Parque Natural de las Lagunas de la Mata y Torrevieja

Costa Blanca

Backing Torrevieja are two large lagoons, a pink one used for salt extraction and a green one. They are important habitats for flamingoes and other waders and together form a protected area. From a small visitor centre off the N332 northeast of town near La Mata, you can access paths for strolling, pedalling or birdwatching. Check for bike hire nearby.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Costa Blanca attractions

1. Museo del Mar y de la Sal

3.43 MILES

An appealing clutter of mementoes and bric-a-brac, this museum helps you appreciate why salt still means so much to torreviejenses. There's a slow-moving…

2. Museos Flotantes

3.65 MILES

Anchored at the dock are a submarine and an old customs boat, both of which you can clamber aboard to explore. Onshore alongside are various other vessels…

3. L'Alcúdia

15.01 MILES

This well-documented site is 3.5km south of the town centre. The Dama de Elche, a masterpiece of Iberian art that’s now in Madrid, was unearthed here…

4. Convento de Santo Domingo


A 16th-century monastery and university with two fine Renaissance cloisters and a refectory clad in 18th-century tile work, Santo Domingo was built on a…

5. Catedral de San Salvador

16.2 MILES

Low slung but achieving an understated majesty nonetheless, this cathedral is built of light-coloured stone in the centre of the old town and features…

6. Museo Diocesano de Arte Sacro

16.21 MILES

This sizeable and sober episcopal palace next to the cathedral now holds a collection of religious art. There are some fine pieces but the undisputed…

7. Iglesia de las Santas Justa y Rufina

16.37 MILES

Worth admiring is this church's Renaissance facade and its Gothic bell tower graced with gargoyles. The single-naved interior also preserves architecture…

8. Iglesia de Santiago Apóstol

16.44 MILES

One of Orihuela's many noteworthy buildings is this mainly 14th-century church, with an impressive late-Gothic facade and a more extrovert baroque portal…