Although a popular holiday destination, the coastal city of Torrevieja still remains predominantly Spanish due to its thriving salt production, fishing and tourist industries. The Spanish diet, as is the case with many Mediterranean countries, is very healthy and includes lots of fresh ingredients such as fruit, vegetables, herbs, good quality olive oil and a whole range of delicious fish and seafood. Meal times in most Spanish households is a time to relax with family, with everyone gathered around the dinner table, swapping stories, catching up on the days events and generally enjoying each others company, and of course, mama’s cooking. This is one of the reasons you won’t find many takeaways in Torrevieja, other than pizza, the Spanish do like their pizza.
Another reason for the lack of takeaways is that being a holiday destination, Torrevieja has hundreds of restaurants and even more tapas bars. Unlike the United Kingdom and some other European countries where the restaurants tend to close at around 10pm, many of Torrevieja’s restaurants remain open until midnight or even 01.00 on the weekends. For most of us, being on holiday is a time to indulge in the type of things we would normally only have occasionally, such as restaurant and takeaway food, and don’t be disheartened, Torrevieja does have takeaways.
There is only one KFC in the city and it has a prime location on Av. Rosa Mazón Valero, just outside the popular Ozone Leisure Centre and across the road from the large Habaneras Shopping Mall. Open daily from 12.00-00.00 except for Friday and Saturday when they close at 01.00. When it comes to chicken the Spanish love it roasted on a rotisserie and these mobile food vans can be found outside the larger supermarkets such as Consum and Mercadona. The ones at the huge Friday morning market also offer racks of ribs, ham hocks and delicious little roast potatoes. If you are not hungry when you get to the market, you soon will be with the fantastic aromas wafting over the market stalls.
Burger King have 3 outlets in the city, the first located right on the promenade that runs along the main beach front. The other 2 are quite close together, one being in the Habaneras Centre and the other just off the large roundabout on the CV-905 that takes you on to the N-332 dual carriageway. There are a further 2 outlets in neighbouring Orihuela Costa, one in the famous La Zenia Boulevard and the other along the N-332 near the go-kart track. They have regular discount promotions, and a handy hint is to get hold of the free monthly Costa Blanca Voucher Book that is full of various discounts and 2 for 1 offers for all sorts of businesses, including restaurants and takeaways. Burger King are open Sunday to Thursday from 12.30-01.00 and Friday to Saturday from 12.30-02.00 although these times may vary according to location.
There is only 1 McDonald’s in Torrevieja which is beside the CV-905, just past the Habaneras Centre if you are heading away from the city. The Punta Prima area of Orihuela Costa also has a McDonald’s which is located in the Punta Marina Commercial Centre, beside the N-332. Another handy hint, Captain Table Restaurant which is on the upper level of the Centre offers their famous 2€ English breakfast. McDonald’s is open daily from 08.00-02.00
For a healthier takeaway option, there is a Subway next to the Ozone Leisure Centre and another in the La Zenia Boulevard. They are both open daily from 11.00-23.00 On the other side of the coin, and not so healthy, but a firm favourite especially after a night out is a kebab. Unlike kebab shops in the United Kingdom that offer healthier options such as shish, kofte and chicken fillet kebabs, the ones in Torrevieja only do lamb and chicken doner kebabs. If you are enjoying an evening along the popular Playa del Cura beach promenade, just one block behind Burger King is a choice of 3 kebab shops that also serve other dishes such as pizza and steaks. My favourite is Rico’s Kebab & Pizza that is right at the end of the promenade where it meets Playa Los Locos Beach on Av. de las Habaneras. Rico’s portions are very generous and there is a choice of lamb and chicken doner or a mix of the two accompanied by their delicious home made chilli sauce. They also offer a selection of salads, tapas, burgers, pizza and main meals. Kebab shops here generally open from midday to midnight.
As I mentioned earlier, pizza is popular here and there are a number of pizza takeaways and restaurants in and around the city. The well known Domino’s Pizza is located on Calle Ramon Gallud which is 4 or 5 blocks up from Playa del Cura depending what part of the beach you are on. There is another branch on Av. de Espuna in Orihuela Costa, not far from McDonald’s. I do not have opening times for Domino’s but I would think they close around midnight. Telepizza is a popular pizza chain here and there is one just 2 blocks along Calle Ramon Gallud from Domino’s that opens from 13.00-16.00 then 19.00-00.00 A block from Domino’s in the other direction is Vadepizza which is open daily from 12.00-01.00 At the end of the beach promenade close to Sunset Beach Restaurant is Pizza No 1 that opens from 12.30-16.00 then 18.30-23.00 Pizza 10 is on Calle de Orihuela just up from the harbour bus stop, and again, I’m afraid they don’t advertise their opening times. Aside from takeaways, practically every restaurant in Torrevieja will have pizza on their menu.