Less than an hour's drive north along the coast from La Manga is the vibrant city of Torrevieja that is predominantly a working Spanish city, but during the summer months is a popular destination for holidaymakers from inland Spain, Britain, Ireland and Scandinavia. The city is home to two vast salt lakes producing course rock salt which has been a thriving industry here for centuries, and combined with the fantastic Mediterranean climate, make Torrevieja one of the healthiest areas in the world to live with a large population of retirees owning homes here.

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Torrevieja Beaches

The area is blessed with over a dozen beaches, mostly of fine sand with areas of rocky coves that are favoured by snorkelers and fishermen. Although not the longest beach, Playa Del Cura is the most popular due to its city centre location and picturesque promenade lined with shops, bars and restaurants. All Torrevieja's beaches boast excellent facilities, wheelchair access and the chance to enjoy a number of beach games and water sports. The marina and harbour are home to the majority of water activity operators, and there are also a variety boat trips.

Attractions & Activities

Surrounding Torrevieja's salt lakes is a large area of natural park with interesting flora & fauna among the hiking trails, and pretty resident pink flamingos. The city parks are just as impressive and offer great things to do for the young ones such as playgrounds and mini golf, and on the outskirts of the city there are 3 thrilling water parks, the largest and most popular being Aquopolis. Next to Aquopolis is the large Habaneras Shopping centre, a multi screen cinema complex and the exciting Ozone Leisure Centre boasting 10 pin bowling, trampolines, mini golf, soft play areas, a large virtual zone arcade and cafeteria. Torrevieja is also home to Sports City which covers a vast area and is one of Europe's largest sports & leisure facilities.

Shopping & Entertainment

Being a city, there is certainly no shortage of great shops, boutiques, commercial centres and shopping complexes in Torrevieja, and a walk along the lovely Paseo Maritimo Juan Aparicio is a great place to start. Beginning at the Tourist Information Bureau in the marina, the walk takes you through the night market, passed the indoor fish & produce market and along the beachfront promenade where you can literally shop till you drop 🙂 Torrevieja's entertainment venues are also what you would expect from a large coastal city, and being a true Spanish working city, prices away from the tourist areas are excellent. Cheap and cheerful tapas bars can be found on just about every street corner, a large amount of countries are represented in the city's restaurants, and the vibrant nightlife is sufficient for even the hardest party animal.

Orihuela Costa

Although La Manga and the Mar Menor offer great beaches, activities, attractions and lively entertainment, some visitors like to explore further afield and the Orihuela Costa area makes for a great day out where the choice of things to do is excellent.