The city of Torrevieja covers 71.44 square kilometres. It is estimated that only half of the 101,380 population are Spanish and of the 52,920 foreign residents in Torrevieja 12.5% are of British origin (6,400), the rest originating from Germany, Sweden, Russia, Colombia, Ukraine, Morocco and Norway.
- Population per square kilometre in Torrevieja is 1,420
- as opposed to Alicante 1,648 (201kmsq)
- and Elche 700 (326kmsq)
- 52% of the total Torrevieja land mass is taken up by two salt lakes
- Torrevieja is the most densely populated city in the Costa Blanca.
Population per city
- Alicante 331,750
- Elche 228,340
- Torrevieja 101,380
- Orihuela 84,620
- Benidorm 70,280
- Alcoy 61,690
- Elda 55,170
Torrevieja, literally translated, means “old tower” referring to the old tower called Torre Vigra (watchtower) found along the seaside coast road towards La Mata.
Torre Vigra Torrevieja
The origins of the town grew from the salt trade from the laguna’s of Torrevieja much more info about this can be gleaned from the museums listed below.
The city of Torrevieja – also takes in many different urbanisation’s within its boundary some of the main ones are listed below.LA MATA, LOS BALCONES ,LA SIESTA, EL MIRADOR, EL LIMONAR.
Swimming Info Torrevieja
The Torrevieja municipal swimming pool (Avenida Monge y Bielsa) – heated & indoor
Golfing Info Torrevieja
There are no golf courses in the city of Torrevieja, closest are La Marquesa Golf Course – distance from Torrevieja 4.2km – location urbanization Ciudad Quesada.
La Finca Golf Course – distance from Torrevieja 7.9km – location municipality of Algorfa.
Villamartin Golf Course – distance from Torrevieja 21km – location urbanization Villamartin.
Campomar Golf Course – distance from Torrevieja 23.2km – location approx 2km from Villamartin.
Las Ramblas Golf Course – distance from Torrevieja 22 Km – location approx 2.8km from Villamartin.
INFO ABOUT TORREVIEJA ATTRACTIONS
TORREVIEJA CITY CENTRE
The undoubted highlight of Torrevieja city centre itself is the coastal esplanade, a walkway which runs for some 3km along side the Torrevieja beaches, marina, funfair, market stalls, restaurants, bars and ice cream parlours. The esplanade has recently been improved on the marina side, and after the funfair and market stalls there is a walkway (the passeo dique de Levante – a breakwater or dyke) right out to the marina entrance. This costal esplanade is the main attraction (in Torrevieja city itself) almost everything (of worth to the average tourist) is cram packed into this long pedestrian walkway.
Beach info Torrevieja
Torrevieja includes 14km of coastline and from North to South the beaches of Torrevieja are:
LA MATA BEACH – the longest by far of Torrevieja’s beaches (approx 2km).
CABO CERVERA BEACH – the Torre del Moro is situated just off this beach.
LOS LOCOS BEACH – the “madmen” beach at the northern side of the actual city of Torrevieja.
EL CURA BEACH – the main central beach of Torrevieja city.
LOS NAUFRAGOS BEACH – the “shipwreck beach”
EL ACEQUION BEACH – a small beach – just after the Torrevieja marina.
BAHIA LA VELETA BEACH – small beach at the urbanisation La Veleta southern extreme of Torrevieja.
FERRIS BEACH COVE – on the south most extreme – just before Punta Prima.
Parks Info Torrevieja
The Laguna de La Mata is classed as Torrevieja’s protected natural park – a salt lake with a nice walkway and picnic areas on the south side.
Torrevieja Laguna de la Mata , on the south side of the Laguna there is a nice wooden walkway running the whole length of the Laguna, also there is a small tourist info office at the entrance to Torrevieja’s Laguna de la Mata.
Beside the Laguna de la Mata (only 1.5km separates the two) is a larger “pinky-purple coloured” lagoon – which supplies Torrevieja’s working salt production factory, these two laguna’s (and the land around them) take up almost half of the whole of Torrevieja’s territorial land mass.
TORREVIEJA PARK OF NATIONS INFO
Park of Nations in Torrevieja
This park in Torrevieja is well worth a visit (especially if you have kids). It is well kept and visually interesting. The kids will love the peacocks, ducks, geese, hens & cockerels which roam freely around the park and the lizards which are in glass tanks. In the centre of the park is a large lake (on which boats can be hired at certain times), a footpath runs all the way around the lake, and the park also has a children’s play area and refreshment kiosk.
Torrevieja Park Of Nations
The Park of Nations in Torrevieja is one of the highlights of this city without doubt.
Wildlife Park of Nations Torrevieja
PARK ANTONIO SORIA – a large park where REM, Depech Mode & Shakira have held concerts.
PLAZA DE LA CONSTITUTION – around which the Town Hall and the Church of the Immaculate Conception are situated.
PARQUE DEL MOLINO DEL AGUA (The Watermill Park)
PLAZA DE LA ESTACION (The old Train Station in Torrevieja) Once a working train line between Torrevieja and Albatera the train tracks are now used as a “Green Route”.
This is where the TORREVIEJA SALT INDUSTRY MUSEUM and RICARDO LAFUENTE MUSEUM DE LE HABENERA are now located
TORREVIEJA MARINA INTERNACIONAL. Paperwork obtained from the Torrevieja Marina shows 896 berths or moorings in this marina – this means that the Torrevieja Marina exceeds the number of moorings of the capital city Alicante marina – which only has around 700 mooring.
There are boat trips from Torrevieja to the Island of Tabarca, a great day out Tabarca Island lies about 35km from Torrevieja marina.
Teatro Municipal TorreviejaTheatres in Torrevieja info.
TORREVIEJA TEATRO MUNICIPAL
Located at Plaza Miguel Hernandez holding approx 700 people and designed by the architects with the responsibility for the design of the Olympic Park for the London Olympic Games in 2012.
TORREVIEJA VIRGEN DEL CARMEN CULTURAL CENTRE – located on the corner of Calle Ramon Gallud and Calle del Mar, Schools for dance, painting and photography. In addition there is an auditorium and exhibition hall with room for 320 persons.
Holiday Festivals info Torrevieja
The main special fiestas in the Torrevieja Festival calendar are approximately as follows:
JAN – The Twelfth Night Procession. Torrevieja Church
FEB – Carnival.
APR – Easter Festival – (Semana Santa).
MAY – May Festival – (Feria de Mayo).
JUN – San Juan Bonfires – (Hogueras de San Juan).
JUL – Virgin del Carmen.
AUG – Barrio del Calvario.
OCT – Virgen del Rosario.
DEC – Immaculate Conception & Salt Beauty Queen.
SPANISH NATIONAL HOLIDAYS INFO : Jan 1 New Years Day : Jan 6 Three Kings
Good Friday & Easter Sunday variable : May 1 Labour Day : August 15 Assumption
October 12 Columbus Day : November 1 All Saints Day : December 6 Constitution Day
December 8 Immaculate Conception : December 25 Christmas Day
Museums, Art & Culture info Torrevieja
TORREVIEJA HAS TWO FLOATING MUSEUMS
TORREVIEJA SUBMARINE (S-61 DOLPHIN) – a relic from the Spanish Armada was turned into a floating museum in 2004, 33 years after its inception as a war faring vessel of the Spanish navy fleet.
POLICE CUSTOMS SURVEILLANCE SHIP (ALBATROSS III) – a working police surveillance boat until its introduction in 2006 to the Torrevieja marina as an additional floating museum.
Both of these floating museums are located in the Torrevieja fishing port
MUSEUM OF SEA & SALT (Calle Patricio Perez) – augmenting the history of salt production in Torrevieja, still a major player of salt production in Spain.
SALT INDUSTRY MUSEUM (on the site of the old train station – Av de la Estacion), detailing the production process and different types of salt produced.
RICARDO LAFUENTE MUSEUM DE LE HABENERA – a small museum detailing the works of Ricardo Lafuente Aguado musical genius and writer of the modern day Torrevieja anthem the “Habeneros” which is derived from the days when salt was transported by boat to the Caribbean
THE TORREVIEJA INTERNATIONAL HABENERA POLYPHONY CONTEST – held at the end of July inside the Marina where the ships used collect their cargo of salt, for exportation.
TORREVIEJA CULTURAL CASINO – built in 1896 this stylish building is a meeting point for the Spanish and a place where exhibitions and other cultural events are held throughout the year.
TORREVIEJA MUSEUM OF EASTER – Located in Calle Formentera containing information about the great traditional Easter festivities of Torrevieja.
TORREVIEJA MUNICIPAL LIBRARY – Situated in Calle Joaqin Chapparieta.
PALACIO DE LA MUSICA – Situated in Calle Antonio Machado.
INFO TORREVIEJA TRANSPORT
Alicante Airport is approx 40km
Murcia Airport is approx 30km
INFO ABOUT PLACES TO STAY TORREVIEJA
Hotel Cabo Cervera Torrevieja
Hotel Masa International Torrevieja:
Hotel Tuto Torrevieja
Hotel Torrejoven Torrevieja:
Hotel Madrid Torrevieja
Motel Las Barcas Torrevieja:
Hostal Gran Via II
Entertainment info Torrevieja
THE OZONE LEISURE COMPLEX just off the N332 (close to the Carrefour superstore) offers bowling, multi screen cinema, a casino and bars & restaurants.
TORREVIEJA AQUOPOLIS WATER PARK – Only open during the summer months only (June to Sept), the Aquopolis Water Park is quite expensive (and busy) but packed full of different water activities for all ages.
Located on Avenida Delfina Viudes with easy access from the N332 Cartagena-Alicante road.
Shopping info Torrevieja
Torrevieja has at least two places to shop which most people living around the area need to visit at some point in time
THE HABANERAS SHOPPING CENTRE And THE TORREVIEJA CARREFOUR
The Carrefour Supermarket is probably the biggest supermarket for 50 miles.
The Habaneras Shopping Centre has many stores, mainly clothes, but also a large DIY store.
THE PLAZZA – an indoor market and shopping centre
THE TORREVIEJA STREET MARKET
ALONG THE ESPLANADE OPPOSITE THE MARINA.
TORREVIEJA FRIDAY MARKET held close to the Bus Station on Friday mornings. The main Torrevieja market is centred around the cross roads where Av. Diego Ramirez Pastor and Calle Patricio Zammit meet.
LA MATA WEDNESDAY MARKET just off the N332 road on Wednesday morning at La Mata