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One year living in Torrevieja. What to do, where to go, what to see, the good and the not so good, a personal Torrevieja guide.

Ride the train
24 February 2015 @ 16:50

Ride the train

Before you get the wrong idea: Torrevieja doesn’t have a train station. Once upon a time, it had, but all that’s left today are a few rusting rails and a derelict building. Another of several eye sores which mar a town with otherwise a lot of potential for being really pretty. Sometimes I don’t understand the priorities of the town planners, but, not for me to argue.

You have to go to Alicante to go on the train trip I have in mind. No hardship, car or bus will take you there. Then, make your way towards RENFE, turn right into the Avenida de la Estacion (right opposite) until you see signs with a capital T in a red circle followed by the word TRAM. The station is called Luceros and there is another one, Mercado, but don’t follow if someone tells you you can get on on the beach. That stop is not in operation.

Descend to the station, buy your ticket and be on your way for a memorable day trip or even longer, as your fancy might take you.

The little train, which some call a tramway and others refer to as the gorge train(rightly so, as you will see later) is a light railway which leads along the coast all the way to Denia.

No better way to see the coast and one pretty town and resort after another. L1 takes you from Alicante to Benidorm, passing the incredibly beautiful and long beach of Campello.

Change train to L9 by just crossing over. Connections tend to be very good and, anyway, you will be given a timetable together with your ticket at Luceros.

From Benidorm onwards, it gets really nice.  A highlight is Altea which you reach after approx. 30 minutes from Benidorm passing by the gorge. After that you can admire the peon of Calpe and then onwards to Teulada which is the stop for Moreira.

I didn’t go all the way to Denia yet, but I will on another outing and stay there over night. It really is the best way to see all the pretty coastal towns and villages on one side and the steep mountains on the other. And it’s cheap too.


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Noel Lynch said:
28 February 2015 @ 09:42

You never mentioned where the old Torrevieja station is..


Poedoe said:
28 February 2015 @ 10:05

Just 30 minutes inland by bus from Torrevieja & above the town of Orihuela you find a station in Callosa de Segura, you can board a train which will take you on the same journey, you will also see so much of Spain as it is.

marelison said:
28 February 2015 @ 13:34

Thank you for this useful information - This is what I will use one fine day...
Callosa de Segura looks interesant also....

Mar Elison

Herts Steve said:
02 March 2015 @ 14:50

The old station is a bit more than a ruin according to this article...........

Torrevieja Train Station

The Los Verdes green party on Torrevieja have launched a petition to try to get the railway line to Torrevieja reopened.

The move follows on from an agreement towards the end of 2010, as previously reported, when the three main political parties of Torrevieja, the PP, PSOE and the LV, jointly tabled a notion to the regional government to have Torrevieja included in the development of the rail network, in the hope that trains may once more be able to connect the city with the European rail network. Only one party chose not to support the notion, the UI.

The railway in Torrevieja closed in 1964. The former railway station is now an exhibition hall and part of the line through the salt lakes has been transformed into a scenic walkway with viewing platforms and cycle tracks.

The political party believe that the Torrevieja rail link must be a priority for the Municipality, but it is a subject that is treated passively by the governing council.

They feel that after more than a year since the municipal agreement was made, there has been more than enough time to manage their compliance and obtain all necessary information to know what the situation is regarding the procedure to go ahead.

The group have now started an online petition, which they hope will receive 10,000 signatures in 2 months, as well as a Facebook group providing information on their progress.

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