Hiking around Laguna Salada de la Mata behind Torrevieja

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I’ve lived in Torrevieja for nearly two months now, and while I guess I technically haven’t seen most of the city, at least I’ve discovered all its main attractions. I have walked at least 6 – 7 kilometers to the north, south and west from where I live. I can’t go further east than about 200 meters since the Mediterranean Sea is in the way.

Whenever I discover something new and exciting or meet an interesting person, I feel that the world is big, warm and beautiful again. I treasure those moments and I think Torrevieja is starting to get too familiar at this point. A few days ago, I got a bit bored and I wasn’t sure what to do.

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Then I realized that I hadn’t seen the big salt lakes behind Torrevieja yet. I decided to go for a walk and discover Laguna Salada de la Mata. It actually turned out to be one of my best expeditions here, but also a fairly exhausting one: I walked fast for four hours and forty minutes without rest. I only stopped to take photographs and according to my calculations, I marched between 30 – 36 kilometers. I almost reached another state of consciousness the last hour or so and my legs got numb.

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I particularly enjoyed the mountains in the horizon. They stirred my imagination and some of them seemed to be huge from a distance. I wanted to climb them. To my disappointment, I couldn’t even find the mountains in Google Maps later, so maybe they weren’t so big after all? If you’re ever in Torrevieja, I recommend hiking around Laguna Salada de la Mata. It’s a pretty lovely area that I’m glad I visited.

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