South of the province of Alicante and 43 kms. From the Airport of Alicante-Elche is Torrevieja. This charming town is home to more foreign than Spanish population: British, German, Swedish, Russian, Colombian, Ukrainian, Moroccan and Norwegian make up this international tapestry that permeates Torrevieja.
Formerly of great importance the fishing, and the industry of the salt. This last one continues having its importance today, thanks to the Lagunas de la Mata and Torrevieja, which today have the denomination of Natural Park. Of its commercial past with Cuba have remained Habaneras, a musical genre originated in Cuba in the early nineteenth century. In July the International Contest of Habaneras takes place, declared of international tourist interest.
In Torrevieja do not forget to take a photo in the Mirador de la Torre del Moro; Visit the Museum of the Sea and Salt, the Museum of the habanera, the Museum of Holy Week “Tomás Valcárcel” or its characteristic floating museums: Submarine S-61 Delfín and Patrullero Albatros.
Guardamar del Segura
Only 13 kms. Of Torrevieja is Guardamar del Segura, place of mouth of the river Segura. If there is something that catches the attention of Guardamar is its spectacular dune system. It was the engineer Francisco Mira who managed to stop Guardamar being swallowed by the dunes that came from the sea through the wind and the sediments of the river Segura, and for that he planted a great quantity of pines, palms, eucalyptus and different species of shrubs . It has a Phoenician deposit of the 8th century BC and another Iberian, where the Lady of Guardamar was found. Subsequently, in the year 944 approx. The Arabs founded the caliph, one of the oldest in Spain. As for gastronomy, the ñoras, which let dry on the same dunes, have a special flavor and texture. The gastronomic event “la nyora i el llagostí” (the ñora and the shrimp) is gaining popularity year after year. Orihuela With 92,000 inhabitants, say Orihuela is monumental heritage, heritage, history, poetry, golf and beaches. And also Christianity, and Holy Week; In fact their Easter holidays are considered Parties of International Tourist Interest. Its old town is declared historical-artistic and monumental; In fact it counts on numerous BIC’s (Goods of Cultural Interest): the Convent-Colegio de Santo Domingo, built between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the Cathedral of the Savior, built on the old Mosque, the Royal Monastery of the Visitation of Santa María , The Church of Santas Justa and Rufina, Gothic style, the Church of Santiago and the Church of Our Lady of Monserrate. As for museums, the Museo de la Muralla is worthy of interest and, above all, the House-Museum of the great poet Miguel Hernández. There was born and lived the illustrious poet, and as a curiosity we can still see in the courtyard the “fig tree” under which the poet took refuge and to which he dedicated beautiful verses. As for Easter, it is curious and unique in Spain the sculptural figure of “the Diablesa”, as it is the only demon in Spain that goes in procession during Holy Week. Due to its peculiar characteristics, “La Diablesa” is kept in municipal rather than religious buildings.
As for its coastline, among its beaches are those located in Zenia, Cabo Roig or Playa Flamenca. And three golf courses, with great activity throughout the year.
The municipality of Rojales is linked to the river Segura, as all the Vega Baja of the province of Alicante. In these municipalities it is difficult to find buildings or monumental heritage before 1829, unfortunately an earthquake called “Torrevieja earthquake” almost completely destroyed a large number of municipalities. But in spite of this seismic movement, in Rojales they possess unique caves: the Caves of the Rodeo, a set of caves excavated in the slope of the mountain in the s.XVIII, realized by miners Murcian. Also interesting are the Noria and the newly restored Windmill.
If there is something to highlight of the municipalities of the interior of the Vega Baja is its extraordinary Huerta, where produce of high quality: artichokes, beans, broccoli, potatoes, celery, melon …
Rojales has a residential part of great importance called “Ciudad Quesada”, inhabited mainly by Britons, and where there is also a golf course. In addition, there is a water park there that opens in the months of July and August.