As we have recently said elsewhere, at BeckettHanlon, we have had a great increase in the interest in properties in Spain, Portugal, and France in recent months in the UK. Many people seem to have been trapped in lockdown and become aware that maybe they don’t want to go back to travelling to work on crowded public transport, and that perhaps they could have an easier life in the sun.
After all, many Britons have been going to Spain and Portugal for holidays year after year, and have become familiar with the people, the language, the wonderful continental climate, and perhaps above all the relaxed way of life. Manana, manana – there’s no rush!
One town that has been getting a lot of attention is Torrevieja on the Costa Blanca. The town is surrounded inland by two huge natural saltwater lagoons, known as the salterns of Torrevieja, and are thought to be the biggest in Europe. They are home to thousands of flamingos.
The city has a population of just over 80,000 and is within easy distance of Alicante and San Javier airports being about 35 kms from each. This is one reason for the popularity of Torrevieja with holidaymakers. The city has about 20 kms of coastline with six large beaches – La Mata, Cabo Cervera, Los Locos, Playa del Cura, Los Náufragos, and Ferris, and a further 20 or so small coves with high cliffs.
Torrevieja has a sunny climate for most of the year and the temperatures range from 12 – 16 degrees in January and February, reaching 28 – 35 degrees in July and August. One regular British visitor who owns a holiday home in the city said recently that in 12 year of visits she has only experienced one day of heavy rain. She recently stayed in Torrevieja for nine weeks and it never rained once.
The city is known for having one of the best yacht clubs in Spain and is also extremely popular with golfers since it has four 18-hole championship golf courses. There is a bull ring, a municipal football stadium, tennis courts, a municipal sports centre with athletics and sauna, and an Olympic sized indoor swimming pool for the winter. In addition, there is a theatre, a fairground, water park, soft play centre, 10-pin bowling centre, and several cinemas. On top of that, there is also a horse-riding centre and a flying club.
For those who love to go shopping, there is Zenia Boulevard. This is the largest shopping centre in Alicante Province, and has a huge range of fashion stores, along with a major hypermarket, and a petrol station. There are also leisure facilities here.
In the centre of the city there are some 2,500 shops and stores with opening times form 10.00 am to 10.00 pm Monday to Saturday, although there are a number that open 7 days a week. Every evening there is a street market selling a variety of arts, crafts, clothing, leather goods, jewellery, and souvenirs, etc. There is also a big fairground and there are normallyvarious artists and street performers providing entertainment around the town in high season.
There are lots of festivals in the summer, one of which is the Habaneras International Music Contest in August. This celebrates the music of the Latin Americas brough back when the town did a huge salt trade with Cuba in the late 19th century, and it goes on for a week.
So if you are a city dweller and like to have plenty of things to go and do outside, together with access to some fabulous beaches as well, then maybe you should look for an apartment for sale in Torrevieja. At BeckettHanlon we have been sourcing apartments and villas in Torrevieja for our clients for over 20 years, and we always keep our ears close to the ground. Investing in an apartment here means that you can use it whenever you wish, and also that you can let it out for the rest of the year at premium rates to other holidaymakers.
You get the best of both worlds – a holiday whenever you wish, for the cost of the flight, and a steady income when you are not using it yourself.