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Cartagena is a historic Roman city. The port area has a wide promenade and just a short stroll through the historical buildings leads you into the town centre. The charming lanes and streets are often bustling with local people, except for siesta time when many of the shops close and re-open again in the late afternoon.
The tourist boat that takes you around the docks of Cartagena, describing a circular route that borders the Lighthouses of Curra and Navidad, Algameca Chica and the Isle of Escombreras. Cartagena’s tourist bus takes you to the sights throughout the town, including the Castle of La Concepcion and the Panoramic Lift. The Naval Museum is a must for sea lovers with remains of ship wrecks and Roman ships.
About 40 minutes from the golf resorts on the mar menor your senses will be awakened by the open air shopping complex of la Zenia Boulevard. Easily accessible from the AP7 and the near by towns and the N332. With an array of shops including Zara C&A, Massimo Dutti and internationally branded names such as Adidas, Benetton, Guess, Jack Jones there is an abundance of retail options to suit your needs.
Once you have shopped til you dropped why not call in at one of the cafes and enjoy a drink and a snack. With beverages ranging from cold drinks to iced beers and coffees it won’t be hard to relax and recover those aching feet. Got the little ones with you for a family day out? No problems along with a multitude of dining areas and experiences ranging from buffets to romantic to fast food outlets La Zenia is also able to offer you chill out areas, live entertainment on the main stage, a casino a bowling alley, a small fun fair for the kids and let’s not forget the little princesses in the making who can have their own make over in the princess area.
With much much more on offer you can easily while away a day or 3 emerged in what La Zenia shopping and entertainment complex has to offer.
The warm shallow water of the Mar Menor and the sandy beaches stretch from one end of San Pedro del Pinatar through to the next town. There are many children’s play areas and benches to sit and relax and enjoy the wonderful views across the Mar Menor. Various water sports activities and events are held on this end of the Mar Menor including wind surfing and jet skiing. Beaches to visit include Playa El Mojon, Playa de Villananitos and Playa De Las Salinas.
Go bird watching at the Salinas de San Pedro (Salt Lakes) and watch the flamingos and other birds that migrate to the area at certain times of the year. By the Ezequiela’s windmill walk out on the long pier and try the famous therapeutic mud’s, known to help rheumatism and arthritis.
This area doesn’t just house one of the best and most popular beaches on the Mediterranean coast just on the edge of the enclosed mar menor ( little sea) this area also has lots of little coves ideal for snorkeling, shallow waters for smaller children and non swimmers and in the summer time the much adored inflatable activity islands.
You will also be able to immerse yourself in Spain’s history here with the old watch tower peering over the towns harbour. Along side this tower you can sit back and watch the world go by in one of the many bars and restaurants which not only Iine the 4 sides of the old square but also the cliff side with far reaching views into the ocean. From Spanish tapas to glorious sundaes cones its all available in this fabulous Spanish town
This quaint seaside town is a lovely place for an afternoon wander. Follow the main high street lined with lush plants, trees and browse past the selection of local shops down to the beach front with its newly opened promenade area and wonderful views across the Mar Menor. There are many popular seafood restaurants on the beachfront that attract both local Spanish and tourists to their fine food and location.
The famous La Manga strip has two seas the Mar Menor one side and the Blue Mediterranean Sea the other side. The famous strip has miles of beaches, harbour areas, numerous restaurants and shops that line the area from one end to the other.
The Mediterranean side has blue waters and a cool breeze ideal for activities – La Manga is well known for water sports activities including scuba diving, sailing, windsurfing and much more. The Islas Hormigas marine reserve is a protected area and is one of Spain’s best diving areas, with water temperatures ranging from 16ºC in winter to 30ºC in the summer. Cala del Pino and Playa de Levante are popular beaches to visit during the summer time.
Wandering around the back streets of the city heading in the direction of the Cathedral you will find many charming lanes with exclusive shops, boutiques, cafes, restaurants and tapas bars. Watch the many street performers and admire the beautiful plazas colourful flower displays.
Admire the fine architecture around the city including Murcia Cathedral. Artistic and historic wealth is on display at the city´s museums, including the Archaeological Museum, Fine Arts Museum and the Salzillo Museum. Throughout various times of the year Murcia hosts great fiestas, one of the most popular fiestas is the Bando de la Huerta on the first Tuesday after Easter.