The first thing that draws your attention in Torrevieja is its setting.
There are two salt lagoons, one pink and the other green, which
make up the La Mata and Torrevieja Lagoons Nature Reserve.
Together, they cover a total of 3,700 Hectares, which represents
52% of the local terrain, and contain enormous biological wealth.
They are well renown both at national and international levels. It
therefore becomes clear right from the beginning that this is truly a
unique tourist municipality, whose natural surroundings represent a
wonderful tourist asset.
Torrevieja´s origins are also very interesting. It all began with the
fishing activity, around the 18th century, when fishermen and sailors
began to use the Torrevieja coastline for shelter during the “bad sea”
days. Since then, the newly established town began to welcome
sailors from other regions, particularly Napolitan and Genoese
emigrants. The abundance of Italian surnames, including Parodi,
Zechini, Boracino, Fortepiani, etc in Torrevieja today confirm this. By
the way, do you know why Torrevieja is called Torrevieja?.
When we talk about this city we essentially refer to two things: salt
and sea. Firstly salt, because it is the real origin of this town. For
centuries, the Torrevieja area has been a wonderful spot for mining
the salt generated in the Torrevieja Lagoon. This encouraged the
Reales Salinas management body (set in the nearby district of
La Mata) to move to Torrevieja in 1803. This was the real origin of
the city and lead to the foundation of the town. The inhabitants
of Torrevieja (lit. Old Tower) then began to develop a town, whose
name comes from the old Torre Vigía (Watchtower), or Vieja (Old), set
in the Eras de la Sal (salt beds), the old salt pier. It was at this time that
different activities began to develop, among them the salt sea trade
bound for the ports of the Caribbean. This highly valued mineral
was exchanged for exotic products such as sugar cane, mahogany
wood, etc. As a result of these journeys, the habanera was born. This
was a classic Torrevieja song which the sailors adapted as a way of
expressing their experiences on the long crossings.
sun, sea, beach and coves
The Torrevieja coast is very long, covering a total of 14 km of coastline, along
which there are numerous beaches and coves where you can cool down and
relax. The La Mata Beach, which runs from North to South, stands out from the
rest. It is the longest spreading across almost two kilometres, and the dunes
are characterised by the abundance of fossilised dunes. If you like spacious and
quiet beaches, La Mata is a great choice. A little further South, where some
historians discovered the spot that today is Torrevieja, we find Cabo Cervera
and the beach with the same name: Playa de Cabo Cervera. Here they found an
old Watchtower, the so-called Torre del Moro (Moorish Tower), which offers a
spectacular viewpoint which allows to see the area from the Mar Menor (Lower
Sea) -in the South- to the Cabo de Santa Pola (Santa Pola Cape) – in the North.
Continuing Southwards along the coast, we discover “Las calas” (“The coves”),
an area with quiet coves where you can go diving or simply enjoy a good swim.
South of “Las Calas” is the Punta del Salaret, which shelters the Playa de Los
Locos (Madmen Beach), a striking spot reminiscent of the old sanatorium which
used to be there. This beach now forms part of the built-up part of Torrevieja
and offers visitors numerous services.
As you will have noticed, Torrevieja has an exceptional climate; a Mediterranean
climate highly influenced by the proximity of the sea and set in the Iberian
Peninsula, leeward of the cloudy Western fronts. This creates a very pleasant
annual average temperature and many hours of sunlight each year; a climate
which, among other factors, has made Torrevieja a perfect place to live and to
enjoy the sea.
If you are lucky, you will be able to sample the “famous” Torrevieja dry octopus
in one of its kiosks, which must be accompanied by a fresh “paloma”. If you
continue South, towards the centre of Torrevieja, you will pass by the Cala or
Curva del Palangre and Punta Margalla, home to the Monumento a las Culturas
del Mediterráneo (Monument to Mediterranean Cultures), an area commonly
known as “Las Columnas” (The Columns). From this landmark, you will be able
to see the city’s most famous beach, Playa del Cura. We must point out the
great quantity of services provided for tourists here, with numerous restaurants,
refreshment stalls, kiosks, etc., where you can cool down and enjoy yourself in
between swims. A perfect beach to enjoy a different day out with the family
A spectacular pedestrian route begins here, near the seashore, in which you will
find rocks among which you will be able to plunge and snorkel. Pay attention
to the posidonian meadows: they form a rich marine ecosystem. If you like
diving, don’t doubt it. Just take your flippers and your glasses and jump into
the water. Today is your day. Nevertheless, remember that may you wish to do
underwater fishing, you will need a special permission.
All the Torrevieja beaches are certified with the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001
regulations for quality and environmental management. This reaffirms
Torrevieja as a symbol of prestige and quality.
Si quieres practicar deporte y disfrutar del mar, Torrevieja te ofrece un amplio abanico de actividades náuticas durante los 365 días del año. Desde cursos de buceo, a cursos de formación, cursos de windsurf, paseos en kayak, excursiones marítimas, excursiones de pesca y mucho más. Sus más de 3.000 horas de sol al año te permitirán disfrutar a fondo el Mar Mediterráneo