Torrevieja tourist train, Spain

You can catch this little tourist train on the Paseo de la Libertad, just beside the markets in Torrevieja. It’s incredibly cheap – costs about 2 Euro for an adult and 1 Euro for children – and it takes you right through the coastal part of the city right past Playa Los Locos.

We usually arrived in Torrevieja around the hottest part of the day, and catching this little train with its covered roof was a fantastic way to do some sight-seeing while staying cool! At one point, we passed a group of cyclists while going up a hill, and the kids were really pleased when one grabbed on to the side of the train and hitched a ride to the top!

Torrevieja phone kiosk

When I’m in another country, I love to take the occasional photo of everyday things like phone boxes and ticket machines. They’re so damned foreign. Like the stuff you might find here, but different. Different colours, and littered with a foreign language. Sometimes you’re lucky if there’s an English translation.

I thought this bright blue phone box in Torrevieja would be an interesting match for my picture of rail ticket machines in Prague. Maybe if I travelled a bit more, I could make this into a whole series?

Bar la Marina, Torrevieja

Sometimes the first thing you see when you enter a city becomes one of your abiding memories of that place. Bar La Marina in Torrevieja is a building I’ve never been inside, but it’s the first place we saw when we came up from the underground car park nearby.

It’s such an odd little building to find in a city like Torrevieja – a bungalow in a jungle of apartment blocks. Gleaming white walls with a rustic terracotta roof. It, along with the building across the road with the beautiful, ornate arches, is one of the first things I think of when I think of that city.

Sagrado Corazon de Jesus

La Iglesia del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús (or Sacred Heart of Jesus church) is a strikingly modern building in the centre of Torrevieja. I nver got to investigate the interior, because we were on a fleeting trip through the plaza in which it’s situated, but the building itself is gorgeous.

I know I’ve gone on record before as not being a fan of religion, but I do admire church architecture in a perverse way. On one hand, the level of inspiration that religion drives is fascinating to me. On the other, some of the oppulence found in churches scares me when a majority of believers are working class or worse.

The stark white walls of La Iglesia del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús are dazzling in the midday sun – a beautiful sight in the middle of the sometimes sandy-coloured city of Torrevieja!

If anyone has pictures of the interior, please share them with me and I’ll publish them here!

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