Night life in Torrevieja offers visitors a superb variety of things to do and places to visit. Many holidaymakers and residents like to start their evening with a stroll along the picturesque promenade, taking in the sea breeze and stopping along the way in one or two of the lively bars for a few pre-dinner drinks. Here you can decide on which of the many excellent restaurants to choose before continuing the evening with some live entertainment, karaoke and maybe a bit of dancing in one of the city’s late night bars or clubs. For those on holiday with children, many of Torrevieja’s bars have outdoor terraces where the kids can play and enjoy a soft drink or milkshake. Having said that, children get bored easily and playing outside a bar is not the most exciting thing to do. I grew up in Africa, and as a child some of the most delightful nights I remember where spent under the stars around a roaring camp fire.
Visitors from the United Kingdom, Ireland and northern Europe will know just how difficult it can be to plan a camping trip, and how disheartening it is to arrive on a sunny day only to have the rain come down before you’ve even pitched the tent. Well, with over 300 days of sunshine, and average summer temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius, the Costa Blanca enjoys perfect camping weather. Within an hour’s drive from Torrevieja there are a number of beautiful places to explore, where as the sun goes down you can pitch your tent, light a fire and enjoy a peaceful evening under the stars.
For those that like to hear the waves crashing on the beach, there are many miles of coastline offering secluded coves and bays where you can make camp and even fish for your dinner; nothing beats fresh grilled fish on the BBQ. Here the kids can swim to their hearts content and explore the beaches and rock pools. Only a few kilometres from the city, Torremendo Lake is another great spot for both camping and fishing where the clean waters are perfect for a cooling swim, and the surrounding countryside offers ample shade to enjoy a picnic. Then you have the splendid mountains and lush valleys, awash in wild flowers and dotted with grazing cows and sheep where you will see the odd rabbit darting among the bushes. These are just a few of the lovely areas where free camping can be enjoyed.
Not everyone likes roughing it when camping, especially when it comes to ablutions. There are various camping sites and complexes within easy reach of Torrevieja that offer a range of accommodation types. Some are basic affairs with camping pitches, ablutions and maybe a swimming pool and small shop. Others are huge complexes, similar to beach resorts that have chalet’s and bungalows, a vast selection of facilities and numerous swimming pools and sporting options. These also supply water and electricity for both tent and camper van pitches.
Marjal Guardamar Camping & Resort is only 15 minutes drive from Torrevieja and is regarded as one of the best camping resorts on the Mediterranean. This really is camping in style, right by the sea, and the accommodation options include 162 tent, caravan and motor home pitches that offer the option of private or communal parking for your vehicle. Each pitch has a private hedge border, electrical connection and drinking water. The Comanche Experience sounds a bit more exciting than it is, the name coming from the actual make of the tent. These tents are spacious, with 2 separate bedrooms and a seating area between that can be used as extra beds. There is a fully equipped dining area with table and chairs, fridge, microwave and TV.
Marjal’s Bungalows are very pretty and come fully equipped, with a private garden, terrace, double bedroom, twin bedroom, kitchen and full bathroom. Close to the resort visitors can also choose to stay in the Marjal 111 beach apartments that are just metres away from Guardamar Promenade.
The resort is set in lovely shady gardens with tropical plants and trees, seating and picnic areas, several swimming pools with a bar, terraces, water features, slides and whirlpools. During the summer months the pool area has a special entertainment program where all can join in. The fantastic spa & fitness centre boasts a heated swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool, saunas, fully equipped gymnasium and studio’s for aerobics, circuit training and fitness lessons. There are also aquatic classes and a physiotherapy service. Outdoors there are playgrounds, tennis courts and playing fields as well as recreational areas for adults.
The impressive main complex enjoys a reception area, lounge, large restaurant with an extensive a la carte menu and summer buffets, snack café and terrace bar. There is a business centre, doctors surgery, supermarket, library, hair & beauty salon, pet care facility, ATM, car rental and car wash. Disability access is available throughout the camp site as well as Wi-Fi zones in communal areas.
When it comes to beautiful settings, Fonts de l’Algar Camping & Caravaning enjoys one of the best camping spots on the Costa Blanca. Nestled at the base of the Sierra Bernia Mountain, and declared a Protected Wetland Area, Algar Waterfalls cascades through huge rocks, hills and valleys, forming crystal clear rock pools, that even in the summer months, make for an icy dip. Wooden walkways and hiking trails make their way alongside the falls and offer ample places to stop for a picnic and swim. There is a souvenir shop, ablution facilities and first aid station, as well as a pretty botanical garden and an environmental museum. For those that are staying overnight at the camp site there is free access to Algar Waterfalls.
The picturesque camp site offers a reception area, bar, cafeteria and small supermarket. There is a fully equipped laundry room, clean ablution blocks with dish washing basins, BBQ area with 6 BBQ’s and firewood, and shady picnic areas with seating and tables. The camping area has 100 large tent plots and 40 caravan/camper van plots with water points and light sockets. The camp site also run a kids Summer Camp each year that offers exciting activities including horse riding, a climbing wall and zip line.
Close to the camp site is Dino Park Algar that forms part of the cactus gardens and is like a mini Jurassic Park with huge lifelike dinosaurs and a museum and 3D cinema showcasing these ancient creatures. Dino Park also benefits from a swimming pool, play areas and parkland. When staying at the camp site, guests have a further choice of restaurants close to Algar Waterfalls that includes the spectacular Restaurante Les Fonts, situated right next to the falls and offering breathtaking views.
La Marina Camping & Resort is located near the city of Elche that boasts the largest palm groves in Europe. This huge and beautifully constructed resort offers activities galore based around its lake themed pool area. Built over 2 levels, the 3000m2 area is set in tropical gardens with over 40 different species of plants and trees where there are several swimming pools, wooden bridges and walkways, jacuzzi pool, waterfalls, 6 thrilling water slides and a poolside bar with water stools. There is also a Mini Club for the kids, and surrounding the pools are various shady seating areas and over 300 sunbeds. During the summer season the area has various activities including live music and BBQ nights, as well as a disco and cabaret shows. A recent addition to the resort is Aqua Marina Water Park offering various pools and adrenalin fuelled rides on a number of water chutes, all set in Aztec themed gardens.
Their equally impressive Spa & Wellness Centre boasts a selection of pools for swimming and hydrotherapy such as underwater jets, bubble beds, water volcanoes and a jacuzzi. There is also a steam bath, Roman bath and sauna. Guests can enjoy some pampering in the Beauty Centre where there is a selection of services including a hairdresser, various massages and beauty treatments. For a serious workout, the modern gymnasium is equipped with the latest exercise equipment, weight training and a studio for circuit training and a range of aerobics and fitness classes.
The resort’s restaurant offers modern dining facilities overlooking the lake pools with an excellent a la carte menu, as well as a bar/café serving home made pizzas, burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches. In addition to this there is the Palapa Terrace Bar with a full snack menu and live shows, music and entertainment. The large camp site supermarket has an extensive range of grocery items as well as a butchery and hot food section. A range of gift items, beachwear and clothing can be found in the on site souvenir shop.
A fantastic range of accommodation options are available throughout the resort including a whopping 415 camping plots and 65 bungalows in 7 different models. The camping plots are equipped with water and electricity and come in 3 sizes suitable for a tent and car, caravan or camper van, and motor home. The bungalow options are for 4 – 5 persons and come with private parking and terrace. They have private bathrooms and are all fully furnished and equipped with air conditioning, heating, TV, fridge, coffee maker and toaster, as well as crockery, cutlery, bed linen and towels.