Torrevieja

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Torrevieja lies about 30 miles south of the city of Alicante and has a population of 105.720 habitantes (INE 2012). Torrevieja was originally a salt-mining and fishing village as it is located between the sea and two large salt lakes (Las Salinas), which give Torrevieja a healthy micro climate.

Until 1802, Torrevieja existed only as an ancient guard tower, which gave the town its name (Torre Vieja (Spanish) means Old Tower) and some labourers' cottages. But in 1803, Charles IV authorized the movement of the salt production offices from La Mata to the town itself and allowed the construction of dwellings there.

 

In 1931, Alfonso XIII gave Torrevieja city status by special grant. During this period, there was also a growing market for flax, hemp and cotton.

In the 19th century, the salt was mainly shipped from the town by Swedish and Dutch ships. At the time, there was only limited demand from other regions of Spain, mainly Galicia and to a lesser extent, Valencia. Although by the dawn of the 20th century, a quarter of all the salt harvested from the lagoon in Torrevieja was sold in Spain itself, and the rest exported was to foreign markets. Today, it is still an important industry in Torrevieja and a major employer.

Playa del Cura Beach

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It is most famous for being integrated within the urban area of the city. This beach with a length of 325 m and a width of 27m is the most central of the city. Delimits the south by the Juan Aparicio promenade and Restaurant The Inkwell and the north by the Monument to the Cultures of the Mediterranean known as the Pillars. Has a newly refurbished promenade and many bars, gift shops , ice cream parlors and restaurants.

In summer it is the scene of the "Night of Habanera on the Beach" that gathers people for dinner and listen to the Havana music. Has a tourist information point and, four watchtowers, 4 lifeguards at first line and a first-aid post. has a bus stop (LINE A) right on the beach practically.

Beach La Playa De Los Naufragos

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La Playa De Los Naufragos is located in the Barrio de San Roque, south of Torrevieja and has a length of 325 m and a width of 77 m. Has an average of 7,000 visitors a day in summer. Has 3 watchtowers, 3 lifeguards in front, an adapted chair and a first-aid kit.

This beach bordered to the north salt belt and south to the rocky area of San Roque neighborhood. It is situated in an urban setting and has a parking lot bordered promenade and disabled access. Has a bus stop (LINE E) right on the beach practically.

Beach PLAYA DE LOS LOCOS

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La Playa de los Locos, named after a former asylum that was next to it, and is a fine golden sand beach and calm waters, with a length of 760 m and a width of 25 m. Located in the north of the city following the creek and Longline curve.

It has 4 watchtowers, 4 lifeguards at the forefront, a first-aid kit and 2 responders, health as well as numerous bars and restaurants.'s One of the beaches where you can find well water platform within , as the famous pyramid climbing ropes. has a bus stop (LINE A) right on the beach practically.

Beach PLAYA DE LA MATA

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Located in the hamlet of Torrelamata in Torrevieja, is the Playa de la Mata, with a length of 2,300 m. and a width which exceeds 40 m. This bounded to the south by Cabo Cervera and north of the Tower of La Mata that gives name to the parish. There you have a long promenade along the beach where you can find many beach bars and restaurants.

Behind the beach is a large expanse of sand dunes that make up the "Mill Water Park" which is located an original and well known boat-shaped restaurant called The Mississippi Queen. There is a bus stop (Line A).

Man-Made Swimming Pools on the Beach Promenade

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Located in the center of Torrevieja, in the Juan Aparicio promenade you will find the natural swimming pools, which are interspersed with small beaches further on the rocks that line the promenade there are metal ladders to enter in and out of the sea.

These pools were created artificially to reshape the promenade, building artificial stone jetties that create calm swimming areas without waves. This bounded on the north by the Playa del Cura and the south by the Dam Levant, where the monument to Man of the Sea is seated.

Bays

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The long coastline of Torrevieja, is composed of several coves and headlands some of them suitable for swimming. Between each beach there are numerous coves and headlands where you can enjoy a more quiet swimming moment, as Cala Ferris, Fox Creek, Cala del Mojon Gambete Creek, Creek Jobs, Cala Cala del Longline Horned and some more of them.

They are bays with crystal clear waters. Torrevieja has extraordinary seabeds where snorkeling and sumbarinismo is proper.

Municipal Theater

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The Torrevieja Municipal Theatre was designed by Alejandro Zaera Polo and Antonio Marquerie Tamayo, world renown architects, recognised particularly for projects such as the Passenger Terminal in the Yokohama Port and the Olympic Park for London 2012 (Alejandro Zaera).

 

This cultural site has a total surface area of 1100 square metres, an approximate capacity for 700 people, a rehearsal room, multi-purpose room, dressing rooms and offices.

Address: : Plaza de Miguel Hernández · 03181 Torrevieja · 966 70 68 38

International Conservatory of Music

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Inspired by the Berlin Philharmonic concert hall this A-C has established itself, from its inauguration in March 2011, as the most important cultural infrastructure in the city. Also the stage is the most complete and prepared in the Valencian Community.

Designed by the prestigious Valencian architect José María Tomás Llavador, this building has established itself as a true Congress Centre. In this way Torrevieja`s commitment to diversification, differentiation and qualification of its tourist offer, committing decidedly to a new segment of the market known as  MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions).

 

The A-C is set in a landscape dominated by a feature of great beauty: the hill of San Jaime which can be seen to the east and to the west the Lagoons of La Mata and Torrevieja, essential components of the Natural Park of the same name. It has landscaped gardens of 95,665 square metres in area. It is divided fundamentally into two areas:the Auditorium with a symphony hall for 1450 spectators, a smaller concert hall with a capacity of 385 persons plus a perimeter hall which joins both sections. Moreover the Conservatory which has buildings annexed to the auditorium, will be used for the advanced teaching of music.

International Auditorium and Conservatory of Music. Partida de la Loma, s/n.

Music Hall

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The Palace of Music houses the Municipal Conservatory and an auditorium that hosts various events and concerts. Both the interior and facade, reminiscent of shapes and materials to various instruments and musical elements. The interior of the buildings design has preserves the spirit of the facade: wood and metal, as sections of the orchestra.

The decor revolves around music tracks with real instruments and a large mural exposed allegorical, while the rungs of the ladder remember the keys of a piano and handrails, curved shapes, evokes musical notation .

Address: Calle de Antonio Machado, 47 · 03182 Torrevieja 3 T. 965 71 23 11 <​​/ p>

Kultur centret - Virgen del Carmen

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Another important cultural infrastructure within the city is the Virgen del Carmen Cultural Centre, which houses the facilities of the municipal school for dance, painting and photography. This area was designed by architects Dorthe M. Gammerlgaard and Victor Rodriguez Pertusa. It includes an exhibition hall and an auditorium, able to seat 320 people.

 

This centre is also the permanent setting for postgraduate and master courses of the Miguel Hernandez University. The building has a ground floor, plus three more levels, and a threestorey underground car park.

Address: : Calle del Mar, 21 · 03182 Torrevieja · T. 965 707 788

The Nations Park

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The Jardín de las Naciones Garden is one of the largest green spaces in the city, measuring nearly 40,000 square metres. There is a large lake, which sketches the outline of the European continent, with many ducks, swans and a spectacular hot spring. Young people can also enjoy an enormous dinosaur slide and a children’s park with many attractions.

Church of the Inmaculate Conception

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In Torrevieja, there are various chapels, hermitages and other small churches. Among them, the Iglesia Arciprestal de la Inmaculada Concepción stands out, set in the Plaza de la Constitución. Built in 1789, this church is characterised by several aspects. However, without doubt, one of the most interesting facets is the materials which were used for its construction. As you know, Torrevieja received its name from an old watchtower which was located in the Salt Bedsarea.The tower was destroyed when a strong earthquake razed the city in 1829, giving rise to the use of its blocks of stone in the reconstruction in 1844. 

 

From an artistic point of view, this church was built in a neoclassical style, including the traditional Latin cross inside, which is covered with a barrel vault with lunettes in the central nave and arris in the wings. It includes images such as the Inmaculada Concepción (Immaculate Conception), in the central niche of the altarpiece. From the exterior, you will notice its two bell towers, completed with pyramid-like figures.

Address: : Plaza de la Constitución s/n. Tel: 96 571 21 32 - www.parroquiainmaculada.com

Sacred Heart of Jesus

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The Sacred Heart Church inspired by the ancient Jesus existing Ermita on this same square. The main entrance is located at the foot of the church, although there are two entrances to the main space on the sides. It consists of a single nave, with a width of 16 meters and a maximum height of 19 meters, with several side chapels and service rooms on either side of the central space. The main area of ​​the temple is the altar, it is situated at the bottom of the ship, with large windows on it.

It is a church with a seating capacity for 1,000 people, plus vestry, choir area for 92 people, 11 multipurpose classrooms for 150 people, parish hall, home of the pastor, baptismal font, confessionals, noble elements, lighting, PA system, bells with bell and vane, natural lighting with windows, toilets  and zoned air conditioning and variable. It has a large green area around the churchs building, and driveway area plus underground parking with capacity for about 500 vehicles.


Address: Plaza de Oriente s / n - Tel: 96 571 01 70

Torrevieja Sports City

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Torrevieja Sports City, authentic sporting complex with a national and international outlook. It comprises of an area of more than 300,000 square meters dedicated exclusively to sport. Outstanding are its football pitches of artificial turf, a spectacular area for racket sports with10 tennis courts (the central one of these with a capacity for 700 spectators) 8 courts for padel with the central court having a capacity for 180 spectators, a services building that includes: changing rooms, multifunctional room, management office, cafe and a large gymnasium of 400 square meters and 2 fronton courts. Also on this exceptional sports complex there is the multi purpose and rugby field with an area of 3000 square meters and a capacity for 3000 spectators that is being a approved for international competitions.

In addition the Torrevieja Sports City has more than 80,000 square meter of installations already consolidated comprising of Pabellón Cecilio Gallego (Pabellón Azul) and the Palacio de los Deportes that has a heated, olympic sized swimming pool. The Parque Municipal Antonio Soria with 2 fronton courts as well as the athletics track Daniel Plaza, a municipal gymnasium, the Municipal Football Stadium Vicente García and two football pitches with artificial turf next to the Palacio de los Deportes. Also,at this time this extensive area has almost 23,000 square meters of parking and more than 5000 square meters of green area.

Address: Avda. Monge y Bielsa, s/n.  Tel. 966 111 222

Club Nautico

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The Seaport of Torrevieja has three sports marinas, a true paradise for the lovers of water sports, with over 3000 marina berths or mooring points, and top quality services and facilities. In virtue of these water sports facilities, you can practise different sports; from sea excursions to marine reserves, group lunches and dinners on the high seas, luxury boat hiring, sailing courses, diving courses, underwater diving, water sports courses, sport fishing, mooring points, jet ski and windsurfing, among others. (Check out: www.torreviejanauticalexperience.com)

Real Club Náutico de Torrevieja.
Paseo Vista Alegre, s/n. Tel. 965 710 112 / 08

Puerto Deportivo Marina Internacional.
Playa Acequión, s/n. Tel. 965 713 650

Puerto Deportivo Marina Salinas
Situado en el Recinto Portuario. Tel. 965 709 701

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Sea and Salt Museum

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It was inaugurated in its present provisional headquarters in February 1995 and exhibits a selection of objects that constitute a reflection of Torrevieja's historic roots, such as a display of handicrafts made of salt, a collection of photographs of the time. model boats, archaeological material, articles for fishing and navigation and others. Recently there has been the outstanding exhibition of a magnificent model and diorama of the Torrevieja sailing ship "Pascual Flores", the last of Torrevieja's ancient coastal shipping fleet that is now being restored at the Salt quay after being bought by Torrevieja town hall in the United Kingdom.

10 Calle Patricio Pérez · 966 70 46 43

Habanera Museum

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Situated in the Plaza de la Estación, in the first building. We can see many objects related to Torrevieja's most prolific writer of Habaneras song, Ricardo Lafuente Aguado, who also often goes there. Recordings, photographs, paintings and general persorial souvenirs of Lafuente and the group he leads, the 'Salinas de Torrevieja' Choir and Orchestra, can be seen in this small but packed museum that has the Torrevieja Habanera as the common denominator. Ricardo Lafuente is a world authority on the Torrevieja Habaneras. Hundreds of compositions testify to his art and this museum is a tribute to his work and his person. His habanera "Torrevieja" has been sung all over the world in many versions. He is also the author of the Torrevieja anthem.

Avenida de la Estación, s/n · T. 966 70 68 38

Salt Industry Information Centre

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Situated in the former RENFE warehouse, which is now in the Parque de la Estación, the centre provides an attractive voyage through the history of the salt industry in Torrevieja. You can see a variety of old images which explain how the primitive salt industry worked in the town, as well as figures dressed in the salt workers costume and the typical boats in which salt was collected.

The salt lakes are responsible for the identity of Torrevieja as a town. Visitors to the exhibition centre can found out the answers to all their doubts and queries about salt and Torrevieja.

Avenida de la Estación s/n · T. 965 70 84 60

Natural History Museum

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Located at the old RENFE station exhibition room. A unique and particular museum dedicated to all population in general and to the tourists, with a special focus in educational community. Certainly, a clear exponent of sailing and fishing traditions in the town of salt.

The Torrevieja’s Natural History Museum collection counts with following sections: Mammals, Ornithology, Herpetology, Ichthyology, Marine Invertebrates and Malacology. Skeletons of bottle nosed and striped dolphins, whales, collections of original nests (which were abandoned after the breeding time) and replicates of eggs of a total of 17 typical birds in the area, loggerhead turtles and marine invertebrates from the Mediterranean sea which have been collected throughout the years from the Torrevieja’s coast.

It is also worth mentioning it has a collection of over 300 species of marine molluscs (mainly gastropods) and about 20 corals, all of them collected from the coast of the Zanzibar island  (Tanzania) during the period between 1972 and 1975 by the Dutch couple Charlotte and Elbertus Fiege, which were donated in the year 2005 to the Torrevieja’s town hall. A general collection made of molluscs mainly coming from malagologic areas of the Indo-Pacific, Athlantic-African and of course Mediterranean seas. Finally, its Ictiology collection is worth a visit, as it counts with sea horses, needlefishes, cat sharks, breams, and many other species of the ocean as well as dioramas and scale models of maritime and fishing traditions in  Torrevieja.

Avenida de la Estación s/n · T. 966 70 68 38

Holy Week Museum

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The museum was created in 1992 and is run by the central committee of the Holy Week brotherhoods. Inside we can see - throughout the year except during Holy Week itself - all the heritage of the Passion processions, with statues, thrones, standards with artisan embroidery, displays of sculptures, paintings and other objects. It is named after one of Torrevieja s most multi-faceted artists, Tomás Valcárcel Deza, who donated to the museum the small-scale replica of the statue of Torrevieja's patron saint la Purisima Concepcion (Antonio Castillo Lastrucci, 1947).

We can also see another replica of the patron saint that was for meany years in Barcelona with the Brotherhood of Absent Torrevejenses (Hnos Blanco López, 1957). The museum is closed to the public for the weeks prior to the Easter celebration.

C/ Formentera S/N · T 966 70 80 37

Submarine

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Offers people the possibility of visiting the interior of a submarine and imagine how the members of its crew used to live inside the same. The “S-61 Delfin” Submarine. A peace, culture and community union ship expressing the depth of our sailor roots. The Delfin is a Daphne class submarine given by the Spanish army to the Torrevieja’s Council, thus becoming the “first floating museum” of its type in our country.

Our sailor traditions and our relations with the Spanish Army took us to give, on 1 December 1974, the combat flag to the S-61 Delfin submarine. When it had to be discharged, the Ministry of Defence decided to give the last S-61 flag to the town of Torrevieja during a moving ceremony celebrated at the Cartagena’s Arsenal. Later on, the submarine was definitely handed over.

Thanks to the Museo del Mar y de la Sal (the Sea and Salt Museum) the Delfin Submarine became, since 8 May 2004, the first Spanish Army ship to become a floating museum, offering all people visiting the same the opportunity to discover the inside of a submarine and imagine how the members of its crew used to live inside the same. The Delfin submarine is based in the Torrevieja’s harbour and has become a part of its landscape, having received over 1,300,000 visits since it was inaugurated.

Fishing Port (Muelle Pesquero) · 966 70 46 43