Torrevieja Water Sports
High on the agenda for many holidaymakers in Spain, especially the younger crowd, is water sports, and with Torrevieja being a coastal city, there are an an excellent choice of exciting water sporting options. Spain is a top destination for many sporting enthusiasts and the northern coastal region has some of the best surfing conditions in Europe, including the legendary swells near the town of Mundaka.
In the Torrevieja area visitors can enjoy water sports such as sailing, jet skiing, surfing, windsurfing, cable ski, kite surfing, snorkelling, spear fishing and scuba diving. In the harbour area, sailing courses, both theory and practical are available, from RYA basic safety to RYA Yachtmaster and most courses can be taken by children of student age. The harbour is also the place to try your hand at water skiing. Cable skiing is a safe alternative to traditional water skiing, especially in spots with a large amount of holidaymakers in the sea. Cable ski is great fun and depending on experience, skiers can use either an introductory or advanced fixed ski line to practice standard water skiing, wake skating or wake boarding.
Throughout Torrevieja’s coastline there are reefs and coves with excellent water clarity where snorkelling is popular. Most visitors choose to buy cheap ”holiday” snorkelling gear for paddling around close to shore but some take it as a serious pass time and invest hundreds in top of the range gear for deep conditions. This is especially true with spear fishing as the deep water is the only place to find the large species of fish and the equipment required needs to be top quality. Although in general the waves around Torrevieja are relatively gentle and not really for serious surfing unless the weather gets up, many young visitors have fun in the shallow swells with their boogie boards and sand skimmers.
One of the most popular water sports worldwide is scuba diving and there are several dive shops in Torrevieja offering a wide range of PADI certified diving courses from beginner through to Divemaster. Most holidaymakers who wish to get below the waves for a close up view of the underwater world choose a basic 1 day scuba dive. These usually includes transport to and from your accommodation, training and safety instructions, all equipment and either 1 or 2 dives of around 30 minutes. There are some fascinating dive sites around Torrevieja and the Costa Blanca in general, including old ship wrecks, caves and protected Marine Conservation Reserves.
With Torrevieja’s fantastic weather, miles of coastline, lakes and an abundance of swimming pools, both private and public, you won’t meet many locals that don’t know how to swim. Many of the city’s residential areas share communal facilities such as gardens, parks, tennis courts and swimming pools, so visitors to the area will usually have access to a pool. For those that don’t there are a selection of public pools, sports centres and the impressive Sports City that has a choice of pools including an indoor, heated Olympic size swimming pool. Less than a 15 minute drive from the city is the lovely Torremendo Lake, also known as Lake Pedrera where visitors can enjoy a picnic or BBQ as well as a cooling swim or a spot of fishing.
Fishing is a popular sport and pastime in Torrevieja, and Torremendo Lake has a variety of fish species including large catfish, carp, zander and even black bass. Most anglers are there for the carp, and their favourite spot seems to be the lake’s inlet where the strong currents stir up the nutrients from the lake bottom, attracting fish to the area. Torrevieja’s coastline provides a number of good spots for shore fishing, either in and around the many rocky coves, from the main pier or directly from the beach. Basic fishing kits can be purchased from the many ‘Chino’ bric-a-brac shops for a few euros, and although not suitable for serious fishing, provide hours of fun for the young ones. Visitors looking to bag the big fish can find a selection of deep sea fishing charters based in the harbour area, where solo anglers can join a charter or groups can hire the entire boat with a skipper, all equipment and refreshments provided.