Torrevieja is a medium-size town with a permanent population of 70,000 which swells to an estimated quarter of a million from June to August. There are at least another 10,000 people in addition to those that are already "resident", that are in Torrevieja at any given moment in time.
The town centre itself is attractive and is one of the cleanest cities in Europe. Located on the waterfront, it has two marinas, one municipal, one private. The Municipal Marina is surrounded by many restaurants and cafeterias in true Spanish Style. There is also a plan to increase the number of berths by 700 with the new Marina Salinas project. The enlargement of the Torrevieja port will eventually include space for large cruise ships. A submarine that has been retired from the Royal Spanish Navy is on display in the port and can be visited from Wednesday to Saturday.
The Waterfront promenade is a great asset for Torrevieja as very few coastal resorts have anything like it, especially if we are to compare its size with that of other coastal resorts. It also has a market with many stores for tourists and bargain hunters. There are no beaches in central Torrevieja so the promenade is right next to the sea. The beaches are located to the north and south of the town centre. The nearest to the centre is Playa del Cura. This is an attractive inner city beach with excellent safety standards. The next beach to the north is probably the most famous, Playa de los Locos is a long and attractive beach overlooked by many restaurants and bars. It is located along one of the main bus routes into Torrevieja and is an ideal location to purchase a property.
To the South of Torrevieja lies a large green area with a Palm forest and attractive coves such as this one (pictured). Along the way to this location are two other beaches, Playa de los Naufragos & Playa del Acequion. Both beaches have views over the port of Torrevieja and have recently been re-designed. All the beaches are cleaned by the Torrevieja municipal council on a regular basis.
Back to the North of Torrevieja, there is a very large beach call Playa de La Mata (Playa means beach by the way) which is, according to a survey, Torrevieja's favourite beach. La Mata is lower density than Torrevieja. There are many houses on that side of town, and apartments with gardens & communal pools located in attractive surroundings. There are also many restaurants and amenities, and it is one of the most sought-after places for property purchase in Torrevieja.
There is also a lot to do in the outskirts of Torrevieja. A large shopping mall calle "Habaneras" is built alongside the local Torrevieja Casino, bowling alley, and Multiplex Cinema/Theatre. There is a large "Carrefour" Hypermarket which sells absolutely everything from clothes to garden furniture, but mainly food.
There are also many first calls restaurants including Italian, American & Spanish cuisine. For fast-food amateurs, there is also a McDonald's, a Burger King, and a KFC. Amongst other things, there is also a video arcade and a Billiards room. The shopping mall has all the high street names on offer, plus a number of sport shops, and an English book store.
Torrevieja is also very well located for Golf resorts. In fact, it is right in the middle of a Golf Triangle made of La Marquesa, to the North, La Finca, to the West, and Villamartin, Las Ramblas & Campoamor to the South, there are half-a-dozen more golf resorts either with or pending approval for construction in the Torrevieja area of the Costa Blanca. In addition to all of these superb 18 hole Golf Resorts, Torrevieja is only a 30 minute drive to the Costa Calida Golf Resorts, which will number 15 by the time the ones that are planned are finished by 2008. There are already four, including the three courses at the famous La Manga Resort.
Torrevieja is only a 35 minute drive from Alicante or Murcia (San Javier) Airports. You may choose which one is most convenient for you to use. In any case, Alicante can be reached from most UK & International airports including, but not limited to Heathrow, Manchester, Gatwick, Stanstead, Luton, East Midlands, Bristol, Exeter, Glasgow & Dublin.
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