Torrevieja combines the luxurious amenities of today with the charm and history of yesterday. It’s on Costa Blanca, on the Mediterranean Sea. There’s a lot to do, but Torrevieja sightseeing wouldn’t be complete without checking out the old town.
The town literally translates into “old tower”. It’s named for the only building that was in the village. It’s famous for its salt and fishing industries. Salt from Torrevieja is cultivated in shallow lagoons near the city. Water from the Mediterranean Sea is fed into these lagoons via two man-made channels. When the water evaporates, salt remains. This salt is exported all over the world. It’s even shipped to the US to help clear icy roadways.
Besides seeing the tower, most tourists visit La Immaculata Conception Church. Close to this is the salt museum and fish market, where you might witness fish being auctioned off. The harbor makes for a relaxing stroll, away from the sandy beaches. If you’re so inclined, you’ll be able to find tours of this area. You can find walking tours, nature tours or hiking tours, in time increments of a half a day to a week.
When you fly into Alicante, en route to Torrevieja, you’ll find that the there is a wide range of things to do here. You can relax all day by the beach, or take a nature walk. You can go on a climbing adventure, or you can golf. At night, you can let your hair down, and visit the nightclubs and bars. On summer evenings, you can stroll through the street market and find clothing, jewelry and a wide variety of souvenirs.
You can catch a local festival nearly any night of the year. Depending on which area you visit, you’ll see traditions and observances that reflect the culture and history of that particular area. You can find a calendar of events online or in the local paper. Many of the locals are well aware of the events and their schedule. One of the most popular events is the Habaneras Music Festival. It takes place every year, in commemoration of Spain’s relationship with La Habana in Cuba.
An important part of taking in the sights is taking in the tastes as well. Local fare includes rice stews and fresh fish. Many local restaurants offer flavors from around Spain and the world.
Whatever your interests, you’re sure to find something you like here in Torrevieja.