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. [box type=”note” size=”large” style=”rounded”]With its abundance of rocky coves, the area is popular with fishermen and snorkellers.[/box]
Playa Flamenca and La Zenia are the most central beaches and are divided into two pretty bays with golden sand, beach volleyball, rope climbing frames, parasols, sun loungers, showers, WC's, first aid facilities and lifeguards. Each bay has a quaint beach hut bar serving all sorts of refreshments, powerful cocktails, light meals and ice creams. The bar staff are great fun and super efficient, encouraging customers to enjoy the party atmosphere and latest hit music.
Further along the coastal path are the beaches of Cabo Roig and its marina, a collection of small sandy coves with fantastic views of the famous Mar Menor and the La Manga peninsula that encloses this vast salt lake, connected to the sea by fishing canals. A short stroll from the beaches is the busy Cabo Roig Strip, a row of popular bars and restaurants that is extremely lively at night.
Our journey along the coastal path finally takes us to Campoamor, a rather exclusive part of the Orihuela Costa with some stunning and luxurious beachfront properties. There are three immaculate beaches here offering clear water and a great range of facilities including a pretty marina, bars, restaurants, parasols, sun loungers and a range of water sports.
Aquopolis Water Park
For artificial waves and a fantastic day out for all the family, visitors should try Aquopolis Water Park. Located on Avenida Delfina Viudes next to the N332 dual carriageway, the park is set in lovely landscaped gardens, beaches and chill out areas with an excellent choice of water slides and themed areas for all age groups. Slides such as Speed, Boomerang and Kamikaze offer adrenalin fuelled fun for adults and older children over 1.4 metres tall. There are slightly less hairy slides like Black Hole where the slide is completely enclosed, plunging riders into a series of twists and turns in complete darkness !! Speed Race is a favourite with groups of friends as it has four lanes of slides for riders to compete against each other. For the smaller children, there is a Mini Speed Race. Amazonia River is a refreshing and gentle course for all the family that can be swum along or enjoyed on floating rings. Waves Beach allows visitors to either relax on the man made beach area or try body surfing on the artificial waves. Supervised by lifeguards, Mini Park is a great place for smaller children. Set in a large shallow pool with a central Water Castle boasting mini slides, water cannons, climbing frames and water flumes. The park also offers fun and fitness activities for all ages such as Miniclub, Aquagym and Step where visitors can combine exercise and dance moves. Fun and exercise usually brings on a big appetite and Aquopolis doesn't disappoint, with a great selection of eateries including a large self-service restaurant, sandwich bar, burger & pizzeria, coffee bar, ice cream parlour and cocktail bar. The park has parking facilities for 600 vehicles and is open from June until September. [box type=”note” size=”large” style=”rounded”]Online booking prices are 18,90€ for persons over 1.4 metres tall, 17,90€ for persons between 0.9 and 1.4 metres tall and the same for persons 65 years and over.[/box] Prices at the gate are 24,95€, 19,95€ and 19,95€. There are also discounted prices for groups.