Torrevieja is a tourist town whose life revolves around the sea and salt. Its two enormous salt flats, La Mata and Torrevieja, are surrounded by modern housing developments.
Connected to each other, these salt flats have been declared a natural park, and from La Mata they connect directly to the sea. The salt exploitation is as old as the Christian era, but had its period of expansion in the 19th century. Nowadays, Torrevieja salt is exported all over the world, and its annual production exceeds one million tonnes.
In Torrevieja, the seafaring tradition is kept alive in the important activity of the fishing and commercial port, as well as in the numerous moorings offered by the Real Club Náutico Torrevieja and Marina Internacional. At the end of the Paseo Marítimo are the docks where the ships that travelled to Cuba with salt used to load up and bring back popular songs, the habaneras, a tradition that encourages the popular choral contest that the city celebrates every summer.
Beaches of Torrevieja
A few kilometres from the city, which has been declared a Historic-Artistic and Monumental Site, Orihuela has 16 km of coastline with coves and cliffs with crystal clear waters and fine sandy beaches. of coastline with alternating coves and cliffs of transparent waters and fine sandy beaches, such as Punta Prima, Playa Flamenca, La Zenia, Cabo Roig, Dehesa de Campoamor and Mil Palmeras, which enjoy national and international prestige and which year after year obtain the Blue Flag award for Clean Seas of Europe, as well as obtaining other certifications such as ISO 14001, ISO 9001, UNE 187001 (Q for Quality), Ecoplaya flag and Qualitur flags.
In its beaches, coves and marinas (Cabo Roig and Dehesa de Campoamor) you can practice water sports at any time of the year, thanks to the privileged climate of the area, which ensures an average temperature of around 20º C and more than 300 days of sunshine.
You can also practice horse riding at the Campoamor Riding Club, golf at any of the five golf courses belonging to our Municipality or practice other sports in one of the facilities of the residential complexes or in the recently inaugurated Municipal Sports Centre of Orihuela Costa.
Beaches of Orihuela Costa
The Orihuela Costa is the most privileged area of the municipality. With 17 km of beautiful beaches of fine sand, surrounded by natural landscapes and coves of turquoise blue water, with 320 days of sunshine a year and an average temperature of 20º, Orihuela Costa has all the charm of the Mediterranean Sea.
Five of these beaches have the Q for Tourist Quality awarded by the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce. This is the highest tourist recognition at national level, and means "to ensure the consumer the best possible tourist experience".
The municipality of Orihuela extends to the sea with 16 km. of coastline.
A little more than 20 km. from this city, leaving in the direction of Bigastro and passing through San Miguel de Salinas, Orihuela has coves, cliffs with transparent waters and excellent beaches with fine sand of renowned prestige: Punta Prima, Playa Flamenca, Cabo Roig, Campoamor and Mil Palmeras, are some of the beaches where you can sunbathe and have a good swim.
And next to the coast, you will discover the unique landscape of the green of the golf courses, among pine, almond and lemon trees, always with the sea on the horizon.
Orihuela has the best and most important golf courses in the Mediterranean. A total of 90 holes make up its five excellent golf courses, of recognised international prestige, host to important European tournaments. Campo de Golf Villamartin, Las Ramblas Golf Club, Real Club de Golf Campoamor, Las Colinas Golf & Country Club and Vistabella Golf.
Sources: Orihuela Town Hall (http://www.orihuelaturistica.es/) and Torrevieja Town Hall.