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Torrevieja is situated on the coast in the Southern Costa Blanca region. It is surrounded by two natural saltwater lagoons, which form the "Salterns of Torrevieja" considered the biggest in Europe. Located just 47kms from Alicante (the provincial capital) with its international airport, and 35kms from San Javier international airport in Murcia, it is ideally located for a 2nd home/short breaks alike. Its climate is dry and equable throughout the year with over 300 days of sunshine. This region of Spain is rated by the World Health Organisation, as being the healthiest climate on the planet.
Torrevieja was the home port of the largest fleet of sailing boats in the Mediterranean. Today the esteemed Real Club Nautico of Torrevieja and Puerto Deportivo Marina hold in excess of 1500 mooring places of high quality. Smaller marinas are dotted along the coastline (many within easy reach of the town).
Among the opportunities for recreation, the town has easy access to some of the best golf courses around. Villamartin (hosted the '94 Mediterranean Open), Las Ramblas, Quesada, Campoamor, and the newly built La Finca course are all less than 15 minutes drive away. Further a field is the renowned La Manga Golf Club. A multitude of tennis clubs, a flying club, municipal football stadium, bull-ring, water-park, fairground, theatre and several cinemas are also in place.
Also of interest is the town of Cartagena (30 minutes drive), a delightful Roman port city, which has recently been revitalised. The Moorish capital of Spain - city of Granada is also within reach (3 hours drive), this reputed to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world with an enormous amount of attractions, including a ski resort nearby.
Torrevieja like most important Spanish towns has a number of Fiestas. The procession on the night of Good Friday is one of the most admired on the eastern coast of Spain. In May the "Ferria de Mayo" is host to 300,000 people and the town comes to life with music, dance and costume. In June the "Holy Heart Festivities" are celebrated with children's games, popular dances, and musical performances. On the 16th July there is the festivity of the "Virgin del Carmen" who is patron saint of fishermen and seamen. Finally from the 1st - 17th December the "Fiestas Patronales" (Patron Saints Days) conclude the year's festivities with the main event, a procession on the night of the 8th.
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. This watchtower was called the "Old Tower" or la Torre Vieja, because of the bad condition that it was in, and this is where the village took its name from.
From the very beginning, the people of Torrevieja have carried out three main professions; sailors, fishermen and salt workers.
Sailors: The men from Torrevieja were ship builders and great sailors who transported wine, salt and flat roof tiles to America and the Phillipines. They had a long tradition of exporting salt to Cuba, and that is how the typical songs form La Habana came to us from the sailors of Torrevieja.
Fishermen: These men used to do what we call "night fishing," where an artificial light was used to attract fishes like red mullets to the nets.
Salt workers: The salt works started to be developed in the 18th century when large amounts of salt were discovered in the lagoon. Today, the salt works in Torrevieja are considered to be the most important in the world, after the Dead Sea.
SALTY AND SUNNY TORREVIEJA
Torrevieja has a population of 100,000 inhabitants during the low season and 500,000 in the high season. There is a saying which describes the town as "white of salt, tan of sun" and this is written on the city shield and reminds us of the city's basic elements; the sun and the salt.
The town's salt is exported to northern Europe, Canada, the United States and Western Africa and is used for a variety of purposes such as a dressing for salting meat and fish, in industries as a water softener, and in colder countries it is used on their icy roads and airport runways. In African countries it is used as a fridge, to conserve food and prevent it from dehydrating.
All of the Valencian coast beaches are controlled by the European Community which sets quality levels for the swimming areas. The most prestigious award is the European Clean Water Blue Flag, which means that the beach has achieved an optimum level for swimming and recreational activities. The Valencian coastline has 94 blue flag beaches, several of which are here in Torrevieja, such as Los Locos beach, El Cura beach, Los NŠufragos beach and the Royal Nautical Club.
Torrevieja has different holidays throughout the year. The Holy Week with its processions attracts tens of thousands of people into the streets. During the month of May, the town enjoys one week of the purest Andalusian music and dance, when more than 300,000 people gather in the town dressed in their traditional costumes and dance the famous Sevillanas. The atmosphere is completed with horse parades and the tasting of fine wines. In July, there is the Virgen del Carmen fiesta (the patron saint of fishermen and sailors) which involves eating paella and an array of nautical activities. And finally in December, there are the traditional patron saint's days in honour of the Immaculate Conception.
SPORTS, LEISURE AND SERVICES
Torrevieja and its surrounding areas play host to three prestigious golf courses, where both national and international championships are held. A total of 54 holes, covering an area of 1,700,000 m≤ give shape to the Villamartin, Las Ramblas and Campoamor golf courses. The International Sports Harbour Marina offers the chance to practice different water sports, along with several hundred high quality berths.
La Finca Golf Course Las Ramblas Golf Course
Real Campoamor Golf Course Villamartn Golf Course
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