Mar Menor & Places of Interest
Mar Menor is a salty lagoon, in the south-east of Murcia, Spain,
separated from the Mediterranean sea by La Manga, a sandbar 22 km in
It belongs to four municipalities: Cartagena, Los Alcázares, San Javier
and San Pedro del Pinatar. With a surface area of nearly 170 km², a
coastal length of 70 km, and warm and clear water is no more than 7 m
in depth. A water sports delight and perfect for all the family with
miles of clean sandy beaches and warm very shallow water with excellent
First the Phoenicians and then the Moorish Kings, chose this "small
sea" as the site of their summer residences. Today, this area attracts
all those who seek a quiet place to rest and relax, with ideal weather
conditions all year round with an average of over 300 days of sunshine
If you decide to travel a little further and have hired a car or decide
to try the local transport there are some wonderful sites to see and a
wealth of history dating back thousands of years.
Below is just a taster of what is on offer within an hour or so.
Cartagena is situated a little further down the coast only about 25kms,
20 mins by car, accessible by bus from Los Alcazares
It is a Roman sea port dripping with history which is still used today
by the military.
In the centre there is a complete Roman Amphitheatre discovered some
years ago, by accident, which has been excavated and restored to it's former
Topped by a most impressive castle offering spectacular views out to
An excellent evening out can be had in the beautifully paved streets,
shops, bars and restaurants open into the late evening, providing a
perfect place to enjoy the excellent cuisine on offer..
The historic and impressive city of Murcia, a little further away,
some 45 mins by car.
A Cathedral city with a wealth of architectural streets to wander
through and a number of very impressionable plazas, all providing the
necessary eating and drinking stops!
Stroll along the river which divides the city or visit the imposing
Cathedral, there is more than enough here to keep you occupied.
Cabo de Palos
About 30 mins from Los Alcazares and on the western end of the Mar
Menor is Cabo de Palos, actually on the Mediterranean.
A beautifully unspoilt fishing port with a particularly picturesque
harbour and a lovely well hidden beach with a view of the La Manga
strip from the other side.
The choice of restaurants are exceptional and the feeling of complete
relaxation, whilst having lunch and staring out to sea, will be
difficult to forget.
We promise you, once visited, you will return.
In the town there is also an excellent CERAMICS shop providing a huge
range of authentic Spanish products..
Aledo and the Sierra Espuna National Park
Around an hour north west is the Espuna National park, a mountainous
region climbing to over 1500m.
If you have a car it is not to be missed as the views and countryside
are truly breath taking.
Along the route you will come across Aledo, a sleepy Spanish hilltop
town built on a rocky outcrop with what has to be the most spectacular
vista in Murcia.
Drive on upward and eventually you reach around 1500mtrs with plenty of
places to stop and take in the amazing scenery.
On the way down there is a wonderful restaurant/bar set in a wooded
area, to break the journey, if closed there is a wooded picnic area opposite.
All this said it is a slightly "bendy" road both up and down and
slightly narrow in places!!