Sunday, January 23, 2011

Torrevieja–almost a new town

When we first came to live here, nearby Torrevieja was quite frankly a bit run down, in desperate need of a face lift. The congested centre streets still allowed traffic and parking and there was graffiti everywhere. The seafront was to say the least uninspiring and there was no theatre to house entertainement. That has all changed in the six years we have been here and now the municipality is the smart place to visit that we knew it should be.

Whilst a lot of work has now been complete, the redevelopment of the town centre is still on-going. When it is complete,an estimated 10 million Euros will have been spent.

The next stage is to pedestrianize Calle Ausentes creating a direct path from the Plaza de Oriente to the Paseo de la Libertad on the seafront. The town also plans to build a new place for the market located near to the Antonio Soria park (next to Aquapolis). There are also plans to extend Avenido Rosa Mazón Valero - linking it to the CV-90, work on the commercial centre at the Torretas Urbanisations and resurfacing of many of the avenues and roads outside the city centre.

With 103,540 habitants, Torrevieja is the third largest city in the Alicante province after Alicante itself and Elche. Statistics show that in comparison with previous years, there has been an increase of residents from the European Union, in particular from the UK and Scandinavian countries. At the same time there has been a decrease in the number of residents from South American countries such has Columbia, Peru or Chile. It is a busy cosmopolitan place where 122 nationalities live in harmony.

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