Torrevieja - SpainTorrevieja is a seaside city located on the Costa Blanca in the province of Alicante in southeastern Spain. It's name derives from the fact that until 1802 it existed only as an ancient guard tower. "Torre" is the Spanish word for tower, and "vieja" means old. Salt is a major industry in Torrevieja due to the fact that it is located between the sea and two large salt lakes Las Salinas. This location gives Torrevieja an extremely healthy climate, which is the primary reason for its popularity among expats in Spain.
Another reason is that Torrevieja is conveniently situated at approximately only 30 minutes drive from both Alicante and Murcia airports, making it easily accessible from most European cities. In recent years the local economy has hugely expanded due to the tourist industry, and Torrevieja is a very cosmopolitan place boasting a strong contingent of British, Irish, Germans, Eastern Europeans and Scandinavians. Many of these live there all the year round, along with many Spaniards who like to have a holiday home on the coast.
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Restaurants in TorreviejaThere are plenty of cafeterias and restaurants in Torrevieja and you can find any cuisine you like - Spanish, Indian, Chinese, etc. Due to the cosmopolitan make up of the town, Torrevieja boasts a gastronomic range more fitting to a large capital city than an average sized seaside resort. Many of the tapas bars in Torrevieja provide tapas and Caña for 1.5€. There are also some bars that follow a tradition that Granada and Madrid are most famous of by offering you a small tapas when you order a beer or a glass of wine. Some of the specialties in Torrevieja is Arroz, who is better known as Paella in other parts of Spain, and Sobresada which is a pate made of pork, mashed potatoes and spices.
Tapas bars in TorreviejaThere are plenty of tapas bars in Torrevieja and if you move away form the sea front you will find many excellent typical Spanish tapas bars. Many tapas bars in Torrevieja offer tapas and caña for 1.5 €. Because of the large selection it can be hard to find good tapas bars in Torrevieja. A good tip is to look where the Spaniards go. hotels.com. There you can search among a lot of hotels at the same time and you can also book a hotel online. The prices are often lower than other web sites. Visit them on www.hotels.com
Activities in TorreviejaIn Torrevieja there is always plenty to do. Bars, cafeterias, and restaurants abound and you can find any cuisine you like. Spanish, Indian, Chinese, etc. Due to the cosmopolitan make up of the town Torrevieja boasts a gastronomic range more fitting to a large capital city than an average sized seaside resort.
The nightlife goes on until 7 o’clock in the morning in the various bars and discotheques for those who want to dance the night away, and for sun lovers, there are lots of beaches in the centre and nearby along the Orihuela Coasts. There are several gyms, which offer holiday memberships, spas, pools, and Go Kart Centres. There is plenty of shopping, with Habaneras shopping Centre in the Centre of Town and the soon to be finished huge new La Zenia Shopping Centre only a fifteen minute drive away. In Torrevieja, you will never be short of things to occupy you.
Travelling and transportation in TorreviejaTorrevieja Centre has a good and regular bus service to that will take you to all main surrounding towns and villages and also to nearby big cities such as Alicante, Benidorm, Murcia etc. Taxis are easy to find and good value and there are many local companies that do regular tours to surrounding places of local interest. Car hire is easy to find and very reasonable but if you are looking to hire a car for the high season such as summer or Easter, early booking is advisable as prices rises as availability falls.
The Carnival is celebrated in February (exact dates vary year to year), then there are the usual Easter fiestas, a local fiesta in April, the May Fair in May, the Festival of Music in July and August. Also on the 12th of July the patron Saint of Torrevieja, the Virgen del Carmen is celebrated. In August we also celebrate San Emigdio and on the 9th of October the whole Valencian community celebrates el Día de la Comunidad Valenciana.
Add to those the “national” fiestas such as Christmas Day, New Year, Kings Day (Día de los Reyes) on the 6th of January, Father’s Day (Día del Padre) on the 19th of March, Labour day on the 1st of May, Spain’s National day on the 12th October, All Saints day on the 1st of November, Constitution day on the 6th of December and the day of the Immaculate Conception on the 8th… plus a few others… and you can see that whenever you decide to visit Torrevieja there is likely to be some kind of party going on !!
Shopping in TorreviejaShopping in Torrevieja Centre is varied and fun, with many different shops selling everything you could possibly want. There are large hypermarkets such as Carrefour, and many, many supermarkets such as Iceland, Mercadona, Lidl and Aldi in the town and the surrounding places.
The Habaneras is a large Shopping Centre on the outskirts of the Town, with free parking and such shops as Zara, C and A, Bookworld España, Druni, H&M and many others, also DIY shops and Sports shops. The new huge La Zenia Boulevard is only 10 minutes drive away and houses the largest Primark clothing store in Europe. There is an El Corte Inglés in Alicante, Cartagena and Murcia, all less than an hours drive away, and you will find Ikea in Murcia only 45 minutes drive from Torrevieja.
There are also many street markets, the main street market taking place every Friday morning.
Spanish classes in TorreviejaWhether you want to learn spanish from scratch or you want to improve your spanish, Torrevieja is a perfect choice. The advantage of studying Spanish in Torrevieja is that you can practise your language in the spare time.
On basicspanishclasses.com you will find spanish classes in Torrevieja and many other cities in Spain.
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