Things To Do in Torrevieja
Things To Do In
With so many things to do in Torrevieja, visitors can spend endless days taking in the sights, visiting museums and art galleries, strolling through the parks or just relaxing on the beach. With fantastic weather and over 320 days of sunshine per year, Torrevieja is an ideal place to visit for families, sports enthusiasts, nature lovers, history buffs and those with a bit of partying on their mind. There are hundreds of bars and clubs to choose from, Michelin Star restaurants, tiny ”hole in the wall” tapas bars and an excellent variety of local and international cuisine. Formerly a fishing village, Torrevieja still retains a close affinity with the sea, and its markets and restaurants offer visitors delightfully fresh fish and seafood. Shops abound and the city’s shopping complexes are modern, have good facilities and feature a range of well known high street brands.
Torrevieja’s coastline has a total of 13 beaches and many regularly receive the Blue Flag Award for their cleanliness and facilities. The longest beach is located in the area of La Mata and is a favourite with joggers. Situated in the centre of the city, El Cura Beach lies in a sweeping bay of 375 metres with the city and promenade as a backdrop, and with its central location is very popular and can get crowded during the summer months. Located on the edge of the city, Playa de los Locos starts with a small rocky cove then extends to a lovely 700 metre stretch of golden sand. For the more adventurous, there is a coastal path that extends all the way from Torrevieja to the neighbouring area of Orihuela Costa which has a further selection of lovely beaches. The first you come to when walking the coastal path is Cala de las Piteras which has a small sandy bay and many rocky coves favoured by snorkellers and fishermen. There are also 2 handy and cheap beach bars here where a pint of beer costs just 1,40€
Sticking with the great outdoors, Torrevieja has some beautiful plazas and parks, ideal for taking a break from the scorching afternoon sun. The huge Park of Nations covers an area of 20,000 m2 and in its centre is a lake that is home to thousands of Koi carp, ducks and geese. In keeping with its name, The centre of the lake’s walkways has been designed to look like a large scale replica of the European Continent. Located near the Church of the Immaculate Conception is the lovely Constitution Square with its central fountain and shady palm trees. The pretty salt lakes that give Torrevieja it’s healthy climate are part of the La Mata-Torrevieja Nature Park and provide an important eco system, home to a wonderful variety of flora & fauna, including pink flamingos.
Most visitors to Torrevieja are content with soaking up the sun on a nearby beach, cooling off in the sea and letting the world go by, but with so many things to do in Torrevieja the holiday is never long enough. There are several interesting day trips available, either by car, coach or boat, and one of the most popular is the boat trip to the island of Tabarca. A haven for pirates in years gone by, Tabarca was declared a protected marine reserve and bird sanctuary in 1986 and the 40 minute journey to the island can be enjoyed on deck, taking in the sea air and sunshine, or below deck, marvelling at the submarine views of the underwater world. Other great days out include a choice of Torrevieja’s 2 water parks. Flamingo Aqua Park is the smaller and more fun for the children, whereas Aquopolis Water Park provides thrilling rides for all the family. Lo Rufete Multi-Adventure Park is a ”big kid’s” dream come true with a fantastic choice of activities and a handy BBQ/picnic area and swimming pool.
For indoor and outdoor fun there is the Ozone Leisure Centre with multi screen cinema, ten pin bowling, games arcade and children’s play areas. El Rancho Stables provide horse trek’s through the La Mata-Torrevieja Nature Park, and Villa Salada Riding Centre has an excellent on site restaurant where you can enjoy a great meal whilst being entertained with Flamenco dancing and equestrian shows. A visit to Go-Karts Orihuela Costa will get the blood pumping with their choice of nippy adult and child karts and a challenging race track. For a bit more sophisticated fun, within a 15 kilometre radius of Torrevieja, there is an excellent choice of 18 hole golf courses including the luxurious 5* La Finca Golf & Spa Resort.
Water sports are high on many peoples list when it comes to a seaside holiday and Torrevieja doesn’t disappoint. There are water sport options for young and old, from placid pedalos to crazy Fly Boarding and everything in-between. There are kayak and jet ski excursions exploring the stunning coastline, sailing options, deep sea fishing, scuba diving, parasailing, surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, snorkelling, shore fishing and spear fishing. Most of Torrevieja’s beaches are sports friendly and games of no net badminton and beach volleyball are a common sight, kids ride wave skimmers and surf the swells on their boogie boards whilst the adults enjoy the sun and cocktails on the beach. Indoor swimming can be enjoyed at the amazing Sports City, a modern and attractive sporting complex offering just about every sporting activity imaginable, including an Olympic size swimming and competition diving pool. So, for a holiday filled with exciting activities and great things to do, the vibrant city of Torrevieja awaits.