Los Alcázares is a municipality in the Spanish autonomous region of Murcia. It is located on the Mar Menor and has a coastline of nine kilometers. A beach promenade runs along five kilometers of this. About 16,500 people live there and the area is 19.82 square kilometers. The town saw the light of day in 1983 through the merging of two parts that until then belonged to the municipalities of Torre-Pacheco and San Javier. The name of the municipality comes from the Arabic "al-Kazar", which means castle or fortress.
Los Alcázares is a wonderful place for a beach holiday under the Spanish sun. You will find inviting beaches with fine, soft sand where relaxing is the key word. From your beach towel you look out on the Mar Menor, a beautiful lagoon with clear water. Beach and water fun in Los Alcázares can easily be exchanged for exciting trips to the nearby cities of Murcia, Cartagena or Torrevieja.
The oldest remains in Los Alcázares take us to a Roman settlement. Remains of a large Roman villa with thermal baths were found. The Muslims would later occupy the area. They made Los Alcázares a place of rest and relaxation, and came to enjoy the excellent properties of the waters of the Mar Menor. According to archaeological finds, Los Alcázares is the oldest town on the Mar Menor.
In the thirteenth century, Alfonso X managed to conquer the kingdom of Murcia. Los Alcázares belonged to the Crown of Castile from then on and was repopulated with Christians. The town then served as the supply port for the city of Murcia. At the end of the Middle Ages, defense towers were built on the coast of the Mar Menor against attacks by Barbary pirates. A good example is the Torre del Rame. This tower is of Arab origin, but was rebuilt under the Crown of Castile to protect the coast against pirate raids.
The core of Los Alcázares was located on the "La Cerca" estate of José María Fontes Alemán, the Marquis of Ordoño. At the end of the nineteenth century, he decided to divide his estate among farmers by means of leasehold. In 1905 the Hotel Balneario de la Encarnación was built. Together with the construction of the first maritime airport in Spain, this resulted in demographic and economic growth. Los Alcázares emerged as a summer destination for the inland and bourgeoisie, and became an important fishing and trading place. In 1983, after a long process, Los Alcázares finally officially became a municipality and the youngest municipality in the Murcia region. Parts of Torre-Pacheco and San Javier were merged for this purpose.
From the Roman times of Los Alcázares, you can still admire relics today in the Archaeological Museum of Murcia. Also, don't miss the Torre del Rame, the Roman baths of Los Diegos and the Monumento al Pescador (Monument to the Fisherman) in Los Alcázares. At the Museo Aeronáutico Municipal, you will travel through the municipality's rich aviation history.
You can relax on the local beaches. Enjoy a good dose of sun, sea and sand in the beautiful southeast of Spain with your family, partner or friends. The surroundings of your home in Los Alcázares also offer plenty of opportunities for excursions into nature. Two places you should not miss are the wetland Playa de la Hita and the salt marsh Marina del Carmolí. Both protected nature reserves have been declared a Special Protection Area for Birds. On the north side of the Mar Menor you will find the Regional Park Salinas y Arenales de San Pedro del Pinatar. There you will find, among other things, salt lakes. South of the Mar Menor, the Calblanque Regional Park is well worth a visit.
Fan of water sports? Then the Mar Menor is a paradise for you. The lagoon offers countless opportunities for windsurfing or kitesurfing, kayaking, supping, sailing… With an experienced captain at the helm, you can also enjoy a boat trip to La Manga del Mar Menor, a narrow strip of land that separates the lagoon from the Mediterranean Sea . Admire the beautiful surroundings and relax during your stay in Spain.
What could be more delicious than good food and drinks during your stay in Spain? In and around Los Alcázares you will find many restaurants where you can discover the local gastronomy. One of these is El Chato, on Avenida de Libertad. You can enjoy various rice dishes, ensaladilla rusa, patatas bravas and much more. At La Casa de Papel they transform fast food into delicious dishes with fresh products. For a hamburger, croquetas or sirloin steak, you've come to the right place.
On the beach in Los Alcázares you will find Restaurante La Encarnación. You can take a seat on the large patio with plants or on the terrace with a sea view. We can't imagine a more beautiful location for a paella and a drink. El Patio II is the ideal place if you want to enjoy a delicious piece of grilled meat. This location is also perfect for events, such as a birthday party. Other recommendations are Bistro Heming-way and La Tropical.
Veni International Restaurant offers you flavors from Spain as well as from other places in the world. Enjoy a paella, a curry or fajitas. At Run, you can enjoy Asian cuisine. Choose fresh sushi, dim sum or sweet and sour chicken. Fan of Italian cuisine? Then you are in luck, because Los Alcázares has several pizzerias. Tasty!
The region of Murcia and the Mar Menor has a lot to offer for golf enthusiasts, as does the area around Los Alcázares. A stone's throw from your home under the Spanish sun is Roda Golf, an eighteen-hole golf course designed by David Thomas. Another option nearby is Lo Romero Golf (Pilar de la Horadada). Here too you will find eighteen holes.
Close to the historic Torre del Rame is La Serena Golf, with a golf course designed by Manuel Piñero. Enjoy a round of golf among exotic palm trees while overlooking the beautiful natural surroundings of Los Alcázares. Last but not least, you can also opt for UGOLF Mar Menor. The first nine holes were designed by Dave Thomas, while Nicklaus Design took care of the last nine holes.
Enjoyment is an easy task in Los Alcázares. And there is definitely something in between. After all, in Los Alcázares you can expect around 320 days of sunshine a year and an average annual temperature that fluctuates around 18 degrees. The ideal conditions for outdoor living on the Mar Menor and finding a place on the local beaches. The summers are pleasant but not too hot thanks to the sea breeze, and the winters are mild. Moreover, there is relatively little rainfall in this part of Spain. What more could you want?
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