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If you need medical services during your holiday in Torrevieja, here is some useful information on pharmacies and hospitals in the area. You will also find information on opening times and tips.


Pharmacies/chemists take turns in Torrevieja operating an after-hours service. Signs are posted outside all pharmacies letting you know when where the nearest one is that offers an after-hours service.

Hospitals and clinics

There are both public and private medical facilities in Torrevieja. Many of the larger ones have English speaking staff.

For free public health care, you need to have the European Health Insurance Card, the E111. Without valid health insurance, private health care can be very expensive in Torrevieja. Plan accordingly.

Opening hours

Most shops and businesses are open from Monday through to Saturday from 9:30 to 13:30 and from 16:30 to 20:00. Many smaller shops close on Saturday afternoons.

The bigger shopping centres and supermarkets are open from 10:00 to 21:00 without closing for lunch. They are also sometimes open on Sundays. During the high season some shops stay open past 22:00.


Do you tip in Spain? Tipping is common in Spain. It is not necessary, when buying a drink or having a ‘Menu de Dia.’

When it comes to a mid-level or expensive restaurant, things are slightly different. But there are no 10% rules or anything like it in Spain; the Spanish may leave whatever small change they have in their pockets.