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Why Holiday in Polaris World

Polaris World is a popular choice of holiday destination for many reasons, not least of which is the wonderful golf courses built in a beautiful setting in one of the best locations in Spain: Murcia. With Inter-Continental hotels on some of the sites, many sports facilities, beautiful town centres, and plenty of choice in international cuisine, the Polaris experience is as enjoyable as it is unique. Twenty four hour security on all of the sites gives visitors a feeling of comfort and safety, and the welcoming staff offer help and good customer service. A variety of holiday accommodation is available and rates vary throughout the year, with excellent value off season for both long and short rentals.

The towns and cities near Polaris resorts offer cultural and historical experiences for tourists visiting Polaris World, together with fantastic shopping and alternative nightlife to that on offer on the resorts themselves. Whether it is a night at home having a barbecue in the garden or on the terrace, a quiet drink in a bar, a sumptuous meal in nice restaurant or an evening of live music, the resorts have great facilities. For those wanting more raucous nightlife into the early hours of the morning, the nearby towns have plenty going on throughout the year. Festivals in Murcia are enjoyed by visitors to Polaris World: they are regularly held in local towns and villages and are often colourful celebrations with food, drink and fireworks being the order of the day. Local celebrations in Murcian towns are an experience never to be forgotten and contribute to the makings of a wonderful holiday on Polaris World.

All of the Polaris resorts are within driving distance of local beaches and many are near the renowned Mar Menor area of Murcia. It is the largest salt lake in Europe: warmer and shallower than the Mediterranean Sea, surrounded by sandy beaches and ideal for water sports and sailing. With beautiful marinas, national parks and salt lakes close to the resorts, there is plenty to keep walkers, hikers, birdwatchers and cyclists entertained. For those who like to enjoy a leisurely tapas (small Spanish snacks) and a bottle of wine or even a very reasonably priced "Menu of the Day", there is plenty of choice.

Polaris resorts have the use of a shuttle bus to take visitors from one Polaris site to another to enjoy all Polaris has to offer and there is a choice of airports to fly into. A new international airport is expected to be finished at the end of 2012 which will be closer still to the Condado de Alhama Resort. Murcia is a vibrant cultural region, offering a great welcome to visitors and the sun shines for most of the year. It has mild winters and hot summers, and plenty of sunshine for visitors to enjoy whatever the time of year. VIVA MURCIA!

History of Polaris World

Historic Sites of Polaris World
Enjoy the History of Polaris World

The city of Murcia was founded in 825 by Abderraman II and it became the capital city of the kingdom. Murcia became part of the Castillian crown in the year 1266 and, in the late 13th century, the presence of King Alfonso X the Wise for extended visits enabled the city to benefit from many privileges given by the King to the city. He recognised the need to bring the many religions and cultures together to establish a stable commercial ground amongst a harmonious people. During the 15th century, the Acts of Huerta were put in place and the city became very prosperous. At this point the Huerta irrigation system was nearly finished and the trades of the city were doing really well.

The 16th and 17th centuries brought the stability of the political side of Murcia. This served to benefit the economic and cultural growth of the region, with silk remaining an extremely viable commodity. The Murcian Golden Age however was in the 18th century, when the splendour of the city was evident. It was during this time that the Count of Florida Blanca and Cardinal Belluga held important positions in the court of the city: many great changes were made to the administration of the city and the urban plans.

The 19th Century saw the War of Independence, destabilising Spain and indeed Murcia, and the further wars of the Isabelinos and the Carlistas and the creation of the First Republic changed the face of politics. It was only with the return of the House of Bourbon that things settled down but, it has to be said, the establishment of the free university during this time was a positive outcome which was followed by the official university in 1915. The city benefitted from the installation of gas lighting and further by electric lighting in 1893, with increased improvements throughout.

The year 1915 also saw the establishment of the law faculty, and prosperity began to slowly return to the city. Juan de la Cierva, a native of Murcia, was the inventor of the precursor of what was to become known as the helicopter. The University became a fantastic research facility, with important emphasis on science and a great influence in art and literature. In the late 20th century, Murcia continued to grow and improve, with its economy growing stronger and the streets of the city renovated and developed to a level of great splendour. This attracted tourists to its history and culture, with its Moorish architecture still retaining its original face.

Polaris World Holiday Rentals Information

Polaris World Villas and Beaches
One of Many Beaches in Polaris World

LA TORRE GOLF is a stunning development of luxurious apartments, townhouses and villas set in landscaped gardens. They have both private and communal swimming pools spread over 1.4 million square metres of land which are adorned with fountains throughout. The properties are built close to the fantastic golf course, with some that are front line to the course while others are situated in prime spots on this gated complex. Whilst the resort is close to the city of Murcia, with the local airport being San Javier (Murcia), it is also only one hour from the recently expanded international airport of Alicante. This beautiful complex is creatively designed with a purpose built lake surrounded by a luxurious village which has supermarkets, bars, restaurants, banks, meeting centres, travel agencies, gym, sports education centre, tennis courts, an international medical centre and even an international school called Kings College. A 5 star Inter-Continental Hotel has also been opened on the complex. It also has a golf clubhouse with bars and restaurants, together with a pro shop. The 18 hole golf course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, is popular with residents and visitors alike and is a typically well designed and maintained example of Polaris golf courses. La Torre Golf is just fifteen minutes drive from the Mar Menor, the largest salt lake in Europe, which is five degrees warmer than the Mediterranean Sea. It is surrounded by sandy beaches, bars and restaurants. It has nautical centres offering water sports and other outdoor activities, such as cycling. It is also enjoyable to walk along the beautiful promenades within the natural parks nearby.

A pretty valley inland from the coast is the location for the EL VALLE GOLF RESORT, which offers an 18 hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Here golfers can enjoy stunning views and luxury properties including a choice of exclusive villas with private pools, or apartments with communal pools with a Moorish quality, built amid beautifully landscaped gardens that create a spacious environment. The small quantity of properties in proportion to the 1.1 million squares metres area of the resort emphasises the spacious feeling, and the whole resort is built around the golf course. The facilities of the course include a Clubhouse with a restaurant, pro shop and even an Irish bar. The resort also has a commercial centre, gymnasium, bars, restaurants, swimming pools, tennis courts and a paddle court. The resort is a gated community with 24 hour security and it has the facility of a shuttle bus to the other Polaris resorts for use of their facilities also.

Located just ten minutes from San Javier (Murcia) airport and five minutes from Los Alcazares, which sits on the beautiful Mar Menor, POLARIS, MAR MENOR GOLF RESORT was the first Polaris resort to open in Spain in 2005. With an 18 hole, par 72 golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, the resort is also a gated community where many residents live all year round. The community of owners on Mar Menor Golf maintain the resort to a very high standard. In true Polaris style it also has 24 hour security. There are a selection of detached villas on this resort in an array of colours, some with private pools, together with spacious apartments and townhouses. The resort has a beautiful five star Inter Continental hotel with a fabulous pool area and snack bar, together with bars and restaurants throughout and a luxury Spa. The hotel compliments the upmarket ambience of the resort and combines well with the facilities offered by the town centre, including which are a heated pool with snack bar, restaurant, Pino's bar, hairdressers, gym and supermarket. So there is plenty to offer tourists within the resort. There are a further selection of bars outside the gates of the Mar Menor Golf Resort on The Boulevard, together with shops and restaurants and even sports facilities, including paddle and tennis courts.

The largest of the Polaris resorts and the most recently built is CONDADO DE ALHAMA, which is located near the town of Mazzaron and close to where the Paramount theme park is to be built in Murcia. It has a Jack Nicklaus signature 18 hole golf course which is judged to be top of the all the Polaris World golf courses. This resort is a forty minute drive from San Javier (Murcia) airport but will be closer to the new international airport being built at Corvera. The local beaches of Mazzaron are just a fifteen minute drive from the resort and include nudist beaches and pretty coves, together with long sandy beaches. There are beautiful natural areas nearby, such as the Sierra Espuna National Park and the cities of Murcia and Cartagena are wonderful places to visit while on holiday in CONDADO DE ALHAMA for culture, gastronomy and shopping. Facilities of the resort include football pitches, tennis courts, paddle and squash courts, hard court and communal pools throughout for the use of the apartments built on the resort. The town centre, which is called Al Kasar, has a large supermarket, an Irish bar, two restaurants and shopping facilities. There is also another sports area and a tapas bar near the apartments known as Jardines de Alhama within the resort.

Another Polaris World resort built in a more rural location is the charming HACIENDA DE RIQUELME, which is situated close to the town of Sucina. The resort is conveniently located fifteen minutes away from the El Valle and La Torre resorts and is the same distance from the beaches and the local airport of San Javier (Murcia). The charm of this resort is in the design which is in keeping with the area, especially the club house and town centre, which was originally a manor house that has been restored and extended with great care. Even the apartments that overlook the carefully maintained 18 hole golf course are built in the colonial design, which was the style used by the Riquelme family who owned the large country mansion (Hacienda) that was converted. The town centre has many facilities including a supermarket, bar, restaurant, club house with pro shop, tennis courts, outside gym, five-a-side court and basketball court. The facilities of the local town of Sucina which is nearby are available to residents and visitors to HACIENDA DE RIQUELME and Murcia City is a twenty minute drive away.

A shuttle bus is available within all the Polaris resorts to ferry residents and visitors from one resort to another to enjoy all the facilities offered by POLARIS in MURCIA. Akilar helps you selecting a suitable holiday rental apartment in Polaris World for you and your family or travel group .

Special Information for Booking Holiday Rentals in Polaris World

Check the adverts for special discount rates when choosing your RENTALS IN SPAIN. Most POLARIS WORLD RENTAL PROPERTIES will offer a discount based on either early booking or even a last minute booking. Some also offer long term rental prices if this is your requirement. Check the winter rates as this is considered the low season.

Must See Sights and Attractions in Polaris World

Waterpark fun in Polaris World
Things to do on Polaris World Holidays

As all the Polaris resorts are in the Murcia region, the attractions in the area are closer to some than others, but nonetheless are easily accessible to all.

CONDADO DE ALHAMA has views of two national parks which are close to the resort, SIERRA CARASCOY and SIERRA ESPUNA. Located just twenty five minutes from Murcia City, Sierra Espuna has many kilometres of bike tracks and walking trails, with incredible views that are easily accessible by cars wishing to stop at the viewing points. With picnic areas and camping sites within the national parks, it is a wonderful tourist attraction and snow can even be seen on the peaks in winter, even when the resort itself is basking in the sun. Horse riding trails are also available in the park and mountain climbers find it a popular choice. Animal and bird lovers will enjoy the squirrels, hares, rabbits, wild cat, wild boar, snakes and foxes, together with sparrow hawks and golden eagles, which have made their home there. With nearly a thousand species of plants in the Sierra Espuna, including elm trees, dwarfed poplars, junipers, savins and hawthorns, so plant life enthusiasts will not be disappointed.

AQUA NATURA WATER PARK IS situated close to the centre of Murcia. The 30,000 m2 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 is an oasis within the city. "Prison Island" is one of the pools in the park, with a four module water tower and a water drum that swings back and forth with water jets. It 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 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 one 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', another popular attraction with a huge wide chute which accommodates up to two people at a time, and "Kamikaze", for the thrill seekers with the speed and sensation of freefalling through the chute. "Speed Hole" is not too different from “Kamikaze” with the speed and thrill factor, but the chute is partly open, and "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 throughout serving refreshments, snacks and ice creams.

TERRA NATURA ZOO AND WATER PARK is located close to Murcia City within easy reach of LA MANGA. It is a spectacular combination of animals and nature, aiming to create a habitat similar to the one in which the animals would have lived in if they still ran wild. Interaction is encouraged between visitors and animals, with the vegetation and plant life engineered to create a softer landscape, allowing visitors to have contact with the animals without the usual barriers created between them. With in excess of 300 animals from 50 different species including lions, lemurs, brown bears, giraffes, White African rhinoceros, European lynx, Iberian wolves and hippopotamuses together with a large selection of birds. There is a falconry zone where 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 though: therefore the dangerous animals can be viewed from overhead walkways while the tamer ones can be interacted with. The Sea Lion Show, which is performed twice daily, is a perfect example of this.

Villages around Polaris World

Village in Polaris World
One of Many Polaris World Villages

The Polaris sites of Mar Menor, La Torre, Hacienda de Riquelme and El Valle are all within easy reach of the beautiful Mar Menor, the largest natural salt lake in Europe. It is shallow lake and is three degrees Celsius warmer than the Mediterranean Sea, which is divided from it by the peninsula of La Manga. With a long walkway built from San Pedro, practically touching the tip of La Manga, the Mar Menor is surrounded by sandy beaches and is a wonderful place to enjoy water sports, including sailing, swimming and fishing. You may choose to simply sit and enjoy a meal or a drink and watch the world go by, take walks or cycle along the well maintained walkways or cycle lanes, sunbathe, or make use of the many playgrounds built in the sand for children to enjoy. Some places of interest to visit that access the Mar Menor include San Pedro, Los Alcazares, Santiago de la Ribera and La Manga. The Naval Museum in Cartagena is an interesting place to visit whilst on holiday in Costa Calida. Though it is situated in a modern building, it is full of historical artefacts, with an entire room set aside for the inventor of the submarine, Isaac Peral. Other items of interests are 14th century maps of great value displayed in the museum.

The town of San Pedro is well known for its natural mud baths, which can be found at the Mar Menor, just off the beautiful walkway that has been built stretching across the lake which practically reaches the tip of La Manga on the other side. Visitors cover themselves in the healing back mud and let it dry on in the sunshine. After a time, it can be washed off in the warm waters of the Mar Menor, leaving the skin soft and fresh. The healing properties are great for skin disorders such psoriasis and dermatitis together with circulatory problems. Sometimes people take away some of the mud in containers for friends or families. It is free and easily available. Thalassiaterapia is a large water therapy centre that has marine pools with whirlpool jets. Mud massages are available with sea mud or circuit marine mud, together with aquatic physiotherapy, relaxation, wellness programmes and beauty therapy. It is a wonderful way of relaxing in beautiful surroundings, and the children can enjoy the salt water pools with jacuzzi areas. A ferry operates every day from 10 am, every two hours from Saniago de la Ribera to La Manga Puerto Harbour across the picturesque Mar Menor. This makes a lovely trip, either just to enjoy the ferry or have lunch in one of the bars or restaurants in the harbour at La Manga. You can explore a little further on the local tourist trail, by simply taking the reliable public transport that operates within the resort. Spend a few minutes looking through all of the things to do

Golfing in Polaris World

One of the Polaris World Golf Courses
Stunning Golf Courses of Polaris World

Golfing in Polaris World is popular and the weather there makes it possible to enjoy a round of golf most of the year round.

Golf Course at El Valle

Like all the Polaris golf courses, El Valle has been designed by Jack Nicklaus and is a truly beautiful par 71, 18 hole course. It is probably the nicest and offers the greatest challenge of all the Polaris courses. Having hosted many competitions, the Spanish Pro Championship amongst them, El Valle has earned its reputation as a championship course. It has an impressive club house which opened in June 2008, and with a restaurant, Irish pub, clubhouse bar and pro shop and with magnificent terrace views, it is a wonderful place to spend time when on holiday in Murcia. The course itself retains the ambience of the desert, enhanced by its location in a natural desert valley. With the challenges of lakes, streams and bunkers adorned by rocks, waterfalls and plentiful natural vegetation, it makes for the most challenging of the Polaris golf courses. Accuracy is the name of the game on El Valle and strategy, as golfers face the challenges placed before them by the marvellous design of this course. Services of El Valle include storage of golf clubs, changing room, buggy hire, sports facilities, health services and accommodation.

In contrast to the medium length of El Valle, Hacienda Riquelme Golf Course is a long golf course. Equally as lovely, its features include lakes, narrow fairways, deep bunkers and challenging greens. It was designed to test all aspects of a golfer’s game, but careful concentration and clever manipulation will achieve a score card to be proud of. This course is maturing all the time and, as such, it is getting even better. However, as it is a long course, it is recommended to use a buggy to get around in the heat of the sun at any time of the year. The greens, though likely the most difficult around, are worth the challenge, as the professionals who played in the Spanish Pro Championship on Hacienda Riquelme can vouch for. The design of the course gives it a more mature feel and, as such, is unique amongst the other Polaris Golf courses. In fact the designer Jack Nicklaus, who has claimed the fame of designing 59 of the top 100 golf courses in the world, has created a Nicklaus golf Trail, which are six courses in Murcia including Hacienda Riquelme within a twenty five kilometre radius of each other.

Another Polaris World course that hosted the Spanish Pro Championship is the La Torre Golf Course which is an 18 hole, par 72 course. This course was also designed by Jack Nicklaus and is maturing and improving all the time, with the completion of the first nine holes in 2005 followed by the second nine in 2009. The beautifully manicured fairways of La Torre are lush with palm and olive trees, included in the design together with plenty of sandy bunkers and some large lakes to challenge the competitive golfer. The wind that blows across this course in the afternoons adds to the challenge the course offers and, though it is not a long course and is flat throughout, golfers of all levels and abilities will find it a wonderful place to have a rewarding game in beautiful surroundings. Do watch out though for the tricky par threes. The facilities at La Torre Golf course include a driving range, a putting green and also a pro shop

The most recent of the Polaris golf courses to be built is the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at Polaris Condado de Alama, which is reputed to be the best of all the Polaris golf courses. There are three Jack Nicklaus designed courses planned on this Polaris site, two of the Great Bear's best courses which are said to have a combination of the very best 18 holes of golf in the world. The themes are unique to each individual course: one is a desert theme, another parkland and the last is designed to work with the landscape, with jagged, sharp slopes incorporated into the course. This is the Principal Golf course: the one that excels above all Nicklaus' other courses and is set to be Murcia’s most exclusive course. Polaris is currently building nine more courses in the Murcian region which will all belong to the Jack Nicklaus Golf Trail. See Polaris World golf courses and their details here.

Polaris World Fiesta's

Three Kings Fiesta in Polaris World
Three Kings Fiesta in Polaris World

Festivals near the POLARIS resorts are very exciting as the Spanish really know how to celebrate. There are those that are celebrated throughout Spain and other more local festivals too but there is always something on most times of the year, locally or nationally.

In January the Three Kings Festival is bigger than Christmas Day in Spain. This is the celebration of the Three Kings arriving in the town of Bethlehem and is celebrated on the 5th of January. There are processions through the streets of local towns, with floats bearing the Three Kings. Sweets are thrown to the children who line the streets watching excitedly as the procession passes by, often with characters dancing in the street encouraging the children to join in. Back at home the children receive gifts from the Kings, just like Santa Claus at Christmas. A celebratory meal is eaten on the 6th January, bringing family and friends together.

On February 3rd every year, the ROMERIA DE SAN BLAS is celebrated in San Javier. The statue of San Blas, who is a local Saint, is transferred from the church in Santiago de La Ribera on the Mar Menor and is moved to where he lived, which was a hermitage in La Pinada. The ceremony begins at 10.30 am with crowds cheering "San Blas" and cohetes (rocket type fireworks) exploding as he is carried from the church. The procession is lead by pretty girls in traditional local costume carrying flowers and is accompanied by a brass band. The Mayor of the town and local dignitaries follow on behind, whilst the girls hand out blessed bread rolls to the crowd, that are not for eating but to be kept and dried out to prevent the recipient from throat infections throughout the year. The crowds walk along with the procession, with regal horses and carriages following behind, carrying riders in festival attire, while more coheres explode into the air. The statue of San Blas is lifted into the air when the procession arrives at the hermitage and is moved into the church where a musical mass is celebrated. Paella is made in huge dishes and served to the crowds after the ceremony and then the partying starts, with street vendors lining the streets with colorful candy, crafts and gold coloured statues of San Blas on sale. Many visitors bring their own barbecues and cook food in La Pinada and join in the festivities with all the locals. It is a lovely way to mingle and enjoy a festival in Murcia.

Carnival is the celebration of the end of winter. While Murcia's most incredible, historically based Carnival is celebrated further down the coast in Aguilas, where the town enjoys the celebrations to the full and chooses a Carnival queen from amongst the many hopefuls.

SEMANA SANTA is another big festival throughout Spain, and is also celebrated in towns near the Polaris sites. This is Holy Week: the week leading up to Easter Sunday. There are processions all through the week in the streets of the towns, usually involving incredibly detailed floats carrying statues of the key figures of the biblical depictions of the week. In the procession on Holy Thursday, floats are often carried by locals who have practiced for months and hooded figures in splendid costumes march through the streets within the procession and accompanied by drummers. On Easter Sunday, celebrating the fact that Christ has risen from the dead, the procession is more colourful with sweets being thrown to the children lining the streets. When holidaying in one of the Polaris Resorts at Easter, it is well worth taking a trip to a local town to experience these processions. However, the largest and most colourful of these is indeed in the city of Murcia and all of the Polaris resorts are within easy reach of the city so it is a great excuse to go.

Many families will choose their VILLAS IN SPAIN TO RENT for the main purpose of being able to enjoy one of the many fiesta's the Spanish are famous for. A list of fiesta's is available so you can plan your holiday to enjoy at least one.

Dining and Nightlife in Polaris World

Cuisine at Polaris World
Polaris World fantastic food!

While there are bars and restaurants on all of the Polaris sites, there is also plenty going on outside of the resorts, especially for those who want the late night experience.

The resorts offer a large choice of cuisine, both in the hotels and the restaurants on site. Your taste buds can be tantalized by traditional Spanish cuisine, Italian, Argentinian, Asian and even British, to name but a few. Bars are individual, warm and friendly and contribute to the welcoming atmosphere of Polaris to visitors. On the la torre golf resort there is the arrocceria limonera restaurant which overlooks the lake. Another of the restaurants on the la torre golf resort is bamboo by baltus where you will find a selection of fish dishes, barbecued meat, salads, hamburgers and sandwiches, together with a huge array of starters.

El valle golf resort offers amongst other places the sandalo chillout bar which has fantastic views, especially from its wonderful terrace where you can have drinks, cocktails, and snacks. On sunny days or balmy summer evenings, this is a fabulous place to relax and savour the ambience or enjoy the company of friends. Condado de alhama is home to the wonderful italian food of trattoria acacia, where pizza and pasta are amongst the classic dishes made in true italian style. Trattoria acacia can also be found on the la torre golf resort. There is also a traditional irish pub called the clover literary tavern. At the mar menor golf resort, just outside the main gates on el boulevard de polaris world, is mombasa cafe. With its safari theme it gives a feeling of being in kenya, whether you are enjoying anything from a cocktail, to a coffee.

Near to the polaris resorts is cartagena, where nightlife is similar to that of many other cities in spain. The night starts with food in local restaurants or tapas bars and, for those wanting to party on afterwards, the bars and clubs are the places to be.

The late night life in cartagena is where tourists can party with locals, moving from bar to bar and then on to clubs to dance the night away. One of the good bars and clubs in cartagena are cayote, the rock centric hub of cartagena popular for jam sessions on a sunday. Stereo is a club where famous spanish djs play and live bands perform each week. There are also venues with rave parties, dance parties and music festivals, all well advertised throughout the city.

Spending your holiday with an evening in Murcia is a great way to enjoy the culture and nightlife of the region. Many bars offer tapas, which are small snacks and often free with a round of drinks though reasonably priced if charged for. Popular dishes are zarangollo and ensaladilla Murciana, though there are many selections to choose from. Popular bars to visit are El Palomo on Call Canovas del Castillo, Los Zagales in Calle Polo and El Patio in Calle Paco. The nightlife in Murcia is as exciting as it is in most Spanish cities, going on until the early hours of the morning, sometimes 6 am. you may also enjoy the medieval banquet or a visit to Murcia Palace.

Shopping in Polaris World

Shopping on Holiday in Polaris World
Shops and Markets in Polaris World

The Polaris resorts offer shopping facilities within the site, including a supermarket that offers home delivery and even an online shopping service. Fresh bread is baked on site everyday together with pastries. British products are available, together with local Spanish goods at very competitive prices. While there is limited shopping for visitors to partake in on the sites; there are hair salons, and the nearby towns of Los Alcazares, Cartagena and the city of Murcia are ideal locations for shopping enthusiasts.

Markets are a big attraction for tourists visiting Polaris World Resorts. Markets are on every day of the week in the region and offer visitors the chance to buy fresh local produce, fashion, accessories, toys, garden furniture and leather goods at reasonable prices. The markets take place in - San Pedro del Pinatar, Los Alcazares Town Centre, Cartagena & Santiago de la Ribera, San Javier, Roda, Los Narejos & Torre Pacheco de Palos, AutoCine San Javier & Cabo.

The towns around Cartagena have their own shopping facilities including commercial centres. The popular Dos Mares Commercial Centre is located between San Pedro del Pinatar and San Javier and has a selection of retail clothes stores, electrical shops, jewellery outlets, shoe shops, a large food court, bar, cinemas and a bowling alley. In the town of San Pedro del Pinatar small boutiques, shoe stores and a selection of other shops can be found in the picturesque streets. They spread from the town square, where there are cafes and restaurants to sit and eat or have a coffee whilst exploring the shopping facilities the town has to offer.

There are a lot of popular European shops in Cartagena intermingled with Spanish retailers and the odd designer shop here and there. In the town centre there is the popular Spanish department store El Corte Ingles. The shops in Cartagena tend to stick to Spanish retail hours: they usually open at 10 am, close for siesta from 1.30 pm until 5 pm and open again until 8 or 9 in the evening, depending on the time of year.

The town of Los Alcazares has some hidden delights in the shop department and, while there are shops along the main street and in one of the local squares, small commercial centres can be found by taking a pleasant stroll towards the beach.

Both Cartagena and Murcia have a number of designer outlets for those with more expensive tastes, and 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 and close to this is the commercial centre Thader. Beside these commercial centres is an IKEA store which attracts visitors from far and wide.

The shopping areas spread further afield from the main part of Murcia City through meandering streets and can be combined with sightseeing and cultural visits. Holiday Shopping Made Easy with Our Guide Here

Best Times to Visit Polaris World

Polaris World sites are great to visit at any time of the year, especially as they are all based in Murcia where the climate is one of the best in Spain. Golfers find that the months from September to June are the best times for visiting Polaris World as the weather is more suitable. However, often families visit Polaris in the summer months so golfers just use the buggies to get around the course with ease.

April to the end of October are the months that are warmest to sunbathe and use the pools, especially the summer months. Althouhh Sun worshippers are in luck as even in the winter months there is always a suntrap in which to catch the rays.

The nearby towns offer plenty of shopping facilities, fiestas and entertainment to add to those on site. There is always something on, whatever the time of year. Restaurants and bars are quieter in the winter months, which can give visitors a better chance to mingle with locals and get a more personal service from restaurant owners.

The nearby Mar Menor offers plenty of facilities for water sports enthusiasts throughout the year. Walkers, hikers and birdwatchers will love the natural salt lakes that have been developed into attractive natural parks, drawing in tourists from far and wide to enjoy the healthy outdoor living.

The Murcia region generally offers something for everyone, all year round, so Polaris has been well located for visitors to enjoy a little bit of everything at any time of the year.

Climate for Polaris World

The climate in the Murcia region, where the Polaris World sites are all situated, is typically Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot summers. The winter months are from December to February and the temperatures usually range from 14 degrees Celsius in the day time to the early 20 degrees Celsius. There are, however infrequently, colder days and the night time temperatures are much cooler, though rarely dropping below 10 degrees Celsius.

Sunshine is plentiful during the winter and with sun traps easy to find, avid sunbathers can get their fix. Beach lovers even find it possible to sunbathe on the beaches in a sheltered area out of any breeze that may be around, and it makes it all the more enjoyable knowing the time of year it is.

Spring begins at the end of February and the temperatures increase. The breezes are warmer and sunny days more frequent. Temperatures at night are still cooler than during the day but the days are longer. Summer begins towards the end of May with temperatures moving into the mid to late 20 degrees Celsius and, by July and August, the temperature can be above 30 degrees Celsius. Although rain can be expected at any time of the year, during the summer months, which run through to August, there is very little. Breezes coming in from the Mediterranean provide a welcome reprieve from the high temperatures of the summer and, though night-time is cooler, it is still in the 20 degrees Celsius range.

At the beginning of September, autumn is a wonderful time of year, when temperatures gradually drop down to the early 30 degrees Celsius and, by October, into the late 20 degrees Celsius. November is cooler: in the early to mid 20 degrees Celsius and it is still a lovely time of the year.

Getting To and Around Polaris World

All of the Polaris resorts are easily accessible, with Murcia only a 30 minute drive and Alicante an hour drive away. Although the public transport is not great there is a shuttle bus which transports passengers between the resorts. Car hire is available from local airports, and taxis are available at all of the airports. the taxi ranks are easily identifiable outside the terminal building and most taxi drivers speak a little English.

Hiring a car makes a holiday on Polaris World more interesting as there are lots of towns and villages close to each of the resorts that can be visited. Murcia and Cartagena are two large cities close by which are steeped in history and culture and also offer great entertainment for tourists in the Murcia region. Hiring a car makes this much more accessible. All Polaris World sites have car hire facilities on site. Bicycle and moped hire are other forms of transport available on or close by to the Polaris resorts.

While public transport can be accessed near some of the Polaris sites, the service is not very frequent. However there are so many facilities provided on the sites and, with the shuttle bus service available to transport residents and tourists between all the resorts, there is plenty to keep visitors to Polaris World entertained for the duration of their holidays.

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Shopping in Polaris World The Oasis Shopping Centre is located at the heart of Condado de Alhama, a collection of Polaris World Resorts which is currently the largest urban and commercial project in the Region of Murcia. Condado de Alhama is integrated into surroundings especially adapted to business and leisure interests, as can be seen by the large number of national and international companies which have set up in the area.
Golf in Polaris WorldEl Valle, a medium-length, par-71 golf course, is situated in a beautiful natural desert valley. The golf course is routed in a “core” format that groups several holes together while keeping the surrounding development on the perimeter. This means many holes border other golf holes and not houses, creating a more open and natural golf experience.