Local Information About the Costa Blanca and Torrevieja, Spain
The region is blessed with one of the best climates in Europe with an average of only 20 days rain per year (that's less than 2 days rain per month!), winter shade temperatures of over 16C (60F) and summer temperatures in the 30s C (90s F). The weather chart below provides information on average temperatures you should expect throughout the year.
The 'weather magnet' to the right shows you the weather forecast for today!
For a five day weather forecast of Torrevieja, click on this link
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Most shops close for lunch from around 1pm until 3pm or 4pm. Shops are closed all day on Sundays and the many national and regional holidays. The national holidays are January 1 & 6, March 19, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday & Easter Monday, May 1, July 25, August 15, October 12, November 1, December 6, 8 & 25. Regional holidays can vary from town to town.
The French-owned chain Mercadona and the Spanish chain Todotodo supply a vast range of products including an increasing number of British products. Many smaller supermarkets, also around Torrevieja, specialize in English (and German) products, notably Tesco and Iceland. Torrevieja boasts a range of food stores.
Carrefour is the Spanish (well, French actually) equivalent of Asda. You will need a car to visit here, but well worth it as it stocks many typically English produce, together with electrical goods, clothes etc. Probably worth waiting a couple of days before you explore this far afield.
We regret that telephone facilities are not available in any of our properties; however public phone boxes (booths) are available and close to most properties.
Calls from Spain
Phone boxes have all converted to the Euro. The last time I checked, local calls start at 24 Cents (0.24€), whilst the minimum charge for a call back to the UK is about 60 Cents. Mobile phone reception is very good in most areas, but of course calls work out far more expensive than using the phone boxes (mobile phone calls are usually routed back through your service provider in the UK).
To telephone the UK, the code is 00 44,
followed by the local code omitting the
0, then dial the number e.g. 0044 1454 294113.
Cheap rates are Monday to Saturday between
20.00 and 08.00 and all day Sundays or bank
holidays. To make an international reverse
charge call, dial: 900 99 00 44 (British
Telecom International). The number for Spanish
directory enquiries is 1003, although the
operator may not speak English!
It is usually possible to send a fax from Copy or Stationery shops (papeleria).
Buses in Spain are frequent and cheap - usually they cost about .75 centimos, regardless of the length of your journey. Please ask the property owner where your nearest bus stop is located.
If, in the unfortunate event that you are taken ill during your stay you should visit the Centro de Salud, an emergency health clinic close to the Bar Carlos (just ask for directions). You will require your form E111 (obtained from your local post office prior to departure from the UK). Most minor ailments, such as coughs and colds, insect bites etc can be treated by a pharmacist at the local Farmacia (Chemist). Farrmacias are located almost everywhere and easy to find, just look for a white sign bearing a large green cross by the side of the road. Most medicines, which would otherwise require a doctor’s prescription in the UK, can be obtained here over the counter (and a good deal cheaper). More serious illnesses can be dealt with at the new San Jamie hospital located off the N332 road traveling out of Torrevieja towards Alicante. Be warned however, this is a private hospital and you will require some form of private health insurance.
Emergency dental treatment can be obtained at the Clinica Siesta. They operate a 24 hour service and can be contacted on the following number: 96 678 41 95