Things to Do and Places to Visit Torrevieja Costa Blanca South
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Torrevieja is a busy, bustling town that has a lively atmosphere all year round, day and night. There are over 105,000 inhabitants 55% of which are of foreign origin. Torrevieja includes many residential areas which can be grouped together into the following main zones; Los Balcones and Los Altos, Acequión and Náufragos, Las Naciones, Centro and Cura, Habaneras, Torreta, Los Altos, El Limonar, La Siesta, El Chaparral, San Luis, Locos and Calas Blancas, Agua Nuevas, Torre de la Mata and La Mata. All of the areas are well served with local bars, restaurants and shops as well as being highly residential.
Los Balcones and Los Altos
This zone forms the southern boundary and is situated between the Orihuela Costa and the shores of the Pink Salt Lagoon. It is the location of the main Hospital with a 24 hour Accident and Emergency and the wonderful Reina de la Sal Parque which includes free to use basketball courts, table-tennis tables, football pitches, petanca lanes and a special 2,000m2 dog park.
Acequión and Náufragos
This area takes its name form the two sandy beaches. It is located to the south of the Puerto Deportivo Marina Internacional, the older of the two marinas and includes the Parque Dona Sinforosa which has a band stand where concerts are sometimes played during the summer.
This is the area around the popular Las Naciones Parque. The park has an exhibition room, children's play area and a scaled model of Europe formed by a man made lake as the sea and islands in the shape of the countries complete with flags. The old railway line terminates in this area of Torrevieja, although it is now an urban green way, called the Via Verde de Torrevieja, and is used by cyclists and walkers as it runs almost parallel to the CV95 finishing at Ciudad Quesada. Located in the Estacion Park the old station buildings have been renovated and house the Ricardo Lafuente Habaneras and the Natural History Museum. Within the park Chickens run free and there is also a Skateboarding zone. The Nativity or Belen Museum can be found near the Park of Nations.
Centro and Cura
These areas are the original heart of Torrevieja and so are packed with amenities including the Town Hall and Tourist Office. The seasonal Tourist Train leaves from beside the wooden huts of the Day and Night Market and is a great way to get to know Torrevieja. The Sea and Salt Museum is situated next to the Municipal Theatre and performances are also offered at the Palacio de Musica and the Virgen del Carmen Cultural Centre. This area is also home to the main shopping zone, the Indoor Daily Food Market, the traditional Inmaculada de Concepción and the more modern Sagrado Corazon de Jesus Church. There is a long beach front Promenade with the iconic Wave Fountain, the impressive and original Casino building and the permanent Day and Night Market. The more modern Marina Salinas is protected by a magnificent 1.3 km long Pier which stretches out to sea and is floodlit at night. There is also the Cura Beach, the Vistalegria Promenade, the Floating Museums of the Albatros Patrol Boat and the Delfin Submarine, year round Boat Trips and the Summer Funfair.
Habaneras & Street Market
The Habaneras is the location for the shopping mall, the Ozone Entertainment Area with a cinema, bowling alley, crazy golf and restaurants and a couple of large supermarkets. The Habaneras Mall has many of the high street brands, is split over three levels, is open everyday from 10:00 to 22:00 and has great views of the sunsets from the roof top cafes. Just beside the mall is the summer only Aqualandia Water Park with slides and rides to suit the whole family. In 2017 the Friday morning Weekly Street Market moved from its central location to the purpose built site between the Water Park and the Vicente Garcia Stadium, from the Agua Nuevas area.
Torreta, El Limonar, La Siesta, El Chaparral San Luis
These inland suburbs are found on both sides of the CV95 which connects Torrevieja via Ciudad Quesada to the AP7. They are mainly residential and are well served by the many commercial centres which are dotted throughout. Running parallel to the CV95 is the old railway line which is now a marked walking and cycling route that finishes close to the beach in the Acequión and Náufragos area. The pink working salt lake is a major landmark in this area and provides some stunning views, especially at sunset. La Siesta has the added benefit of the Aquapark Flamingo, this water park is open everyday in the summer and offers pools, slides and fun for all.
Locas and Calas Blancas
This zone is named after the beach and coves which stretch from Playa del Cura to Torre la Mata. It runs parallel to the sea and goes inland until the Sports Centre of Agua Nuevas. These streets have ample low rise apartments, plenty of plazas and copious commercial centres.
The large municipal sports complex is situated in this urbanisation area. The centre, known as both the Palacio de los Deportes Infanta Cristina and Sports City, includes an Olympic sized indoor heated swimming pool, two seasonal outdoor pools, courts and pitches for all types of sports, a gym, athletics track and the Vicente Garcia Stadium, with a capacity for 10,000 spectators. All of these facilities can be enjoyed by everyone on a pay per use basis. The Street Market (featured in the Habaneras area) backs onto the sports facilities, making it a busy place with parking difficulties on a Friday morning. On the opposite side of the N332 is the imposing 2,000 seater Auditorio Internacional which regularly hosts concerts and shows.
Torre de la Mata
This area joins Torrevieja to La Mata. Its coastline includes the steep cliffs of Cabo Cervera and it is the start of the 2.5 km beach front promenade to La Mata. The Torre del Moro Parque, with the former watch tower provides impressive views and the area has several commercial centres situated between the urbanisations.
La Mata with its beautiful beach and Natural Park is officially part of Torrevieja, although it is featured separately on this link.