Throughout Spain there are disused railway lines, and the Spanish government alongside local councils came up with an ingenious idea to make good use of them. Many of the old railway lines have now been made into ”Greenways” (nature walks) With the gentle gradients and already cleared track areas, this was a relatively simple way to make great use of the unused railway lines, and there are now lovely Greenways criss-crossing the country, including Torrevieja.
The Torrevieja Greenway is 6.8 kilometre and starts at the restored railway station that now houses an exhibition centre and the Habaneras Museum, as well as a park area with a fountain as its centrepiece, benches and pleasant trees and shrubs. For the first 3 kilometres the trail is relatively straight with dual tracks for walking and cycling and passes through mainly urban areas with some busy road crossings. After this section it turns into a single winding track of compacted dirt and gravel, shared by walkers and cyclists that continues its way through the countryside and borders the Torrevieja Lagoons or salt lakes.
The beautiful lagoons that give Torrevieja it’s healthy climate provide an important eco system and are home to a wonderful variety of flora & fauna. With more than 100 bird species as well as various fish and reptile species, the lagoons and surrounding countryside are a favourite with nature lovers and birdwatchers. Here there is a rest area with picnic tables and benches, and a bit further on a pedestrian gate that allows entry into the actual lagoons. Continuing on, the trail passes a further rest area and the lagoon of neighbouring La Mata before reaching the road to Los Montesinos where the entrance to the La Mata Natural Park can be found. From here walkers and cyclists can turn around for the journey back along the Greenway, or make their way along the shorter route alongside the CV-90 road.