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Torrevieja

Torrevieja, Spain

Everything about Torrevieja holidays is easy. Just a short drive from Alicante airport, and with a wide range of restaurants, the town is loved by Brits and Spanish families alike who head to the region for a fun getaway. Unlike some areas, there aren't any huge skyscrapers or low-quality hotels. Torrevieja is all about comfort, class and traditional Spanish hospitality. Holidays to Costa Blanca naturally revolve around the gorgeous beaches – but in Torrevieja, you've got a few unique additions, like the natural saltwater lakes.

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Relax on the Blue Flag beaches

Holidays to Torrevieja, Spain, are all about enjoying the safe, clean beaches. The coastline around the town is made up of five Blue Flag beaches: La Mata, Los Locos, El Cura, El Acequión and Los Náufragos. La Mata Beach is a vast stretch of pale sand where you can find a space even in the height of summer. El Cura is slightly more urban with a smaller curved bay covered in fine white sand. While La Mata enjoys rolling surf, El Cura is more sheltered making it suitable for young children. Nearby is La Bocana Water Sports Centre, where you can try kayaking, paddle-boarding and snorkelling.

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Learn about the landscape out walking

Holidays in Torrevieja are perfect for long walks with a backdrop of gorgeous scenery. Vía Verde is a seven-kilometre walking and cycling trail that takes you to the town of Los Montesinos, following the tracks of an old, disused railway line. Once you make your way past the built-up towns, you'll get fantastic views of the saltwater lagoons. Another great walk is along the Dique de Levante breakwater which juts out into the Mediterranean. The two-mile round-trip gives you a unique perspective of Torrevieja and its coastline.

Visit the famous salt lagoons

Torrevieja's history is wrapped up in salt mining and production, so it makes sense for any Torrevieja holidays to include a trip to the salt lagoons. The pink-coloured Laguna de Torrevieja is still mined for salt, and Laguna de la Mata is located just behind the beach. You can swim – or float in the lagoons, though it's a good idea to bring fresh water to wash the salt off! Walking around the lakes is a great activity too, as is stopping into Torrevieja's Sea and Salt Museum.

Book in a few family days out

From theme parks to national parks, there's plenty for families to do – even if you're aiming for cheap holidays to Torrevieja. If you have young children, the Aquapark is a good place to spend a few hours. There's only a handful of slides but children can safely enjoy the water under the watch of lifeguards while parents relax on sun-loungers in the shade. There's also the Parque de las Naciones with its rolling greenery, large lake and playground. Parque Molino del Agua is set on the waterfront, and has lovely walks among the pine trees.

Learn about the region’s history

Visit the French submarine in Torrevieja's harbour where you'll venture beneath the deck and see how crews lived together in the small space. You can even see the communications equipment and where the torpedoes were kept. The vintage patrol boat is also worth exploring. Take a trip to Cartagena, just 40 minutes away, to see the Roman amphitheatre and Punic walls built by the Carthaginians.

Get to know the town

There's plenty to do and enjoy in Torrevieja. The town has one of the biggest open-air markets in Spain where you can shop for textiles, clothes and souvenirs. You'll also find lots of locally-grown produce. There's a host of evening entertainment, including a lively nightclub scene. If you prefer a quiet night out, enjoy a long evening at one of the many restaurants serving traditional Spanish tapas or English home comforts.

Torrevieja is a wonderful example of Costa Blanca holidays at their finest. With beautiful Blue Flag beaches, fine dining and pink lagoons, you get a unique twist on a much-loved holiday destination. The accommodation is plentiful and varies from self-catered flats to five-star hotels. It's easy to spend the entire holiday within the town itself, though it's worth venturing further afield to see more of the region.