Torrevieja, on the Costa Blanca, is just 55 minutes from Corvera airport and picturesquely situated between the Mediterranean sea and the salt water lakes, known as the ‘Salterns de Torrevieja’, providing the town with a mild, healthy, micro-climate.
Torrevieja has become a popular destination for both foreign and Spanish tourists who enjoy the many facilities on offer.
The salt water lakes are a National Nature Reserve due to the abundance of wild birds that visit the area, and a focus for health-conscious tourists.
The area attracts many Northern Europeans who have made Torrevieja their home.
The name Torrevieja, meaning ‘Old Tower’, refers to the watchtower that overlooked the small fishing village. Salt production was moved to Torrevieja in 1803 by Charles IV, who developed the town around the salt industry offices.
A large earthquake in 1829 laid the town in ruins, but the salt basins were quickly rebuilt and re-opened.
In 1931 Alfonso XIII granted Torrevieja city status due to the growing market for flax hemp and cotton imported to the area and the export of salt to Continental Europe.
In the town you can visit the Museum of Salt and Sea which recounts the progress of Torrevieja.
The coast of Torrevieja boasts fine sand and clear water, all of the five beaches have been awarded the European Blue Flag for the cleanliness of the sea. On the northern coast you can find secluded coves to investigate or bathe in the saline pools beside the promenade, known locally as the ‘Paseo Maritimo de Juan Aparicio’.
The fishing port is also a favourite, especially at sunset.
The mild climate in the Murcia region makes the area a perfect destination for golf lovers, who can enjoy the 22 golf courses virtually all year round, with facilities to accommodate golfers of every level. Villamartin, Las Ramblas, and Campoamor are closest to the town.
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The salt lakes of Torrevieja and La Mata provide a healthy environment for bathing in the mineral rich waters or enjoying a beneficial mud-bath to aid such complaints as rheumatism and skin disorders, or heart and respiratory problems.
The fertile inland plains produces an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, seafood is landed daily by the local fishing fleet and farmed meat and game are brought down from the mountains, ensuring a rich selection of foods to suit every taste in which rice is prominent.
Traditional dishes include;
- Arroz y Conejo – Rice with Rabbit
- Paella Huertana – Vegetable Paella
- Arroz de Verduras – Rice and Vegetables
- Arroz Marinero – Seafood Rice
- Arroz y Costillejas – Rice and Ribs
- Potaje – a Rich Stew Dish
- Menestra – a dish of Sautéed Vegetables
- Habas con jamón – Broad Beans and Serrano Ham
- Caldo Murciano – a local Soup Dish
- Huevas de Mújol – a type of Caviar
Torrevieja has two patron saints, the ‘Inmaculada Concepción’ and ‘San Emigdio’ who’s days are celebrated with processions, as well as the well-known Easter parades. One of the most famous of the region is the festival of music, singing, and dance known as the ‘Habaneras’, with its roots in the middle ages, celebrated in July.