The Area


Church of the Immaculate Conception

Torrevieja, the main town of the area, is named from the translation of “old” or “ancient” tower, a landmark which is found on the north side of the town overlooking the sea.

The town was originally a Moorish defence and has been restored with gardens laid around.

The natural salt lagoons lying close to the town have been recognised for centuries as being beneficial for people with chest problems or arthritis. The climate with its lowest average temperature of 15 ° C combined with 320 days sunshine each year, added to the Mediterranean diet of fresh meat, fish, vegetables, fruit and even a glass of delicious local wine, go towards making a healthier lifestyle a reality.

Torrevieja is a typical Spanish town with an excellent indoor market which is open every day and where fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and spices are displayed and sold by the Spanish stallholders.

The area along the sea-front is set over to pedestrian use and offers a pleasant few miles of walking area without traffic pollution.

Whilst discovering the area it is always advisable to look on the tourist information website. You will find out a lot of what the area has to offer and a lot more.

Torrevieja Market

Torrevieja Market

There is a great selection of restaurants, cafes and bars to suit all tastes, with a colourful marketplace of Spanish handicrafts, leather jackets, gloves, bags, baskets, shoes, pottery, textiles and souvenirs which comes to life on Fridays.


It’s nice when considering a property  purchase in Spain to give yourself the opportunity to get out into the towns and villages and the best way to do this is to be able to make yourself understood in the bars, shops and restuarants.  There are various courses, groups etc., which you can join for long or short periods and at all levels.  We ourselves went to a local teacher and she is still teaching us to this day and also friends and clients of ours whom we have recommended to her over the years.    You can turn your lesson into a morning out once a week with a friend – an hour’s lesson,  a walk around the town and a nice spanish lunch so that you can practise.  We have been doing this for the last few years and find it a great way to find out a lot about Spain.   The spanish tuition can be contacted on this link.



Gymnasiums, golf, fishing, swimming, bowls, indoor bowling, sailing, the local cinema in Torrevieja slso shows films in the original version (English) on certain days of the week.  For the ladies there is always shopping at Habaneras centre and a new shopping centre being constructed in La Zenia called La Zenia Boulevard (due to open Novemer 2012).

Places to Visit & Things to Do!

  • Local village markets, where you can buy all home grown fruit and vegetables, plus quality shoes and summer clothing, such as shorts, teeshirts, swimwear, plus linen for beds and tablecloths, all high quality. For example: San Pedro (Monday), La Mata and San Miguel (Wednesday).
  • Local golf courses: La Finca, Los Ramblas, Campoamor, Quesada, Villa Martin (a championship course).
  • Local historical towns: Orihuela, Murcia, Cartagena, Alicante.
  • There is always a fiesta to be found, during July and August the Moors and Christians at Guardemar, Los Alcazares with its country fair (usually at the end of August).  In May Caravaca de la Cruz has its 3 day festival where they race the horses to the castle.
  • Torrevieja has a horse fiesta usually during the first two weeks of May
  • Alicante in June has the Hogueras fiesta where they light giant bonfires in the streets, similar to the Fallas in Valenca (in March)
  • Most of the information for the above can be found on the internet through the Torrevieja tourist information and in English.