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Torrevieja, Costa Blanca, Spain

Torrevieja is a seaside city and municipality located on the Costa Blanca in the province of Alicante, in south-eastern Spain.Torrevieja lies about 30 miles south of the city of Alicante and has a population of 104,000 (2008). One of the great issues is that many foreign visitors do not register on the official census el padrón and many Spaniards with second homes are obliged to register in the town they are “habitually resident”. 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.

In recent years the local economy has hugely expanded due to the tourist industry. This includes both a strong contingent of British, Irish, Germans and Scandinavians, many of whom live there all the year round, and Spanish tourists who have a holiday home in the city. By 2004 Torrevieja had the largest number of British residents of all the Spanish municipalities (approx. 7,180), and that figure has now exceeded 12,000. The high number of British expatriates has led Torrevieja being nicknamed as ‘the costa del Yorkshire’ by some holidaymakers, often surprised that many British residents import cheap mass produced bread from England such as Warburtons and Hovis. The city is a conservative stronghold, with the Partido Popular maintaining an absolute majority at the Municipal Elections of 27 May 2007. Since 2001, the city’s authorities along with Random House’s Spanish subsidiary, Plaza & Janés, award Spain’s second most important annual literary award, the Premio de Novela Ciudad de Torrevieja, and its poetry correlative, Premio de Poesía Ciudad de Torrevieja.

Places of interest

  • Iglesia Arciprestal de la Inmaculada Concepción – Originally erected in 1789 and then reconstructed in 1844, using stones reclaimed from the original Torre Vieja, (Old Tower).
  • Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Rosario (La Mata), constructed in 1896.
  • Paseo de la Dique de Levante
  • Parque de las Naciones or The Park of the Nations
  • Museo del Mar y de la Sal (Sea and Salt Museum)
  • Submarine S61 Delfin
  • Las Salinas – The salt lakes to the west of the city.
  • The Market
  • Centro Habaneras – A semi-outdoor shopping mall.
  • Paraje Natural Municipal Molino Del Agua – A natural park.
  • Old Railway Station
  • Water Fountains
  • Playa de Los Naufragos
  • Aquapolis, Water Park
  • Boom Boom st
  • Carrefour Torrevieja (24hrs)

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