La Manga del Mar Menor

A paradise for water sports

La Manga, in the south-east of the province of Murcia, on the east coast of Spain, is a twenty two kilometer long strip which separates the Mediterranean Sea from the Mar Menor, a salty lagoon with shallow and protected waters.

Due to its extension La Manga del Mar Menor belongs to different Spanish municipalities, the biggest of them the harbor city of Cartagena. Although the lagoon is connected with the Mediterranean it has got a relatively high salinity. The warm and clear water and the ideal weather conditions make this area a very popular destination for water sports lovers all year round.

The area offers a number of skiing and sailing schools, but tourist can also practice windsurfing, catamaran sailing, kitesurf and get information about other watersports like canoeing or diving.

La Manga is part of the Reserva Marina de Cabo de Palos e Islas Hormigas, one of the few marine reserves in Spain. It is also renowned for its healing qualities and several hotels in the area offer mud baths and healing treatments for people with rheumatic or arthritic problems.

The nearest airport can be found in San Javier in the province of Murcia, but tourist can also choose the airports of Alicante or Almeria to visit the area. The tourist resorts in La Manga del Mar Menor are well connected by public transport with the most important cities in the area, namely Murcia, Cartagena, Torrevieja and Alicante. Travelers who do not want to depend on public transport can opt for a hire car. Many reputable car hire companies offer their services at the nearby airports and holiday resorts and it is not hard to rent a car at a reasonable price.

Golf lovers can enjoy a round of golf at the Mar Menor Golf Resort or La Manga Club, which are located just a short drive away from Murcia airport at San Javier.

The capital city of the province, Murcia, and the biggest port, Cartagena, have a lot of historical and cultural sites and monuments to offer. For nature lovers the little fishing village of Cabo de Palos and the regional nature reserve of Calblanque are just a stone’s throw away.

La Manga is the perfect destination for families, golfers and sports lovers. Over 300 days of sunshine per year are a guarantee for a perfect holiday at La Manga del Mar Menor.

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