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Torrevieja

 

Torrevieja is a bustling and deceptively large town. Situated 47 kilometres south of Alicante in the Bajo Segura coastline, it attracts a large number of Spanish holidaymakers and foreign tourists. There are plenty of attractive sights to see and pretty plazas like the Constitucion opposite with the impressive Iglesia Inmaculada Concepcion. iglesia inmaculada Plaza de la Constitucion
Across the road from the tourist office is the avenida de la libertad. It is a smart walkway with stalls selling a range of gifts and goodies. Definitely can buy something here for holiday presents. If you would like a baseball hat, there is a fantastic selection at modest prices. paseo libertad Avenida de la Libertad
The port at Torrevieja is one of the largest on the Costa Blanca. There is a fishing port, and a large pleasure marina including the Royal Yacht Club. The external jetty enclosing all this is 1.5 km in lenght! This is a view from Casa Acquion, a beach-side restaurant on the beach of the same name. They offered a full 3 course menu del dia including wine and coffee for just 10 euros. Incredible. Torrevieja marina International marina
At the southern end of the marina there are two excellent large beaches including Playa naufragos. This beach is wide enough to allow plenty of room for families and the sea is sheltered by the port jetty. There are numerous apartments is the area no doubt developed because of the tourist friendly beach. Refreshments are provided by a whole range of beach side bars and restos offering superb value. Torrevieja playa naufragos Playa naufragos

If you enjoy your food and don`t mind paying for quality, then pay a visit to El Meson de la Costa on calle Ramon y Cajal. At the entrance there is a superb display of the things to enjoy. A fantastic selection of fish, meat and starters is on offer. This restaurant is definitely one of the best in Torrevieja. Just make sure you know the cost of what you are tempted to eat!

 

el meson de la costa El Meson de la Costa
In contrast to the old traditional church of inmaculada in the old town, the iglesia corazon de jesus is a thoroughly modern piece of church architecture. Positioned in its own plaza between the bustling avenida de las Habaneras and the seafront, it is partly hidden away from the madding crowds. iglesia corazon de jesus .Iglesia corazon jesus
The town has invested significantly in a modern promenade running along most of the seafront from the 'man of the sea' statue to playa de los locos. During the day this is teeming with holiday-makers enjoying the beaches, cafes and restaurants. In the evening possibly the only thing that changes, is that the sun sets! Up to midnight and beyond there are street sellers and entertainers of every kind. Look out for the chinese artists who craft your name in a wonderful variety of colours and shapes before your very eyes. paseo maritimo paseo near the man of the sea
If you eat in the evening at one of the restaurants on the front, leave dessert until your promenade walk. At Helados Sirvent's there is just such a fabulous choice of ice-creams. Join everyone else and choose one of the delights and eat it on the terrazza.
Torrevieja-helado-sirvent . Helados sirvent
As you head north along the paseo maritimo you reach the excellent playa Cura. This is a good sized beach with a safe shallow sea for youngsters. It is well provided for by beach bars and cafes. During evenings, this is the best place to find the Chinese artists! Torrevieja-Cura-playa Cura playa
Continuing along the paseo leads to the promontory of carral o margalla. This spot was chosen to position the famous monument to mediterranean cultures - columns with various interesting depictments to mediterranean nations. Monument to Mediterranean cultures

Monumento a las culturas del Mediterraneo

Punta carral o margalla

During the week, the playa de los locos is busy. At the weekend, the place goes mental. Every spot of sand within ten metres of the sea is occupied by holiday-makers. The sea is shallow and the beach on a gentle incline, so you can see why it`s popular with families. Also the pro sunbathers strut up the beach and back again to perfect the uniformity of their wonderfully bronzed bodies! Torrevieja los locos playa Los Locos Playa
The residential areas adjacent to Los Locos playa are very smart. Almost opposite the beach is El Palmeral with its superb gardens. Just a little way up the avenida de Roentgen is the pretty Aldea del Mar development. Both these areas jealously guard their privacy with tasteful wrought iron fenced security. avenida de los locos View on avenida Roentgen towards the sea and the 222 restautants at the punta del Salaret.
Typical pretty architecture and landscaping on avenida Roentgen. roentgen architecture  
A short bus ride of 1.15 euros from the centre gets you to the La Mata Tower. This is on the site of the original Roman jetty and goes back to the period of the production of garum, a fish sauce used in cooking. The Tower dates from the 14th century torrevieja la mata tower La Mata Tower and plaza del embarcadero de la sal.


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