Regular visitors to Benidorm during the peak summer months will know just how busy the city and its attractions can get, so it's nice to know that a superb range of similar attractions and activities can be found in the coastal city of Torrevieja that aren't quite so hectic. Unlike Benidorm with its towering high rise hotels and apartments catering to the huge crowds of holidaymakers each year, Torrevieja being predominantly a working city, doesn't have a single skyscraper. It does have its fair share of apartment blocks in the city but the majority of these are no more than 6 stories high and set out in a grid system, making it relatively easy to navigate.
Torrevieja and neighbouring La Mata are home to vast salt lakes and have been declared Natural Parks, famous for their pink flamencos and health benefits. Indeed, Torrevieja is recognised as having one of the healthiest climates in the world, and even its excellent hospital is built right on the edge of one of the lakes. Torrevieja’s coastline has a total of 13 beaches and many regularly receive the Blue Flag Award for their cleanliness and facilities. There are a number of exciting water sports to enjoy in the marina area, as well as the unique Delfin Submarine Museum, an actual naval submarine that has been lovingly restored and showcases the somewhat smelly, and extremely claustrophobic conditions endured by submariners.
Land based attractions and activities in Torrevieja are superb, with a choice of 2 aqua parks, the beautiful Park of Nations, Lo Rufete Adventure park, the Ozone Leisure Centre and the amazing Sports City, a modern and attractive sporting complex offering just about every sporting activity imaginable, including an Olympic size swimming pool. Torrevieja is the place to visit if you are a keen golfer as, within a 15 kilometre radius of the city there is an excellent choice of 18 hole golf courses including the luxurious 5* La Finca Golf & Spa Resort. For the little ones there is challenging mini golf courses and a go-kart track offering karts for all ages including powerful adult ones.
Neighbouring Orihuela Costa is less than a 10 minute drive from the city and has large British, Irish and Scandinavian expat communities where the bars and restaurants serve all their favourite drinks and food from back home. The area was recently recognised as having the most Blue Flag Award beaches for its size in the whole of Spain and is also home to the largest shopping complex in the Alicante Province.
The wonderfully designed Zenia Boulevard entices visitors with a selection of over 150 shops, boutiques, cafes and restaurants all interspersed by wide walkways with hidden jets spraying a mist of cool water on passersby. It has a lively entertainment level with loads of fun stuff for the kids, as well as a casino for the adults.