Go expat in… moving to Torrevieja
Matthew’s article this week concentrates on moving to Torrevieja – Spain’s boom town which shows no signs of going bust.
Torrevieja: the old tower stands loud and proud.
Feel home whilst away in Spain. This Costa Blanca city with a permanent British population of 10,000+ has more Brit expats living there than in any other Spanish muncipality. It enjoys a much-coveted microclimate, located as it is between two salt lakes.
The architecture isn’t particularly old with the ancient guard tower from which Torrevieja takes its name destroyed with the rest of the old town by an 1829 earthquake. But as former resident and Mr This is Spain Steve Hall explains, “Despite what the purists say, this is real Spain”. “There are bricks, there’s mortar.”
In and out
Follow the AP7 for 40 minutes from Aeropuerto Alicante-Elche (ALC) and you’ll reach Torrevieja. The city’s more or less due south of the airport. Travelling by bus will take about an hour.
There are state primary and secondary schools if you want your children to pick up the lingo more quickly during your new life in Spain. If you want to continue a British education, take your pick of the private schools dotted along the Costa Blanca. Of special note is Phoenix International School in San Miguel de Salinas.
Shop until you drop…
For brand-name clothing, hit the Zenia Boulevard or smaller Habaneras shopping centre. More individual shops can be found on main thoroughfare Avenída de Diego Ramírez Pastor. Torrevieja’s also home to one of the biggest markets in the area.
Buying a property in Torrevieja’s an investment as the city shows no signs of a dip in popularity. Whether you’re looking to purchase a basic apartment or luxury villa, there will be always be more of push rather than pull factor here.
Properties range from maisonettes from €60.000+, apartments upwards of €70.000, and townhouses around €120.000+.
In Praise Of
“Torrevieja has a fantastic climate 365 which you can enjoy on one of its many beaches. It’s an affordable sort of place with a vivid expat community. There are opera performances from time to time, another reason why I’m glad I made Torrevieja my home.” Inka Piegsa-Quischotte (Glamour Granny Travels)
- Are you an expat in Torrevieja? What do you like/dislike about it? Let us know below.
About your questions…Sorry – but we do not offer relocation advice on an individual basis through Spain Buddy. There are a number of relocation experts who are better placed to advise you on your new life in sunny Spain.
Matthew Hirtes, our resident broadsheet journalist, moved to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria back in 2004. He's travelled extensively through Spain, covering it for such publications as Telegraph Travel, Metro, and The Independent. The author of Going Local in Gran Canaria: How To Turn a Holiday Destination into a Home, Matthew truly is a resident expert.