We measure the popularity of every location in Spain with foreign buyers - and Torrevieja is the number one coastal town based on visitor activity on Kyero.
This bustling town is situated almost equidistant from the cities and airports of Alicante and Murcia (around 30km to each) and is well-served by the E15 coastal motorway.
Torrevieja (literally old tower) is known for playing an important historical role in the salt industry. Torrevieja is flanked by two large salt-water lakes from which salt was extracted, processed and shipped nationally and internationally from the local port. Today, the museum of salt in Torrievieja chronicles the past and present importance of the mineral to this area.
One of the town's most unique cultural events is the International Habaneras and Polyphony Contest. Habaneras is a form of singing with Caribbean origins - typified by a cappella, a 2/4 time signature and a quarter note value of around 60. It came to Torrevieja via its merchant navy trading with the Caribbean; exporting salt, and importing song.
At the end of July each year, visitors enjoy Habaneras on the old shore, where the Torrevieja salt miners would stack salt for the merchant ships.
Even though it belongs to the province of Alicante, Torrevieja's local language is actually Castilian Spanish. However, areas and urbanisations within Torrevieja can also have a Valenciano name - a Catalan-based dialect.
Torrevieja has proved to be popular with foreign buyers from the northern hemisphere, so you are as likely to hear English, Russian or German spoken as Valenciano or Castillian Spanish. To some this will be a turn-off, to others it means that all the familiar comforts of home are available in this year-round sunny Spanish town.
In early 2014, Torrevieja's population was just under 107,000 and home to an estimated 57,000 foreigners - from over 100 countries. British residents make up the largest slice at around 13,000, followed in decreasing numbers by Russians, Germans and Swedes.
Torrevieja enjoys an enviable climate - thanks in part to the salt lakes inland, and its sheltered position on the southern-most tip of the east coast of Spain. Expect summer temperatures to reach a relatively mild 27 degrees C, and in winter, an equally mild 12 degrees C.
Torrevieja popular areas
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