Guide to the resort of La Manga, Spain.
La Manga - Costa Calida - Murcia - Spain
A narrow strip of land almost completely enclosing the Mar Menor on the Costa Calida coastline of Murcia, Spain, La Manga is a popular destination for holidays, re-location and the purchase of holiday homes, it is a renowned sports resort and the location of the La Manga Club sports complex, comprising a golf course, 5 Star hotel and sports facilities.
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La Manga Factfile:
Location: Costa Calida, Murcia region, south-eastern Spain.
Dialling Code: (0034) 968 ... ...
La Manga Map: La Manga is located on the coastline of the Murcia region in an area known as the Costa Calida. La Manga looks across the Mar Menor to the mainland coastal resorts
The map to the right has 'zoom' and 'pan' features which enable you to use the buttons on the top left to zoom in and get a detailed street map of La Manga, or pan around to view any number of the surrounding towns, resorts and villages of the coast and hinterland.
La Manga can be easily accessed from the MU-312 and from the AP-7 motorway, it is about 20 minutes drive from the nearest airport at San Javier (called Murcia airport).
La Manga History: The narrow strip of land known as La Manga was up until 1863 a piece of barren land owned by the Spanish government. With debts growing due to constant war and conflict, the government decided to auction off this seemingly worthless piece of land by way of a public auction.
La Manga remained barren and relatively unspoilt right up until the 1960's when an emerging tourism industry saw potential in the location and began to develop it as a high class sports resort.
The famous La Manga Club was the brainchild of a group of American entrepreneurs in 1971 and the golf course there was used for the Spanish Open in the early 1970s. Recent years have seen a huge amount of development in La Manga and numerous high-rise apartment blocks have sprouted up which can be seen from miles around, in fact from a distance the blocks appear to rise from the sea.
Overview: La Manga (not to be confused with the La Manga Club) is a narrow strip of land some 28 kilometres long located on the Costa Calida coastline of Spain. Having an average width of just 300 metres this strange sleeve of land forms an inland sea called the Mar Menor, which is the largest inland sea in Europe. La Manga has become something of a tourists paradise attracting many thousands of visitors both Spanish and International during the summer months and a steady stream of visitors throughout the winter months. In the north there is an area of canals called Veneziola where visitors can still witness ancient fishing techniques originally introduced by the Moors during the Arab occupation of Spain.
La Manga Weather: La Manga enjoys a superb all year round climate with plenty of sunshine and very low rainfall. The whole region enjoys some of the best weather in Spain and basks in over 300 sunny days each year. La Manga is truly an all year round resort with sun-worshippers visiting during the summer months and golfers and sports enthusiasts during the winter months when the temperatures are a little cooler. La Manga is an especially good area for windsurfing due to constant winds on the Mar Menor.
La Manga Beaches: La Manga has some fabulous sandy beaches, the strip itself has over 40 kilometres of fine beaches, many with 'Blue Flag' status for cleanliness and safety. With beaches on both the Mediterranean Sea and the calmer, shallower Mar Menor, visitors have a good choice of beaches depending on their needs. The other Mar Menor resorts also have some super beaches, one of the best being Lo Pagan where you can also test out the famous healing mud baths (free of charge).
La Manga Markets: There are a number of street markets held in and around La Manga on of the best being the large market at Cabo de Palos, which is held on Sundays.
La Manga Places to Visit: Well worth a visit is the Calblanque Nature Reserve an area of unrivalled natural beauty and a protected area since 1987, one of the last unspoilt stretches of Mediterranean coast. The lighthouse at Cabo de Palos. The historical city of Cartagena with plenty of ancient ruins dating from Roman and Carthaginian times. The La Manga Club. Lo Pagan mud baths, cover yourself in smelly mud to ease your aches and pains, relieve skin disorders or just to feel how silky smooth your skin is afterwards.
La Manga Hotels: La Manga has a decent range of hotels and holiday rental accommodation, those seeking a bit of luxury will probably head for the 5 Star Regency Hyatt located on the La Manga Club complex. There is also plenty of privately owned accommodation which can be rented on a long or short term basis, a quick search on the internet should give you plenty to choose from.
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