Lying at the southernmost point of the Costa Blanca and forming a unique inland sea, the lovely Mar Menor is just a short drive from Murcia-San Javier Airport. Meaning little sea, the shallow waters of the Mar Menor cover a vast area formed by two narrow spits of land with a narrow channel connecting this inland sea to the Mediterranean. The area incorporates a few towns and villages including San Pedro, Los Alcazares and the charming village of Punta Brava.
Activities & Entertainment
When it comes to sporting activities, the focal point of the area is the fantastic La Manga Club located near the peninsula of Cape Palos. With a 5 star hotel, huge spa & fitness centre, 4 star apartment hotel, 3 superb 18 hole golf courses, a 28 court tennis centre and 8 international standard football pitches, the club is recognised as the best sports and leisure resort in Europe.
With its calm waters and favourable wind conditions, Mar Menor is popular with wind and kite surfers and there are also sailing clubs, scuba diving shops and jet ski rides. Pekes Park is a quaint, old fashioned little fun fair that has some rather dated rides, go-kart track and the usual games of chance that still remains a firm favourite with the kids.
The palm lined promenades and beaches are beautiful and the gently shelving, calm waters perfect for young children. There are excellent beach facilities as well as shops, bars and restaurants to enjoy a refreshing drink or meal. Other attractions include a fish market and picturesque walking trails around the El Faro de Cabo de Palos Lighthouse where its hilltop position offers beautiful views and glorious sunsets.
La Puntica Mud Baths
The far north area of Mar Menor is famous for its curative mud, locally referred to as La Puntica. The high concentration of minerals in the mud such as potassium, sulphur, silica and magnesium are beneficial in curing a number of diseases, ailments, skin disorders, arthritis, sores and cuts. People come from far and wide to bathe in the mud and after spending a few days here visitors will soon get used to seeing pitch black apparitions rising from the sea!