention of foreign tourists with its long snow-white coastline and favorable climate. Thanks to the mountain range that protects the city from the cold streams of air from the north, the magnificent forests and salt lakes that purify the air, Torrevieja has formed a microclimate capable of curing many diseases. In Torrevieja unfolded an active construction of tourist and urban infrastructure. Were laid new highways and railway lines connecting Torrevieja with all regions of Spain and Western Europe, built hotels and residential complexes, shopping, entertainment, sports and wellness centers.
General view of Torrevieja (1908)
Beaches of Torrevieja
Along the coastline of Torrevieja, a total length of more than 20 km, there are excellent sand and pebble beaches, equipped in accordance with international standards. Some of them are annually awarded the Blue Flag for their environmental friendliness, cleanliness and modern infrastructure. The beaches are described in order of location: from the northern part of Torrevieja to the southern part.
1. La Mata Beach
Playa La Mata is the longest beach of the city with a length of over 2 km and a width of up to 47 m. It is located in the northern part of Torrevieja on the spit of the same name, which lies between the Torre la Mata Tower and the rocky promontory of Cabo Cervera. Despite the impressive size of the beach, it is often called the cleanest and most landscaped beach of the city. It is located very far from the city center, so you have to get there by bus or car.
Covered with fine golden-yellow sand the beach line is notable for the cleanliness of the territory and coastal waters. The descent into the water is gentle and the bottom is sandy. On the beach there are a lot of holidaymakers with children. You can use lockers, showers, toilets, ramps for wheelchairs, playgrounds, trash garbage cans. You can rent deck chairs, sun beds, umbrellas and awnings. You can rent water equipment. Popular activities include water skiing, parasailing, snorkeling and scuba diving.
There are cafes on the beach, where you can eat sandwiches or tapas, eat ice cream and drink coffee or soft drinks. The area is regularly cleared of debris and the sand is smoothed. Along the beach stretches a picturesque promenade with cafes, bars, restaurants, stores.
2. Los Locos Beach
South of La Mata beach, between the rocks of Calas Blancas and Palangre bay, is the municipal beach of Los Locos (Playa Los Locos), about 800 m long and about 25 m wide. Covered with fine golden sand, the area is equipped with the necessary equipment for a good rest – sun loungers, umbrellas, showers, toilets. The beach is clean and generally sparsely populated, but the main minus – the beach is located far from the center of the city, compared with other city beaches.
Los Locos is comfortable for children – the descent into the water is gentle, the bottom is sandy. Equipped with slides and playgrounds for children. Near the beach are scattered numerous outlets where you can buy ice cream, soft drinks, confectionery, fast food and souvenirs. Have a cup of coffee and eat in the cafes, bars and restaurants located across the beach on the first floors of buildings. Vacationers on Los Locos are always plentiful. Most of them are locals.
You can get to the beach by bus from the city center, drive a rental car or walk. There is a large parking lot along Los Locos. There is a bus stop nearby.
3. Del Cura Beach
Playa del Cura is centrally located near the fishing port and the Paseo Marítimo promenade. The beach is sandy with fine golden sand and palm trees planted along the coast. The beach is well landscaped and has all the necessary conditions for a comfortable holiday. The beach is 380 meters long and 25 meters wide.
Because of its location, Del Cura beach can be called the busiest beach of Torrevieja. During the summer months, the beach is full of people, so it is not always possible to find a free sun lounger. On the one hand, staying in hotels near Del Cura beach is convenient in terms of close proximity to the center, tourist stores, restaurants and cafes. But on the other hand, the pandemonium of people can spoil anyone’s vacation. Also in season, the beach cannot be called the cleanest.
4. Los Naufragos Beach
The beach of Los Naufragos (Playa Los Naufragos), more than 300 m long and 70 m wide, is located about 2 km from the city center, close to the salt lake of Salada de Torrevieja in the natural park of Las Salinas. The beach area is covered with yellowish, almost white sand. The descent into the water is gentle, the bottom is sandy and rocky. The beach is equipped with changing cabins, showers, toilets, garbage garbage cans, wooden decking for wheelchairs. There is a medical center, lifeguard towers, snack bars, cafes, rentals of deck chairs, umbrellas and sun loungers.
Los Naufragos beach is very popular with both locals and tourists. It is very wide and free, but very picturesque. In addition, at the height of the bathing season, Los Naufragos beach is often crowded. Along the beach there is a tiled promenade immersed in tropical greenery. Behind it is a chain of hotels. The beach has been awarded the Blue Flag for cleanliness.
5. Punta Prima Beach
Playa Punta Prima is a small open beach with fine white sand. It is located in the urbanization with the same name with a high density of settlements in the summer, but it is very remote from the city center, so it is not convenient to get there from the center. Despite the small area, the beach is well equipped and landscaped. It has everything for a pleasant holiday, from the availability of sun loungers and toilets to a restaurant in the immediate vicinity. The beach is 234 meters long and 28 meters wide.
The beach is located in a small bay, so there are no strong waves at Punta Prima. However, the sea entrance is not convenient everywhere, so it is better to be careful. Near the beach there is a rocky area, suitable for fishing. Parallel to the beach is a long promenade, a walk along which will be an additional bonus to rest in Punta Prima. Also nearby is the famous restaurant Nautilus.
6. Beach Las Salinas
This beach stands alone in the list of beaches in Torrevieja. And that’s why – it is not located on the Mediterranean coast, and in the salt lagoon and is part of the Natural Park of La Mata Lagoon and Torrevieja. The waters of Las Salinas beach are characterized by very dense waters, which are due to the high concentration of salt in the water. They also have an unusual pink color that makes this place truly magical.
The original and characteristic pink color of the water is due to the special algae that grows at the bottom of the lagoon. For this reason, this place is also known as the Pink Lagoon. Now there is a ban on swimming in the lake because of the protected areas.
Beaches Torrevieja on the map
Selecting Cheap Hotels in Torrevieja
We offer you a selection of great mid-priced hotels in Torrevieja, which will help you make your vacation in this city comfortable and enjoyable.
10 things to do in Torrevieja, Spain
Today let’s talk about the little things you might need as a tourist in Spain. It is not always possible to quickly find information in Russian on the Internet, and sometimes there is no one to ask. We will try to write for you a detailed memo. Of course, we will pay more attention to Torrevieja and the southern Costa Blanca, but most tips are applicable to the whole of Spain.
Memo 1. SIM cards in Spain
To buy a pre-paid SIM card (i.e. not a contract with a mobile operator), you will need a valid passport. SIM cards in Spain are sold at all mobile operator offices. But it is more convenient to buy them at Phone House – a chain store that works with the largest mobile operators.
At the counters Phone House always have the latest issues of the magazine, which gives a comparative table of rates. In Torrevieja, branches of the store can be found in the Carrefour hypermarket and in the Alcampo hypermarket located in the Zenia Boulevard shopping center. Buying a prepaid SIM card, you will immediately get the full amount to your number: if you bought the card for 15 euros, your balance will be 15 euros.
Memo 2. In what stores in Spain to buy products on Sunday?
Recently in Torrevieja, some Sundays and holidays are no longer working for large supermarkets and shopping centers. If you need to buy groceries on Sunday and the nearest stores are closed, go to Russian stores. You will find a list with addresses in the article “Shops in Torrevieja”. In the summer, from mid-June until December, Carrefour, Zenia Boulevard shopping center and some Lidl supermarkets will reopen on Sundays.
Memo 3. Rent a car in Spain
You can rent a car directly in Torrevieja. For example, contact the office of the company “Alegria” where you can find a car at bargain prices and good conditions. If you are planning a vacation outside of Torrevieja, for example in Alicante, you can find rental services at the Elche Alicante airport. Here is a complete list of “rent a car” locations.
Memo 4. Bus Tickets
Long-distance bus tickets can be purchased directly from the company’s website (Alza, Costa Azul, etc.), or from the ticket office at the Torrevieja bus station. If the bus leaves from Alicante, then, respectively, also on the site or at the ticket office of the bus station Alicante.
Memo 5. Train tickets in Spain
You can buy train tickets in the ticket offices of train stations in Alicante or Murcia, in the offices of travel agencies in Torrevieja, or on the website of the Spanish railroads “Renfe”. The site works in seven languages, including English. By entering in the search form the starting and ending point and the date of travel, you will get a table with the schedule of all trains for that day. Pay attention to travel time (there are fast and slow trains in Spain) as well as fares (some are not exchangeable or refundable).
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Memo 6. Cigarettes in Spain
Cigarettes and other tobacco products are sold exclusively in specialized stores “Tabacos”, or in vending machines installed in bars and cafes. On Sundays, stores are closed, so if you need cigarettes on that day, you will have to run to the nearest bars.
Memo 7. Medicines
Many medicines in Spain can be purchased in pharmacies without a prescription. If you need the help of a pharmacist, it is better to go to those pharmacies that have Russian-speaking staff. For example, in a pharmacy near the Carrefour hypermarket, or near the Consum supermarket in the Punta Prima area.
Lost or stolen documents. How to act in a situation of theft, we described in the article “Theft in Spain”. The same scheme applies in case of lost documents: 1) contact the information desk at the train station, airport, or shopping center where the loss is suspected; 2) apply to Policia Local, which has a lost and found office; 3) apply to Guardia Civil, which is necessary to later obtain a certificate from the consulate.
Memo 8. Shoe Repair in Spain
If your heel has come off, a strap or zipper is broken, please go to one of the 3 repair shops: Near the bus terminal in the center of Torrevieja, in the adjacent street; in the Carrefour Hypermarket; near the Mercadona Supermarket in Torreta III (in the Pink Lake area).
Memo 9. Duplicate keys
Duplicate keys can be made at the above-mentioned shoe repair shops, as well as at stores selling tools and household goods. Their signs say “Ferretería”. In the Carrefour Hypermarket, there are two key-making outlets. They will also help you with your car key if you need a duplicate or a repair.
Memo 10. Bicycle repairs
There are quite a few bike lanes in and around Torrevieja. And if five years ago they were used by individual athletes, today there are many who want to pedal ordinary recreational bicycles. The fashion for bicycles came to Torrevieja from Northern Europe, and every day their number in the city is increasing. What to do if you have a flat tire or other failure that cannot be repaired by your own efforts? You need to go to a repair shop. The fastest and highest quality repair is offered in the Decathlon sports store in the Zenia Boulevard shopping center. The most convenient way is to park on the open parking lot right next to the entrance of the store, without going into the underground parking lot.
Memo 10. Copies of Documents.
Make photocopies of documents at the public telephone hotspots and internet cafes Locutorio (there are lots of them in the center of Torrevieja, near the bus station and near the City Hall), as well as at stores selling newspapers and magazines.
Memo 11. Hospitals
Torrevieja is served by two large hospitals: the public Hospital de Torrevieja (located at the Torrevieja exit towards the urbanization of Los Balcones) and the private Hospital Quirónsalud Torrevieja. The best way to go to a private insurance is to go to Quirónsalud, where you will get a fast service: you will not have to wait in lines for hours, and the hospital personnel will take care of all the paperwork.
Memo 12. Emergency telephone numbers
Emergency phone numbers are published on the official Torrevieja website: hospital, police, cab, Civil Guard, commercial centers, hotels, etc. Emergency phone number in Spain: 112.
Memo 13. Tourist Information
Torrevieja Tourist Information Point is located at Paseo Vista Alegre s/n, 03181 Torrevieja. Opening hours: 9:00 to 19:00 on weekdays and 9:30 to 13:30 on Saturdays.
Memo 14. Consulate
There is a Consular Section at the Russian Embassy in Madrid and the Consulate General of Russia in Barcelona. You can find addresses and telephone numbers on official sites.
Memo 15. Gas stations
Gas stations in Spain, including Torrevieja, work in different ways: prepaid or postpaid. Very often the filling and payment is done by the station attendant himself. At night most gas stations switch to automatic mode with payment by bank card.
Memo 16. Exchange offices in Spain
If you arrived in Spain with dollars or other currency, you can exchange money in the exchange offices at the airport Elche-Alicante. Spanish banks also provide a similar service, but only to their customers. This also applies to the exchange of large denominations.
Memo 17. Large bills
Remember that most Spanish sales outlets (large and small) don’t take €200 or €500 bills. Therefore we recommend that you exchange them beforehand.
Memo 18. Sending documents or things in urgent cases
Sometimes there are situations when it is necessary to send urgently some things, documents, passports, keys, etc., from Spain, and it is impossible to send them with someone else. Then you should use the services of express mail. First of all, DHL, famous for its reliability, and high tariffs. But you can also turn to the services of the Spanish Post Correos, offering urgent courier international delivery. Of course, here sending a package will cost a lot of money, but it is still much cheaper than sending through DHL. Both companies offer shipment insurance as an additional option.
Memo 19. Electric cars in Spain
In Torrevieja you can charge the electric car at the Carrefour Hypermarket parking lot – right next to the main entrance. All electric car charging points in the province of Alicante you can see on this link.
Memo 20. Printing photos
We are used to 99% of our photos being stored digitally in our phones and computers. But sometimes there is a need to print photos. You can go to the stores: IMAGENFOTO located at Calle Patricio Perez, 27, 03181 Torrevieja, or Kodak Express located in the Carrefour Hypermarket. At Carrefour, small photos can be printed in front of you. Larger photos must be printed in a day or two. In addition to regular photos, you can order prints of photo pictures, photo albums, and more.