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Level above sea 0 meters
Nearest airport Murcia San Javier
Distance to airport 57 km
Distance to beach 0 meters
Max. temperature 40 C
Min. temperature 8 C


La Manga del Mar Menor

La Manga is described by the tourist board as “A paradise between two seas”. It is the narrow strip of land that separates the ‘two seas’ of the Mar Menor and the Mediterranean for about 20 kilometres.

La Manga is famous for its clean air and the beautiful Mar Menor whose very salty water is good for rheumatism and skin complaints.

Most of La Manga has been taken over by developments for holiday apartments and hotels. The area is located 30 kilometres north of Cartagena on the Costa Calida in south-east Spain. The resorts are approximately 30-40 minutes drive from the airport of Murcia San Javier.


Beaches
The choice of beaches is almost endless, from the wild dunes to the south, to the gently sloping safe beaches of the Mar Menor. Being shallow, the Mar Menor is often a little warmer than the Mediterranean.

Leisure & Recreation
La Manga has a fine sports harbour where you can hire all manner of water-sports equipment, including sailing dinghies. Lessons are available too.

Being completely flat, La Manga is very easy to get about for walkers and cyclists alike. Long distance runners will enjoy heading off along the paths at the southern end of the strip.


Excursions
Day trips to Cartagena for its historical sites and to Murcia for cultural attractions and shopping.

Car Hire
Car hire is not necessary unless you plan to venture beyond the La Manga strip.

Shopping
La Manga has many small boutiques and souvenir shops, as well as supermarkets and a wide choice of banks.


Market
On Sunday mornings the Mercadillo de Cabo attracts many shoppers and visitors searching for a bargain. On sale are the fruits of the region, sit alongside a flea market of crafts and new and second hand goods.

Eating out
All along the 20 kilometre strip there are many excellent restaurants serving both local cuisine and international fayre.

Nightlife
On the La Manga strip there are numerous establishments offering live music and entertainment; plus numerous lively discos, which are especially popular during the summer months.

Cuisine
The plains of Murcia are incredibly fertile, and produce a vast array of fresh fruit and vegetables, which make up the base ingredients of the regions cuisine. Rice is also staple here, and finds it's way into many dishes.

The abundant and varied seafood from the Mar Menor and the Mediterranean, along with game and farmed meat from the mountains complete the picture.

Some typical dishes include: Arroz y Conejo (rice with rabbit), Arroz de Verduras (Rice and Vegetables), Arroz y Costillejas (rice and ribs), Arroz Marinero (seafood rice) and Paella Huertana, a delicious vegetarian paella.
Non-rice dishes specialities include Potaje, a rich stew dish; Menestra, a dish of sautéed vegetables; Habas con jamón" (ham and broad beans and Caldo Murciano, a local soup dish. The king prawns fished in the area are also particularly fine, and the Huevas de Mújol, a type of caviar, is also a high delicacy of the region.

The fine wines from Jumilla and Yecla are known throughout Spain, and beyond, for their earthy, full bodied, rounded, fruity flavours.

Climate
La Manga enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, with cool sea breezes in summer and protection from the surrounding mountains against the cold North winds in winter. The area averages nearly 3,000 hours of sunshine each year and the average temperature easily exceeds 20 degrees.

In 1986 the World Health Organisation recommended the climate of the area as one of the most equitable in the world - neither too hot in the summer nor too cold in the winter. On average it can boast 325 sunny days each year making it an ideal all year round destination



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Reviews for La Manga

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Based on 36 reviews.

   
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03 August, 2014

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Great position

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very affordable for families with small children, there are some beaches with plenty of shells and a little uncomfortable for tread.
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20 July, 2014

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In winter time there is many emty houses in La Manga. La Manga slip and have villas and big houses at each side of a small area. You are staying at La manga for the good beaches and water sport and perhaps for night life at the high season. Anyhow thereare shops held open all winter and the boat from Thomas Maestro to San Javier, 45 min and 4 Euro, have regular tours 4 times every day a San Javier is a nice small town wit the air port and also big shopping markets close to it.

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Very good coast with a wonderful climate all around the year. Sand beaches and very easy to get into the bath or you can do your daily exercise by wading in the water.
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20 July, 2014

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In winter time there is many emty houses in La Manga. La Manga slip and have villas and big houses at each side of a small area. You are staying at La manga for the good beaches and water sport and perhaps for night life at the high season. Anyhow thereare shops held open all winter and the boat from Thomas Maestro to San Javier, 45 min and 4 Euro, have regular tours 4 times every day a San Javier is a nice small town wit the air port and also big shopping markets close to it.

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Very good coast with a wonderful climate all around the year. Sand beaches and very easy to get into the bath or you can do your daily exercise by wading in the water.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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11 July, 2014

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Nice city.

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Amazing it's like miami:)
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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15 May, 2014

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It was still quite early in the season, when we visited so not all bars and restaurants were open, but still enjoyed those that we did. Area Sunset, is definitely worth a visit (back up the strip) and also there was a lovely bar up at the Marina (sorry can't remember the name but had lovely bright orange sun shades and chair covers, was fab as well.

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Lovely flat beaches and ideal for small children as sea wasn't deep you could walk out for quite a bit and still only be up to your knees, so ideal for those little ones and not big waves either :-)
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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16 April, 2014

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This time of the year it is very deserted. Too little people and a sad feeling. So not so interesting in any way.

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The area is nice and more normally populated so we made many trips to the surrounding area. We also visited Alicante, Ronda and Nerja.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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18 October, 2013

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If you're looking for a Benidorm sort of environment, then this area is not for you! If you want a relaxing area, with superb scenery and good restaurants with good beaches and shallow, warm water, then this IS the place for you! Close to Cartagena, La Manga Golf and Murcia, this is a brilliant location. I would buy a place here in a heartbeat if I had the money!

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Lovely water/beaches with the added bonus of the Mar Menor which is even better!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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06 October, 2013

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Friendly, clean and very safe.

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Clean
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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20 September, 2013

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It is a little bit touristic and if you enjoy this, certainly come to La Manga

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Very nice, clean and lovely water
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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20 August, 2013

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A really lovely area I had never visited before but can not wait to go back. Beaches were amazing and the people so friendly and welcoming.

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A Jewel in the Coasta crown
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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17 July, 2013

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Long strip, lots of shops cafes, beach bars, water activities for all ages. Modern, built up but done pretty well. Mar Menor, warm, gently sloping, safe for kids. Med great for water sports. For a holiday where beach and relaxation are you main priorities , it is perfect. Little in terms of tourist attractions on the strip but that's fine, you just need to venture further afield for that. Very few non-spaniards on holiday which was great !

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Beautiful, lovely national park, beaches clean.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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17 February, 2013

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La Manga is not a city proper. But rather a long narrow strip of land seperated from mainland Spain by a vast lagoon. The strip is a typical tourist location with almost nothing but holidays apartments, beaches, bars and tourist shops. We were there in February, so almost everything was closed and we had the entire place to ourselves. The strip is more than 15 km. long, and there is only 1 main road. It's a beautiful drive, but we heard that it gets very congested during the high season and very dificult and timeconsuming getting to and from.

Coast review

A bit Strange. This coastline sits between the very visited Malaga Region (Costa del sol) and Costa Brava (the Alicante Region). Not as visited as the other 2 and there are not a great many tourist attractions or historical things compared to the other 2. But the beaches are wonderful and Cartagena is nice and worth a visit.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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14 February, 2013

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fabulous

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the best beaches in europe
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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01 August, 2012

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la manga is a great place with lots of beaches and a good bus route

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very pretty
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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12 June, 2012

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The beaches are beautiful,the Mediterranean beaches and the Mar Menor beaches,a bit like Florida Keys. Everything is in walking distance but their was also a good bus service. Lots of entertainment options and a wide variety of restaurants and bars.Lots of water sport activities,boats,jetski,ski,snorkelling,diving etc

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It is not as built up as the costa Blanca,cleaner and not much graffitti,clean streets and nice palm trees.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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11 January, 2012

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Perfect choice of 2 seas, Mar menor and the Med

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Lovely beaches
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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09 January, 2012

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La Manga is about eleven miles long and at times only the width of a road seperates the Mar Menor from the Med, it can be busy in late July / August but there arae around 22 miles of beach, bars and night life

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Lovely beaches with awesome sunsets
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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29 November, 2011

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FANTASTIC

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TOP OF THE WORD
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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