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Resorts in Spain - Torrevieja Costa Blanca
Torrevieja Costa Blanca:
The Costa Blanca coastal town of Torrevieja (‘old tower’) is today, one of the best known resorts in the region. It was, up until recent years, just an insignificant fishing village, and at the start of the 19th Century consisted of just a few ramshackle cottages gathered around a ruined watchtower. Torrevieja began to grow somewhat after 1802 when the HQ for salt production in the area, was moved from La Mata to Torrevieja, by order of King Carlos IV (Charles 4th).
In former years the production of salt was very important for this area, and it is said to have funded the voyages of Christopher Columbus way back in the 15th Century. The salt industry was begun by the Romans, during their occupation of the region, and the Romans were known to have used the salt (‘white gold’) as a currency.
1820 was an important year for Torrevieja, as this is when it gained its independence from Orihuela. Disaster followed shortly afterwards, however, when much of the town was destroyed by a huge earthquake in 1829, this earthquake devastated not just Torrevieja, but the entire Vega Baja region.
Torrevieja is famous the world over for its Habaneras Choral Song Festival, which takes place in August - this harps back to the days when travelling sailors, transporting salt to South America (Cuba in particular), brought back new songs and dances from those far away lands.
Although salt is still important for the economy of Torrevieja, it has been overtaken by tourism and property development, which has grown enormously during recent years. Much of the new property that has been built in the Torrevieja area has been purchased by foreign investors, many wishing to purchase their own home in the sun, the majority for use as holiday homes but a growing number for permanent re-location. British, German and Scandinavian people in particular have chosen to settle in this area, and many facilities are in place to cater for this growing foreign community. There is of course also plenty of facilities for the resident Spanish population.
A little south of Torrevieja is an area known as the Orihuela Costa, 16km of coastline with some excellent beaches, golf courses and facilities, this area has an even greater percentage of foreign residents and includes the resorts of Punta Prima, Playa Flamenca, La Zenia, Cabo Roig and Campoamor.
The huge Friday street market in Torrevieja is the largest in the region, with around 1,200 stalls, and this is a great place to stock up on gifts and fresh locally grown produce.
The Aqua Splash Park (Aquopolis) is a popular destination for the kids, and this is open from June to September each year.
On the opposite side of the N332 from the water park, is the well known Carrefour hypermarket, and beside this is the new Habaneras shopping centre, the cinema and the bowling alley.
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The most popular area of Torrevieja is the promenade and marina area, and here you will find a great selection of bars, shops and restaurants together with a daily craft market and an excellent funfair. In the evenings, thousands of people choose to simply stroll along the promenade and enjoy the cooling sea breeze, perhaps stopping for a delicious ice-cream in one of the many Helados (ice-cream parlours).
Torrevieja enjoys a fantastic, mild Mediterranean climate and has been named by WHO (World Health Organisation), as one of the healthiest places on earth to live.
Torrevieja Map: Torrevieja is located on the southern Costa Blanca coastline between Guardamar del Segura and Pilar de la Horadada, on the N-332 coast road.
The map to the right has 'zoom' and 'pan' features which enable you to use the buttons on the top left to zoom in and get a detailed street map of Torrevieja, or pan around to view any number of the surrounding towns and villages which include Guardamar del Segura, Ciudad Quesada, Rojales, La Mata, Punta Prima, Playa Flamenca and Los Montesinos. See a larger Torrevieja map here: Large Torrevieja Map.
Torrevieja can be easily accessed from the N-332 coast road or from the AP-7 (E-15) motorway (take Torrevieja Norte) and is about 40 minutes from Alicante airport.
Torrevieja Weather: Torrevieja enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters, making it a perfect place to visit all year round. Evening temperatures can get a bit cold during the winter months but most days are sunny and pleasant. See the current weather in Torrevieja here: Today's Torrevieja Weather.
While Torrevieja is not in any of the major tour operator's holiday brochures, it is still a popular holiday destination with thousands visiting each year from all over the world. The main form of accommodation in Torrevieja is privately owned apartments and villas, which are offered for rent, but there are also a decent choice of hotels in Torrevieja which you can book if you prefer. Among the best known hotels in Torrevieja are the Masa Hotel, the Fontana Hotel, the Hotel Madrid, the Cabo Cervera Hotel (La Mata) and the Lloyd's Beach Club Torrevieja.