- May 1, 2008 at 5:39 pm #53915
Been reading in the Spanish press how grim the situation is now in Torrevieja. Last time I was there (2005) I left depressed that town planners and local politicians could come up with such an obviously deranged urban planning model. Used to be a pretty little town. Just wondering if anyone could give me a firsthand impression of what the situation is like now.
- May 1, 2008 at 5:50 pm #81983mark wrote:Been reading in the Spanish press how grim the situation is now in Torrevieja. Last time I was there (2005) I left depressed that town planners and local politicians could come up with such an obviously deranged urban planning model. Used to be a pretty little town. Just wondering if anyone could give me a firsthand impression of what the situation is like now.
I have never been to Torrevieja but I am currently trying to find some rental for July.
Fact: Torrevieja has the cheapest rental prices in all the Spanish Coasts. There are plenty of rentals at around £120-£160 per week and some have no occupied week even at these prices…
So I guess people that know the situation in Torrevieja simply avoid that area.
I have booked something in Las Alcazares (Mar Menor) and will go see Torrevieja in July and I shall tell you more after that.
- May 1, 2008 at 9:30 pm #81991
- May 2, 2008 at 7:46 am #82002
My sister moved to Torrevieja just over a year ago. It is certainly not for me as it is very much ‘little england’.
Very very different to down here on the Costa del Sol. Where she is, just outside of the main town in a place called Villa Martin everything is centred around what they call ‘plazas’, which to us down here we would call ‘commercial centres’. You would be hard pushed to find a tapas bar or Spanish restaurant. Fine if you want a karaoke bar, kebab shop, Irish bar or Indian restaurant.
That aside though it suits them and they are very happy there. They don’t appear to have been caught up in any bad planning decisions but then again, wherever you are in Spain someone (or 2 or 3) will have a story to tell about ‘land grabbing’, hotels being built at the end of their garden, planning permission being withdrawn, no occupation licnenses etc etc.
But at least the sun is shining!!
- May 2, 2008 at 12:03 pm #82035
Although I wouldn’t want to live there, we have visited Torrevieja a few times over the last 7/8 years and have found the promenade area of the resort with market quite pleasant. However, just outside Torrevieja urbanisations seemed to have sprung up everywhere.
However when we visited it last October for a couple of hours on route to Murcia airport we were quite shocked to find how shabby the resort had become since we had last visited it some 2 years previous. There seemed to be graffitti on every wall and litter scattered everywhere. We were pleased to leave
- May 2, 2008 at 12:47 pm #82038
I live in an urbanisation called Zenaimar about 7kms heading south outside Torrvieja. The promenade is lovely winter or summer and you can see the local spanish people with their families strolling along the promenade. I don’t like the high rise part to it but down in La Manga in my opinion it is worse – they’ve drestroyed it completely. The location of our urbanisation couldn’t be better as it is almost equidistant between murcia and alicante airports. The urbanisation is upmarket with a good mix of nationalities i.e spanish, scandanavian, german, danish, english, irish and I like the fact that it is mixed. There is a lot of negativity about Torrvieja and crime etc – the main crime beging burglaries most of which are not spanish but other nationalities committing them. Most mornings I wake up in Ireland and the crimes are a lot worse than this – gangland killings etc. Certainly for the moment for my family I love the area we are in 5 mins to beach, walk to shops – restaurants, have great neighbours, weather is good and I do speak spanish where possible. I would however like if there were more tapas bars. Again Torrvieja has a lot going for it lovely beaches, lovely weather – high rise is the down side of it but nowhere is perfect – only the picture in your head of what you think spain should look like.
- May 3, 2008 at 6:32 pm #82104
we have owned a property in torrevieja for the past 8 years and although there is a problem with graffiti we still like it their, graffiti seems to be a problem in a lot of large towns in that area of spain alicante is a perfect example. pj states that her sister lives in villa martin and that the area is Little Britain I have to correct her as villa martin is not in torrevieja.If you go into the town in torrevieja there is lots of spanish resteraunts and tapas bars and where I live it is mainly spanish, the type of bars and nationalities she is refering too is more the oriheula costas which is to the south of torrevieja.
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