Torrevieja and the surrounding areas of Orihuela Costa and La Mata offer visitors an excellent choice of beaches, water sports and beach facilities. Torrevieja's beaches include Playa del Cura, Playa de los Locos, Playa de los Naufragos, Paseo Maritimo Juan Aparicio and Playa del Acequion.
Playa del Cura
Located in the centre of the town, Playa del Cura is the most popular of Torrevieja's beaches and regularly receives Blue Flag Awards. The white sand beach has amenities such as parasols, sun loungers, showers, children's play areas, lifeguards, and emergency services. As it is in the centre of town, there is a fantastic choice of shops, bars and restaurants that bathers can enjoy.
Playa de los Locos
Playa de los Locos is located in the north of the town and boasts almost a kilometre of golden sands and calm waters, excellent for small children. There are lifeguards and lifeguard towers, a first aid station, disability access, children's play areas and rope climbing frames. Dotted around the beach area are a good choice of bars and restaurants.
In the south of the town and protected by the southern dock of Torrevieja's Port is Playa de los Naufragos. Popular for beach and water sports with white sand and clean waters, there are three lifeguard towers and a first aid station. There is disability access and the lifeguards usually have a specially adapted bathing chair for disabled use.
Paseo Maritimo Juan Aparicio
Running along the main town beach and continuing along Playa de los Locos is Paseo Maritimo Juan Aparicio, Torrevieja's picturesque promenade. Here you will find an artificially created series of sea pools that are protected by stone jetties making safe and calm bathing areas. The promenade has a selection of shops, bars and restaurants, and next to the Man of the Sea monument (Hombre del Mar) is the popular Keeper Bar serving full English breakfasts and offering patrons the chance to enjoy showing off to family and friends via their live webcam.
Playa del Acequion
Playa del Acequion is an extension of Playa de los Naufragos located in the Port area. The beach is flat and sandy, shelving gently into the shallow waters making it a good choice for families with small children. Being close to the Marina, bathers are surrounded by pretty fishing boats and there is a great selection of bars and restaurants right by the beach including Rancho Beach bar & restaurant and Pizzeria Goleta.
Playa La Mata
Just a couple of kilometres drive or healthy walk along the promenade north brings visitors to the splendid Playa La Mata. At 2.3 kilometres in length and 40 metres wide, La Mata is the longest beach in the area and as it is located slightly outside Torrevieja, often the quietest. A firm favourite with walkers and joggers, the beach, borders an area of sand dunes which form part of the Waterwheel Park (Parque del Molino del Agua) Close by visitors can enjoy a meal in the excellent Queen Mississippi restaurant or one of the bars and restaurants that line the promenade.
Orihuela Costa Beaches
A 5-minute drive south of Torrevieja is the extremely popular area of Orihuela Costa, comprising of busy beach resorts such as Punta Prima, Playa Flamenca, La Zenia, Cabo Roig and Campoamor. For its size, Orihuela Costa's beaches have recently received the highest amount of Blue Flag Awards in Spain. The coastal path that connects Torrevieja's beaches continues south to Punta Prima and onwards to Campoamor, offering visitors a chance to explore the lovely beaches, hidden coves and rocky cliffs of the entire Torrevieja and Orihuela Costa coastal area. Along the way, there is an excellent choice of bars and restaurants to take a rest and enjoy a meal or refreshments before continuing the journey. Orihuela Costa is also a popular destination with golfers as it is home to 4 superb 18 hole courses and within an hour drive to some other excellent courses.
Punta Prima beach is the closest to Torrevieja and visitors to Punta Prima will often take the coastal path when visiting Torrevieja as it saves trying to find parking in the busy town. The beach offers a mix of sand and rocky coves where there are two beach bars named Sunrise that serve a selection of drinks and snacks including unbeatably priced pints of beer at just 1,40€. Needless to say, the bars are extremely busy during the summer months with patrons filling their outdoor seating areas while enjoying beautiful sea views and Torrevieja's skyline in the distance.