Torrevieja has beautiful parks, gardens, plazas, churches, lagoons, beaches and sea promenades, culture places (“Museum del Mar y la Sal” sea and salt museum), casinos, sea tours, etc…
Paseo Vista Alegre s/n, 03181 Torrevieja. Phone number: 0034 96 570 34 33 (Fax: 96 571 59 36)
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The variety of the landscape and the special climate of Torrevieja make sport one of the principal attractive of the community of Valencia. You can enjoy nearly all the various sports, whether on land or sea. Golf, tennis, paddle tennis, fronton, soccer, swimming, sailing, snorkeling, etc.
Museum and culture
Among all of the museums we must point out the floating museums, due to their singularity. We are talking about the Submarine S-61 “Dolphin” and the Police ship for Customs Surveillance “Albatros III”. In 2004 the submarine S-61 became the first warship of the Spanish Armada that was turned into a floating museum.
The most important museum in this town, due to what it jeans for this, is the Museum of the Sea and the Salt. It is mainly an ethnological museum. You will learn about the origins of the town and its brief but intense history. Do not leave the museum until you have seen the exceptional works that are made in the museum’s workshop. Located in the street: C/Patricio Pérez, 10. Phone number: 0034 96 670 68 38
Interpreting Centre of the Salter Industry
In that place you will learn about the roots of Torrevieja, which implies talking about its salt marshes. A brief visit will allow you to learn curious details, as for example, the evolution y the use of the salt marshes and the value of this exploitation for our village.
Located in the Former Train Station: Avda. De la Estación s/n. Phone number: 0034 96 570 84 60
The Museum of Easter Tomás Valcárcel is the only museum that is not directly related to the sea and the salt. So this social culture centre has objects related to the culture heritage of Easter in Torrevieja, a traditional celebration in our town. Located in the street: C/Formentera s/n. Phone number: 0034 96 670 80 37
In the “Museo de Belenes” (Christmas Cribs Museum), which is a private museum, you can contemplate from simple handmade figures up to figures made from important artistic figure-maker of Spain and Christmas figures from many different countries. Located in the street: Avda. Diego Ramírez, 20. Phone number: 0034 609 453 514
Theatre, Exhibitions and cultural activities
Torrevieja boasts a cutting-edge cultural infrastructure and programme, a good example of which is the Municipal Auditorium Theatre. It was designed by Alejandro Zaera Polo and Antonio Marquerie Tamayo, world renown architects, recognised particularly for projects such as the Passenger Terminal in the Yokohama Port and the Olympic Park for London 2012 (Alejandro Zaera). This cultural site has a total surface area of 1100 square metres, an approximate capacity for 700 people, a rehearsal room, multi-purpose room, dressing rooms and offices.
The theatre is in the “Plaza Miguel Hernández”. Phone number: 0034 96 670 68 38.
To get any information about every cultural activity of this city, we recommend you to visit the web site of the “Instituto Municipal de Cultura” www.torreviejacultural.com
International Habanera and Polyphony Contest
One of the city’s most important cultural events is the International Habanera and Polyphony Contest.
It is an international event where you will be able to enjoy songs which originated from the crossings made by the Torrevieja sailors to the Caribbean. Every year, at the end of July, you can enjoy this melody on the sea shores, in the old area where the Torrevieja sailors previously piled up salt to later transport it to the merchant ships. More information on www habaneras.org
The festivals in Torrevieja are characterised by their diversity. In December local residents celebrate the “Inmaculada Concepción” (Immaculate Conception), their patroness. During these holidays, the Salt Queen is chosen, the most beautiful women in Torrevieja. Another important festival for the residents of Torrevieja is the Festival in Honour of the “Virgen del Carmen”, patroness of the fishermen. The fishermen take the Virgin out through the streets near the harbour bay; they organise pole games, a paella competition, etc.
These are the most traditional festivals but we also celebrate festivals from other regions, such as the May Festival, with numerous stalls, performances, dances, cuisines, etc. which faithfully reflect Seville’s atmosphere during its festival. It is one of the biggest festival in the Valencian territory.
Some of our festivals:
January: Twelfth Night Procession
May: May festival
June: Pilgrimage in honour of the Virgen del Rocio
Sagrado Corazón de Jesús Festival
San Juan Bonfires
Firework Display in the Paseo Juan Aparicio
July: Holidays in honour of the Virgen del Carmen
August: Barrio del Calvario, festival in honour of San Emigdio, Festival in honour of San Roque
October: Torrelamata, Holidays in honour of the Virgen del Rosario
November: Salt Queen Selection
December: Patroness Holidays in honour of the Inmaculada Concepción
Torrevieja cuisine is particularly rich and varied, with products originating from the sea and the “Bajo Segura” vegetable garden. There is, therefore, a noticeable gastronomic influence in this district, which has given rise to a traditional cuisine of enormous complexity. Its gastronomic variety has continued to grow, and develop in accordance with new demands.
Rice is a strong component of our gastronomy, given the number of varieties available: with greens and vegetable -“arroz y bancal”- with fresh anchovy, tuna, fish, etc. However, the most important rice dish in Torrevieja is the “arroz caldero”, made with stock from rock fish, such as Atlantic redfish, chicken, angler fish, etc. It is the tastiest!
Fish is the true basis of our cuisine, with dozens of recipes allowing you to enjoy flavours which will not leave you indifferent: “mojaorico de raja”, gazpacho (cold vegetable soup), catfish with tomato, “caldico empaná”, are some examples of what you can sample here. You will find any number of salted fish, or fish prepared in salt, a clear influence of the salt origins of this city.
As a result of the influence from the district’s interior, we have a large quantity of meats and stews, such as meat cooked in broth, rabbit gazpacho, snail stew, etc. In short, it offers a truly diverse and high quality gastronomy which you can sample in any of our bars and restaurants.