Los Alcázares is on the edge of the Mar Menor, and boasts seven kilometres of beach. It is an ideal place for water sports.
Los Alcázares is in the Region of Murcia, 24 kilometres from the town of Cartagena and just 5 kilometres from San Javier international airport. Its name comes from the Arab word for palace, and refers to the holiday mansions that were once built in this coastal village by the Muslims. Los Alcázares is a very healthy destination, too. Try the waters of the Mar Menor, famous for their therapeutic qualities, or enjoy a thermal treatment at the La Encarnación Spa Resort, which still retains the feel of an old, turn-of-the-century spa resort. If you like sports, there are activities such as sailing, windsurfing and kayaking at its Marine Resort, available all year-round thanks to the warm temperatures in the region. Other good options include a game of golf on the local golf course, a visit to the Torre del Rame (an Arab fortress) or a trip to the Municipal Aeronautical Museum. Los Alcázares is also home to the Infanta Cristina Elite Sports Centre, and serves as a training venue for sporting clubs and sports federations.
The main attraction of this beautiful destination is the Mar Menor, with its calm, shallow waters and pleasant beaches.
Santiago de la Ribera is on the Mar Menor, on the coast of Murcia. This old fishing village has 4 kilometres of beach, with fine, golden sand. Its Mediterranean waters are ideal for enjoying the sun, sea and water sports all year round. It has an attractive, palm-lined promenade that runs the length of the beach.
It is well worth sampling the local gastronomy, featuring delicious fish and shellfish, and outstanding dishes such as salt-roast sea bream and king prawns. There are two particular summer events which should not be missed: the fiesta of the Virgen del Carmen, patron saint of sailors, on 16 July, and the San Javier International Jazz Festival, in the third week of the
Lo Pagan is situated on the north shore of the Mar Menor and has merged with San Pedro del Pinatar to become one big town. Lo Pagan has a beautiful beach, promenade and small marina. During the summer months there is a lively funfair beside the marina which adds to the seaside atmosphere.
Lo Pagan is most famous for its mud baths. These are free, which is great news if you have a large family to keep occupied. All ages can use the mud baths from 1 to 100, but only the truly hardy indulge during the winter months. The mud baths are located at the end of the beach and the start of the salinas walking and cycling route out to sea. Simply walk down the steps, cover yourself with the therapeutic mud, said to be good for all types of skin complaints, aches and pain, dry off in the sun, then re-enter the water to wash it all off!
Facing the tranquil waters of Mar Menor, San Pedro del Pinatar is one of the main tourist destinations on the Murcia coast.Tradtionally a seafaring and agricultural centre, San Pedro del Pinatar has become one of the principal tourist towns on Murcia's Costa Cálida.The main attractions of San Pedro are concentrated around the beach and shore. Here you will find Lo Pagán, a lively tourist centre which has all kinds of holiday facilities, such as hotels, bars, restaurants and shops. Next to the long promenade facing the Mar Menor are extensive beaches such as La Puntica or Villananitos. This watery setting, combined with the facilities at its marina, means you can do a great many sports, such as sailing, scuba diving or windsurfing.As well as one of the town's architectural symbols, the Quintín mill, the surrounding area contains the Salinas de San Pedro del Pinatar Regional Park, a space where a great many species of migratory birds come to nest. You can also benefit from the therapeutic properties of its mud, especially suitable for treating bone and skin ailments.