Torrevieja is a coastal resort town set between 2 salt lagoons in Alicante. It’s a giant playground for families, especially during the summer months when the town bursts into life. With golden sandy beaches (5 of which are Blue Flag-awarded), a picturesque seafront promenade, waterparks and modern sports centres, the town on the Costa Blanca is a dream for holidaymakers seeking sun, sea and lots of sand.

    Take a stroll to the end of the pier, picnic in green parks, chill out at cute beach bars and discover the town’s history of salt and submarines at quaint museums while visiting Torrevieja. Check out our roundup of fun things you can do on your next visit to Torrevieja below.

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    Torrevieja Nature Park

    Explore Torrevieja’s pink and green lagoons

    Laguna Salada de Torrevieja and Laguna de La Mata are 2 large salt lagoons on the outskirts of Torrevieja and are an excellent destination for birdwatchers, cyclists and nature lovers. The protected reserves are separated by a strip of land and are habitats for amphibians and reptiles, plus more than a hundred species of birds including flamingos and other waders.

    Torrevieja Lagoon is pink and used for salt extraction, while La Mata is green and also where you’ll find the Visitor Centre. From the small centre, you can access paths for relaxed strolls and bike rides, as well as bird watching hides, to enjoy panoramic views of the diverse ecosystems within the park.

    Location: Calle Múnera, 2, 03184 El Chaparral, Alicante, Spain

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    La Mata Beach

    Spend a day under the sun at Torrevieja’s Blue Flag beach

    La Mata Beach is the biggest and one of the most beautiful stretches of sand in Torrevieja. The soft, golden-sand Blue Flag beach extends along the coast for some 2.4 km to the north of the city. It's a lovely spot for soaking up the warm Spanish sun, a morning or evening stroll or for admiring the burning orange sun setting over the sea. 

    There's also a scenic promenade running along the beach dotted with a variety of beach bars and restaurants. At the quieter northern end, you’ll find a 14th-century watchtower which served as a defence against pirate attacks. Water sports enthusiasts should head to the southern end of the beach and try their hand at surfing. The surf school there offers various courses.

    Location: Torrevieja, Alicante, Spain

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    Delfin Submarine Floating Museum

    The first museum of its kind in all of Spain

    Anchored in Torrevieja's harbour, the Delfin Submarine Floating Museum is the first museum of its kind in Spain and features Submarine S-61, an actual submarine from the 1970s. Clamber aboard to discover what the living conditions were like for the crew of 56 submariners who spent several weeks, even months, inside the cramped, claustrophobic sub.

    The museum has different opening times throughout the year, so it's best to call ahead. It's closed on rainy days for safety reasons. You need to be at least 1.15 metres tall to enter. Near the museum lies an old customs boat which is also open to visitors. Entry is around €2.

    Location: Muelle Pesquero de Torrevieja, Torrevieja, Alicante, Spain

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    Torrevieja Pier

    Take a scenic walk by the breakwater

    The Torrevieja Pier, also known as Dique de Levante Breakwater, is one of the town’s most famous sites, popular with local fishermen, visitors, and… cats. Starting at the harbour, the wheel-chair friendly, wooden-plank boardwalk leads out to sea for some 1,4 km, ending at the Torrevieja Lighthouse. After the gentle walk, you can enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Mediterranean horizon and back over to the town and the port.

    Along the way, you’ll come across the iconic sculpture of Bella Lola sitting on a bench and looking out to sea, wistfully waiting for her beloved’s safe return. She is arguably the most photographed lady in Torrevieja. Although there are a couple of shaded benches along the way, it’s best to bring a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water.

    Location: Paseo Dique de Levante, Torrevieja, Alicante, Spain

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    Parish of the Immaculate Conception

    Discover the inspiring church in the heart of town

    The red-bricked Inmaculada Concepción is Torrevieja’s main church and dates back to the 18th-century. It stands in the picturesque Plaza de la Constitución in the heart of the city, next to the Town Hall. In the evenings, the church and plaza are well-lit and bustling with people, making this area a fantastic, atmospheric spot to sit back, relax and people-watch.

    The earthquake of 1829 almost destroyed the entire town, including the church. It took over 50 years to restore the neo-classical building to its former glory, which includes 2 photogenic bell towers, a high-ceiling nave and an ornately decorated altar.

    Location: Plaza de la Constitución, 1, 03181 Torrevieja, Alicante, Spain

    Phone: +34 965 71 21 32

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    Cultural Society Casino of Torrevieja

    Enjoy entertainment inside a Moorish-style building

    The Torrevieja Casino has an enviable location right in the heart of town, overlooking the Paseo Vista Alegre and the Marina. The Moorish-styled building was built in 1896 as an entertainment venue and to house the Sociedad Cultural Casino de Torrevieja (Cultural Society Casino of Torrevieja).

    Although it’s still a private club with members-only lounges and games rooms, some areas of the historic building are open to the general public. Visitors are free to use the cafeteria and bar facilities, as well as explore the impressive first floor which boasts a beautiful vaulted ceiling, chandeliers and huge artworks. There’s also a small hall with Moorish tiling and Arabic script. Throughout the year the casino hosts plenty of cultural events and art exhibitions which everyone can enjoy.

    Location: Paseo Vista Alegre, 14, 03181, Torrevieja, Alicante, Spain

    Phone: +34 965 71 01 04

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    Real Club Náutico

    Engage in thrilling watersports action

    The Real Club Náutico is a marine sports centre situated in Torrevieja’s harbour and offers a variety of nautical activities and sports suitable for all ages. From sailing and rowing to windsurfing and fishing, the centre has modern facilities and professional instructors to ensure a day full of entertainment.

    The Club’s installations also include an outdoor swimming pool and an all-day restaurant serving drinks and typical local dishes. On weekends they offer a set 3-course lunch. The pool and restaurant are right on the harbour and is an ideal spot to sip on a glass of wine or beer, snack on traditional tapas and watch the sunset against the Mediterranean Sea.

    Location: Paseo Vista Alegre, s/n, 03181, Torrevieja, Alicante, Spain

    Open: Daily from 8am to 11pm

    Phone: +34 965 71 01 12

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    Museum of Sea and Salt

    Learn about Torrevieja’s salt harvesting history

    The Museum of Sea and Salt is a small ethnological museum showcasing Torrevieja’s history of harvesting, processing and exporting salt. You can find it close to the promenade. A visit will give you an in-depth understanding of how important salt was, and still is, to the local torreviejenses. Exhibits include maps, old photographs and a selection of objects associated with salt-harvesting.

    Also housed in the museum are models of boats and original, handmade needles, sail yarn and plans. You can also discover sculptures of ships, ancient buildings and unique traditional crafts all handmade from salt. Entrance is free. 

    Location: Calle Patricio Perez, 10, 03181 Torrevieja, Alicante, Spain

    Open: Tuesday from 10am to to 2pm, Wednesday–Saturday from 10am to 2pm and from 5pm to 9pm, Sunday from 10am to 1pm (closed on Mondays)

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    Garden of Nations

    Go picnicking at the Parque de Las Naciones

    Parque de Las Naciones is an ample green park located a couple of blocks north of the harbour. It has well-tended gardens and is a quiet and peaceful place to go for a walk, enjoy a picnic or to let children run around in the big playground.

    In the centre, you’ll find the Garden of Nations – a 6,000-square-metre lake with a scale outline of the map of Europe and flags to represent each country. The lake is home to many water birds like ducks and geese. During hatching season, their fluffy, cute chicks entertain locals and visitors. There are also chickens, roosters, peacocks and even turtles.

    Location: Calle Villa de Madrid 332, 03181 Torrevieja, Alicante, Spain

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    Aquopolis Torrevieja

    Have a splashing fun time with the kids

    There is summer fun for everyone at the Aquopolis Torrevieja waterpark. The park is located in the middle of the city and boasts around 17 different attractions, including adrenaline-pumping slides, wave pools and relaxation areas for both adults and children.

    When you get tired of aquatic thrills, you can play some mini-golf or replenish your energies at one of several bars and restaurants. Older children and adults can participate in the free Aqua Gym and Step classes that are offered twice daily. You can reach the park by car or public bus (Route B, C or G, depending on your starting point). Buy your entrance tickets online to receive great discounts and to avoid the queues. The park is only open from June to September.

    Location: Avenida Delfina Viudes, Torrevieja, Alicante, Spain

    Open: Daily from 11.30 to 6pm (from June to September)

    Phone: +34 965 71 58 90

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