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Torrevieja
—  Municipality  —

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Torrevieja is located in Spain
Torrevieja
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 37°58′40″N 0°41′0″W / 37.97778°N 0.683333°W / 37.97778; -0.683333Coordinates: 37°58′40″N 0°41′0″W / 37.97778°N 0.683333°W / 37.97778; -0.683333
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Valencian Community
Province Alicante
Comarca Baix Segura
Judicial district Torrevieja
Founded 20th century
Government
 - Alcalde Pedro Hernández Mateo (2007) (PP)
Area
 - Total 71.44 km2 (27.6 sq mi)
Elevation 7 m (23 ft)
Population (2009)
 - Total 101,792
 Density 1,424.9/km2 (3,690.4/sq mi)
 - Demonym Torrevejense
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 03181 a 03188
Dialing code 965 and 966
Official language(s) Spanish
Website Official website

Torrevieja in Spanish or Torrevella in Valencian 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.

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History

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 mines from La Mata to the town itself and allowed the construction of dwellings there. In 1829, the town was totally destroyed by an earthquake but the mines were soon reconstructed and re-opened. 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 mined 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. You can visit the Museum of Sea and Salt.

Recent

The Port

In recent years the local economy has hugely expanded due to the tourist industry. This includes both a strong contingent of British, 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 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 import annual literary award, the Premio de Novela Ciudad de Torrevieja, and its poetry correlative, Premio de Poesía Ciudad de Torrevieja.

Population

The INE (Spanish Census) of 2005 showed that the city had 84,838 residents, and the ayuntamiento (district council area) had 95,531 residents. By January 2008 this figure had reached 103,154 of which only 47,870 were Spanish. 7,000+ of the Spanish residents were originally from Madrid and not for nothing is Torrevieja known as "la playa de Madrid" (The Madrid Beach). The most prominent nationalities in 2005 were:

Nationality Percentage   Nationality Percentage
Spanish 47.80   Colombian 2.58
British 13.30   Ukrainian 2.24
German 5.15   Moroccan 2.17
Swedish 3.14   Norwegian 2.17
Russian 2.73   Other 13.30
Demographic evolution of Torrevieja between 1897 and 2005
1897 1910 1930 1950 1960 1970 1980 1991 1996 2001 2004 2005
7,833 8,961 8,754 8,935 9,234 9,726 12,314 25,014 35,998 50,953 75,530 84,348

Places of interest

Iglesia Arciprestal de la Inmaculada Concepción
Torrevieja: Juan Aparicio Seafront
  • 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

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Torrevieja is a coastal town and center of tourism in the south of Alicante province in Costa Blanca, Spain. It is situated within the district of Vega Baja and has a population of 90,000 inhabitants. Torrevieja is 41 km away from Alicante to the north, 23 km from Elche to the northwest, and 53 km from Murcia in the southeast. Torrevieja has a protected Natural Park with two salt lakes, and 20 km of coastline containing six large beaches - La Mata, Cabo Cervera, Los Locos, El Cura, Los Náufragos and Ferris - and about 20 coves with an abundance of cliffs.

Understand

The name Torrevieja literally means "old tower". Torrevieja as a town dates from the early 18th century when it was a fishing village built around one of the watchtowers that flanks the Costa Blanca coastline. Today it's one of the fastest growing cities in Spain due to tourism. Many Spanish and other European citizens have a holiday home in the city.

There are many English-language newspapers including The Leader, Round Town News, Coastrider and the regional Costa Blanca News. They all have on-line editions. There are also numerous magazines, several radio stations and even a TV station.

Get in

By plane

El Altet airport (Alicante) about 40 km north and San Javier airport (Murcia) some 25 km south of the city.

By train

Alicante RENFE train station and Murcia RENFE train station are the closest. From there take the bus.

By car

National mainroad 332 Alicante-Cartagena, Levante motorway Madrid-Alicante, Mediterranean motorway Alicante-Murcia, A-37 motorway Alicante-Cartagena, regional mainroad CV-90, provincial road 3321.

By bus

Passenger transport companies which have direct routes to Torrevieja: ENATCAR-ALSA [1], Costa Azul[2], Vega Bus, Continental Auto and La Inmaculada.

By boat

Torrevieja has a large harbour for private yachts and small sight-seeing boats offer cruises around the coastline and to the nearby island of Tabarca, but there are not any passenger ships sailing to Torrevieja. Nearest passenger port is in Alicante.

Get around

Due to its small size it's easy to walk around the city. Costa Azul operates few bus lines connecting most important parts of Torrevieja. Taxis are plentiful and also plentiful are car rentals, alltough during peak tourist season it might be very difficult to find free parking places anywhere close to center.

Do

One of Torrevieja's claims to fame is its football club or to be more accurate its amazing supporters - amazing in both their numbers and the passion they show. Although only in the Tercera they have crowds that teams two divisions above would be pleased with. The most amazing fact is that perhaps as much as 75% of the spectators are expats. Full details at [3]

  • Touching Cloth Snooker & Pool Lounge, Bulevar Playa, Calle Noruega 3, Los Locos (30mtrs from the coast on left hand side), 696815181, [4]. Fully air conditioned bar with top quality snooker and English pool tables at very competitive rates. No membership required. Phone to book or just take a chance and call in  edit

Buy

Torrevieja offers a wide range of shopping opportunities. It contains about 2,500 shops dedicating to fashion, furniture, accessories, the home, buying and sale of property, textile, leather, interior design, electronics and gifts. The main national and international brand names in fashion, design and electronic technology are well established in Torrevieja.

Opening times range between 10AM and 10PM from Monday to Saturday, although a number of shops are open every day of the week.

The street market is an alternative to traditional commerce and in them you can obtain numerous objects for decoration, textiles, clothing, interior design, craft, animals, footwear and horticultural produce at very reasonable prices. The main market is held every Friday near the city centre. It is one of the largest outdoor markets (mercadillo) in Europe and it has over 1200 stalls. Be there immediately at 9AM, the streets will be packed with people.

Eat

Mundo Pequeño is a small and cosy restaurant located near the Friday market on Calle Marcelina. The food is international but also Spanish tapas is served. It is a popular spot with many nationalities, the bar area reflecting this with a welcoming atmosphere.

  • Hotel Madrid, C/ Villa Madrid,15 Torrevieja, Alicante 03180 Spain, +34 965711350, [5]. checkin: 1 p.m.; checkout: 12 p.m.. El Hotel Madrid cuenta con una calidad superior y esmerado servicio. Situado en el centro de la ciudad cerca de la playa de poniente y del puerto deportivo, ofrece unas instalaciones totalmente renovadas pensando en lograr la máxima comodidad para todos nuestros clientes dandoles el mejor trato familiar.  edit

Stay safe

The Friday market (like most crowded places) abounds with very clever pickpockets. Make sure that any valuables you have with you are absolutely unreachable by anyone but yourself. If you are unlucky - as I was - you will need to report it to the Guardia Civil (near the market) and NOT the Policia Local. Keep a copy of the report (la denunciacion) as you will need the incident number for any insurance claim or for a replacement driving licence (if that was stolen too). The thieves often work in pairs. One will shield the other from view while dipping into your bag or pocket. --Petesm 11:09, 4 October 2008 (EDT)

Get out

Murcia is a nice city half hours drive away.

Cartagena is an old city a short motorway drive away.

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