The Dique de Levante is one of the most frequented and favoured locations within the city of Torrevieja by residents and tourists alike.
But for those unfamiliar with the name ‘Dique de Levante’, the picture might become clearer if we talk about the wooden promenade or breakwater.
For anyone that has spent any time in Torrevieja, it is likely that they have at one time or another carried out the 2700m return walk along the wooden promenade that juts out into the sea.
Taking between 20 and 30 minutes, depending on your walking speed, to complete the round trip, walking the Dique de Levante is a recommended healthy activity that many like to undertake either first thing in the morning as a form of exercise or last thing in the evening as an after-dinner stroll.
It is even referred to by some as the “Cholesterol Route”, after many local doctors recommend carrying out the walk up and down the breakwater on a daily basis as part of a healthy exercise regime.
The Dique de Levante has formed part of the history of Torrevieja for many years. It was built before the Civil War with the main purpose of protecting the fishing and salt boats moored at the port from harsh weather conditions, particularly from the strong Levante winds.
Up until the year 2,000, this area had more or less become abandoned. It was a dirty area where no one ventured after dark.
But that all changed at the turn of this century after the town hall decided to clean up and regenerate the seafront and port, transforming it into the attractive and busy area that it is today.
On climbing the stairs at the start of the route, the visitor is blessed with a stunning panorama “between seas”. In one direction, the Mediterranean Sea glitters in the sun, while if you look the other way, the city of Torrevieja sprawls out in all directions.
Slightly further along the breakwater, the pedestrian is greeted by a statue of a female figure looking out to see. She has been placed there as homage to all the fishermen’s wives that made the town their home and who still do.
And halfway along the wooden walkway on ground level, it’s always pleasant to make a stop at the Marina Salinas commercial zone, which is a great leisure area both day and night, where you can grab something to eat and drink or even dance the night away in one of a number of open-air bars and terraces.
At the end of the walk, you’ll come to the lighthouse, where on a clear and bright day, you’ll be able to see as far as Cabo de Palos on the Murcia coastline.