Until 1802, the town of Torrevieja in Spain was nothing but a guard tower – Torre vieja meaning “old tower” – and a few labourers’ cottages. However, in recent years it has expanded dramatically as tourists flock there now every year. In fact, the town has a population of around 100,000, over half of whom are not Spanish. There is a great ethnic mix of British, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, French, Belgians, Moroccans, and even Russians living there.
During the 1980’s and 1990’s there was a Spanish television programme which was a competition similar to Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and for which the star prize was a superb apartment in Torrevieja which was given to the winner. It is said that the increasingly rare Spaniards who are to be found in the town are mostly past winners of the game show who now meet up from time to time for a drink and to discuss their appearances on the show.
If you are thinking of buying a retirement home in Torrevieja, or perhaps a holiday home, or you are looking for a long-term investment outside Britain, then Torrevieja may be a good place to consider. Properties here are often relatively affordable compared to other towns in the South Coast of Spain and this is partly as a result of all the development that is going on.
Torrevieja has many bars – indeed, over 100 of them open every night – and it has many restaurants serving Spanish, German, English, and Italian food. There is a seafood restaurant, Barlovento, where you can choose your fish from the aquarium located inside and have it cooked to order.
Each Friday, Torrevieja hosts one of the largest open-air markets in the country selling just about everything you can think of. In different areas of the town there are street markets every day, and there is also an indoor market open daily where you can buy fresh fish, meats, vegetables, and fruits.
In short, Torrevieja could be an ideal town for a retirement home or for an investment. If this appeals to you, BeckettHanlon can help you in your search for an apartment for sale in Torrevieja. We have been helping investors and expats find apartments and villas in Torrevieja for over 20 years, and we always have a selection of the latest offerings on our books. Should we not have exactly what you are looking for, fear not. Our people are constantly on the ground looking for the next great apartment coming up for sale.