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We live in Torrevieja and my husband and I look after tourists all year round. Sadly, my Husband passed away in March this year (2008). I still look after Tourists but in a smaller way.
In the winter, when we are not so busy, we play Darts. I was Secretary of the local Thursday league for 5 years and my husband was the Presidente for 2 years. We stood down in 2006 from the main Thursday League here, but I still run the only Ladies League in Spain plus another League on Monday evenings.
Unfortunately, I am still learning all about VT. I am at last managing to put some photos in these pages.
We went to Orlando in Florida in October 2004.
At Christmas 2004, we are went to Dortmund and Prague. This is how I came to join the VT. because I need information on things to do and where best to actually spend Christmas itself. Hence the Prague and Germany postings.
The whole of the Town Centre is situated around the Harbour.
At the Harbour, by the Fishing Wharf, during the day there are boats offering excursions across the bay of Torrevieja, and, from the catamarans you can observe the sea bed and marine life. The various trips to the island of Tabarca, Cabo Roig and along the coast of southern Alicante provide an interesting and unique tourist provision.
Close to the Harbour, is the Waldo Calero, with its ceramic benches and Magnificent Fountain. Here you will find the Souvenir Market, which is open all year round during the afternoon until late, and of course, on the Harbour side of this market is the Fairground.
Nightlife by the Harbour, can be seen in the leisure areas surrounding the souvenir market and the fairground. There are more than a hundred night bars, many of which are situated in the street (“Fun Street”) behind the Paseo Maritimo, which have become a major attraction for thousands of people from all over the world. These include: Casablanca, Bésame Mucho, Pata Palo, Tía Roqueta, Tirachinas, Iris Pub, La Cantina or Correcaminos, are just some examples of typical leisure places in the town.
For the real nightbirds, on the outskirts of the town, this provision is rounded off by the macro-discoteque Pachá, as well as the historic Look and KKO clubs, which cannot be passed over during a nocturnal pub-crawl (la ruta del bakalao).
During the day Torrevieja also offers a range of leisure and entertainment areas. As well as its beaches and numerous terraces along its maritime promenade, its great aquatic park (Aquópolis) is swarming with families, young people and children during the summer months.
Feistas, during the year include the Three Wise Kings on 5th January, in February it is Carnival time, and there is Holy Week at Easter with processions by the various religious fraternities.
In May there is the May Fair held at the beginning of the month when Torrevieja enjoys a week of festivities in the purest Andalusian style, with casetas (marquees) set up in the Harbour precincts, where large gatherings of people in traditional Andalusian costume dance the famous “Sevillanas”. The atmosphere is completed by processions on horseback, carriages, and the tasting of fine Andalusian wines and traditional paellas.
In June, there is the Hogueras de San Juan (St John’s Bonfires) when the town also celebrates the tradition of fire, and in July there is the Fishermen’s fiesta on 16th July with various events, sporting, cultural and religious, in honour of their patron saint, the Virgen del Carmen whose image is carried to the fishing wharf, where it is embarked and carried in seaborne procession all round the bay, escorted by a multitude of boats. In August, there are festivities around the Salt Queen and sometimes there are Grand Salt Queen Parades.
Finally, for the lovers of ecological and environmental tourism, the Town owes its name to an Old Tower (Torre Vieja) formerly sited in the vicinity of the Eras de la Sal, or Salt Flats.
You will not do better than visit the Salt Water Lagoons, declared a natural reserve, they are considered Europe’s largest salt producing lakes. One is a Bird Watcher's paradise and at the other, you can even enjoy a mudbath (currently being modernised to blend in with the environment), recommended by doctors around the world for its curative properties for a large number of rheumatic dermatological, heart and respiratory complaints.
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