La Manga Mar Menor

La Manga is located in the south east of Spain.
This town  is a part of the “Costa Calida”, the warm coast and is situated in the province of Murcia.
The Costa Calida is the coastline between Andalusia and the Costa Blanca.

La Manga Mar Menor
La Manga Mar Menor

At the beginning , La Manga and the Mar Menor was the tourist resort for the Spanish people.
The last 20 years it became more and more popular by North and West Europeans people.

La Manga, a natural barrier.

Indeed, the  special landscape is a natural barrier that separates two seas, the Mediterranean Sea at one side and the little sea, the Mar Menor, at the other side.

Therefore the resort is an ideal area for the practice of all kinds of water sport.
Now the popular stroke is basically a big sandbank.
Presently , this sandy land stroke is 20 km long and 100 to 1200 meters width.
As a result , La Manga is a great place to visit at any time of the year, summer or winter.
In brief , it is loved for its wide sandy beaches.
During the summer season it is very busy in the hotels and the spa’s. In particular, the spa’s are specialized in seawater therapy.
During the winter, the place is nice to stay because it is much quieter.
In other words , if you want to come in this season, it better to check the availability . Because some hotels are closed in the winter season.

The best is that  they are great choice of bars, nice restaurants, cafes, beach bars, hotels and shops on the stroke.
The most important street runs the full length . Naturally  with shops on both sides of the road. In sum it is a special feeling : the large Mediterranean Sea at one side, the Mar Menor at the other side.

La Manga
La Manga

On La Manga you can visit the Marina, where you can admire all sorts of boats.
The choice is yours: large fish boats or very nice sailing boats.
From the “Tomas Maestre” Marina you enjoy a boat trip across the Mar Menor  to Santiago de la Ribere. Santiogo de Ribera is a nice town at the other side of the Mar Menor.
Like wise you can go sailing  to the Mediterranean Sea.

Mar Menor a lagoon.

First, the Mar Menor is the largest lagoon in Europe. The best is  that the water temperature never falls below the 19 degrees.
Then, thanks to the ideal climate and the natural protection La Manga is the all year a perfect place. In particular it  gives you opportunities to practice a range water sports.
To sum up some of the water-sports are : jet ski, kite surfing, banana rides, paddle surf and boat trips. For the water devils wake board, surfing, water-skiing  sailing and canoeing.
Fur instance also Scuba diving and snorkeling are possible.

Because of the natural position, it  is a ideal tourist resort.  Facing as well the challenge of the Mediterranean Sea or the calm Mar Menor just a little bit away further.

To the right and the left, there are beautiful sandy beaches and  many marinas.

The visitor can enjoy the amazing views on the Mar Menor and the mountains of the Sierra Minervas in the background.

In the past , the sandbar was natural till 1960’s. The untouched sand bar is still complete at the other side of the La Manga.
Since the 1960’s this beautiful place was discovered by the tourist.
Since then it grows with infrastructures to satisfy the growing demands of tourists.

At the southern end of La Manga there is a lighthouse on the Cabo ( Cape ) de Palos. This place is also a marine reserve.

From La Manga it is a quarter ride to the nearest airport Murcia San Javier.
Alicante airport is a hour and a half ride or 125 km.

Climate La Manga.

The weather is one of the most recommended micro climates of Europe .
320 days of sun is not a promise but reality.


A nice trip is the Cartagena is 35 km
Murcia, the capital of the Murcia region, 72 km
To Torrevieja is 68 km
Zenia boulevard on the Orihuela Costa 58km
to Alicante 132 km


Costa Blanca mud baths

The Costa Blanca mud baths are one of the most popular destinations among eco tourists. Visiting the baths in the Costa Blanca is one most funniest things but also one of the most healthiest thing you will do in the Costa Blanca .
The Baths are located near San Pedro del Pinitar. Specificaly in the village of Lo Pagan at the beautiful Mar Menor.
Although the baths are quite big, so don’t worry about getting a spot  to get a bath in mud bath.
Besides the water temperature of the baths are warmer than the nearby  Mar Menor or the Mediterranean sea. Only the surface water can be a little bit cold.
So it is even possible to visit the Mud baths in the Winter.


Costa Blanca Mud Baths Lo Pagan
Costa Blanca Mud Baths Lo Pagan

Normally Mud baths are found in Expensive hotels and spas around the world.  As you know   they use a mud that has been processed. For example to  remove the smell and impurities.
Because the Mud Baths at the’ Mar Menor Lo Pagan’ do have an ( terrible ) sulfur smell.
So its better you wash of the mud and take a quick swim in the Mar Menor to get rid of the smell.
Also be aware that  your bathing suits get dirty. I mean really black. So a quick shower and washing is advised. So get dirty !
And don’t be afraid or disappointed if you don’t feel any mud walking down the stairs .
Just walk a little bit further and you have lots of mud and heat zones. Just waiting for you to come and relax.

Location of the Mud Baths

This famous mud baths are in The Costa Blanca. More specifically in the Province of Murcia and located in the town of Lo Pagan.
They are easy to reach by the Highway (take exit for San Pedro del Pinitar ) or just following the N 332 in direction of San Pedro del Pinitar and at the roundabout take the exit to Lo Pagan.

Health Benefits of a Mud Bath

Mud bath Costa Blanca
Mud bath Costa Blanca

In the past the mud Baths are also sometimes called as a fountain of youth.
When the mud is drying the skin stretches and hereby reduces wrinkles.
They have also a lots of medicinal benefits thanks to their rich mix of nutrients.

It even helps cleaning the skin.
Also people with join aches and pain can enjoy the benefits of a Mud bath  due to its deep heat.
While people with a lot of stress,  go find a mud bath and relax. Because the warmth takes the stress of your body.
People who suffer from arthritis, visit the mud baths  for the many benefits .

Beside for patients  suffering from skin conditions like eczema the mud is very good. Although be careful for the graininess of the mud.


Hotels near the Mud baths of Lo Pagan

There are plenty of hotels nearby the Mar Menor and the Mud baths of lo Pagan.

Go visit  the Mar Menor itself , or  the Algar waterfalls, or perhaps go for some shopping at La Zenia Boulevard shopping centre or Dos Mares shopping center.

To conclude more information about the the Murcia region can be found on the tourist information offices.

Mar Menor

First of all the Mar Menor or the little sea, is situated in the community of Murcia, near the city of Cartagena.
And it is a part of the Costa Calida. Now the Mar Menor is a unique sea lagoon and well worth a visit.
Alongside the Mar Menor there are lots of little villages.
In fact, if you hire a bicycle you can make stops as often as you want. But to be honest, we loved the charm of the Mar Menor so much that we spend often the whole day at one place ( in Santiago de la Ribera, in Lo Pagan ).

meanwhile soak up the amazing vistas from its viewpoint across the lagoon towards the Strip and behind to the mountains of the Sierra Mineras. Then head to La Manga and explore all that the Strip has to offer.

Between La Manga  and  San Pedro del Pinitar, it creates a small channel out and in the Mar Menor.

In the past , the Moorish kings in the 9th century chose this lovely place for their summer residences.
In the middle of  the 20th century is became famous by the Hollywood stars who made Western films in Andalusia: Lawrence of Arabia,Cleopatra, A fistful of dollars…..
Indeed, the movie stars called it the largest swimming pool in the world. In fact the Mar Menor has a maximum depth of 7 m.
While  we were on holiday , we did like to go swimming in the lagoon because off  the very salty warm water. Because the salt level helps us floating, and this was a lovely experience.

Santiago de la Ribera.

Side by side with San Javier is Santiago de la Ribera, a small village near the airport of San Javier.
Close to the city center , there is a boat crossing to the “La Manga strip” and back.
Although, be aware that if you miss the boat, it is a long drive back around the sea to the village.

San Javier.

More important is the town of San Javier on the shores of the Mar Menor.
In the past San Javier has grown in size since the 20th century. Presently, the town is famous for the San Javier jazz festival and it is also the base of the Spanish Air Force.
Specifically , the museum of San Javier contains information about the airplane. There are several exhibition rooms and lots of information as books, displays relating  to the airplane.

In addition , San Javier is since 1998 known for its Jazz Festival held during the month of July.
Furthermore ,there is a weekly street market on Tuesday morning.
Near San Javier is a modern shopping mall, called Dos Mares. Till 2013 is was the largest in the area. There is a very large “Eroski”, a famous supermarket. in particular it is located in the mall of “Dos Mares”. The shopping mall  got a cinema with films in Spanish. Even though ,look for the English subtitles.
Naturally ,  “Dos Mares” can be an option when it rains, but it nearly never rains in southern Costa Blanca.

Los Alcazares.

Another town is Los Alcazares, it is also one of the  charming seaside towns around the shores of the Mar Menor.
First, Los Alcazares has a kilometers long nice promenade to stroll along with a splendid view on the “little sea”.
then ,the beach is sandy and perfect for families.
When we visited in September and December the Los Alcazares area, was very quiet and ideal to relax. We did make a great walk along the beachfront. And hired a bike to do the bike ride round the salty inside sea.
Next, there are many little Spanish bars and restaurants to eat a little snack ( tapas) or a drink.  at last do not miss the local great seafood coming from here  “ a la plancha” or “asado “ , grilled or baked.
We went to the restaurant “La encarnacion Los Alcazares “ in Hotel Balneario and to the beach bar ” San Antonio”.


After all, the Mar Menor famous dish is the “caldero” .The caldero is a sea food dish made with good fish, rice and a special ingredient ” noras”:  red peppers .
As a appetizers, you can choose the different salted fish. We did like very much the Hueva ( eggs of a fish) and mojama: salted tuna. Naturaly ,we really enjoyed the mojama as a tapa mixed with tomatoes and olives.
as a result, we even bought the” mojama” as a souvenir, so when we were back home we tasted once again the Mar Menor.

Mar Menor Mojama
Mar Menor Mojama

Another specialty of the Mar Menor are the langoustines, famous of their exquisite taste.





Finaly, as a dessert we did like the ” Tocino de cielo “: touch of heaven. It is a sweet dessert.

Weekly market on Tuesday morning in Los Alcazares

Lo Pagan.

Lo Pagan  is very Spanish and very few of the friendly locals speak English.
Lo Pagan is also well-known  for the mineral mud baths  . In the mud baths  you can have a healthy beauty treatment for the skin. Read our article about the Mud Baths.

Mar Menor mud bath
Mar Menor mud bath


Punta Brava.

Once again a nice little town with long sandy beaches and a beach promenade.
Things to do: a lovely walk around the hill to the top for an amazing point of view of the Mar Menor and the environment.

Cabo de Palos.

This coastline is more rocky with cliffs and coves. Take a walk to the lighthouse.
The beach is sandy.
The harbor offers local fresh fish in a lots of nice restaurants.

Mar Menor Cabo de Palos
Mar Menor Cabo de Palos


Nautical sports Mar Menor.

The place is well-known by the Spanish people for the watersports : from sailing, to windsurfing, to dive, to jet skiing….
Thanks to its warm waters and its mild temperature you can enjoy the possibilities of the Mar Menor 365 days a year. There is not always sunshine, but the weather is excellent.
The Spanish people appreciated the Mar Menor for the possibility of the race courses.
In the little towns around the Mar Menor there are several Nautical schools.
If you are a water lover no matter the age of level you find something you like. The possibilities are : canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, SUP paddle…

But also families do like it, because  the Mar Menor is probably one of the safest places for children. You can go 50 m into the Mar Menor and you are still waist deep.

There are two natural parks (Salt lakes)  or “ Salinas”. And nearly always you can see the flamingos.

Mar Menor Flamingo
Mar Menor Flamingo

If you want to relax: avoid the Saturday and Sundays and the summer holidays.
The locals descend on the lovely beaches, leaving them crowded. In the summer the sea temperature rises to 27 degrees.
We are going back to this little piece of heaven. We are in love , we are “enamorada”.



The windmills of the Mar Menor

The cultural and folk association has asked at the regional goverment to restore old windmills around the Mar Menor.
Because, there are still more than 150 windmills , some of then more than 200 years old.
Although they are protected, they are falling into ruins. Due to the neglect of the owners and the authority.



in fact, we have seen many of the ruins of windmills from the Ap 7 motorway to Cartagena.
In spite of the cultural heritage , from some mills  where only left the walls, others the wooden wheel, some times the blades of the rooftop.

In the past  the windmills were very important for the economy.. Indeed, there were used  to pup the water  to irrigate the vegetables, to grind the cereals and to make flour.

Windmills are very popular in Spain. We think at Don Quixote an d his war against the windmills.

At the Mar Menor, they can become a sort of Bed and Breakfast .So is is time to restore them.