Mar de Cristal is one of the small villages that have grown up around the shores of the Mar Menor. It has a very small marina, a lovely fine sandy beach and a promenade that links via the beach to Playa Honda in the south. The village centre is relatively small with a selection of bars, cafes and shops, but the stunning views from the beach across to the La Manga Strip make a visit here well worth it!
Los Belones lies within the Cartagena municipality, and is in the administrative district of Rincón de San Ginés, which covers an area from Los Belones right the way down to Cabo de Palos in the far east of the municipality.
Although it has a long and interesting history, the village revolves today around two core activities: tourism and agriculture.
While Los Belones itself is slightly inland from the Mar Menor so therefore lacks its own beaches, it is close to the glorious sandy beaches and safe bathing of the Mar Menor, as well as within easy driving distance of the Mediterranean beaches of not only the La Manga Strip, but also of Calblanque.
Playa Honda and Playa Paraíso are two adjoining beaches and residential areas at the southernmost end of the Mar Menor, the 135-square-kilometre saltwater lagoon which lies at the east of the Region of Murcia and the Costa Cálida and is enclosed by the 22-kilometre spit of La Manga.
Playa Honda / Playa ParaísoThe 73 kilometres of coastline around this remarkable geographical feature are littered with attractive beaches, and many are of the opinion that Playa Honda and Playa Paraíso are among the finest. However, they were developed later than many other stretches of the shore, and as a result they fall somewhere between the upmarket hustle and bustle of Playa Honda / Playa ParaísoLa Manga itself and the slightly more “old world” feel of the small towns on the western coast, such as Los Nietos and Los Urrutias.
Cabo de Palos is a rocky headland which juts out into the Mediterranean in the south-east of the Region of Murcia.
Cabo de Palos Adjoining the 21-kilometre spit of La Manga del Mar Menor to the north and the southern coastline of the municipality of Cartagena to the south and west, it is known to have been inhabited by Man for millennia. For many centuries it was an important fishing port as well as a military vigilance point of strategic importance.
Cabo de PalosThe most outstanding landmark in the town is the lighthouse, which came into service in 1865 at the top of the promontory and is a must for anyone visiting Cabo de Palos, and all of those making the trip will also inevitably gravitate towards the port and marina.