The Mar Menor is a lagoon in the autonomous community of Murcia, in southeastern Spain. It is (almost) separated from the Mediterranean Sea by the land strip of La Manga del Mar Menor. In total, the Mar Menor covers an area of no less than 180 square kilometers. The coastline is 73 kilometers long and counts one dream beach after the other. There are several small islands in the lagoon.
The Mar Menor is without a doubt one of the most special places in all of Spain. It is a holiday paradise with countless recreational opportunities and attractive natural areas around it. There are also several interesting cities in the area, such as Cartagena, Murcia and Torrevieja. Culture, nature and recreation are the ingredients of an unforgettable stay on the Mar Menor.
In the course of history, the Iberians, the Phoenicians and the Arabs visited the area of the Mar Menor. The Muslims called it "Mar Chico" and turned the place Los Alcázares into a place of relaxation. Nearby are also watchtowers built to counter the threat of sea pirates from North Africa. For a long time, the Mar Menor was mainly concerned with fishing and salt production, but later villages appeared on the banks with the holiday homes of residents from the Huerta de Murcia area.
As mentioned before, the Mar Menor has a lot to offer. Lovers of sun, sea and sand have come to the right place in this part of Spain. The long coastline of the Mar Menor is home to countless long sandy beaches where you can relax. These are often bordered by an attractive boulevard with southern palm trees. What is special about the Mar Menor is that the lagoon is only seven meters deep at most. As a result, the water can easily warm up and you can take a pleasant dip early in the year.
The Mar Menor is also the perfect place for those who want to be a little more active. On the water you can go wind or kite surfing, paddle boarding, pedal boats and much more. During a snorkeling or diving session in the Mar Menor or the Mediterranean, you will discover the fascinating marine life on the Costa Cálida. A fantastic dive site is Cabo de Palos, where many shipwrecks are hidden off the coast.
Extensive gastronomic offer. As a nature lover, do you prefer to stay ashore? Then you can explore the various nature parks in the area. On the north side of the Mar Menor you will find the nature reserve Salinas y Arenales de San Pedro del Pinatar. Go exploring and discover salt lakes and special birds. Nearby you will also find the Lo Pagán mud baths, which are very popular for their beneficial effects. South of the lagoon, you can visit the Calblanque Regional Natural Park for endless hiking or mountain biking fun.
Cartagena is an excellent setting to sample a hearty portion of culture. This city has a rich history and that translates into a beautiful historical heritage. The Roman theater steals the show. Other cities that you can easily visit from your home on the Mar Menor are Murcia and Torrevieja. Orihuela is also a must, as is Cabo de Palos with its lighthouse from the nineteenth century. Do you like to go shopping? Then you can visit the shopping centers Zenia Boulevard (Orihuela Costa), Nueva Condomina (Murcia) and Espacio Mediterráneo (Cartagena)
Around the Mar Menor you will find an extensive gastronomic offer to lick your fingers. Be surprised by the flavors from the region or feast on international dishes in a Mediterranean style. And best of all: you often enjoy a view of the shimmering waters of the Mar Menor.
But where exactly can you go out for dinner in the vicinity of your home? One place that we can already recommend is Mar de Sal, in San Pedro del Pinatar. This restaurant is near salt lakes, the Mediterranean and the Puerto Marina de las Salinas. A special setting to enjoy Mediterranean cuisine. Still in San Pedro del Pinatar you will find Juan Mari, who has been cooking for over thirty years with local products from the land and from the sea. You can enjoy the caldero Mar Menor, the regional speciality, among other things.
On the south side of the Mar Menor, on Playa Honda, you can join Malvasía for arroz Malvasía, steak tartare and much more. Another nice place to eat out is the town of Cabo de Palos. Especially near the harbor you will find many nice places to eat with a view of the clear Mediterranean Sea. Muro de Sal is just one of many must-sees. Go on a culinary quest in the area of the Mar Menor and be surprised by the enormous choice.
The Mar Menor is not only an excellent destination for good food, but also for playing golf. There is no shortage of excellent golf courses and facilities near your home. For example, you can play a round at Roda Golf, located just 1.5 kilometers from the beach. There, eighteen holes of varying difficulty await you.
Close to Roda Golf you will find another excellent option to practice your favorite sport with La Serena Golf . This golf course was designed by the Spanish professional player Manuel Piñero, who is still active in the European Seniors Tour today. At La Serena Golf you can also prepare yourself for eighteen different holes of pure golfing pleasure. Other excellent options near the Mar Menor include La Manga Club, Club de Golf Torre-Pacheco and UGOLF Mar Menor.
Even if you look a little further, but not very far, you will come across beautiful golf courses. For example, in Pilar de la Horadada you will find Lo Romero Golf. A little further north, you can opt for a golf session at Las Colinas Golf & Country Club and Las Ramblas Golf. . As you can see, there are plenty of options in the vicinity of your home on the Mar Menor.
One of the greatest assets of the Mar Menor is without a doubt its climate. You can enjoy lovely temperatures in almost all seasons, with an annual average of about 18 degrees. The sun shines about 320 days a year and rain is the exception rather than the rule. Due to the mild winters, this part of Spain is an excellent place to spend the winter. During the summer the temperature can be high, but thanks to the presence of the sea there is always a wonderful cooling breeze to fall back on. In short: the Mar Menor is a wonderful place to stay all year round.
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