Juan Carlos Moragues, the central government delegate in the Comunidad Valenciana, visited La Mata in the municipality of Torrevieja to see for himself the result of the repairs and regeneration work which has been carried out since the heavy storms and flooding of December and March.
For much of the year the warm climate of the Costa Blanca means that it is possible to enjoy a swim at the beaches of Torrevieja, but with the arrival of wintry temperatures forecast for the latter part of this week it is timely to report that the large municipal indoor swimming pool finally reopened last Friday.
Spain has moved up from fourth to third place in the number of inbound tourists, behind only France and the United States with over 65 million tourists arriving on its shores last year. In terms of total tourist spending, however, with 63 billion euros, in second position it occupies one place higher.
The first thing that draws your attention in Torrevieja is its setting.
There are two salt lagoons, one pink and the other green, which make up the La Mata and Torrevieja Lagoons Nature Reserve.
Together, they cover a total of 3,700 Hectares, which represents 52% of the local terrain, and contain enormous biological wealth.
Sun, sea and beaches
The Torrevieja coast is very long, covering a total of 14 km of coastline, along which there are numerous beaches and coves where you can cool down and relax.
The La Mata Beach, which runs from North to South, stands out from the
rest. It is the longest spreading across almost two kilometres, and the dunes
are characterised by the abundance of fossilised dunes. If you like spacious and
quiet beaches, La Mata is a great choice.
A little further South, where some
historians discovered the spot that today is Torrevieja, we find Cabo Cervera and the beach with the same name: Playa de Cabo Cervera. Here they found an
old Watchtower, the so-called Torre del Moro (Moorish Tower), which offers a
spectacular viewpoint which allows to see the area from the Mar Menor (Lower
Sea) -in the South- to the Cabo de Santa Pola (Santa Pola Cape) - in the North.
Continuing Southwards along the coast, we discover âLas calasâ (âThe covesâ),
an area with quiet coves where you can go diving or simply enjoy a good swim.
South of âLas Calasâ is the Punta del Salaret, which shelters the Playa de Los
Locos (Madmen Beach), a striking spot reminiscent of the old sanatorium which
used to be there. This beach now forms part of the built-up part of Torrevieja and offers visitors numerous services.
Adjacent to the Western dock in the Torrevieja harbour, is the Playa de los NÃ¡ufragos (Shipwreck Beach), an extensive beach where you can complement a beach day with a fun snorkelling trip.
Also, just a few metres deep, towards the North, - the port- or the South -La Veleta town-, there are posidonia meadows with fascinating ecosystems that we recommend you take a look at whilst respecting the environment. If you go snorkelling in the âLa Veletaâ area, notice how there are sections of tiles at the bottom. Curious? You should know that the Playa de los NÃ¡ufragos owes its name to the shipwrecks which took place nearby.
In the far South of the City, we can find Punta Prima, where Torrevieja borders the municipal district of Orihuela. At this peripheral point of the city, we find an emblematic cove, an inlet which looks more like the Caribbean Sea than the Mediterranean: Cala Ferris (Ferris Cove).
Covered with palm trees and small dunes, with crystalline waters, this cove offers you the chance to enjoy a quiet swim surrounded by the sound of the birds -including parrots- and the sea. You will be astounded by the quantity of fish living in this ecosystem
All the Torrevieja beaches are certified with the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 regulations for quality and environmental management. This reaffirms Torrevieja as a symbol of prestige and quality.
Torrevieja has a great variety of small, traditional trades which portray the main
characteristics of Torrevieja: open and simple. There are also hypermarkets and
shopping centres nearby, which complement the shops available in this city.
The Market, known by residents as âLa Plasaâ, is a good place to visit. There you
will be able to see fresh products from both the sea and land. Many of the
products grown on the land are linked to the âBajo Seguraâ garden.
The city also has two street markets, one which takes place on Fridays near to
the bus station and the other in the nearby district of La Mata on Wednesdays.
The most striking feature of these is the variety and the quality of the products.