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Torrevieja NightLife

Fiestas, tapas bars, great restaurants and clubs there's more than enough to keep you amused until the small hours in Torrevieja.

Stroll along to the marina to watch the fishermen land the day's catch then settle down by the seafront at one of the many bars and street cafes to watch the sun go down.

Every evening in the summer months there's a street market selling a variety of arts, crafts, clothing, leather goods, jewellery and souvenirs etc. There's also a big fairground and you'll normally find various artists and street performers providing entertainment around the town in high season.

Try your luck in the casino or treat yourself to a meal in one of the hundreds of restaurants which you'll find along the seafront and around the town. There's every kind of cuisine imaginable in Torrevieja.

A typical local dish served in most of the Spanish restaurants is the "caldero" a fish and rice stew popular with the "Torreviejenses" (the native Spaniards). The flavour of the sea permeates much of the local cuisine try some fresh anchovy, red bream, freshly caught mackerel, rays and other local fish. And if it's an international flavour you're seeking, well, the world's your oyster! There are Italian, French and German restaurants, Chinese, Indian and Korean cuisines, there's Scandinavian, Crotian, Serbian and Mexican food.

After your meal, check out some of the bars which provide live music and entertainment throughout the summer months.

Try to plan your visit around one of the many local fiestas which take place throughout the year so you can party Spanish style. There's the feast of the Three Wise Men on the night of January 5th, it's carnival time in February, the Holy Week processions in April and the May Fair the following month.

But it's in the summer months that the biggest celebrations take place and the town never sleeps. June sees the burning of huge papier mache effigies in the street for the feast of San Juan. In July there's the feast of the Virgen del Carmen and the election of Torrevieja's "Queen of Salt".

One of the biggest festivals of the year is the "Habaneras" international music contest which takes place in August. Torrevieja swings for a week to the soulful rhythms of the melodies brought back from Latin America in the late nineteenth century when the town's salt trade with Cuba was at its peak. The festival attracts a live and television audience of hundreds of thousands of people. It's a great time to holiday here.but be sure to book your accommodation well in advance.

In the unlikely event of you not finding enough Nightlife in Torrevieja, then head up the coast to the disco city of Benidorm. You can use the special summer night train from Alicante this runs to and from Benidorm all night throughout the summer months stopping at all the major resorts between the two cities.

In Benidorm there's all night partying of every kind throughout the year. Whether you're into mega clubs, the gay scene, karaoke or ballroom dancing, you'll find all this and much more in big, brash Benidorm!