Hi, we are staying in a villa near Elche for 10 days in August 2011 and we were planning to drive into Torrevieja as we have never been south of Alicante before. My brother has recently been out to stay with an English family in the area and was going to visit Torrevieja whilst there but the family said that Torrevieja is no longer a good place to visit with lots of graffiti and crime / muggings. They said they would not want to park their car for fear of it being broken into. We were disappointed when we heard this as we were looking forward to visiting. My question is this - is Torrevieja as bad as these people make out or are they being over sensitive? I would appreciate a fair reply as we don't want to visit with our children if the area has gone downhill to that sort of level. Thanks in advance for any replies!