Mar Menor

The Gem of the Costa Calida

Costa Blanca
Costa Blanca


Located in the Region of Murcia in the north of the Costa Cálida lies Europe´s largest salt water lake Mar Menor. It is separated from the Mediterranean Sea by La Manga, a 22 km long peninsula and popular holiday destination for mainly Spanish locals. This natural setting has an idyllic microclimate and perfect conditions to enjoy nautical sports. A unique area ideal for permanent living or a weekend getaway offering breathtaking beaches, golf courses, excellent shopping centers, lively nightlife and an array of attractions. With a few degrees warmer temperature than the rest of the Mediterranean, this privileged area is an ideal place where to relax as you enjoy its long soft sandy beaches and calm afternoon breeze. The International Airports of Corvera and Alicante are within an hours drive, making it a very accessible loaction for any visitor.

Exploring the Area

The Mar Menor area has for generations been considered one of the healthiest places due to its mild climate and therapeutic qualities of its unique salt lake. Surrounded by popular towns like San Pedro del Pinatar,San Javier, Los Alcázares and La Manga, all with excellent beaches and leisure activities. The calm waters of Mar Menor are renowned among watersports fanatics. Whether it be sailing, paddling, kayaking, kite or wind surfing, you will find many watersports rental businesses and schools along its shores to practice your sport of choice. If diving is more your thing, the town of Cabo de Palos around the corner is famous for its beautiful marine life. If you don’t want to get your feet wet and rather practice your swing, there are several golf courses in the area. Go and visit the prestigious golf resort of La Manga Club nearby, boasting three 18-hole golf courses, wellness facilities and some tasty restaurants. In summertime, the celebrations and festivities in the area fill the air with the scent of Murcian tapas, colorful costumes and a selection of artesan crafts from across the region hosting one of the best medieval markets in Cartagena.

Enchanting Surroundings

The city of Murcia, together with Cartagena, Orihuela and Alicante, make for great escapes from the beaches to cultural events, urban strolls and shopping. The famous landmark and baroque treasures of La Catedral de Santa María in Murcia, will assure you are in for a historical treat. Or discover the Roman ruins in the historical port city of Cartagena. The well-known city of Alicante, further north on the Costa Blanca, is a perfect alternative to enjoy the city life, shop in cozy boutiques, have a tasty bite to eat and experience the vibrant Spanish nightlife. Discover more of the Costa Cálida by travelling down south to explore this rugged coastline filled with pleasant beaches, spectacular coves and beautiful nature.

Mar Menor... Always in for a Treat!

Place Info

  • 170.00 km²
  • 70 km
  • 20
  • 4

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