Torrevieja Things To Do
Throughout the coastal city of Torrevieja and its surrounding areas visitors will find a whole range of fun and interesting things to do. Whereas some choose a seaside holiday destination purely to relax and unwind, spend days on the beach enjoying the sun and sample a few bars and restaurants in the evenings, others want to get the most they can out of their holiday, and Torrevieja is the perfect destination. Situated less than an hour’s drive from the busy international airport of Alicante and 30 minutes from Murcia-San Javier airport, both offering car hire and taxis, makes Torrevieja easy to get to.
With its 2 large salt lakes, the area has been recognised as having one of the healthiest climates in the world and boasts over 320 days of sunshine per year.
The beautiful salt lakes that give Torrevieja it’s healthy climate provide an important ecosystem and are home to a wonderful variety of flora & fauna, including pink flamingos. With more than 100 bird species as well as various fish and reptile species, the salt lakes and surrounding countryside are a favourite with nature lovers and birdwatchers. Just an hour’s drive from the city is the picturesque mountain area of Guadalest Valley and the stunning Algar Waterfalls which are easy to combine on a day trip. For those not wishing to drive there are various day and night coach trips to these and other fantastic destinations. Aside from sea fishing keen anglers can visit the Torremendo Lake which is less than a 15 minute drive and has a variety of fish species and many places to enjoy a BBQ or picnic.
Blue Flag Beaches
Torrevieja has 5 main beaches to choose from that are regularly awarded Blue Flag status, all with fine golden sand that is cleaned nightly and excellent beach facilities such as lifeguard towers, beach and watersports, parasol and sunbed hire, disability access and plenty of nearby bars and restaurants. There is jet ski hire, parasailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing and the latest craze, flyboarding but being a new water sport activity, expect to pay quite a bit for the privilege. All along Torrevieja coastline there are reefs and coves with excellent water clarity where snorkelling is popular, and at various dive shops in the city visitors can book scuba diving trips and courses. Sailing courses, kayaking adventures and deep sea fishing trips can also be booked in the harbour area or just ask at your hotel’s reception desk.
Water & Adventure Parks
A firm family favourite when on holiday is a visit to an aqua or adventure park for a day of adrenalin fuelled fun. The Aquopolis water park is located in the centre of Torrevieja on Avenida Delfina Viudes and is the largest leisure park in Southern Alicante. It has a wide range of attractions and 15 thrilling rides for all the family. Some rides have a height restriction but the park provides plenty of great things for the young ones to enjoy. There are supervised group activities in the kids playground or mini park and visitors can enjoy a range of food, drinks and snacks, either from the restaurant/pizzaria or one of the 5 kiosks located throughout the park. Just a 10 minute drive from Torrevieja is the exciting Lo Rufete Adventure Park. This is a really great day out with activities and facilities for all the family. Set in huge custom designed grounds, the fantastic choice of adventures include horse riding, kayaking, quad biking, paintball, zipwire, archery and mini golf. There is also a swimming pool, BBQ and picnic areas. Throughout the city there are a choice of green areas and parks including the huge Park of Nations, Constitution square, Parque de Doña Sinforosa and the unique and fragrant Aromatic Park with its winding walkways interspersed by a lovely variety of herbs and spices including sage, rosemary, basil, thyme, lavender and orange blossom.
The city boasts some fine architecture, historical buildings and interesting museums such as the unique Delfin Submarine Museum that is located at Torrevieja inner harbour and is an actual restored naval submarine. The quirky Sea and Salt museum showcases Torrevieja salt production history and has some beautiful and intricate scale models made entirely of salt. Beautiful churches, squares and plazas are found throughout the city and offer visitors welcoming shade during the hot afternoons and a chance to relax and contemplate your next venture.
There are hundreds of shops, bars, restaurants, takeaways and nightclubs in Torrevieja as well as street and indoor markets and huge shopping complexes such as the Habaneras Shopping Centre and the famous La Zenia Boulevard.
La Zenia Boulevard
The boulevard has over 150 fantastic shops including popular high street brands like C&A, H&M, Primark and Zara. There are also cafes, bars and restaurants, live entertainment and even a casino.
Popular bars in the area include Alikatz Bar, located just off ”Bar” street on Calle Heraclio 6 that stays open until 4am during the summer months. Keeper Bar is located next to the Man of the Sea monument on the beach promenade and it’s unique feature, a live web cam on the terrace facing the sea is great for making your friends back home jealous.
Restaurants & Nightclubs
Being a predominantly Spanish city, tapas bars and restaurants can be found on practically every street corner and are great value for money, with many tapas bars serving a free tapa with your drinks order. Try a visit to Euromania, a restaurant chain specialising in cheap and tasty tapas. Their extensive menu starts from just 1€ and doesn’t go much higher than 3€ depending on the type or size of tapa. Located on Calle Ramon Gallud next to Telepizza. For a more substantial meal, the picturesque Nautilus Restaurant enjoys a privileged position right on the beach with large terraces looking out to sea and an extensive menu including mouthwatering Paella dishes, great steaks and fresh fish & seafood. Located just a 5 minute drive from the city centre at Punta Prima Beach. Torrevieja has a few nightclubs, and by far the most popular is OZ, formally called Pasha. The club is open from midnight till 7am and features some excellent DJ’s. It is located on Avenida Delfine Viudes.