Enjoying days out during a holiday in Torrevieja will reveal the beautiful Costa Blanca in all its glory. With so much to see and do in the city, many holidaymakers don’t get further than the urban area and beaches. This is all well and good for those who don’t drive or have access to a vehicle. But for those who do, pack a picnic, turn on the sat-nav and hit the open road.
Southern Days Out
The jewel in the crown to the south of Torrevieja has to be the glorious Mar Menor. This vast inland salt lagoon is encompassed by the lively resort area of the La Manga Strip. The Mar Menor offers beaches galore, shallow waters and gently sloping sand. In the extreme north is its famous mud baths. People visit these from far and wide, either just for a good old mud fight or to benefit from it’s curative minerals. The La Manga Strip which forms this lagoon offers some of the best water sports, activities and entertainment venues on the Costa Calida.
Slightly inland from the strip is the spectacular La Manga Club. This is a paradise for sports enthusiasts and keen golfers. The resort covers a huge area of prime countryside and boasts a five star hotel and four star aparthotel. Sporting facilities include four 18 hole golf courses, a 28 court tennis centre and numerous other sports and leisure facilities. A bit further south is the historical port city of Cartagena. Its port is the third deepest in the world and home to an important Spanish naval station. Head up Conception Hill for fantastic panoramic views.
Central Days Out
Visitors can enjoy a number of superb days out within a short drive from Torrevieja. Within walking distance is the little upmarket town of La Mata. Much of the walk which takes around an hour can be enjoyed along the coastal path. The highlight of the town is its beautiful long stretch of golden sand beach. It’s also home to some excellent bars and restaurants. A bit further along the coast is La Marina. This too has great beaches, a popular go-kart track and one of the Costa Blanca’s best camping & caravaning sites, complete with a fun water park.
Other popular days out along the central coastal area include the seaside towns of Guardamar and Santa Pola. Slightly inland from Santa Pola are the famous Palm Groves of Elche. These are the largest groves of their kind in Europe and were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. A short drive from here is the enchanting Carmen del Campillo Tea House. This is no ordinary tea house but rather a place of bewitching beauty with absolutely stunning gardens.
Northern Days Out
Whether you’ve brought along climbing shoes or dancing shoes, the attractions to the north of Torrevieja will certainly have you using them. You have the vibrant entertainment venues and nightlife of Alicante and Benidorm as well as the wonderful surrounding countryside and mountains. An evening out in Benidorm offers banging beach bars, cosmopolitan dining venues, shows at the famous Benidorm Palace and huge super clubs with international DJ’s.
The countryside in north Costa Blanca is packed with attractions. There are thrilling water parks, safari parks and national parks. In the mountainous regions you will find beautiful valleys and waterfalls. These include the inviting icy rock pools of Algar Waterfalls and vast Guadalest Valley. Perched on a mountaintop above the valley is Guadalest itself, Spain’s most visited village. El Montgo Nature Park beckons rock climbers. Canelobre Caves attracts keen spelunkers, and theme and safari parks offer endless fun for lovely family days out.