Natural History Museum Of Torrevieja
Torrevieja Natural History Museum is located on Avenida de la Estación and is open on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10am to 2pm. Entrance to the museum is free. The museum is divided into various sections and has some interesting collections donated by the general public. One such collection of around 20 different corals and more than 300 sea molluscs comes from the beautiful island of Zanzibar off the coast of Tanzania. There are scale models of fishing and maritime traditions in Torrevieja and in the ichthyology section, an interesting collection of unusual cat sharks, seahorses and needlefish. Throughout the museum there are skeletons of various mammals such as dolphins and whales as well as collections of birds and birds eggs local to the region.
Delfin Submarine Museum
Located at Torrevieja inner harbour, the Delfin Submarine Museum is unique and quirky in the sense that it is an actual decommissioned naval submarine and is a real hit with the kids. It is a Daphne S-61 class submarine measuring just under 58 metres in length and 6.8 metres at it’s widest point. When in operation the Delfin could travel at a top speed of 15.5 knots for 4,500 nautical miles without refueling and remain submerged for up to a month. Due to its compact living and working conditions, its crew of 56 were put through rigorous physical and mental tests prior to sailing and any crew member showing the slightest sign of claustrophobia would be assigned to shore duty. The Delfin has been expertly restored and carefully looked after since it first opened as a museum in May 2004. Except on rainy days the museum is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10.00 – 14.00 and has a minimal fee of just 2€.
There are various other interesting museums in Torrevieja and as it is a major producer of salt, there is even a Sea and Salt museum that showcases Torrevieja salt production history and has some beautiful and intricate scale models made entirely of salt. There are also some fine displays of naval and fishing boats, naval memorabilia, art and photographs. The museum is located on Calle Particio Perez that runs up from the harbour area and is open from 10.00 – 14.00 daily with free admission.