Nestling between two large salt lakes and the Mediterranean, the old fishing village of Torrevieja has grown to be the most important town in the area, with impressive plans for further development of the infrastructure.
The city of Torrevieja lies 50km south west of Alicante and is ideally placed within 30-40 minutes of both Alicante and Murcia airports. In recent years, new motorways have made access to the town much easier. The harbour in Torrevieja is still home for around 300 fishing ships and over 1000 private sport boats. This makes for a beautiful view whilst the sun sets. Due to the location of this area it has its own micro-climate, considered by the World Health Organisation to be one of the healthiest places in the world. This fact has attracted people from all over the globe to come and buy property here in the radiant sunshine. Torrevieja has a cosmopolitan flavour which is reflected in the vast array of shops, boutiques, bars and local restaurants. Torrevieja town has received many awards, such as being recognised among the top environmentally-minded municipalities in Spain.
If you thought only the off-the-beaten-track tourists noticed the pressure on areas such as the Costa Blanca, think again. The Spanish have not only noticed it, they are actively exploiting it. The fine white sand of Torrevieja's beaches is one of the main attractions for visitors, as well as the calm waters. The warm Mediterranean Sea is crystal clear and most beaches provide entertainment areas for children, volleyball fields, water slides, showers and cafes along the promenades.
There are numerous glorious beaches, as you would expect in the Torrevieja area. La Mata, La Zenia, Playa Flamenca, Los Locos, El Cura and Lo Ferris to name just a few. These are some of the best Blue Flag beaches in the Mediterranean. The climate and the beaches lend themselves to a variety of water sports like water skiing, wind surfing and surfing.
Playa del Cura beach is one of the most popular with games for the children, showers, rent of hammocks and the service & alertness of the Red Cross.
Los Locos Beach, also called El Salaret beach consists of fine golden sand with clear blue waters.
Towards the north, the environment becomes marked by a succession of small coves which spread up to Cabo Cervera. This part of the beach has been adapted for persons of limited mobility. This beach has parking, red cross, lifeguard and special facilities for the handicapped, an ice-cream stand, news stand, restaurants, bus stop, promenade and public telephones. You also have the opportunity to practice windsurfing, water cycling, water tubes and water parachuting.
Playa de Los Naufragos has a semi urban aspect with clean waters and fine, almost white sand and is very popular. Only one kilometre from here, you can visit Torrevieja Marina International.
This marina has excellent installations with a restaurant, shops and other services for marine sports. Torrevieja is the home port of the largest fleet of sailing boats in the Mediterranean. Today the esteemed Real Club Nautico of Torrevieja & Puerto Deportivo Marina holds in excess of 1,500 mooring places of high quality. Playa del Cura also has the Blue Flag award. This beach has parking, red cross, childrens' park, water skiing, taxi rank, promenade, bus stop, restaurants, special handicapped person's facilities, public phones, beach umbrellas and hammocks, cleaning service and waste bins. You can also practice beach sports such as windsurfing and water cycling here.
The Costa Blanca has a reputation for being a Mediterranean paradise and is a prime location boasting a superb climate with very mild winter temperatures and the supply of plentiful days of sunshine each year. This climate draws thousands of tourists and encourages participation in a wide range of sporting activities.
In the Southern Costa Blanca, Torrevieja is the main town where the vast majority of beaches have been awarded the EEC Blue Flag Award. The Blue Flag Award denotes cleanliness making it an ideal place to settle down for a relaxing retirement or for that superb holiday home. With extensive beaches typically with sand dunes, this privileged corner of Spain offers everything that has made this country so highly favoured amongst property purchasers.
For those of you interested in a broader variety of activities, the Costa Blanca has a lot to offer with a wide range of health spas, leisure facilities, numerous excellent golf courses to a championship standard and the crystal clear waters which allow you to enjoy every water sport imaginable.
The clear blue waters and stunning underwater scenery make it a diver's paradise. You can also watch the setting of the sun whilst having a dip in the cool blue waters which is an experience not easily forgotten.
Further south, the cliffs have a creamy white tint from which the Costa Blanca (white coast) derives its name. Covered with Mediterranean flora scrub and coastal pine, this is an area whose romantic lighthouses and ancient ruins encapsulate the history and soul of the Mediterranean. The coast boasts excellent transport links via motorways, railways, ferry ports and three international airports. The Costa Blanca is one of the most stunning and unspoilt areas in Europe. With excellent average temperatures the climate is rated by the World Health Organisation as one of the healthiest in the world.
Vega Baja is the southern most district of Alicante spreading as far as Elche - Europe's largest palm forest to the north and to the historic city of Orihuela in the South. The Vega Baja is divided by the River Segura which flows into the Mediterranean Sea at Guardamar. This untouched, traditional rural area is rich in agriculture with local villages providing Alicante with the majority of their fresh fruit and vegetables.