What to do in La Mata the suburb of Torrevieja? First it is seaside village. There is a long street with shops. A very nice sea boulevard. Beautiful sandy beaches. But also many restaurants and bars. Nearby is the “Molino de Aqua park”. Read more about Torrevieja waterparks
La Mata Natural park
The most important is the village Natural Park. It is a bird reserve at the other side of the N 332. Also, you can visits the visitor centre.
But The village has also famous wine ranks . So you can enjoy a wine walking route. The wine is a dessert wine. So it is sweet. Furthermore the village and environment is also popular for the walking and the cycling trails.
On Wednesday morning .
What to do in La Mata ? International pork day
On the last Sunday of January there is : ” La Mata international pork day.”
A total weight of 800 kilogram meat , 150 liters of local wine and 150 kilogram of breads are served tot the visitors. In 2020 this pork day is the 20 ste edition.
The last years it has a huge succes. People are coming with buses from the nearby villages.
The events start at 12:00. The visitors can enjoy a free meal. Of course while stock last. But there is also a performance. This can be dance or singing.
During the international pork day there is also a draw with at least 10 hams as prizes. So is it really “a fiesta of pork ” for every one and free .
This day is organised by ” Pena el Cerdo”. In collaboration with the town hall of La Mata and the local bars and restaurants
First, Torrevieja is one of the biggest tourist city’s of the Costa Blanca.
It is located in the province of Alicante. From the city of Alicante it is a 50 kilometers drive.
With a population in the region of 107 000 Torrevieja is for most of tourists, one of the place where the love with Spain began.
Because, Torrevieja is not only the town but greater Torrevieja include also La Mata.
In the past, the city was a small salt mining and fishing city.
This side industry of salt, was harvesting from the salt lakes nearby.
The salt manufacture was an important industry. This industry was the employer of many citizens.
The salt was produced in the two salt lagoons, nearby Torrevieja. Nearby, there are two salt lakes where you can often see flamingos.
The city stays famous for it salt.
Now, it has grown to a full size city with its own shopping center and cinemas. The city is a major tourist spot among the Costa Blanca.
Indeed, the climate is a typical Mediterranean climate. Its has a wonderful climate with more than 300 days of sun.
This climate got in the summer temperature of average 25 degrees and in the winter average 12 degrees.
The half of the 100 000 habitats are if foreigner nationalities.In brief, most of them are Scandinavians, Belgium, English or Russian. As a result, the center of the city is a cosmopolitan meeting point.
The town has developed into a multi cultural city. A city with many nationalities calling it their “place under the sun”.
What to do ?
While, the city is surrounded by golf courses it is very popular by British people.
Close to Torrevieja are also the golf courses of Orihuela Costa.
The sea front includes a nice Marina and next to it a very nice long promenade.
This promenade is popular with locals and tourist.
Each evening , nearby the Torrievieja beach promenade and the Casino there are market stalls.
You gave a great choice at the market from the local craftsmanship.
Anything what the craftsman think than can interest a tourist.
The sea promenade is called the Paseo. This walk in front of the seashore is approximately 1,50 km long.
Sure it is beautiful at night.
One of this excursions from the Marina is to the island of Tabarca.
This beautiful snorkeling paradise is only a half hour from the coast.
There are every day leaving from the harbor.
Another nice thing to do is a museum.But not an ordinary museum but a floating museum. The floating Museum is the “Albatros III .
In the past , this Submarine was guarding the waters outside Torrevieja.
It is an unusual museum. The entrance is 2 €. So it is nice to take the children to this historical Memorabilia.
Thus, it’s a very vivid town. Many tourists have decide to become a resident and so are staying the whole year. On the other side you have tourists who only come in the holiday’s or rent their holiday homes.
As a result, Torrevieja is quite a busy town with a lot of traffic in the summer season.
There are thousand bars and restaurants to choose from.
The town infrastructure is all that you want hostels , hotels, apartments…
There is also an Olympic sized swimming pool.
First, the main beach of Torrevieja (Playa del cura) is a small beach.
But the beach is accessible for wheel chairs. See below.
In summer season, the beach is very busy.
But ,Torrevieja has a 20 km long coastline. North of the city, you can find the longest beach with many beautiful dunes. The water is crystal clear and the beaches are often visited by the many families with children.
In the south of Torrevieja, we find lovely beaches and “Calas”. Indeed, much rougher but the blue water invites you to swim and to snorkel.
The beaches have a Blue Flag the award for cleanliness.
The promenade along the seafront in the city is popular by locals and the many tourists.
The paseo gives you marvelous views on the Mediterranean Sea , the large fishing fleet and of course the harbor .
Due perhaps to the many lovely bars, restaurants and little shops .
Furthermore, the sea boulevard is surrounded by palm trees.
A direct holiday feeling .
If you are a beach-lover, you have to go to the north of city .
There you can discover the quieter splendid beach of La Mata. The sandy beaches are beautiful. But behind them, there is also a very nice nature reserve. In the reserve are different species of birds and waders.
The beaches have all beautiful names: Los Locos, Los Naufragos, La Mata , Playa Acequion, Playa del Cura.
Of course all beaches have his own character.
There is also a wide choice of sports available such as golf, football, tennis, yoga, gyms…
The town has been also promoting water sport activities.
The trees marinas offer a large choice of nautical experiences.
To sum up : sailing, canoeing,cable ski, jet ski , Banana’s, pedalo’s , parasailing and fly boarding.
But also boat excursions.
In fact, the town has an ideal climate for the water sport. So they can be practiced all year round.
Torrevieja mobility friendly beaches.
The first mobility friendly walkway was installed at the end of 2016.
This will facilitate the access to the sea for wheelchairs users.
In the future additional facilitates will be installed. Such as a special adapted shower and also platforms. This platforms with areas of shade so users can escape from the heath of the sun.
The beach with the mobility friendly walkways is the “Playa del Cura”.
This structure is not permanent and as stipulated in the Coast law of the Costa Blanca, can be dismantled. This can be the case with sever storms, like the one at the end of december 2016.
This initiative is making the beaches in Torrevieja accessible for every one. Also older people with reduced mobility.
A good initiative.
All those facility are already installed in Mil Palmeras a nearby town.
As a result from the many tourists, there are some Camping’s near and around Torrevieja.
Some are perfect for motor homes. If you are coming to the Costa Blanca see also our page : motorhome at the Costa Blanca.
“Camping Florantiles” is about 268 pitches big. The camping has its own swimming pool and super market. Each place is around 90 m2 and has electricity.
The Address of the camping is CV-95, 95, 03186 Torrevieja, Alicante, Spain.
Camping La Campana , Ctra Torrevieja N 332 Alicante Cartagena a 4;5 km
Camping Mare Nostrum Ctra Guardamar Guardamar del Segura
n 332 Alicante – Torrevieja
Camping Marjal Crta Guardamar N 332 Alicante Guardamar .
Torrevieja La Mata nature park.
La Mata is a nature park in Torrevieja in one of the two salt lagoons. click here to read more about la Mata.
Now, these lagoons attract a wild variety of birds. Such as flamingo’s and herons.
But also a nice quieter suburb of the city.
You can find the museum of Sea and Salt on the sea front.
This museum shows the history of Torrevieja and his salt industry throughout the ages.
Torrevieja celebrates many festivals and holy days.
Most of them are with very beautiful parades and events .
On the programme a large selection of music, ballet, theater and opera.
For instance, the “Nutcracker of Tchaikosky” with the classical Ballet of St.Petersburg.
But also a balletshow ” El Amor Brujo by Victor Ullate.
It is a part of the Spanish culture, so enjoy it.
In the present, march 2018 the virgin del Carmen culture center from Torrevieja will act as a box office .
And this, every Wednesday from 11:00 till 14:00.
So, it will be easier to purchase tickets.
But tickets are still available in the auditorium two hours before the spectacle.
For more information about the programme of the auditorium you can find more details on their website.
Ruta de las Tapas or Tapas Route
Each year in April and October the city celebrates the route of the tapas, small dishes :” Ruta de las Tapas “.
It is good is held twice a year.
Of course it was inspired by the business and restaurants associations. But is became a success by residents and tourist.
Sample the best of Torrevieja’s tapas!
During this dates you will able to try in many restaurants and bars a homemade tapas.
Enjoy a walking /eating tour of the city center.
A homemade tapa and drink is for you for 2:00 euro.
Some bars presents a Gourmet Tapa and drink at the price of 2:50 euro.
There are nearly 50 establishments offering a selection of nearly 200 different tapas.
A free map of the participating bars and restaurants is available.
It is a nice way to discover Torrevieja in a relax atmosphere.
It remains fun and cheap way to sped an evening or afternoon walking the center.
With the change to discover some of Torrevieja’s hidden bars and restaurants.
There is also a “Tapas Route card” with official stamps.
How to get to Torrevieja ?
First, the nearest airports are Murcia / San Javier ( 72 km ) and Alicante Airport ( 50 km )
Then, there are several buses from the airport of Alicante to Torrevieja. The bus stop is just outside the terminal. The ticket price is 7 € available by the driver. The buses leave nearly every hour.
Next, there also buses from Murcia Airport to the city. In spite of the bus the line is not direct.
The first change to Torrevieja is in the central station of Murcia. Therefore, it is better to rent a car, a taxi ( 60 €) or a private shuttle to Torrevieja.
Indeed, if you want to see the surrounding regions, it is better to rent a car.
Book in advance on the internet, but inform yourself about all the options and prices.
In Spain, most shops are open from 9.00 to 13.00 and from 16.00 to 21.00. Due to the heath in the summer season.
Nevertheless, in the large shopping malls like “Habaneras” and supermarkets like Carrefour are open all day.
Now, there is a large choice of restaurants and bars. So,calling the 300 restaurants by name is impossible.
Some are specialists in fish and seafood. While others in meat and rice.
As you can see, the restaurants are from over the all world. The tasty cuisine that can be found are Asian, American, Spanish, French or Belgian. but also Italian, British, Scandinavian or Russians. Some of them are excellent.
In the future we will try to put more details of the restaurants on Yourspain.
A new Location
Torrevieja most busy Friday street market is going to move to his new location before Easter.
Stall holders have already been visit the new location. They know exactly where and how to sit up their stalls.
The new location is the “Antanio Soria” park. Close to the sport facilities of the city.
Nearby the public transport with the C line .There will also be a taxi parking at the market site.
There will be enoug parking place for the shoppers but also for the stall holders.
There will be improvements. For instance, to the security with the pick pockets. Indeed , there will be a permanent police present at the market place.£And the police will be helped by volunteers from the civil protection.
The location has rooms for 630 stalls and is 5 000 m2 large.
So this will be the end, for the problems for the residents on the old location with a market on their front door .
In the past the municipal swimming pool was closed.
Improvements have been made for important health and environment legistation.
A better heating systeem is also installed.
Now the pool is open the all week. Openinghours. Saturday and Sunday open from 8:00 till 14:00.
On Monday it is open from 15:00 till 21:30.
Next, on Tuesday to Friday from 8:15 till 21:30.
You can find 20 hotels in different classes of prices. Or perhaps find a holiday home to rent.
In addition, autobuses are driven by Costa Azul and are running from the main bus station in the city.
The bus station is situated at the Avenida de Habaneras in Torrevieja.