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Torrevieja Tourist Attractions Things to Do

You won't be short of things to do and places to visit in Torrevieja whether you're a sports lover, food fan, history buff or simply a sun worshipper.

There are magnificent beaches of fine sand and plentiful squares, walkways, parks, gardens and natural beauty spots to explore.

This ancient sea port is steeped in history and you can still see many reminders of its colourful past. There's the "embarcadero romano", the old Roman docks at La Mata, and along the coast you'll see the ancient watch towers of La Mata and El Moro used in the Middle Ages to warn the local inhabitants of impending attacks by Barbary pirates.

Of artistic interest is the famous "modernist" Casino on the seafront. The casino was built in 1887 with an impressive mozarabic style hall and is now used as a cultural centre.

The Recinto de las Eras de las Sal is another historic site which was once an ancient salt yard but is now an open air theatre where the annual "Habaneras" international music competition is held.

The Habaneras is a celebration of the soulful, rhythmic music brought to Torrevieja in the 19th century through the town's sea trading links with Cuba. The festival is held in August when the town swings to the Latin American rhythms of the habaneras and international choral performances.

The town's main centre of worship is the Archipriestal Church, built at the turn of the last century. This is where the locals worship the image of their patron saint, the Immaculate Conception. In the municipal social and cultural centre at Los Angeles you'll find the Holy Week Museum and there's also the Museum of Salt charting Torrevieja's history of salt production and export as far back as Roman times.

Visit the salt flats which surround the town the "salterns" which are a nature reserve and home to 250 species of bird including flamingoes which never fail to delight visitors approaching the town for the first time.

For sporty types Torrevieja offers a good range of water sports as well as tennis, biking, hiking, horse riding and golf. The highly rated Las Ramblas golf course is just 20 minutes from the town centre. You can even take to the skies with Torrevieja's flying club.

For day trips and excursions head up the coast just 12 kilometres where you'll find the beautiful beaches of Guardamar, bordered by sand dunes and palm gardens on the northern side of the town. The city of Alicante is an excellent shopping and entertainment centre just 47 kilometres north of Torrevieja.

For some great family days out head 77 kilometres north to Benidorm which boasts Spain's biggest theme park, Terra Mitica, the water world of Aqualandia and the exotic bird and marine life centre Mundomar.