Torrevieja (which means: old tower) was once a fishing town but has become one of the mayor seaside resorts of the Costa Blanca.
It is situated about 50 km south of Alicante in Spain. It is famous and loved for the beautiful beaches, granted with the blue flag and easy accessibility for disabled people.
Tourism is the most important source of income. Normally it has about 100.000 inhabitants, but in summer, especially in August, the population can mount up to about 650.000!! Many tourists and foreigners who live here permanently (including me!) come from northern european countries especially England. But also from other countries: Germany, Belgium, Holland, Sweden and even Finland. Also many people from Madrid own a second home here.
Formerly the salt extraction from the saltlake La Salina de Torrevieja gave the most important employment beside the fisheries. You can see the history in the Museo del Mar y de la Sal. But also nowadays it is still an important export item.
During extreme winter weather in northen Europe the sprinkling salt comes from Torrevieja. You can see the salt mountains shrink here!
The microclimate formed by La Salina de Torrevieja and La Salina de La Mata, both the biggest saltlakes in Europe, is declared one of the healthiest of Europe by the WHO - World Health Organisation.