Places of touristic interest: Torrevieja & Orihuela Costa

Torrevieja is a seaside city and centre of tourism in the south of the province of Alicante, located on the Costa Blanca, in south-eastern Spain.

Torrevieja is well known for it’s beaches, one of the most popular is Los Locos beach. It has 20 km of coastline containing large beaches – La Mata, Torrelamata, El Cura, Los Náufragos – and about 20 coves with an abundance of cliffs like Cala Pitera and Cala Ferris.

Torrevieja itself lies around 45km south west of Alicante. The area (including La Mata) is famous for its salt lakes- Las Lagunas de la Mata y Torrevieja.

One of the best known landmarks in Torrevieja is the Park of the Nations, the islands and lakes form a replica of a map of Europe and each country is represented by its national flag. The park is a favourite haunt of the spanish people of Torrevieja especially on a sunday when the place is buzzing with families.

It has also a huge harbour for private yachts and small sight-seeing boats offer cruises around the coastline and to the nearby island of Tabarca.

Orihuela Costa is well-known in the province of Alicante because of its long beautiful beaches covering a length of 16 kilometres.

The Orihuela coast occupies a large area of green spaces, amongst which are the beautiful pine forests of the Dehesa de Campoamor.

For avid players of Golf, Orihuela has some of the best Golf courses with a total of 54 holes, internationally renowned and headquarters of major European tournaments.

In addition to its charming beaches, coves and marinas, you can practice water sports thanks to the privileged climate of the area, which ensures an average temperature of around 20º C and over 300 days of sunshine a year.

  • BEACH:

There are dozens of fabulous beaches in the area – some of the best being in Orihuela Costa: Cabo Roig, La Zenia and Campoamor areas. Torrevieja itself has many beaches but the greatest peculiarity of Torrevieja beaches are natural pools that are in the promenade.

Beaches that offer all kinds of services from Red Cross and disabled access to showers and parking area, highlight the beach of La Mata (the longest beach along with the picturesque surroundings of the Lagoon Nature Park La Mata), Playa del Cura (fine golden sand with beautiful surroundings of palm trees) and Los Naufragos beach (sports entertainment with a variety of activities).

Coves are also very good for fishing, some of the most visited are Rocio del Mar and Palangre. On the other hand, one of the best preserved is the creek Cala Ferri, which is the most appropriate for diving.

The main beaches and coves in Orihuela Costa you can enjoy…

Mil Palmeras

Campoamor

Cabo Roig

La Zenia

Playa Flamenca

Punta Prima

Cala La Mosca

La Caleta

Calas de Aguamarina

Cala Capitán

Cala Cabo Peñas

Caleta de la Glea

  • GASTRONOMY:

Torrevieja’s cuisine has its main ingredients in rice and fish from the Bay of Torrevieja. Among the traditional dishes of Torrevieja are the cauldron (caldero), cod stew (guiso de bacalao), rice with anchovies (arroz con boquerón), sea bream (besugo) and the Paella.

Furthermore, it has a huge variety of international restaurants (French, German, Mexican, Argentina …) and others that serve Tapas.

  • LEISURE:

Torrevieja boasts a superb promenade with a lively craft market and funfair and a huge number of bars, restaurants and ice-cream parlours.

This city offers a wide range of shopping opportunities. It contains about 3.000 shops and the great shopping mall “Las Habaneras”. It has also numerous sports clubs and facilities, schools, private and public hospitals and the Marina (Club Nautico of Torrevieja).

The water park, Aquopolis, is located in the city and is the largest and most important park on the Costa Calida and Costa Blanca.

As for entertainment, Orihuela Costa is unsurpassed: each beach has a huge variety of bars and restaurants, live entertainment and overall it has the biggest mall from Europe “La Zenia Boulevard“, as well as “Los Dolces” and “La Mosca”.

Golf in particular is a sport well catered for in the area  and there are 5 golf courses close by, at Villamartin, Las Ramblas, Campoamor, Las Colinas and Pilar de la Horadada offering challenges to players of all capabilities, Villamartin is a championship course in Orihuela Costa. As well as, surrounding Torrevieja it finds, La Marquesa Golf (Rojales-Ciudad Quesada) and La Finca (Algorfa).

Also, in Orihuela Costa there is the the Riding Club of Campoamor.

  • CONNECTIONS:

Torrevieja is very well connected by plane: El Altet airport (Alicante) about 40 km north and San Javier airport (Murcia) some 25 km south of the city.

By car: National mainroad 332 Alicante-Cartagena, Levante motorway Madrid-Alicante, Mediterranean motorway Alicante-Murcia, A-37 motorway Alicante-Cartagena.

By train: Alicante RENFE train station and Murcia RENFE train station are the closest.

Orihuela Costa, on the other side, is close to the AP-7 motorway and the N332. It is just 18km from Murcia airport.

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