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La Manga Holiday Guide

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La Manga Beach
Stunning La Manga Beach With White Sand and Warm Waters!

 

Why Holiday in La Manga

When choosing a holiday rental in Murcia, a stay in La Manga is well recommended. A destination well known for the famous La Manga Club, where many popular football teams stay for long periods of time, using its excellent sports facilities for practise and training. It also has a beauty that has evolved through history. The long strip of land known as La Manga strip that forms a peninsula, with the Mediterranean sea to one side and the tranquil Mar Menor, the largest salt lake in Europe, to the other. It is shaped like an arm reaching across to almost touch the tip of the land across the lake at San Pedro. The mud baths of this town are famous far and wide with people with skin conditions and circulatory problems, as bathing and using the natural healing remedies of the mud can alleviate these problems.

The mountains surrounding La Manga are stunning with woodland, coves and wonderful horse trekking routes throughout. With three top class golf courses on La Manga Club, and many more within easy driving distance, the area is a golfer’s paradise. While shoppers can enjoy either local facilities and markets or a short trip to the cities of Murcia or Cartagena which can provide everything a shopper could desire, water sports enthusiasts will enjoy the sailing, water skiing, windsurfing and much more. Swimmers have a choice of the fun in the Mediterranean waves or the tranquillity of the Mar Menor.

The climate in La Manga is great with mild, warm winters and hot summers, which is great for outdoor enthusiasts who want to be able to get away from the cold weather of home to enjoy the outdoor life. Whether for walking, hiking, cycling, horse riding or bird watching excursions, the facilities in and around La Manga are endless. Tourist attractions are plentiful, with lots to entertain both children and adults alike. The night life is exciting and the region is easy to get to and travel around. With budget airlines flying into the nearby airports of Murcia and Alicante and a new airport being built nearby, there are flights all year round to bring tourists to La Manga.

Fiestas, both local and national, are celebrated in La Manga in true Murcian style. This involves plenty of colour, music, food, drink, dancing and entertainment, making for a wonderful way to enjoy the local culture of the area. The gastronomy of the region is well represented in La Manga and will tantalise the taste buds of even the most travelled: it has to be experienced to be believed. The wines of the region compliment a meal in many of the local restaurants.

History of La Manga

Historical Lighthouse in La Manga
Enjoy the History of La Manga

The word La Manga translates as "arm" which is, in effect, the shape of the land known by this name. It was formed when the marine winds moved sand and sediment to the surface of the sea due to the existence of volcanic formations down below, separating it from the Mediterranean Sea and creating a salt lake called the Mar Menor or “Little Sea”. Over four hundred years ago, La Manga of the Mar Menor was actually the piece of land in between two islands, which were eventually joined together producing a length of land 21 kilometres long. This enclosed the Mar Menor, converting it to the largest salt lake in Europe separated completely from the Mediterranean Sea. The natural elements, the currents of the Mediterranean Sea and the sediments of the Mar Menor combined to reshape La Manga over time, up until the early 20th Century after which man gave a helping hand.

Neolithic man was the first to settle in La Manga over five thousand years ago, as can be seen by the remains of mud houses, wooden cottages and clay houses. They were originally constructed in a circle from reeds and wattle, with forests surrounding the settlement as far as the water’s edge. The minerals of the Sierra Minera contributed to the richness of the land, together with the volume of fishing from the sea combined to draw the Iberos, Cartagenian, Phoenican, Greeks and Romans. Scuba diving lovers of history can observe the remains of ancient boats which were used to transport lead, gold and silver. These together with other merchandise were stored in ceramic pots offer evidence of a number of civilizations throughout the centuries. At El Estacio, the evidence of La Manga being used as a fish factory in pre-historic times is apparent in the ruins at the bottom of the sea.

The Moors introduced a fishing technique called “las Encanizadas”, which used cane enclosures to trap fish. This technique is still used in the Mar Menor today, When the Moors were being driven from Spain, they sought protection in la Manga from the Torres de Ahumadas, the construction of which had been organised by Emperor Carlos and Filip II his son. The Torres de Ahmada, which are actually three towers, were constructed in Cabo de Palas and La Manga to protect the Mar Menor against invasion.

The area of La Manga lost many trees as forests were cut down without restriction for use as firewood. This occurred between the Middle Ages and the 18th century, though there is still some beautiful forestry left today. Due to the problem of submerged rocks in the area, two lighthouses were built in 1862: one at the Isla Hormigas and the other at El Estacio. In 1865, another was built at Cabo de Palos. However, the worst maritime disaster known in the area occurred in 1906 when the "Sirio" sunk, taking with it three hundred lives.

After being state property for centuries, the northern stretch of La Manga was sold in the middle of the 18th century by public auction to the Maestre family, and it was Tomas Maestre who later purchased the balance of the peninsula from the Celdran family in 1960. Three years later the new "Law of Centres of Tourist Interest" was an inspiration for the plan of development of a tourist resort on La Manga. Just twelve months later the "Black Tower" was constructed with the tiles on the outer surface of the building giving a dark hue to this the first apartment building on the peninsula. Two hotels were subsequently built, the Galua and the Entremares, leading to further construction all along the peninsula of a large resort with urbanisations, villas, bars, restaurants, hotels, shopping centres and the unending novelty of the Mar Menor on one side and the Mediterranean on the other.

La Manga Holiday Rentals Information

The Excellent La Manga Strip
La Manga Strip

When you have chosen to spend your holiday in the La Manga area of Spain, you will find a huge choice of villas and apartments available for rental. You can choose from accommodation in the middle of the action along the La Manga strip, or quieter areas with villas and apartments such as Las Higueras. Depending on the type of holiday you want you are guaranteed to find the perfect accommodation to suit the whole family, choose from luxury villas with own pools or apartments with balconies perfect for relaxing with a drink after a hard days sunbathing. Akilar has a wide range of property to suit any party size and situated in the perfect areas for your dream holiday to Spain. Akilar helps you selecting a suitable holiday rental apartment in La Manga for you and your family or travel group.

Must See Sights and Attractions in La Manga

Horse riding in La Manga
Things to do on La Manga Holidays

La Manga del Mar Menor is a tourist attraction in itself, with the Mediterranean Sea on one side and the largest salt lake in Europe on the other: the Mar Menor. It has incredible sports and leisure facilities in the area, including those on La Manga Club, and water sports are very popular on the peninsula, including diving, water skiing, surfing, fishing and sailing. With two large cities, Cartagena and Murcia within a short drive; both are steeped in history and full of wonderful culinary and cultural experiences.

There is plenty for tourists to do and see in La Manga. Apart from the golf courses on La Manga Club, there is also a tennis and leisure centre, which has fantastic facilities including 28 floodlit tennis courts. It has a Tennis Academy with up to the minute computer aided coaching services. The LTA (Lawn Tennis Association) has made the centre its official base for winter training, and rates it as the best sports and leisure complex in the whole of Europe. There is a swimming pool, squash courts, paddle tennis courts, bowling green and gym, and they are all part of the package. There is also a sauna, jacuzzi, beauty salon and even a club house with a snack bar. The little ones can enjoy the Fiesta Mini Club: it provides fun and games for the children both indoors and outdoors all through the year.

La Manga Gokart is a great local attraction in La Manga and it is the largest go kart track in the area. It has been in operation for over thirty years and there are three separate tracks with a choice between eight types of kart to use. There are karts for children and adults, so that all the family can join in at once. The track meets all safety requirements and has been host to a number of championships in the country.

The Aqua Natura Water Park is situated close to the centre of Murcia. The 30,000 square metre park is also known as "Zanzibar” and strives to imitate its namesake in the Indian Ocean. It is hard to believe it is so close to the centre of such a bustling city and it feels like an oasis within the city. "Prison Island" is one of the pools within the park and it has a four module water tower, a water drum that swings back and forth and water jets. There is a pool for all the family, so long as children are accompanied by an adult. "Grave Island” is a splash pool in the children's area and it has shorter chutes and water games to give the younger ones a taste of the fun the adults enjoy. "Lazy River" is a slow moving river, where you can float along alone or in pairs on a relaxing journey through the water. The water chutes include "Black Hole", which is very popular with strobe lights adding to the fun of the journey through the chute. "Adventure River” is another popular attraction and it is a huge wide chute which accommodates up to two people at a time. "Kamikaze" is for the thrill seekers, with the speed and sensation of free falling through the chute. The "Speed Hole" is not too dissimilar from the Kamikaze with the speed and thrill factor, but the chute is partly open."Gentle Chutes" is a four lane chute curving gently towards the water and giving groups a chance to enjoy them together. On site there is a restaurant and kiosk, serving refreshments, snacks and ice creams.

Terra Natura Zoo is located close to Murcia city and is in easy reach of La Manga. It has a spectacular combination of animals and nature, aiming to create a habitat similar to the one in which the animals would have lived if they were still in the wild. Interaction is encouraged between visitors and animals and the vegetation and plant life is engineered to create a softer landscape, allowing visitors to have contact with the animals without the usual barriers created between them. You will find in excess of 300 animals from 50 species, including lions, lemurs, brown bears, giraffes, white African rhinoceroses, European lynx, Iberian wolves and hippopotamuses. There is also a large selection of birds including a falconry zone. Visitors can spend hours observing these wonderful creatures in as close to their natural habitat as can be created. Safety is obviously a very important factor and therefore the dangerous animals can be safely viewed from overhead walkways. The tame ones can be interacted with more direct. The Sea Lion Show is performed twice daily and is a perfect example of this.

For horse lovers and beginners, there is the La Manga Equestrian Centre, which offers riding lessons and pony treks across the sands or through the local countryside. There are also two other riding stables in La Manga. They are El Rancho de la Funeto in Los Belones and, between La Manga Club and Los Belones, there is El Puntal. Spend a few minutes looking through all of the things to do

Villages around La Manga

La Manga Holiday Rentals in Villages
One of Many La Manga Villages

The unique geographical location of La Manga Strip is a sight to behold, with a length of 21 kilometres and a width of 300 metres. It has the gorgeous Mediterranean Sea on one side and the warm clear waters of the Mar Menor, the largest salt lake in Europe, on the other. The clay of the Mar Menor can be therapeutic for skin conditions, such as psoriasis and dermatitis, and circulatory problems. Both the Spanish and tourists flock to areas of the lake where they can rub the clay onto their bodies, let it dry on hard and then wash it off. Some people even bring containers to take fresh mud home. La Manga Strip has many restaurants and bars offering a wide choice of food, such as Chinese, Greek, Spanish, Indian and others. The Tomas Maestre Marina is about 12 to 14 kilometres along the strip and it is a lively place at night with lots of bars and restaurants, some of which offer fresh fish dishes including Paella, a traditional Spanish rice dish.

La Manga Club is a popular luxurious tourist resort, located thirty minutes from Cartagena and thirty minutes from Murcia City. The beautiful setting of the resort amidst lemon groves, together with its spectacular views of the Mar Menor, the largest salt lake in Europe, is just a small part of the attraction of this excellent holiday destination in the Murcia Region on Costa Calida. With a large group of individual communities within the resort and three championship golf courses, is the famous Hyatt Regency La Manga Hotel. It has a modern, well equipped spa and one of the most impressive tennis centres in Europe, as well as a large range of sporting and leisure activities. La Manga Club has a lot to offer, not least of which are the luxurious villas and apartments set in spectacular surroundings. They are beautifully landscaped, and boast numerous swimming pools. There is no shortage of activities for tourists besides the lovely blue flag sandy beaches on both sides of the strip, including cycle hire, go karts, sailing, jet skis, diving, boat trips, fishing, windsurfing, scuba diving and quad bikes.

Bella Luz is the largest community in the La Manga Club Resort. The immaculately kept grounds of the Plaza Mayor are the central point of Bella Luz, where there is a mini market, bar and cafe, which are all part of the Hyatt Hotel. With a boutique with all the latest fashions, gift shop, jewellers, pizza restaurant with takeaway, laundry, pharmacy and tobacconist, there is plenty locally for tourists who do not want to venture from the resort. The beautiful pine forest to the rear enhances the picturesque setting of this community and the huge communal swimming pool, where there is bar service and snacks available, brings tourists together to enjoy the sunshine and general holiday atmosphere. Guests and owners on La Manga Club come together on Plaza Mayor regularly in the summer months for entertainment organised within the community by the local businesses. Only five minutes drive from the beautiful Mar Menor, the largest salt lake in Europe, is the beautiful city of Cartagena and, at a half an hour from Murcia Airport, Bella Luz is a well located resort for tourists to Costa Calida in Murcia.

El Rancho is a community of 150 comfortable villas built at the foothills of the pine forest behind La Manga Club. The landscaped gardens create a spacious effect and there are nine community pools spread across El Rancho, with special toddler's pools too. All of the properties have panoramic views of the beautiful tranquil water in the distance. The El Rancho de la Fuente Riding stables are close by the resort, with many activities such as cycling, walking and water sports all within easy reach. With three championship golf courses near El Rancho, a tennis academy, jacuzzi, gym and squash course, there is plenty to keep tourists active. Social activities are available in the La Manga Club, with bars and restaurants, together with a supermarket and shops for tourists to buy from without having to venture too far.

Los Belones is the village closest to La Manga Club, which is less than a five minute drive or a forty five minute walk away and it is traditionally Spanish, with a small recently redecorated square adorned by an old church which is the central hub of the village. The weekly fruit and vegetable market off the square grows in the summer months to provide for tourists selling goods like the markets in the larger towns, such as clothes, shoes, toys and leather goods. The Bodega of Los Belones provides tasters of a large selection of wines which tourists often ship home and the shops in the village centre range from butchers to an ironmonger. There is also a bakery, golf shop, café bars and even a patisserie. There are also a range of restaurants, including traditional Spanish, Asian and Italian venues that are all a little less pricey than eating on La Manga Club.

Akilar.com has put together a whole list of villages to plan your holiday around

Golfing in La Manga

La Manga Golfing Holidays
Stunning Golf Course in La Manga

While there are a selection of golf courses within a 30 minute drive of La Manga, including Serena Golf and Roda Golf, La Manga Golf is infamous for its three golf courses, which are accompanied by a pitch and putt course.

Originally designed by Robert Putman in 1971, and subsequently remodelled in 1992 by Arnold Palmer, La Manga Club South Course was completely refurbished in 2004. The course is a challenging one to players of all levels and is considered a highly regarded championship course. The fairways are flanked by palm trees and there are carefully planned water hazards on most of the holes of the South Course, which is situated in the middle of the valley. While the front nine holes are tough, necessitating accuracy with all drives, the back nine can give a false security by the fact that they are shorter. However, the greens that are separated by water provide a challenge together with the fairway flanked by water on both sides, and the 18th hole has a ravine just before the final green of the course. These are just some of the challenges! La Manga Club South Course has hosted many large championships, including PGA Championships, Ladies’ and Men's qualifying rounds for European Tours. While it is popular with golfing holidays, it has always been a favoured location for corporate outings.

The La Manga Club North Course is a little shorter than the South Course and its fairways are narrower with bigger greens. This 18 hole, par 71 championship course was also designed by Robert Putman and flows across the land interspersed by palm trees with many lakes and barrancas. Barrancas are Nature's way of creating gullies to drain water from storms and they are on all the golf courses on La Manga Club, thus creating an extra challenge for the golfer. This course is just as challenging as the South Course, albeit in a different way. One of the features of this course is its unusual greens, which are not level: especially on the second green, where there are actually three levels to challenge even the best of golfers. The water hazards throughout the course combine with the barrancas to produce a number of challenging holes.

The beautiful pine forests offer the setting for La Manga Club West Course that was designed by Dave Thomas. This 18 hole, par 72 course is cleverly designed to encompass its natural landscape, giving it a distinctive quality that sets it apart from other courses of similar calibre. The lie of the land, so to speak, can deceive even the best of golfers, with the levels changing as players move through the course. The barrancas on the front nine holes present a test of accuracy for drivers and the hills on the back nine holes, though more spacious, are a challenge in their own right. The narrow fairways of this course beckon golfers looking for an interesting game and an unusual setting. The stunning views and the exciting speed of the greens combine to enhance the experience for players. Golfers usually feel they have faced all the challenging aspects of the game after playing this course, particularly the par 3 holes which are considered amongst the best on any course. The key to mastering this course is accuracy in the shot and this in itself is a great test for golfers wanting to assess or improve their game. The 18th hole is the jewel in the crown, with breathtaking views to complete a visit to La Manga Club West Course.

The late great Severiano Ballesteros was the designer of the 18 hole, par 47 La Manga Club Pitch and Putt Course. While this course is often used for practice, its picturesque setting is a great spot for a family day of golf. There are water hazards and bunkers on a smaller scale than the larger courses but perfectly designed to challenge the player close to the perfectly kept greens. There is even some strategically placed rough on the course on three of the holes and the course is a good challenge for handicap golfers. It gives them a chance to improve their game within a beautiful setting, with tropical palms and a selection of other trees.

Facilities of the courses in the La Manga Club include the Main Club House, with bar and restaurant together with a separate club house bar at the South Course. There is a golf academy and junior golf academy, practice facilities to include an 80 bay driving range, practice bunker, large putting green, two chipping greens, a golf shop, equipment hire and a mobile refreshment buggy covering all the courses.

With two crazy golf courses on the La Manga Club, there is golf for all the family here, no matter what age or level involved. You can view most of the area golf courses and their details here.

La Manga Fiesta's

La Manga Holidays and Fiestas
Fiesta Plaza Bohemia La Manga

Like all other areas of Spain, La Manga del Mar Menor celebrates many fiestas during the year, with some celebrated throughout Spain and others just in the region of Murcia or just those local to a town or city.

Celebrations like New Year are a national holiday, with the tradition of eating twelve grapes at midnight. The Feast of the Three Kings is on the 5th of January, and is bigger than Christmas for Spaniards with children. The children receive large gifts from the Kings and family and friends exchange presents on the evening of the 5th of January. There are processions throughout towns and villages with floats carrying the Three Kings who throw sweets to the local children. The children stand along the streets with plastic bags ready to be filled with these delights. January 6th is a national holiday and a traditional meal is served for family and friends, similar to the way Christmas day is celebrated in other parts of Europe.

At Easter, Semana Santa, in Spain there are huge processions in towns throughout the region of Murcia, with floats depicting the events of the week when Christ was crucified. These floats are often donned with beautiful flowers and decorated with magnificent attention to detail. Hooded figures in regal costumes march behind the floats and drums are played in conjunction with the procession. There are processions most days of the week and the children again benefit on Easter Sunday from sweets being thrown into the crowds.

In June there is the celebration of San Juan, where camp fires are lit on the beaches, and often figures are burned to welcome in the summer months. In some cities, like Alicante, this is a huge festival with huge papier-mâché figures built all around the city. They are displayed in the days before and set alight on the night of the San Juan festival, with huge blazes raging throughout the city. The night sky is lit up with incredible firework displays, setting the scene before the fires are lit. This is all carefully monitored by the fire brigade with the crowds kept well back and areas close by are hosed down before the fires are lit.

The towns on and around the Mar Menor celebrate festivals throughout the year. There is always somewhere with a celebration in full swing, so a visit to La Manga will usually involve a local fiesta of some style, with lots of colour, music and traditional food.A list of fiesta's is available so you can plan your holiday to enjoy at least one.

Dining and Nightlife in La Manga

Dining out while on La Manga Holidays
La Manga's mouth-watering island food!

Dining out in La Manga can offer a variety of experiences, with the Mediterranean menu being the most popular in good restaurants. This consists of paellas, grilled meat, fresh, tasty salads, fresh fish and fresh vegetables from the region. A very popular choice of fish in La Manga is either Dorada or Mujol. It is covered in salt whilst being cooked and then served. The local fishermen catch shellfish and lobster together with oysters and prawns. They are usually caught from the harbour in Cabo de Palos.

Whilst there are a variety of restaurants on La Manga Club, there is an even larger selection along the La Manga strip. The lively Tomas Maestre Marina is a great place to go for a selection of bars and restaurants serving fresh fish or paella as well as Spanish, Greek, Indian, Mexican and even Chinese dishes. In Cabo de Palos there is a selection of restaurants at the harbour area and on Sunday there is a market selling a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables. Here, visitors can have drinks and tapas or a full lunch while enjoying the ambience of the area.

The night life in La Manga is busy on the weekends, Friday to Sunday, and during the months of June to September. There are music pubs and clubs, starting at 11pm and finishing any time up to 6am. Gran Via de la Manga is where most of the night life is situated, especially in a place called El Zoco. This is where lots of popular bars and restaurants can be found. Plaza Bohemia with Molly Malone's Irish pub and Plaza Cayanna with the Bongo Bar are also good places to go with a great selection of entertainment for tourists.

La Manga Club has an extensive choice of traditional Spanish and international cuisine, together with plenty of pubs and even a disco for teenagers. From the Italian "Luigi's" to the Mexican "Andales", there is even a choice of Chinese, Asian and traditional Spanish restaurants to tantalize your taste buds. The Hyatt Hotel has an upmarket restaurant with an excellent menu of international and Mediterranean cuisine. Diners looking for the al fresco experience can enjoy the view of the South Course's 18th Green. The restaurant "La Cala", aptly named because it is at the cove of the beach, serves excellent seafood. With an English bar/restaurant in La Plaza, pubs and a Jazz Bar serving international snack food, there is always food and entertainment readily available in the resort. The Hyatt Hotel has live music and a casino so there is never a dull moment in La Manga Club.

For tourists wishing to venture further afield, there is an abundance of night life. Always liveliest on the weekends in the towns of Murcia and Cartagena, they can both be reached by bus or taxi from La Manga Club or the La Manga strip.

Shopping in La Manga

Shopping near to La Manga Holida Villas
Shops in La Manga

La Manga has a great choice of shops to offer visitors and residents alike. While at the La Manga Club, there are fashion boutiques, souvenir outlets, shops selling household goods, gifts and sportswear, including diving gear and biking necessities. Of extreme importance to tourists and residents alike is the pharmacy on the La Manga Club. There is even a garage for topping up on fuel for a day out, or that trip back to the airport. For those with green fingers, there is a garden centre within a gentle stroll of the club entrance and, for wine lovers, there are Bodegas in the nearby town of Los Belones, together with a hardware shop (ferreteria), the inevitable golf shop and even a retailer selling woodwork. For fresh meat there is a quality butcher.

Throughout the La Manga strip there are small boutiques and souvenir shops, supermarkets and retail outlets selling a range of goods. For more serious shopping, the local town of Cartagena has commercial centres, with plenty of high street outlet shops, selling clothes, shoes, bags and jewellery. These together with a selection of shops usually brought together in a shopping centre. This combined with a large hypermarket selling everything from a T.V. to a can of baked beans at the entrance to the centre: it has all a serious shopper could ask for. In the centre of this beautiful historical town, there are many streets lined with interesting retailers from boutiques to souvenir shops, including leather, electrical goods and tobacconists. There are cafes and restaurants to sit and have a rest or refreshment while browsing through the goods on offer. The Spanish department store El Corte Ingles is also located in Cartagena. It is a very large store selling everything you can think of, from fashion, sports equipment, cosmetics, curtains, furniture, books and much more. On the top level of the store there is a good restaurant, while in the basement there is a supermarket which also sells fine wines.

The nearby city of Murcia has similar shopping facilities, including El Corte Ingles, and it is worth a visit, as the shopping areas spread further afield and can be combined with sightseeing and cultural activities. Like Cartagena and other towns around Spain, Murcia has many shoe shops selling quality leather wear as the leather industry is a very big part of Spain. They also specialise in belts, wallets and cases of all shapes and sizes. Both Cartagena and Murcia have a number of designer outlets for those with more expensive tastes: these can be found close to the high street stores.

Murcia has a range of commercial centres to choose from, including the most recently built Nuevo Condiminio which has the much coveted Primark. Close to this is the commercial centre Thader and also near to these commercial centres is an IKEA store which attracts visitors from far and wide.

Murcia has a range of commercial centres to choose from, including the most recently built Nuevo Condiminio which has the much coveted Primark. Close to this is the commercial centre Thader and also near to these commercial centres is an IKEA store which attracts visitors from far and wide. Shopping could not be easier as by looking here.

Best Times to Visit La Manga

Tourists find La Manga a great place to visit at any time of the year for all sorts of reasons, not least the weather. It is one of the sunniest parts of the Costa Calida, with over 300 days of sunshine per year.

For golfers, the months between September and May are the best times to visit La Manga as the weather then is perfect for golf: not too cold or wet in the winter months, or too hot in the months before the summer when the temperatures soar. With a large choice of golf courses in the area, cheap flights to local airports and plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from, a great holiday can be enjoyed by groups or couples looking to enjoy a break away and play their favourite game. Car hire prices are usually lower in these months compared to high season, as are accommodation rates, which makes it a good time to visit.

The winter months are great for visitors wishing to take a break from the freezing temperatures of other European countries, as the weather is mild and often sunny enough to sunbathe. The long term rental prices allow visitors to enjoy more than a holiday break, with prices based on one month's rental being very competitive and often including bills. This time of the year is a good time for exploring the area in comfort, taking in the culture and history. Take long leisurely walks or enjoy lunch or a drink in the sunshine during the day, or simply enjoy the competitive prices of the local restaurants in the evening.

Walkers, hikers and cyclists prefer the milder months for taking their holidays in La Manga for obvious reasons, while surfers, sailors, and many water sports enthusiasts come to La Manga all year round. Sun worshippers enjoy the months from May to October when the sun is at its hottest. However, you can sunbathe in sun traps during the winter months between 11am and 3pm on sunny days, and this is often more pleasant than the peak of summer. The summer months do offer guaranteed weather as there is little or no rain between June and September.

For those wanting to experience the local Spanish culture, a visit to La Manga can be made at any time of the year. There are fiestas all through the year, both national and local, and tourists are encouraged to join in, which can make it a more personal experience. The gastronomy of the locality is superb at any time of the year but visitors often find the service a little better in the winter, when there are less diners and more time for restaurant owners to mingle with guests. Locals also have more time for tourists in the winter months and this is the time of year when there is a chance to find out more about Spanish life first hand.

Climate for La Manga

The climate in La Manga is a typically Mediterranean climate with over three hundred days of sunshine every year. The winters are mild, with the temperature rarely falling below 10 degrees Celsius and an average temperature of 18 degrees Celsius, sometimes reaching the early twenties. Spring, which begins in early March, sees temperatures in the mid twenties Celsius gradually rise, as summer arrives at the beginning of June. At this time of year temperatures can reach the late thirties Celsius. Fortunately, sometimes, the cool breezes from the Mediterranean Sea can cool the weather down a little. Night time temperatures are usually around 25 degrees Celsius in the summer months. Temperatures cool down in the second half of September for the beginning of Autumn to around the late twenties again. Temperatures dip below the 20 degrees Celsius mark in late November as the winter creeps in.

There is little rain between the months of June and September, with most rainfall being interspersed through late Autumn and Winter. It is still quite normal to have a number of sunny days each week, even in winter, with other days being cloudy but warm with some rain at times. Winter nights and early mornings are cool, and can be a lot lower than the average daily temperature, so it is always wise to have warm clothes at hand to be prepared.

Getting To and Around La Manga

When travelling to La Manga, the closest airport is Murcia, otherwise known as San Javier. Public transport from this airport is not great, so, alternative forms of transport would be more reliable to ensure prompt transportation from the airport to La Manga. There are several options available to you including pre-booked taxis, using taxis from the taxi rank outside the airport or you can use a hire car that can be booked over the internet or at the airport on arrival. There are plenty of recommended car hire companies that can be referred to when booking holiday accommodation in la manga. Hiring a car will also enable tourists to explore the areas around La Manga and travel to other cities with ease.

La Manga can also be reached from Alicante airport, where there is an airport shuttle bus into the city and from there a connecting bus can be caught to Murcia or Cartagena, and eventually onwards to La Manga. Another option from Alicante airport is the train service. This will bring passengers to Cartagena, where it is possible to get a bus on to La Manga. There are also hire car companies at Alicante airport, a taxi can be privately pre-booked and there are local taxis that will bring tourists to their accommodation in La Manga.

Public transport is usually air conditioned and the local bus service for La Manga is ALSA. They also provide bus routes all along the Costa Calida: therefore if tourists want to explore the area, they can connect in the nearest city and continue on to other towns and villages. Buses are every hour during the off peak season but in the summer they are more frequent at twice an hour.

Other forms of transport in La Manga are bicycles, quad bikes and mopeds: they can all be hired locally.

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Cabo de Palos, La Manga, Costa Calida, Murcia, Spain Cabo de Palos at the start of the La Manga strip, is a typical Spanish fishing village with a number of fantastic fish restaurants, bars and cafes, take a stroll around the picturesque harbour, watch the fishermen come in with the catch of the day, then sample the delights in one of the excellent restaurants, the perfect spot to spend a relaxing summer evening.
Calblanque Nature Reserve, La Manga, Costa Calida, Murcia, SpainIf its rough and ready you are looking for then the untouched area Calblanque Nature Reserve is the place to head for with its sandy beaches, sandbanks, hills, salt flats and a back drop of rugged cliffs. All of these features are of great ecological value and not meant to be disturbed.

 

To reach this area head out of La Manga past Los Belones to the next signposted exit. This is a dirt road, so if it is wet be careful.

Towns & Resorts on Costa Calida La Manga is located in the Murcia region on the Costa Calida. La Manga (the sleeve) is that small strip of land, 28 kilometers long, which divides the Mar Menor (little sea) from the Mediterranean. The name La Manga is used in the same breath and probably better known for its award winning La Manga Club. If you have euro's to burn then this is the place to come to enjoy some serious self indulgence in this 1,400 acre holidaymakers paradise.
Cabo de Palos,  La Manga, Costa Calida, Murcia, SpainCabo de Palos at the start of the La Manga strip, is a typical Spanish fishing village with a number of fantastic fish restaurants, bars and cafes, take a stroll around the picturesque harbour, watch the fishermen come in with the catch of the day, then sample the delights in one of the excellent restaurants, the perfect spot to spend a relaxing summer evening.
Shopping in La Manga La Manga has the usual array of shops including gift and souvenir shops on the sea front, which are sufficient for most needs. Local markets can be found in the small villages around the Mar Menor which sell amongst other items traditional baskets, pottery, ceramics and rugs.
Golf in La MangaGolf has been the main focus of La Manga Club resort since it’s launch in 1972. Many international tournaments have been hosted here, including the Spanish Open, PGA Spanish championships, Spanish Junior championships, Ladies Spanish Open and Senior Spanish Open for men. The three top quality 18 hole championship courses each offer their own distinctive style and terrain. All three benefit from tranquil surroundings and provide superb views of La Manga Club.