Live the good life in Torrevieja

Posted on 23 March 2017

Long gone are Torrevieja’s days as a sleepy salt-mining and fishing village. In recent times it has expanded beyond recognition into a thriving city, whose economy has been swelled by the influx of tourists. Many of whom revel in being able to enjoy the same social and culinary scene as back in the UK, but under the enduring Spanish sun – a home from home environment that has inspired an army of Brits to snap up property there.

Resort life

While Torrevieja falls into the category of Spanish resorts where toad-in-the-hole replaces tapas and ubiquitous themed pubs line the streets, it has managed to avoid the high-rise developments found elsewhere on the Costa Blanca. Ensuring it retains more of its Spanish charm than its local contemporaries, but failing to shake off its rather amusing moniker: Costa del Yorkshire.

Healthy living

It’s easy to see why so many sun starved Brits flock to the area year after year. On average Torrevieja basks in 320 days of sunshine a year – that’s a lot of Vitamin D. It’s even been singled out for praise by the World Health Organisation, who named it one of the healthiest places to live in the world thanks to its sunny micro-climate. It seems there’s a lot to be said for being located between the sea and two large salt lakes.

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Beach life

And what better way to enjoy the seemingly endless supply of rays than by topping up your tan on one of the city’s golden sand beaches?

  • Playa La Cura is Torrevieja’s most centrally located beach and provides convenient access to the town’s amenities, meaning cocktails aren’t in short supply.
  • Playa Los Naufragos is a long and wide beach with Blue Flag status located south of the marina.
  • Cala Ferris is found at the southern end of Torrevieja, offering a less well-known oasis with palm trees, small dunes and crystal-clear waters.
  • The Blue Flag and Qualitur Award winning Playa de les Locos is one of the larger beaches in the area, meaning there are plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from after a hard days sunbathing.

Affordable dream home

Far from having any airs and graces, Torrevieja is famed among holiday home owners and expats for offering an affordable local property market. Favourable conditions that have made it one of the most popular destinations for British property buyers in Spain – not to mention the sun, sea, sand and sky sports. For as little as £116,000 you can pick up a new two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment close to the beach and golf course. If you had something slightly bigger in mind, you can lay your hands on your very own 5-bedroom family villa for around £320,000. So what are you waiting for?

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