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Shop till you drop in La Zenia Boulevard
12 March 2015 @ 17:59

From time to time, a girl just needs a shopping spree. In Torrevieja itself, we have Las Habaneras, but if you want some fun thrown in, nothing better that heading for the relatively new La Zenia Boulevard.

If you have a car, no problem, but, if like me, you have to rely on public transport, matters get a bit more difficult. Let me give you the latest update. There are just two (!!) buses running there from Torrevieja. The first at 8am, the next at 12.45am and that’s it. They leave you at the entrance, any other time you must take a bus to Cartagena, get off at the Playa Flamenca stop and...hike.

The return time table is even weirder: 3pm and 9pm. The girl at the ticket counter told me, that when the mall opened, there was an hourly bus, but, not any more. A taxi, depending on where you go in Torrevieja, sets you back at least €12. Practicalities out of the way, the mall itself is very nice indeed, not only for shopping but also for eating and fun for kids if you have any.

Centre piece so to speak is the fountain, very popular in the summer  with kids who can’t get enough of running around under the gusts of water, getting happily drenched.

Several smaller stands although with tables and chairs are around the fountain, offering drinks, crepes, ice cream and snacks.

The shops range from low cost (Primark) to medium. ZARA Home as well as ZARA clothes, Massimo Dutti, other British high street stores, Italian knitwear, shoes, bags and perfumerias galore.  Two great interior decoration shops, a vast Alcampo supermarket round out the picture in short, you will find everything you need in a mall which is easily negotiated.

They also do events, like a recent carnival parade, sometimes life music. Just check the local paper. Most conveniently, La Zenia Boulevard shops do not close during siesta and are open year around with the exception of a few bank holidays.

I love the feel of the open ‘streets’, with plenty of benches and flowers, big toy animals for kids to ride around on, play areas, in fact, the place is quite family orientated.

The upper level is dedicated to food. I especially like the three tapas bars, offering hot and cold tapas as well as montaditos. Italian, Chinese, what ever takes your fancy you can fill your stomach with, sitting out in the sunshine.

Even if you buy nothing more than a lip stick or a T-shirt, a trip to La Zenia Boulevard makes for a pleasant few hours people watching.

 

 

 



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Darlene Foster said:
12 March 2015 @ 20:24

I love this unique mall with all the festivities!


Lizy said:
14 March 2015 @ 09:19

Love your blog Lilypond. Torrevieja is a great place to write about.


Jerry said:
14 March 2015 @ 10:08

Nice article but sorry to be pedantic, the correct name is 'Zenia Boulevard'.


wodger said:
14 March 2015 @ 11:10

Yes, & there is a branch of C & A there, I always liked there men's dept. but they moved out of the UK years ago.


lilypond said:
14 March 2015 @ 11:58

Thanks Lizy. Yes, Torrevieja is a great place to live in and write about.
Wodger, I like C&A too, women and men department.
Sorry Jerry, ZENIA BOULEVARD then. But I guess everybody knows what I am talking about.


Chrissy said:
14 March 2015 @ 13:19

I agree with Jerry...the name is Zenia Boulevard no La in front of it!!
It is very nice there, although I am very happy with the Habaneras shopping centre, it has all the shops I like in a smaller area.
What I really like is shopping in Alicante or Elche, they have different shops which makes its really interesting compared to the shopping malls.


susan lamb said:
15 March 2015 @ 14:09

I love it at this place. Don't know why but as soon as I walk in the centre I feel happy


lilypond said:
15 March 2015 @ 15:24

I share your feeling, Susan. I often go there just for the atmopshere and to watch people.


sylvia foster said:
16 March 2015 @ 16:18

Hi Lilypond I am enjoying reading your blogs I visit the area for 2 months every year and love it We rent in Benimar and love the walks to Rojales and Quesada.Love the shopping centre have yet to visit the one in Murcia.


morerosado said:
17 March 2015 @ 12:05

We needed to go to the Apple store a few days ago which is in the Nuevo Condomina complex outside Murcia. MUCH PREFER ZB all out in the open.


Keith said:
17 March 2015 @ 18:58

A tiny, tiny little point....
it's called:

Zenia Blvd

not
LA Zenia Blvd....
But a nice article about this fun mall


Karen Trice said:
25 March 2015 @ 11:59

We're staying in la Zenia for 3 weeks in June, is there any guided walks we can book to go off walking for the day?


lilypond said:
25 March 2015 @ 15:52

I wouldn't know about guided walking tours, Karen. But you can hike on your own, for instance the cliff walk from La Zenia to Cabo Roig. Very pretty.


Karen Trice said:
26 March 2015 @ 20:47

Yep we've heard about the cliff walk, we'll be doing that. Many thanks.


Andy said:
28 March 2015 @ 08:26

Built in the wrong place. It's access from the AP7involves coming off at a toll, so instead everybody tends to use the N332 coastal road for access. In the warmer months it's a traffic nightmare.


lilypond said:
28 March 2015 @ 13:36

I can imagine, Andy. That`s why I fail to understand that public transport is nearly non existent.


Sandy8100 said:
18 May 2015 @ 00:16

Great blog!
Are there any buses from San Pedro to Zenia Boulevard?


Selma said:
25 June 2015 @ 16:28

hello,
We are group of 4 friend planing our next holidays in torrevieja this summer.
We will for sure visit Zenia Boulevard ! The access without a car looks like very difficult, Any update of the transport ??
Thank you in advance,
Selma


lilypond said:
25 June 2015 @ 16:52

No, Selma, public transport there is as infrequent as ever.


Selma said:
28 June 2015 @ 11:46

Thank you Lilypond, the taxi looks like to be the best way to get to la Zenia Boulevard.


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