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 Valencian Country, on the southeastern Mediterranean coast of Spain.

The economic activity of citizens is based mainly on residential 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 mines 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 farms, 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. A deep technological transformation, and less the decline of the industry, has reduced the workforce to about 160 people.

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. With a peculiar structure, it was formerly one of the watchtowers that lined the coast.
  • 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 an area of ​​96,665 square meters and they distinguish between 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 of Holy Week “Tomás de Valcárcel” with different images, thrones, banners, samples of sculpture, paintings and other objects.
  • 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, for this reason they have numerous accesses from a well-kept promenade full of bars and restaurants. Part of its charm lies in its fine sand and its surroundings, the Laguna de la Mata natural park. It contains recreational games, surveillance, information post, footbaths and 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, access for people with disabilities and a small promenade. Occupancy is usually high.

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 of sand and rocks. Easy access by foot although the descent with cars is not recommended.

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, after crossing Punta Carral, it has all kinds of services. It is a type of beach with fine golden sand, with calm waters and a promenade. It has recreational areas both on the sand (famous is its pyramid of climbing ropes) and on platforms located in the sea. Easily accessible and adapted for people with disabilities. It has a rental service for sun loungers and umbrellas, with surveillance by the Red Cross and a flag signaling the state of the sea.

Cala Palangre: located on the curve of the same name, Cala Palangre is a small stretch of sand surrounded by rocks, being the continuation of Playa de Los Locos. With a length of 20 meters and an average width of 5, this small cove has access for people with disabilities and is suitable for fishing.

Playa del Cura: located in the heart of the city, it is the most cosmopolitan beach in Torrevieja. One of the busiest in the town. It has a promenade with numerous souvenir shops, kiosks, restaurants, bars or ice cream parlors. At the end of the beach you can visit one of the most emblematic monuments of the city: Las Columnas, dedicated to the cultures of the Mediterranean. The beach has footbaths, a security service and a tourist information post. In addition, it is accessible to people with disabilities.

“Natural Pools”: on Paseo Juan Aparicio, between Playa del Cura and Dique de Levante, there are small beaches and natural pools. The pools are located in the middle of the promenade and are very popular. In addition, on the rocks that line the walkway there are metal stairs to get out of the sea.

Playa de El Acequión: located in the port of Torrevieja, in front of the marina, Playa del Acequión owes its name to the fact that the sea water enters the sea towards the Salinas de Torrevieja through the artificially created channel to supply of marine water La Laguna: the Acequión. On the opposite side of the Acequión, the city’s waterfront is being remodeled, creating a new fishing dock there. It does not have a promenade.

Playa de Los Náufragos: separated from Playa del Acequión by the salt dock (which transports salt from the salt flats to supply the boats that buy it, it 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. It has a promenade, sun loungers and umbrellas rental and the sea state flag.

Cala Ferrís: one of the most spectacular landscapes in Torrevieja. It has fine golden sand, dunes and a landscape full of vegetation with abundant palm trees. It has rocky areas that are used for fishing. The water is crystal clear. The beach is 200 meters long. In addition, it is one of the few isolated beaches in the city, without adjoining 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, this is a fabulous market for bargain hunters or if you’re looking for a special souvenir.

Near the city centre there is a large shopping complex called Habaneras with an excellent choice of shops including high street brands such as C&A, Zara, H&M, Toy Planet and Massimo Dutti. 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?

Torrevieja’s main road link is the N-332 road linking Cartagena with Valencia hugging the Mediterranean coastline.

There was once a branch line from the Alicante–Murcia railway serving Torrevieja; which 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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