La Manga is the pearl of Spain’s south-eastern coast
La Manga is situated on a long strip of land which separates a large salt water lagoon one side and the Mediterranean sea on the other.
Located in the province of Murcia La Manga is known for its unbeatable position, quality beaches, fresh air and mud baths which boast beneficial properties helping with rheumatism and skin problems.
The Mar Menor, bar a few connecting channels, is completely closed off the Mediterranean sea. The lagoon offers calmer waters that are perfect for safe bathing as well as being home to a myriad of water sports activities including, skiing, surfing and diving.
La Manga de Mar Menor
La Manga runs for around 25 kms from Cabo de Palos to the Punto del Mojon and varies in width from as little as 200 meters to around 1 kilometer.
Originally it was an open bay but volcanic reefs gradually held back the sands to form this huge slat water lake.
Back in the 1960’s the whole area was kept virgin until it was discovered as a tourist resort which completely changed the face of this narrow sandy spit.
Nowadays La Manga has become a popular resort with many hotels and apartments, bars, discos, restaurants, diving schools, shops and marinas, in fact, every facility to ensure a perfect beach holiday stay.
La Manga resort comes alive from Easter each year and lasts until the end of the summer season at the end of September, the resort is full of hotels, marinas, restaurants, small stores, boutiques, souvenir shops and supermarkets.
If you like to hunt for bargains, try the Sunday market ( Mercadillo de Cabo ) held every Sunday. Here you will find a lot of interesting local products at great prices, such as fruits, food, clothes, accessories, souvenirs and more.
The promenades along the beaches are good for a barefoot stroll, while you discover the crystalline water, clean beaches and the charming views across the bay.
At La Punta Brava, to the north of the Mar Menor, you can stop for a coffee and to admire the beauty of the area, this is a great place to take your holiday snaps.
When night falls, La Manga comes to life, full of discos and establishments many offering live music.
Cabo De Palos
Cabo de Palos is a picturesque town located at the western end of the Mar Menor and is often overlooked by visitors to the area.
There is a charming marina, quaint shops and bars, a lighthouse and old quarter.
Cabo de Palos is only a 15-minute drive from La Manga Golf Resort and is large village built around a large rocky outcrop which gives the place a quaint atmosphere.
The marina births around 100 fishing and leisure crafts and is lined with a good selection of bars and eateries.
There is a Sunday market well worth visiting to top up on fresh fruit and vegetables, you can also find clothes, shoes, bags and other goods at knockdown prices.
La Manga Club
A special mention must go to the La Manga Club located just a 10 minuted drive from the main resort.
Set within 1,400 acres of captivating countryside La Manga Club is now one of Europe’s top golfing and sports destinations, boasting three championship golf courses, tennis courts and a number of full-size football pitches used by many top European football clubs as a winter training base.
The resort has won numerous golf awards as Spain’s best golf resort as well being the venue for the Spanish Open and and PGA Championships and is a popular golf holiday destination for golfers of all levels.
Getting to the La Manga Club is quite easy as the transport links are excellent, the resort is located around a 30-minute drive from San Javier Airport and approximately one and a half hours from Alicante airport.
Use the AP7 Autovia in both cases, it is well signed posted, simply head for La Manga de Mar Menor and you will see a sign to turn right when you near the town of Los Belones.
There is a new international airport at Corvera which opened in 2019 which has regular flights from the U.K and other European countries.
A lot of visitors also choose Alicante airport as flights are often cheaper as more flights are available.
If you are staying in one of the Mar Menor resorts or playing golf at La Manga then it is worth considering paying the higher fare to fly into Corvera, from here take the AP7 and RM12 to La Manga, all dual carriageways and A roads are clearly signposted.
Recommended hotels in La Manga
Although not actually located on the La Manga strip the 5 star La Manga Club Principe Felipe is a perfect holiday resort situated just a 10 minute drive form the main resort. The La Manga Golf Resort really does offer everything to ensure a perfect stay including 3 championship golf courses, tennis academy, football pitches, day spa and wellness centre, sauna, heated pool, Jacuzzi,bars and restaurants. Reviewer Rating: 8.3
The Apartments Pierre Vacances La Manga offer 118 modern air conditioned apartments with spectacular views over the Mar Menor and Mediterranean sea. Has a number of larger family rooms as well as a swimming pool, kids pool, Jacuzzi, sun deck, bar and free wifi. Reviewer Rating: 8.2
The Apartments Playa Principe enjoy a privileged position in the centre of La Manga with stunning views over the Mar Menor, the Murcia coastline and the Mediterranean sea. There are 12 well appointed modern apartments with a restaurant, pool and free wifi. Reviewer Rating: 9.0