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Torrevieja:

 

The Torrevieja area is named by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the healthiest climates in the world. With well over 300 days of sunshine every year and an average temperature of around 24° C it is an obvious choice for holiday and retirement homes and a huge number of British people have chosen to make their permanent homes here over the past few years.

The whole area has grown massively around the property business and there is an enormous choice of properties - both re-sales and new build. Most of the development is close to the sea with the majority of properties either walking distance or a short drive from the nearest beach. There is a large network of British shops, bars, restaurants and services and also plenty of sports and interest clubs catering for Brits and of course for people of all nationalities. Golf in particular is a sport well catered for in the area and there are 3 golf courses close by, at Villa Martin, Las Ramblas and Campoamor offering challenges to players of all capabilities, Villamartin is a championship course.

Torrevieja itself lies around 50km south west of Alicante. The area (including La Mata) is famous for its salt lakes, and salt, along with fishing, was the major industry in the area before the arrival of tourism which has caused the town to grow hugely over the last few years. The name Torrevieja derives from the Spanish for "old tower". Torrevieja has a huge harbour which has been having major refurbishment and development.

Torrevieja boasts a superb promenade with a lively craft market and funfair and a huge number of bars, restaurants and ice-cream parlours. It is also very popular with sand modelers who astound by passers with their skill and artistry. There are dozens of fabulous beaches in the area - some of the best being in the Cabo Roig, La Zenia and Campoamor areas and Torrevieja itself has many beaches. If you are looking to locate here or simply to take a holiday or buy a holiday home, you will not be disappointed - many thousands have chosen to make this their home.

Park of the Nations

One of the best known landmarks in Torrevieja is the Park of the Nations (Parque de las Naciones), some views are shown in the pictures above - the islands and lakes form a replica of a map of Europe and each country is represented by its national flag. There is also a stage within the park where many local events are held. The park is a favorite haunt of the Spanish people of Torrevieja especially on a Sunday when the place is really buzzing, with the parents enjoying the sunshine and the children enjoying the play park. There is a variety of bird life in the park including a couple of particularly striking peacocks. There is also a small reptile house where you can see some huge iguanas.