Introduction

Torrevieja is a coastal town in the South of Alicante provence on the Costa Blanca of Spain. It has a resident population of approx 100,000, which swells to almost half a million in the height of summer, making Torrevieja a very much multi-cultural society. It has been described by the World Health Organisation as having "the best climate in Europe" and this can be attributed to the fact that the town is surrounded by two large natural salt lagoons, which together with the temperature forms a microclimate recommended by medical specialists the world over for its beneficial health properties in particular for heart disease, skin disorders, rheumatism and bronchial illness. The salt from the lagoons is extracted and sold throughout the world.
With nearly 300 days of sunshine a year, very little rain, mild winters and warm summers, Torreviaja is trully a fantastic place to visit and stay. It has several beaches and sandy coves in and around the surrounding area, with many of them having obtained the European Blue flag award for cleanliness.


Although Torrevieja can be classed as a holiday resort, you will not find many hotels and practically none of the household name package companies have Torrevieja advertised in their brochures. Most of the "tourists" that come here on holiday stay in either their own holiday homes or rent property from family and friends and Torrevieja is a particularly popular destination for the residents of the Madrid area of Spain.
With such a large influx of tourists and with such a large resedential population, the town has ample facilities including shopping centres, DIY stores, furniture shops, garages, a waterpark and ample restuarants and bars and like most Spanish cities, it's takes great pleasure and pride in celebrating festivals.

Moving out of the town centre, their are various little villages or urbanisations. All are served with their own shopping complexes, again with supermarkets, various other shooping stores and again, numerous bars and restuarants. All are very accessable either by car ot the local bus service.

For sports enthusiasts, the area is blessed with several golf courses and has its own football team which currently plays in the Spanish 3rd division and is well supported by the local population of ex British pats.