On the northern edge of Torrevieja city are the residential areas of Los Locos and Calas Blancas. This part of Torrevieja is fairly built up as it’s still classed as part of the city and has numerous urban and beachfront apartments. Los Locos beach is one of the most popular due to its long stretch of golden sand and close proximity to the city centre, and has been awarded both the Blue Flag and Qualitur Awards. The beach is kept spotlessly clean and during the summer months there are amenities such as lifeguards, sun loungers, parasols, toilets and foot showers. There is disabled access and areas for beach sports as well as numerous bars and restaurants offering a variety local and international drinks, cocktails, snacks and meals. At the northern end of the beach is the start of a series of cliffs and rocky coves that are popular with fishermen and snorkelers. The southern end of the beach marks the start of the city where Avenida de las Habaneras runs through the centre to the main bus terminus and the popular Friday Market. Along this avenue there are a great choice of shops, supermarkets, restaurants and some superb value tapas bars.
The Calas Blancas area is further from the city and beachfront but offers a wider choice of property styles including apartments, townhouses, bungalows and villas, many of which are at very affordable prices. Parts of the area are rather run down but the main road, Calle Paris is lined with pretty olive trees and has a selection of parks and plazas as well as some great little neighbourhood bars. If you continue along Calle Paris and keep to the right when it forks and becomes Calle Salinero, it takes you right to the popular British supermarket Iceland.