The ultimate guide to Torrevieja

Jun 20 2014

The ultimate guide to Torrevieja

Famous for salt production, Torrevieja was once a fishing village annihilated by an earthquake. Two centuries later, it is a bustling expatriate dwelling dubbed as ‘Costa del Yorkshire’ and a mere stone’s throw away from the tourist metropolis of Alicante.

Enjoying a micro climate, Costa Blanca has been voted one of the world’s best annual temperatures by the World Health Organisation. It’s unsurprising then, to learn 13% of

  • Torrevieja town’s population is made up of sun-hungry Brits. Uprooting from a rainy residency and fleeing to sunnier climes is pleasing to fantasise about, but unfortunately, a distant dream for most. However, there’s nothing stopping you embarking on a well-deserved vacation or short break; so we’re going to talk you through Torrevieja’s must-see hotspots. Sit back, put your sunnies on and let us take care of your holiday itinerary. We bet you can feel the heat already… No? Just us then.
  • Sample Fresh Tapas at El Patio Chico. Absolute gem, pollo ajillo to die for and sensational food are just some of the ways to describe El Patio Chico. Enjoy traditional Spanish tapas on an unassuming street in the centre of Torrevieja. The freshly cooked menu changes weekly and many ingredients are sourced locally from nearby markets. The inner courtyard dining space owes to the charm of this restaurant – it feels as though you are situated in an Andalusian fairy-tale. Diners can while away their evening with great wine and reasonably priced local cuisine, perfecto!
  • Stroll around the ambient Park of Nations. Take advantage of the magnificent Park of Nations, a 27,000 square metre green space dedicated to the nations of Europe. Marvel at the gigantic inside lake and say hello to its animal inhabitants – ducks, geese and carp reside within 6,000 cubic metres of water. The park also offers free accommodation to its many iguanas and tortoises, and there is even a large children’s playground for the kids to roam around. Get the whole family involved in a game of Petanca – a Spanish version of boules or admire the jocund view on the greenery.
  • Snap up a bargain at Torrevieja’s weekly markets. Do you love the idea of haggling with a Spaniard on a seaside promenade in the sweltering heat? For a burst of culture, visit one of Torrevieja’s chaotic markets. Every year, thousands of European tourists and locals flock to the lively commerce stalls. You’ll find rich pickings at laughable prices; textiles, leather handbags, horticulture and wild garlic are examples of what’s on offer. Torrevieja markets differ from day to day, so check a local website for exact listings.
  • Splash about at Aquapolis Water Park. Visiting a waterpark will be at the top of your child’s holiday wish list. Luckily, if you’re holidaying in Torrevieja you won’t have to travel far to the nearest splash park. Aquapolis, Torrevieja’s local waterpark is a fifteen minute dawdle from the centre. Enjoy death defying drops on slides such as Speed, Boomerang and Black Hole – part of the parks categorised ‘high emotion’ thrills. You’ll struggle to tear your children away from the mini-park and water castle. With 50 water gadgets and a wave beach, there’s plenty to keep the little nippers occupied. Prices are reasonable and if you travel in August you can enjoy 11 hours of water park mania due to high season opening hours.