DISCOVER TORRE DE LA HORADADA the year-round popular Costa Blanca destination that is just perfect for exploring during the autumnal months.
Undeniably popular with residents and visiting tourists alike, Torre de La Horadada is busy during the height of summer. But now things are a little quieter we decided to take a look for ourselves earlier this week.
Torre de la Horadada is named in honour of the medieval tower that overlooks both the beach of Playa del Conde and the adjacent marina.
Originally constructed in 1591 to defend against attacks by North African Barbary pirates and corsairs, the striking conical fortress, complete with crenellated battlements, has watched over the Mediterranean waters of Playa del Conde for more than 400 years.
Today the 16th-century watchtower (and the opulent family home that attaches to it) stands empty and remains in the possession of descendants of the Count of Roche.
Playa del Conde is one of six beaches to grace the shoreline in the town, with Playa del Puerto, Playa Jesuítas, Playa Rocamar, Playa de las Villas, and the largest of the town's beaches Las Higuericas, contributing to the beautiful coastline.
Each beach offers stretches of fine sand, Blue Flag accreditation for cleanliness, and vibrant azure-coloured waters.
Meticulously maintained by Pilar de la Horadada Town Hall, the beaches provide an enchanting and thoroughly delightful location for a mid-afternoon stroll, even in the height of the Spanish winter.
Visitors to Torre de La Horadada will find a veritable array of cafés, bistros, restaurants, and ice cream parlours (a local speciality).
Most amenities are centred around the port area, and in two pretty squares in the town.
The Plaza del Pueblo Latino is an enclosed square to the north of the district offering a selection of fine dining restaurants surrounding an ornate fountain, just a few streets away from Playa Rocamar.
By contrast, Plaza de Antonio Sánchez Lozano a little further south is an open square covered by Mediterranean palm trees immediately adjacent to the marina.
The plaza provides the ideal place to enjoy a meal under the shade of the trees, in a relaxed, quite honestly stunning, and friendly environment.
Torre de La Horadada: Mediterranean vistas throughout the winter
Restaurants and (more) ice cream parlours, including the locally renowned Galán parlour, overlook the marina from an elevated location.
The marina provides a safe harbour for up to 525 leisure and sailing vessels, an upscale restaurant with stunning Mediterranean vistas, and an autumn and winter fishing school with competitions throughout the season.
Torre de La Horadada offers plenty to do and see throughout the low season months, and the locale is well worth a visit.
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