Playa de Los Locos (Galilee Beach) is said to have come from the time when there was a psychiatric hospital on site, Sanatorio Virgen del Carmen. The name is not among the politically correct, but is said to have come into the public domain and dates back to 1908 when the Mursian physician Mariano Ruiz Cánovas started an institution where El Palmeral is today.
Playa de Los Náufragos (The Shipwreck’s Beach) may not be as strange as the name of a coastal area, but nonetheless dramatic. The name can be linked to the powerful storms coming in over the Mediterranean coast from the east. In a time without potholes or harbor, it was found that boats ended up ashore, destroyed, divided and with the ship shipwrecked.
Playa del Cura (Priest’s Beach) should be of the older names in Torrevieja. The origin is apparently not documented anywhere. In the Alicante newspaper Información, however, it is mentioned that the name was used on a charts as early as 1870. The story goes back that one of the church’s men was drowned there, such a dramatic event that people then simply called the site of the priest’s beach.
Playa La Mata bears the name of the La Mata district (or Torrelamata), a name that has been associated with the mastic trees that must have grown there in their time. The tree with the special heifer is called “lentisco” in Spanish (lentiscus in Latin), but is also called “mata” or “mata charneca”. The trees must have had to give way to the houses that were built on the site.
Playa del Acequión is named after the canal (acequia) that went from the Torrevieja lagoon into the sea. The Acequión Canal (Canal del Acequión) is said to have been built as early as 1480 and was allegedly used to desalinate the lagoons and supply fresh water from the sea. The canal is one of the oldest structures in Torrevieja.
Cala del Palangre, is named for a type of line fishing (palangre) used by local fishermen.
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