Welcome back to my series Life in Spain through people’s eyes. The article I’m publishing today is from Wendy Withrington, originally from Bristol (England).
Wendy has been living long enough in Torrevieja to know the town very well.
But, before we start…
Let me tell you something else 😉
TO FIND OR NOT TO FIND… THAT IS THE QUESTION
If you read Life in Spain through South African eyes, I wrote two sections dedicated to things I found in places where many people didn’t seem to find anything.
After reading the upcoming article, I realised that there is an even a deeper layer to discover.
Wendy has proved that she knows Torrevieja, Spain very well. The piece is quite a phenomenal description of the town.
(I took this picture in Torrevieja, although don’t remember when. I like to see the suns reflection on the water)
My conclusion is that “to find or not to find” (I did kind of steal this from Shakespeare) is a matter of: curiosity + newness.
They can both coexist separately, but there is nothing to find if you are not curious or not exposed to new stuff. What do you think?
ONE REASON FOR NOT SEEING AROUND YOU: BEING A NATIVE
I consider myself blind regarding Spain. There are many things I don’t see (don’t impress me) in Spain, as a native, such as:
- Traffic signs in Spanish
- Local gastronomy
- Spanish language
- Local traditions
- Landscapes (at least in the area I live)
- Spanish looking people (I see myself every day in front of the mirror)
- Bureaucracy (well, I discovered this dealing with my business. Before it was inexistent).
I’m sure if you are not from Spain you see all of this 😉
Let’s read through Wendy’s story.
LIFE IN TORREVIEJA SPAIN THROUGH ENGLISH EYES (BRISTOL)
Quick trip around my Spanish town
I have lived in Torrevieja for 12 years. It is a very cosmopolitan town and I do not need to drive my car unless I am going out of town because everything is to hand for me. My road runs right through the heart of the town.
Torrevieja spreads from La Mata to Punta Prima, and has 14 kilometers of coastline. It was once a small fishing village. It still is a fishing port, but the village is now a town.
From a nature point of view we have two large lagoons with wonderful colours of pink and green. These make up the La mata and Torrevieja nature reserve. To walk round them is very rewarding and these natural surroundings make it a good tourist area.
(Salt Lagoon – Torrevieja – Picture included in “Why are we always late in Spain?“)
The playas (beaches) that are close to my street, Ramón Gallud, are called Los Locos, and the nearest 3 minutes walk is Playa del Cura, named after a priest who was washed up on the shore. I love living so close to the sea and with the warm sunshine its heaven.
In the centre of town: the plaza (square) and the main church, which was originally erected in 1798 and rebuilt in 1844 following the earthquake. It is a very central building and hosts many of the towns processions (e.g. Holy week and Christmas).
There are 3 theatres in the town, Municipal, Palacio de Música, and Virgen del Carmen. I am so lucky as I can walk to any of them as parking is at a premium. Many Charity shows appear at these theatres and are varied between Spanish and English shows and prices are reasonable.
Museums and culture are abundant here. The sea and salt museum is housed temporary at Patricio Pérez street, whist work is being carried out in the Eras de la Sal complex (which also houses an open air theatre for summer concerts). The museum is to show the imprint left by the sea on the people of Torrevieja over the centuries showing the town is closely bound up with the sea and production of Salt.
The custom launch Albatros 111 was constructed in 1974 and is now a floating museum and is moored next to the submarine called Delfin which also part of the floating museum and offers us the chance to discover the insides of a sub. These are moored in the towns fishing port.
The Museo de la Semana Santa is situated a few kilometres out of the main town and this houses all the treasures of Torrevieja’s Holy week, where there are processions every night throughout the town.
(Playa de La Mata, Cabo Cervera – Torrevieja Spain)
There are great walks along the promenade toward the eastern docks. Here we have a magnificent avenue which is a raised structure supported on breakwater which runs out for almost a mile. There are seats and pergolas where you can relax halfway along is a statue of a woman waving to her fisherman husband, a cycle path and walkway runs along the lower path leading to a new marina and very relaxing bars. I run along the avenue as often as I can you meet some very interesting people.
The shopping is quite good but the best place is the Habaneras shopping arcade. And of course we have to mention the weekly street market. People travel from miles around as it is one of the largest on the Costa Blanca. It is always on a Friday and serves both local Spanish people and foreign residents and the many tourists. It covers 2 sq kms. Unfortunately there is a new permanent site being built outside the actual town which will be a great loss.
(Playa de los Náufragos – Torrevieja, 21st of October, 2013 – as seen in “Why are we always late in Spain?“)
Last but not least are my favourite bars and restaurants. For entertainment the best place I know is Bar Carlos which is situated on the corner of Pascual Flores and Petra streets, at the top end of the town. This bar has something on every night some Spanish and some English.
There is a small bar on the corner of Virgen de la Paloma and San Pascual streets. Here you can get a glass of wine red or white for 80 cents, including a “tapa”, or if you like you can buy wine direct from the barrel, very nice and very cheap.
For dining there is a very good English restaurant called The Sands Bistro located at La Purisma Avenue (one street back from the beach) which is a family run restaurant since 1988, so popular booking is necessary. There are of course many Chinese restaurants as well.
In conclusion, I could talk for much longer about my town as I love being in the centre of a predominately busy and Spanish town, there is so much to do and see.
Amazing. I don’t think a person originally from Torrevieja, Spain, could depict the town so accurately in such a small amount of words.
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