Torrevieja and its pink lakes

Torrevieja (Valencian: Torrevella) is a seaside city and municipality located on the Costa Blanca in the province of Alicante, in the southern part of the Valencia Community, on the southeastern Mediterranean coast of Spain.

The economic activity of citizens is based mainly on tourism and services. Formerly the fishing and salt industry from the Torrevieja and La Mata lagoons was of great importance.

The Torrevieja lagoon (Salinas Pink Lakes) is one of the main salt lagoons in Spain, with an average extraction of 600,000 tons per year. These salt flats have a good geographical location with access to the sea through the port of Torrevieja. In contrast to other sea salt lagoons, these lagoons allow it to be active almost all year round. Until the middle of the 20th century, the salinera was the main source of employment for the city’s inhabitants. However a deep technological transformation has reduced the workforce.

Tourism and main attractions

  • Archpriest Church of the Immaculate Conception. Erected in 1789 and rebuilt in 1844 by using of the stones of the old tower that gave the town its name. Neoclassical in style, it houses various works of art
  • Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Known by Torrevieja residents as La Ermita. In 2007 it was demolished to build a new, more modern church but based on the old hermitage
  • Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, in La Mata. Built in 1896
  • Torrevieja Casino. Modernist building from 1896

  • Eras de la Sal. It is a beautiful example of 18th century industrial architecture that functioned as a salt deposit and jetty from 1777 to 1958. The International Habaneras Contest is held every year in one of its patios
  • Mirador de la Torre del Moro
  • Municipal Theater-Auditorium. Inaugurated on June 28, 2006, a project by the international studio FOA, it has a main room with a capacity for 650 spectators. The stage occupies a surface area of ​​nearly 400 m² and is equipped with the most modern stage equipment

  • Palace of the music. It houses the Municipal Conservatory and is the headquarters of the Torrevejense Musical Union, in addition to housing an auditorium
  • International Auditorium. It is established as the most important infrastructure in Torrevieja. It has two areas: the Auditorium and the Conservatory

Museums

  • Floating Museums (Dolphin s-61, Albatros III)
  • Museum of the Sea and Salt. This museum collects a range of objects and thematic images that represent a very considerable cultural attraction

  • Ricardo Lafuente Museum. Dedicated to the maestro Ricardo Lafuente Aguado, director of the Salinas de Torrevieja choir and orchestra and creator of numerous habaneras
  • Museum “Tomás de Valcárcel”
  • Vistalegre Exhibition Hall
  • Interpretation Center of the Salt Industry
  • Museum of Natural History

  • Printing Museum Exhibition.
  • Virgen del Carmen Cultural Center. This center holds exhibitions of painting, sculpture and local and foreign crafts every week.

Nature

The Lagunas de la Mata and Torrevieja (in Valencian Llacunes de La Mata i Torrevella) is a Spanish protected natural area located in the province of Alicante. They are located in the region of Vega Baja del Segura, occupying part of the municipalities of Torrevieja, Guardamar del Segura, Los Montesinos and Rojales.

Together with the neighboring natural parks of El Hondo and the Salinas de Santa Pola, they form a triangle of wetlands of crucial importance for the development of the biological cycles of numerous species that use it both in their migrations and in their nesting or wintering.

The Park is made up of two lagoons separated from each other by an anticline called “El Chaparral”. A channel joins both depressions that, in addition, are artificially communicated with the sea through two other channels known as “Acequiones”, thus forming a unit of salt exploitation.

Beaches

Playa de la Mata: it is the longest beach in Torrevieja, it has numerous accesses from a well-kept promenade. Part of its charm lies in its fine sand. It is surrounded by Laguna de la Mata natural park. There is an access for people with disabilities. It has sun loungers and parasols rental service.

Cala Cabo Cervera: small piece of sand located on the cape of the same name. It has a length of 50 meters. There is an access for people with disabilities.

Cala del Mojón: wide cove with fine sand and rocky ends ideal for fishing. It has access for people with disabilities.

Cala de la Zorra: quiet semi-urban cove with clean and crystalline waters. It has a length of 50 meters (sand and rocks).

Cala de la Higuera: similar in characteristics to Cala de la Zorra, it has a composition of gravel and rock. It does not have access for people with disabilities.

Los Locos Beach: located north of the city (golden sand, calm waters). Easily accessible and adapted for people with disabilities. It has a rental service for sun loungers and umbrellas.

Cala Palangre is a sandy beach surrounded by rocks. It is a continuation of Playa de Los Locos. This small cove with a length of 20 meters is suitable for people with disabilities. This is an ideal fishing spot.

Playa del Cura, located in the heart of the city, is the most cosmopolitan and lively beach. It has a promenade with numerous souvenir shops, kiosks, restaurants, bars and cafes. At the end of the beach, you can visit one of the city’s most emblematic monuments: Las Columnas, dedicated to the cultures of the Mediterranean. There is a tourist information point. Accessible for people with disabilities.

“Natural Pools”: on Paseo Juan Aparicio, between Playa del Cura and Dique de Levante. The pools are located in the middle of the promenade.

Playa del Acequión: located in the port of Torrevieja, in front of the marina. There is no promenade near the beach.

Playa de Los Náufrago is one of the busiest beaches in the city. It has recreational areas such as playground, beach volleyball nets or pedal boat rental. The beach is supervised by the Red Cross.

Cala Ferrís: one of the most picturesque landscapes of Torrevieja. There is fine golden sand and dunes and a landscape full of vegetation with numerous palm trees. There are also rocky areas that are used for fishing. The water is crystal clear. The beach is 200 meters long. In addition, this is one of the few secluded beaches in the city, without adjacent buildings.

Cala Piteras or Rocío del Mar: semi-urban cove located on the edge of the Orihuela Costa term. It is suitable for fishing due to its rocky relief. It has Mediterranean vegetation.

Shopping

From flamenco dresses to fruits and vegetables, the busy Friday street market in Torrevieja is one of the biggest in the region and some claim it is one of the biggest in Europe.

With about 1,200 stalls setting up their trade in the town centre streets.

Near the city centre there is a large shopping complex called Habaneras. Close to the centre, visitors can enjoy cinema complex offering standard and 3D movies.

Just 10 minute drive from Torrevieja in the seaside resort area of La Zenia, is the famous Zenia Boulevard, the largest shopping complex in the province of Alicante and home to over 150 shops, cafes, boutiques, bars and restaurants. There is also great live entertainment, a casino and loads of fun things to do for the kids.

Restaurants

There are no Michelin list restaurants in the city.

Transport and how to get to?

You can get to Torrevieja on the N-332 road, which connects Cartagena with Valencia, which runs along the Mediterranean coast.

Once there was a branch of the Alicante-Mercia railway, but it closed in the late 1970s. There are plans to reopen this line.

Main information

Area: 71.5 sq. km

Population: 85 000

Languages: Spanish, Catalan

Currency: euro

Visa: Schengen

Time: Central European UTC +1

Coordinates: 37°58′40″N 0°41′00″W

 

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