With a population of 82,000, Torrevieja is a coastal town in the region of Alicante in South Eastern Spain and is a noted tourist hot spot. It is almost surrounded on the landward side by two large salt lakes which are famous for their population of flamingos. The town is also famous for its’ fishing and salt-mining history.
Torrevieja is very easy to get to, being situated midway between Alicante and Murcia San Javier airports, both of which are only about 45 minutes’ drive away. It has a picturesque town square with a small church and cafes, and there is a considerable opportunity for shopping, with businesses of all types in the side streets. There is a busy harbour from which you can take boat trips, a favourite being to the nearby island of Tabarca. Each evening there is a craft market along the harbour front offering all sorts of handmade items, clothing, leather goods, souvenirs and so on, and every Friday there is a huge street market which is thought to be the largest in the Costa Blanca.
Torrevieja has plenty of opportunities for recreation with tennis clubs and golf clubs, four of which are 18-hole championship courses. There is a municipal sports centre with covered tennis courts, sauna, and athletics, and an Olympic sized indoor swimming pool. In addition, Torrevieja boasts a bull ring, water park, 10 pin bowling alley, a fairground, a municipal football stadium, a theatre, several cinemas, and a very large soft play centre. There is a horse-riding school, a flying club, and one of the best yacht clubs in Spain as well.
The town has some great beaches including Los Locos and Playa del Cura. Along the front of Los Locos beach close to the town centre are lots of bars and restaurants, and the back streets have fishmongers selling fresh fish straight off the harbour, butchers, bakers, spit-roasted chicken shops, and supermarkets. Five minutes’ walk from Los Locos beach is Playa del Cura which has a pedestrianised promenade where you can have a meal in one of the restaurants and at the same time keep an eye on the children playing on the beach.
There are three other major beaches – La Mata, Cabo Severa, and Los Naufragos – all of which have white sand, and services such as showers, foot washers, children’s play areas, lifeguards, and special areas for relaxation. There are also several coves which don’t get as busy as the beaches.
Torrevieja has an extensive new promenade and there are restaurants and bars of all sorts, and a humming nightlife. The main meeting place in Torrevieja is the central fountain which overlooks the beautiful marina and where you can enjoy a morning coffee or an evening cocktail or three.
Torrevieja has a famous festival every year which brings thousands of people to the town and is watched on television by hundreds of thousands. This is the Habaneras International Music Contest which is in August and the whole town swings to the music and melodies brought back from Latin America in the late 19th century when the town was doing a huge trade in salt with Cuba. If you want to book a holiday for that week, you are advised to do so well in advance!
Torrevieja has LOTS of shopping opportunities and also the famous Zenia Boulevard which is the largest shopping centre in the Alicante region. Here you can find the Alcampo hypermarket and famous brands such as Swarovski, Punto Roma, Zara, H & M, and many, many more.
At BecketHanlon we have been providing our clients with properties for sale in Torrevieja for over 20 years and it is as popular today as it has ever been. If you are thinking of an overseas investment property which you can use as a holiday home and earn considerable rent from the rest of the time, then an apartment for sale in Torrevieja would be a great idea because so many tourists and holidaymakers flock to the town. That means that you will be able to rent out an apartment on an ongoing basis whenever you are not using it yourself. Not only will it be fully booked year-round, but you can charge premium rates during August, since rooms are so hard to come by because of the Habaneras Festival.