Torrevieja is a coastal town in the south of Alicante province. It is situated within the district of Vega Baja, it has a population of about 100.000 inhabitants and is contained within town boundaries which are adjacent to Guardamar del Segura to the north, Rojales and Benijófar to the west, Montesinos and San Miguel de Salinas to the southwest and the Orihuela beaches to the south.
Torrevieja is 41 kms away from Alicante to the north, 23 kms from Elche to the northwest, and 53 kms from Murcia in the southeast. Torrevieja has a protected Natural Park with two salt lakes, and 20 kms of coastline containing six large beaches (La Mata, Cabo Cervera, Los Locos, El Cura, Los Náufragos and Ferris) and about 20 coves with an abundance of cliffs.
The climate is temperate continental, with temperate winters and mild summers with temperatures which range between 18 and 25 degrees for most of the year.
Torrevieja counts on six nice and sandy beaches all along its large coast, apart from several coves and natural swimmingpools.
The beaches of Torrevieja have a good access and are perfectly indicated.
Their sand is white and fine and their services, such as showers, feet washers, gangways, children amenities, emergency services, surveillance, security and special relax areas are clearly indicated.
The Playa del Cura beach is the most famous one, as it is located in the city centre. This beach offers many services for tourists, as for instance different refreshment stalls, kiosks, restaurants, ice-cream parlors, etc, where you can have a snack between baths.
Their waters and sand are inspected throughout the year. The European Union has granted the Blue Flag prize to their good preservation conditions, their services and tidiness.
All beaches in Torrevieja have been certified under the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 quality and environmental management standards.
Between beaches we can find many coves where you can enjoy of a quiet bath and practice scuba diving, such as Cala Ferris, located at the southern end of the city, which is full of palm trees and small dunes. Torrevieja has wonderful deepwater sceneries.
Torrevieja is a multicultural town with lots of festivities defined by their tradition and singularity and they have even been declared of Tourist Interest: for example the Semana Santa (Easter Week) and the May Fair, which is a true, Andalusian fair. Among the most popular fairs are those in honour of the Virgen del Carmen in July and the Patron Saint’s Festivities in honour of the Immaculate Conception in December.
One of the town’s most important cultural events is the International Habaneras and Polyphony Contest, declared of International Tourism Interest, a form of singing with Caribbean origins resulting from the comings and goings of Torrevieja’s seamen to those lands. Every year, at the end of July, you can enjoy this sound on the seashore, in the old part, where years ago the Torrevieja salt miners would stack the salt for it to be transported to the merchant ships. In addition to the Contest and is celebrated, during the same month, the “Habaneras Night at the Beach”where sitting in the sand of Playa del Cura, you can listen the most popular habaneras.
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Torrevieja’s gastronomy is famous for its quality, reflected in both its dishes and in its hotel and catering sector, with exceptional first-class service. Furthermore, Mediterranean cuisine is incredibly varied, with dishes based on sea products and vegetables from the rich and renowned area of Huerta del Bajo Segura. Well-balanced and tasty food, combining meat and fish dishes with vegetables through our many different recipes.
The basis of Torrevieja cuisine is fish, represented in its well-known “caldero” (rice dish). “Caldero” is simply a type of rice dish made with the best fish stock, rock fish, such as Yellow eye Rockfish, grouper and “morralla” (small fish) from this type of seabed. These species eat specific food, giving them a very particular taste, resulting in extremely tasty stocks used to make this type of rice dish, in an iron dish called “caldero”, which gives it an even more special taste.
Torrevieja offers a wide selection of shopping opportunities. The varied and full range of shops in the town centre is without doubt the best on the south side of the Province of Alicante.
The town centre offers the most popular retailers but with one fundamental difference with regard to the rest: the service and quality as well as its impeccable pedestrian streets.
In addition to the town centre there are also plenty of shopping centres, where you are bound to find the perfect accessory for your shopping day. Torrevieja also has two weekly markets, one in La Mata (every Wednesday) and another in the town centre (every Friday).
Here you will find an ample variety of products, from fruit and vegetables to a wide range of fashion and accessories.
Torrevieja offers a wide range of leisure activities and night entertainment.
At the time for going out for a drink you can choose between a variety of premises with different musical atmospheres and styles.
In the area of La Punta there are more than 70 disco-pubs with a youthful atmosphere. Opening times are from 9 p.m. to 3.30 a.m. in the morning. Entrance is free and prices range from 4 to 8 euros a drink.
There is also a wide range of establishments with an Irish style in the areas next to the beaches in Los Naufragos, El Cura and Los Locos.
In the Avenida de las Habaneras there are about a dozen “after-hour” establishments. These have an ultra-modern atmosphere and a closing time later than the rest – until 5 a.m.
Torrevieja offers the opportunity to end the night in one of its numerous discotheques. These can be found in the Avenida de las Cortes Valencianas, the Avenida de Delfina Viudes and the Ozone leisure complex. The town’s discotheques specialise in different styles of music, from “tecno” to salsa. Closing times are at 5 a.m. in the winter and 6 a.m. in the summer.
In the maritime boulevards (the Vista Alegre, de la Libertad and Juan Aparicio promenades) you can enjoy the best Alicante ice creams or any kind of drink on the more than 30 terraces alongside the Mediterranean sea. The maritime terraces are well-lit, they are wide and enjoy great popularity during the summer months as they are only a few metres away from the sea.
In the town centre you can choose between other boldly designed night-time establishments which specialise in Caribbean, rock, jazz, samba, new age or American folk music.