The urbanisation of Los Balcones, is built on the slopes of the "Saline De Torrevieja". This salt lake is a "Parc Natural", a protected wildlife area. The algae in the water gives the lake a pinkish tinge at certain times of the year.
Judging by the well tended gardens of the houses, and its tree lined roads, Los Balcones is a pleasant, mature urbanisation.
The CV-95 route runs through Los Balcones, this route links the N332 coast road with the AP37 motorway, and is the direct road from Torrevieja to San Miguel, and Orihuela.
Four roundabouts control traffic through the urbanisation. Just 10 minutes walk from Balneario IV, is the Los Balcones shopping plaza. On the corner of the roundabout is a kiosk, selling tobacco, and multi language newspapers. There is a medium sized, well stocked, supermarket, selling the majority of your daily needs. At the corner of the plaza, is a branch of the local CAM bank, with a cash machine. Within the plaza itself are many cafes, restaurants, and bars.
What better way to spend a relaxing morning, than strolling to the plaza, buying a newspaper, and chatting over a coffee, in one of the cafes. From the supermarket, choose something for lunch, and stroll back to the apartments, for a refreshing swim. The harbour town of Torrevieja, dates from Roman times, however the present town was rebuilt in 1860. The main industries are tourism, salt exports, and fishing. With a population of some 81000, doubling in the height of the season, the town becomes quite busy, but never uncomfortably so. Generally it is a friendly cosmopolitan town, with plenty of bars, cafes, and restaurants.
The main airports of Alicante, (El Altet) to the north, and Murcia (San Javier) to the south, are about 37 kms distant.
In the evenings, stroll along the front, and look at the craft stalls. Our favourite stroll is the boardwalk at La Mata, usually about 10 in the evening, all the locals are out and about, chatting and walking, just enjoying the evening air. There are some nice places to eat in La Mata, don't tell anyone else though, and we'll keep it secret Orihuela - is a must for culture vultures, this is old Spain at its best. Lots of lovely old cathedrals, and palaces to look around.
Elche - is world renowned for having the largest date palm groves outside of Africa. See them at the Municipal Gardens, or the Huerto del Cura.
Wildlife -This low lying area adjoining the sea has many salt lagoons, and marshy wetlands. The conservation area has many "Parc Naturals", where the birdlife is protected. View the flamingos, and experience the peace at La Mata, or El Fondo visitor centres.
Golf - The Real Club Golf Campoamor is a magnificent residential and tourist complex still in the process of it's development, yet already showing its potential, to be one of Spain's most popular and upmarket holiday destinations. For the discerning golfer, there are two excellent neighbouring 18 hole courses at Villamartin and Las Ramblas, with the world renowned La Manga only 30 mins away.
A 2 bedroom first floor apartment, with balcony. Set in a quiet apartment complex, with a communal pool. Short distance to shops, & beaches.