Many of the beaches of the Torrevieja area (La Mata, Los Locos, El Cura, Los Naufragos, and Cabo Cervera, Playa del Acequión) hold the prestigious ISO 14001 certificate. This is the highest award in Environmental Management for both the water and the sand. Blue flags denoting the award are displayed at the various beaches. In total, Torrevieja has around 20km of coastline. All the beaches are easily accessible from the N332.
In and around Torrevieja itself there are many differing beaches. To the north is La Mata, a particularly popular location, being less crowded than some in the main season. This is the town’s largest beach, made up of fine sand, stretching some 2 km. It also has volleyball nets and is a centre for water sports.
In the central part of the town’s coastline lies Cape Cervera beach, which in turn gives way to collection of small coves such as Mojón, Higuera, and Gambote. Other popular beaches adjacent to Torrevieja are Los Locos and El Cura, again, made up of fine sand and safe sea conditions. The most southern beach is Playa del Acequión, which is located near the port and the saltworks. It is characterized by lots of small fishing boats and many beachside bars and cafes.
The main beaches provide water sport facilities including pedalos and jet skis. Playa de Los Locos provides limited mobility access.
There is a promenade running along the length of the coast, just two minutes from the bustling town centre itself. This is especially popular with locals on Sunday mornings where many can be seen taking a stroll in their ‘Sunday Best’ after having been to church. It is also popular with locals in the evening.
In addition to the many bars and cafes here, there are also ice cream parlours offering up to 100 different flavours. This main promenade is also famous for its elaborate hand-crafted sand sculptures, the subject of many holiday snapshots.
As well as the sandy beaches alongside the promenade, there are also manmade bays. These are particularly safe areas for swimming for young children. To the southern end there is the statue of the Hombre del Mar.
For those who like walking, Torrevieja also has a long breakwater to the front of the marina. It is also a favoured location for those who like fishing. There are also plans for the whole of the coastline to be made into a single complete walkway, much of which is in place already.
At the town’s marinas, there are two diving centres and boat charter companies. A wide range of water sports are available including sailing, windsurfing, diving, and water skiing. Nearby, there is also the town’s Aqua Park.
If you haven’t visited any of the local beaches around Torrevieja in the height of the summer, now that’s an experience not to be missed!
by Julie Day