Playa del Cura
Situated in the centre of the city, Playa del Cura Beach has been recognised by the Qualitur Organisation for providing quality tourist services and has also received the prestigious Blue Flag Award. The beach consists of fine sand and lies in a sweeping bay of 375 metres with the city and promenade as a backdrop. The beach slopes gently into the sea and is well maintained, cleaned on a daily basis and the water quality and clarity is regularly monitored. There are excellent facilities including lifeguard stations, first aid facilities, a tourist information office, toilets, sun bed hire and disability access, although some of these facilities are only available during the summer months. Being in the centre of the city can be problematic for parking. The wide promenade is lined with shops and bars, including the popular Keeper Bar that has a live web cam by its outdoor terrace for showing off to friends back home.
Playa de los Locos
Situated on the edge of the city on the coastal road to La Mata, Playa de los Locos Beach starts with a small rocky cove then extends to a lovely 700 metre stretch of golden sand. It regularly receives the Blue Flag Award and has toilets and foot showers. During the summer months there are lifeguards on duty and sun bed and parasol hire. There is also a beach bar/restaurant that sets up during the summer. Although on the edge of the city it is still within an easy walk to a further selection of bars and restaurants as well as a few traditional tapas bars. At the end of Los Locos beach is the very popular Tropic 222 Bar that looks magnificent when all lit up at night and gets lively with regular party events and live entertainment. At the opposite end of the beach is Av. de las Habaneras which is the main road that runs through the city and has some great value tapas bars, supermarkets and the main bus terminal.
Situated close to the city centre in the San Roque neighbourhood, Playa Naufragos, also referred to as Playa de Poniente has received both the Blue Flag and Qualitur Awards and it’s no wonder as this long stretch of sandy beach is kept in excellent condition and cleaned daily. Dotted with palm trees offering welcome shade, the beach is wide and accommodates thousands of visitors each day during the summer months. There is car parking close by and facilities include lifeguard stations, foot showers, toilets, sun bed and parasol hire, children’s play area and pedalo hire. Within walking distance are a selection of shops, bars and restaurants as well as the harbour area where the salt conveyor feeds the waiting transport ships. In the harbour area visitors can enjoy a selection of exciting water sports including the latest craze, Fly Boarding and Cable Ski.
Playa La Mata
La Mata is a small town that borders Torrevieja and is just a 5 minute drive away or can be easily reached by bus. Playa La Mata is the longest beach in the area at over 2000 metres. It is a popular beach for jogging and beach sports and offers the usual amenities such as sunbed and parasol rental, lifeguard stations, foot showers and toilets. There is an esplanade that runs the entire length of the beach where visitors can enjoy a drink or meal in one of the chiringuitos (beach bars) or restaurants. At the end of the beach are a series of sand dunes known as the Waterwheel Park where there is an interesting restaurant named the Queen Mississippi that is built in the shape of a ship. The beach is popular with surfers, and the cliffs and coves on either end of the beach, favoured by fishermen.
Punta Prima Beach
From Torrevieja there is a coastal path that runs all the way to the neighbouring area of Orihuela Costa which borders Torrevieja. Here you will find the popular area of Punta Prima and its beach. Punta Prima beach is regularly awarded Blue Flag status and offers visitors amenities such as sun beds & parasols, beach sports facilities, showers and toilets. It is made up of a series of small sandy bays and rocky coves that are a favourite spot for fishing and snorkelling. There are 2 popular beach hut bars named Sunrise that are great value for money with a pint of beer costing only 1,50€. There is also an excellent restaurant on the beach called Nautilus that has lovely terraces overlooking the sea and an extensive menu.