Torrevieja Things To Do
Torrevieja offers visitors a whole host of fantastic attractions, days out and fun things to do. Aside from its lovely beaches and marinas, Torrevieja has many historical monuments, churches, museums and art galleries. There are superb sports centres, gymnasiums, water sports facilities and theme parks. Throughout the year, visitors can enjoy bustling street markets, fairs, music concerts, comedy acts and flamboyant festivals.
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Tabarca Boat Trip
One of the most popular day trips from Torrevieja is a boat trip to the island of Tabarca. The 40-minute journey can be enjoyed on the deck, taking in the sea air and sunshine or below deck where passengers can experience submarine views of the underwater world. [box type=”note” size=”large” style=”rounded”]Tabarca island boat trips depart from Torrevieja’s port on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 11:00 and returns at 18:00. The price per adult is 22€ and 15€ for children aged 5-10. Children under 5 travel for free.[/box] The island is situated 3 miles off the Cape of Santa Pola and is one of the most visited tourist destinations on the Costa Blanca with up to 3,000 visitors per day in the high season. A haven for pirates over the centuries, Tabarca is approximately 1,800 metres long and 400 metres wide with a mixture of sandy beaches, coves and cliffs. It was declared a protected marine reserve and bird sanctuary in 1986 and is the largest and the only inhabited island belonging to the Community of Valencia. Vehicles are not permitted on the island so a good pair of trainers or hiking boots is advisable. Visitors can choose to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in one of the many scenic spots around the island or splash out in one of Tabarca's excellent restaurants, renowned for their delicious fish and seafood dishes. Places of interest include Casa del Gobernador (Governor's House) San Pablo and San Pedro churches and the old fort. There is also a small museum and lighthouse. Swimming and sunbathing are usually on the agenda here and the clear waters, reefs and rocky coves are ideal for snorkelling.
Lo Rufete Adventure Park
Lo Rufete Adventure Park provides for another great day out and offers an excellent choice of things to do. Situated about 8 kilometres from Torrevieja, between the towns of Torremendo and San Miguel de Salinas, Lo Rufete is a rural finca (estate) set in large grounds providing different areas and activities. A firm favourite is the paintball challenge, played in a specially designed area of 15,000m2 with various themes and stages to suit paintballers of all experience levels. The rental price of safety clothing, gun, mask and 100 balls is 20€ extra balls cost 5€ per 100. Sticking with the weapons theme, visitors can try their hand at archery where the price of 8€ for 30 minutes or 14€ for 1 hour includes equipment and the services of an instructor. [box type=”note” size=”large” style=”rounded”]Take to the skies on the park's Zip Wire, suspended in a harness skimming above the tree tops on a 150 metre fixed steel cable. A single ride costs 6€ or 2 rides for 10€.[/box] Quad biking around La Pedrera Lake is super fun for adults with a driving licence or adults and children can whizz around the park's 10,000m2 track (no licence required) Price for 20 minutes on the circuit is 20€ for adults & children. Price for a 1-hour solo excursion is 40€, rider and passenger are 60€ and includes helmet, goggles, petrol and guide. Lo Rufete has various horse riding excursions (hacks) starting from 15€ for 25 minutes. There are also 16 stables, six fields, jumping facilities, three tack rooms and 16 school horses. Aside from all the great excursions at Lo Rufete, at no extra cost, visitors can enjoy the swimming pool, badminton and volleyball as well as BBQ and picnic areas.
Delfin Submarine Museum
Located at Torrevieja’s inner harbour, the Delfin Submarine Museum offers a unique museum experience as it is set in an actual combat submarine donated to the town hall of Torrevieja when it was taken out of service. In a sense, the Delfin has returned home to its final resting place as it received its flag of combat in the port of Torrevieja in 1974. The Delfin is a Daphne S-61 class submarine measuring just under 58 metres in length and 6.8 metres at the widest point where it housed it’s torpedo’s and stabilising equipment. Due to the compact size of the sub, there was a maximum height limit for submariners of 1,7 metres and claustrophobia was out of the question !! The Delfin could reach a top speed of 15.5 knots and travel for 4,500 nautical miles without refuelling.
Museum of Sea and Salt
The Delfin Submarine Museum is part of the Museum of Sea and Salt (Museo del Mar y de la Sal) Before the influx of tourism, Torrevieja was a fishing and salt mining town and to this day is still a major salt producer. The town benefits from huge salt lakes giving it one of the healthiest climates in the world. The museum boasts intricate displays of handicrafts made entirely of salt as well as collections of maritime photographs, fishing and navigation displays, model boats, sail making displays and undersea archaeological displays. Admission is free and the museum is open Monday and Tuesday 10:00 – 14:00, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10:00 – 14:00 and 16:30 – 20:30 and Sunday 10:00 – 13:00. The museum is located on Torrevieja's old, disused railway line which also forms part of the Via Verde walking and cycling route. The popular route is about 7 kilometres long and runs alongside the beautiful pink salt lakes, the distinctive pink of the lakes comes from the algae that thrive from the salt. There are places to rest along the route and walkers and cyclists can enjoy wonderful flora & fauna including the lake's resident flamingoes.
Torrevieja Sports City
Sports enthusiasts are spoilt for choice at Torrevieja Sports City, a huge modern complex offering a mind-boggling choice of sports and facilities, both on site and at other venues in the area. The beautiful design of the main complex gives visitors a taste of what to expect when they walk through the doors. The complex is equipped to cater for major sporting events and offers an Olympic size indoor swimming pool as well as meticulously maintained sports fields and courts. Available activities include soccer, tennis, paddle tennis, basketball, gymnastics, athletics, volleyball, hockey, squash, handball, martial arts, indoor and outdoor swimming and rugby. Off-site activities include sailing, scuba diving, kite surfing wind surfing, snorkelling, fishing, golf, mountain biking, horse riding, go-karting, paintball and much more. The complex offers equipment hire and refreshment facilities.
Torrevieja Fairs & Festivals
A visit to Spain would not be complete without celebrating one of the country's spectacular fairs or festivals. Held during the month of February, the Torrevieja Carnival is a flamboyant display of floats and costumes with troupes of participants from Torrevieja and surrounding regions competing for prizes. Starting in the Plaza de Maria Asuncion, the processions continue along Calle Ramon Gallud to it’s finishing point in the Plaza de la Constitucion. The main event is a fun-filled parade of the various Carnival Queens and their ladies in waiting, dressed in their stunning costumes. Throughout the parades, there will be ample tapas bars and street cafes offering tasty treats and refreshments. Other events that take place in Torrevieja are the May Fair, a four day celebration of song and dance, the celebration of San Juan in June, a huge beach party and firework display, and the ever-popular Parade of Giants and Big Heads, a festival to celebrate Torrevieja's Patroness, the Immaculate Conception.