Torrevieja and surroundings
The sunniest stretch of coastline in Spain bids you a warm welcome, beckoning you with fine sandy beaches, friendly cosmopolitan atmosphere and highly developed infrastructure. Torrevieja is situated at the Southernmost end of the Costa Blanca, within easy reach of 2 major airports (Alicante and Murcia). Its international community makes up for a high percentage of its residents. Medical facilities are first class and offer 24 hour attention, with multi-lingual staff.
Leisure and sports facilities abound, with plenty of choices for all ages.We live in a golfer's paradise; in the immediate vicinity there are several 18 hole golf courses where international tournaments are held regularly. There are nautical clubs and well-appointed marinas, water sports, aquaparks, horse-riding, aero club and a long etcetera. Numerous clubs and societies have been formed amongst the international community, with busy programmes of entertainment and travel, leisure amenities, keep-fit, amateur dramatics and so on, so there is no question of your being bored, and the potential for making new friends is unlimited.
Just a few miles away are a number of places steeped in history and well worth a visit: the fine monuments and museums at Orihuela and Murcia, the palm groves at Elche, where the famous Mystery Play is performed every year, the pre-historic caves near Alicante and the magnificent thermal spa at Archena. See the world's very first submarine on proud display in the ancient port of Cartagena, or wander around its Roman theatre. Or take a trip to Valencia with its spectacular Arts & Sciences Museum, designed by Santiago Calatrava and birthplace of the artist Joaquín Sorolla, who so beautifully captured on canvas the sparkling Mediterranean sunlight. For an extended visit, Madrid and Barcelona – both fascinating cities - are easily reached by plane, rail or car.
Torrevieja, "bleached white with salt and tanned dark by the sun", is a seaside town of character and contrasts. Its new elegant shops and modern facilities intermingle with the old traditional Spanish buildings, lending the town a charm all its own.
You will find any number of inviting restaurants, cafés, pubs, piano and karaoke bars, and there is always an excuse for a holiday! Throughout the winter there are all sorts of festivities when the whole of Torrevieja takes to the streets to join in the parades, firework displays and dances, lasting well into the night. During the summer season, several open-air festivals and musical concerts are held, such as the Feria de Mayo and the Habaneras. On Friday mornings, the flea market comes to town, with an incredible array of clothes, household articles, leather goods and of course, an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables. People from all over the province come here specially and it's a regular date for local residents - something you definitely shouldn't miss!
Land of sunshine and relaxation, Torrevieja has come a long way from its early beginnings of "cheap & cheerful" holiday homes. Building standards have improved enormously, construction is subject to rigorous controls and promoters vie with one another to excel in their attractive architectural styles, interior design and comfort.
Not only is the Southern Costa Blanca a haven for holidaymakers. An increasing number of people from all over Europe have made their homes here, are running successful businesses, and their children are enjoying the benefits of education in a second language. Some of the local schools have more foreign pupils than Spanish! If you do business largely by internet, it doesn't matter where you live, so why not live over here, where your standard of living will improve enormously. And the increasing numbers of foreign residents will ensure you ever-expanding markets for trade, even if you never learn to dominate the Spanish language!
The dry coastal climate we have here means barbecues and outdoor activities are never "weather permitting". And it's also good for your health. It eases aches and pains brought on by rheumatism and arthritis in colder and damper regions. The local salt flats are rich in minerals, such as those found in the Dead Sea, so mud treatments are very therapeutical. Every day on my way to work I drive along the sea front and see how the water shimmers with the sunlight, and never mind the doom and gloom of present day troubles, I think, how lucky I am. It's a good lifestyle, and it could be yours too!