About La Manga Club - places to visit

While lots of visitors never feel the need to leave La Manga Club, there are lots of places to visit should you decide to have a change of scenery.

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The local village of Los Belones is approximately 5-10 minutes by car and has a selection of shops, bars and restaurants.

The town of Cartagena is a short drive away (less than 30 minutes by car) and has a variety of historical attractions to enjoy along with some fantastic shops.

Cabo de Palos, a very charming fishing village, is approximately 15-minutes by car and boasts a harbour, excellent fish restaurants and a large Sunday morning market.

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Cartagena

Cartagena is the regions second city with its history stretching back over 3,000 years. It features some of the most important collections of Roman and Byzantine remains in Spain. The Port is the centre of the Spanish Navy and there are usually a number of ships in the port. Recent renovations in the port area include a new marina and a pedestrian area on the edge the water.

There are a number of museums in the city. The municipal Archaeological Museum and the Maritime Archaeology Museum feature the most varied and best kept examples of 18th Century military architecture in the Mediterranean.

The last five years has seen a great deal of repairs and renovations to important buildings in the city. The bullring is often used in the summer for concerts and as an outdoor cinema.

The pedestrian areas around the port lead up through the city along Calle Mayor and the Calle Carmen are the main shopping areas in Cartagena with bars and restaurants offering a good selection of Spanish tapas. On the way to Cartagena there is a more modern shopping centre called Mediterranean Parque. Here you will find recognisable shops like MacDonald’s, Toy R Us and Decathlon.

At Easter and Christmas there are large parades and celebrations in the city. There is also two weeks in September when the whole city goes Roman. Areas of the city turn into camps with displays of chariot racing and sword fighting as enactments of the battle between Romans and Cartagenians take place. 

Los Belones

This is the village at the end of the road as you leave the club and well worth a visit. Just about every restaurant is available in the village including Italian, English, Chinese, Indian and very good Spanish restaurant. There is an array of shops including a couple of banks, an ice-cream parlour, bargain stores, fishmongers and two bakers. The local Spanish give all visitors a very warm welcome.

Cabo de Palos

Lying at the base of the La Manga strip, Cabo de Palos is best known for its lighthouse which can be seen from many points around the Mar Menor. However, most tourists and visitors will probably remember its popular Sunday market. The main village is based around the port and small marina. Restaurants and Bars are open all year round and offer the best Seafood in the area. The Sunday market starts around 8.30am and starts to close down about 1pm. You will find stalls ranging from fruit and vegetables to clothes, sunglasses and toys. In the centre of the market there are a couple of bars offering a welcome stop and occasionally you will find musicians playing their piped music.
Take care of your belongings as purses and bags have been stolen from there.

La Manga Strip

The strip of land that runs from the bottom at Cabo to the top is said to be 21km long and has an average width of 300m. One side is the calm Mar Menor and on the other the colder but stunning Mediterranean. Only the British call it the strip – to the Spanish it is simply La Manga (which means 'the sleeve' in Spanish) and where they come on holiday. In July and August it is almost impossible to get up the strip on the two lanes in and back again on the two lanes out and delays often occur of up to over an hour. However, if you time it right (in the afternoon while the Spanish have their siesta) it is well worth a visit and there is plenty to do including sampling some of the best Tapas in Spain.

The Mar Menor

Few areas have the good fortune to have both a salt water lake and the Mediterranean Sea so close together. The lagoon called the Mar Menor, has a surface area of 170 km2 and a maximum depth of 8m. It is often called the Worlds largest swimming pool because of its calm and warm waters which are rich in salt and iodine. This natural environment, unique in Europe, also enjoys excellent climate throughout the year, with more than 300 days of sunshine per year and an average winter temperature of 17C.

The calm waters of the Mar Menor make it one of the best locations for water sports. There are many locations around the lagoon for hiring equipment and tuition of all levels. You can try windsurfing, sailing, kite surfing, canoeing, jet skiing, water skiing and rowing or simply take a cruise around the Mar Menor or a boat trip to one of the islands.

Look out for the largest Go Kart centre in Spain just before Cabo.

Calblanque

This national park is located in the southeast of the region. There you can find cliffs, salt flats and sandy beaches along with amazing footpaths to excellent walks. Nude bathing is very popular here but be warned, there are no toilets, shops or amenities and you park at you own risk as car theft is very common. Access is well signposted off the main road leading to La Manga strip. 

Murcia

The city of Murcia is the regions capital and dates back to 831AD when it was founded by the Mors. Murcia is a lively cathedral and University City surrounded by orchards. The importance of the city over the years can be seen in its churches, palaces and other buildings such as the Archaeological Museum and the Cathedral museum.

The Cathedral itself is an example of Gothic and Baroque architecture, containing wonderful altarpieces. Visit on a Thursday and you can enjoy the colourful weekly market. The centre of Murcia has large pedestrian areas which allow access to parts of the city such as the Cathedral, the Theatre Romea and the Casino as well as the main shopping area.

There is a modern shopping centre on the road out to Madrid which hosts all the usual big stores and the regions first Ikea is opposite.

Los Alcazares

The town of Los Alcazares is a typical holiday town on the edge of the Mar Menor. There is an esplanade along the whole length of the town’s seafront overlooking the healing waters of the Mar Menor and the famous mineral rich mud. The beaches are very clean and safe and slope gently out into the water. North of Los Alcazares are the towns of San Javier and Santiago de la Ribera. San Javier host a Jazz festival every summer in its open air amphitheatre and recent visitors have included George Benson, Bill Wyman and Tony Hadley, watch local press for details. 

Days out

Terra Mitica
A huge theme park near Benidorm (approx. 2hrs). Roller coasters, rapids to ride and bumper cars, the park is divided into four sections, ancient Egypt, Greece, Roman and Iberia. During the day there are shows and activities to see all included in the price.

The Sun Fort
Lorca is an hour from La Manga club and well worth a trip out. The castle in particular will travel you back in time to the 1480’s when the Moors build it. There are actors dressed in costume to guide you round and tell you the history.

Aquapolis
A very popular water park in Torrevieja. Numerous water slides and play areas including a slow river, wave areas and infant lakes. Fun for everyone young or old all day! Less than an hour away.

Sierra Espuna
Sierra Espuna is known as "the natural jewel" of the Murcia region and the mountain mass is 25,000 hectares located in the centre of the region. There are numerous animals and birds living in the area including wild cats, wild boar and eagles. Take a picnic and enjoy a brilliant day out but take your walking boots. Access is easy from Alhama and Jotana and then follow the signs.

Mundo Mar
A park devoted to leisure, the environment and breeding of species. Shows with parrots, sea lions, dolphins and feeding lemurs and penguins are just some of the activities to see. Also you can observe turtles, squirrel monkeys, storks and otters to name just a few. Located next to Aqualandia Water Park in Benidorm, Mundo Mar is just 2 hours away and well worth the trip. Mundo Mar is a member of the European Association of Zoo’s.

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