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La Manga Del Mar Menor Holidays

La Manga Del Mar Menor Holidays

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Taking pride of place on Spain’s sun-drenched southern coast, this unique resort is one of Murcia’s most magical hidden gems. With a slim spit of land, known as ‘the strip’, separating it from the mainland, you’ll find the Mediterranean Sea to the east, and the lake-like Mar Menor to the west; making it almost two destinations in one!

There’s a seemingly endless array of beaches to choose from, with 15km of sands on the Mediterranean side (including a gorgeous 8km stretch right in the middle), and over 9km on the Mar Menor side. If you like your beaches calm and chilled, the east will be right up your street - lapped by shallow waters, they’re ideal for families. To the west, the sands are more super-sized with the waves to match, making them perfect for watersports.

Top tip
To discover a truly unspoilt slice of paradise, head out to the spectacular Isla del Ciervo, located just off the Club Nautico marina. Accessible by a short stroll during low tide, or by boat if not, its rugged sands are the perfect place to take in some sheer natural beauty. In the south, you can even enjoy an impromptu spa session during the summertime, thanks to the bay’s charcoal-black mud that’s long been said to have healing properties.

Food & Drink
Murcian menus are all about fresh, local flavours, and the La Manga region is no exception, drawing inspiration from both land and sea. Arroz al caldero, or cauldron-cooked rice, is one of the bay’s most prized creations, teaming sticky rice, garlic and olive oil with the sizzling catch of the day. For a seriously sweet treat, a cuerno cone is also a must (crumbly pastry and toasted meringue, need we say more?) - and to drink, it has to be the aromatic Asiático, a liqueur coffee laced with lemon and golden brandy.

Settled for over 3,000 years, the La Manga and Murcia region is a treasure trove of arts, music and history. The nearby town of La Union is at the heart of the cultural calendar, thanks to the annual Cante de las Minas Festival - a feast of flamenco that fills the streets with song. History buffs will also love Cartagena’s Roman Festival, which takes over the town each September with re-enactments, parades, food sampling and even Roman comedy.

The strip’s laid-back beach bars are perfect for a low-key night out, with fabulous cocktail menus and a backdrop of stunning sea views. If you fancy turning up the volume, there’s also a great choice of bars spanning the musical spectrum, from fresh disco beats at the Trips Summer Club, to old-school indie vibes at the beachside Ya Te Vale.

Important Information
Flight Time: 2.5 hours
Time Difference: +1hr
Currency: Euro
Official Language: Spanish


: For all up to date healthcare requirements, please check with your doctor before booking your holiday.


: British Passport holders don’t need a visa to visit La Manga. Holders of other passports are advised to check with their national embassy for any visa requirements.

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La Manga Del Mar Menor Weather

Sun-seekers flock to La Manga in the summertime, when temperatures hit a toasty 26°C. During the rest of the year, it’s around 17°C on average, with mild winters making it a great pick even out of season. You might need a brolly during September and October, with one in four days experiencing showers - but feel free to pack the Speedos whenever your visit, as the water temperature is usually at least 15°C all year round.

Jan 13ºC
Feb 15ºC
Mar 16ºC
Apr 18ºC
May 21ºC
Jun 24ºC
Jul 27ºC
Aug 27ºC
Sep 25ºC
Oct 20ºC
Nov 16ºC
Dec 13ºC

Things To Do on La Manga Del Mar Menor Holidays

Tomas Maestre Marina
With up to 1,700 boats calling this pretty port home, the Tomas Maestre is the perfect place for an afternoon wander. Flanked by beaches on both sides, and dotted with over 20 restaurants and cafés, it’s a real local hotspot - and if you fancy exploring further afield, there’s a speedy ferry serving Santiago de la Ribera on the mainland.

El Faro de Cabo de Palos
Perched at the tip of the Cabo de Palos headland, this historic lighthouse towers an impressive 177ft into the sun-blushed sky. With panoramic views right across the bay, it’s a great spot to bag those holiday snapshots - and if you don’t have a head for heights, there’s plenty more on terra firma, from secluded coves to a friendly Sunday market.

La Manga Club
Part luxury hotel, part exclusive leisure club, this ultra-classy complex has it all. Foodies are sure to love the gourmet dining, with 15 bars and restaurants to explore - and heading outdoors, there’s sports as far as the eye can see, including three 18-hole golf courses, 28 tennis courts and a world-class cricket ground. There’s even a choice of professional academies for upping your game, including a junior soccer school partnered with Chelsea FC.

The Roman Theatre
Nestled in the heart of nearby Cartagena, this ancient treasure dates back to around 5 BC, yet was only discovered during excavations in the 1980s. Today, it houses a super-sleek museum and tour, with the chance to marvel at archaeological finds from through the ages, as well as amble through the amphitheatre itself. Plus, there’s a panoramic lift to whisk you to the neighbouring Concepción Castle, which boasts incredible views of the city.