La Manga Insider
During a holiday in La Manga many visitors will also spend some time enjoying the beaches, attractions and entertainment venues of Mar Menor and the southern coastal and inland areas of the Mediterranean, and to help make your stay as pleasurable as possible, the hard working team at La Manga Insider have created what we hope will be useful and informative articles listed under what we believe to be the most important categories related to the area. During the planning of La Manga Insider we have carefully considered what are necessities and what will be helpful for our readers to best enjoy the delights of this wonderful part of the Costa Calida and we have set about researching these areas to bring you a handy go to website.
Getting Around La Manga
Unless you're prepared for a very long walk or hitchhike, and let's face it only the most intrepid backpacker on a shoestring budget would ever attempt it, make sure you have arranged onward travel from Murcia-San Javier Airport upon arrival as there is no bus service whatsoever from the airport and a taxi to La Manga will set you back at least 70€. To reduce this fare some holiday makers use the services of a private ‘airport run' through friends or local facebook social groups, and although usually about half the price of a taxi, a handy hint when greeting the person picking you up, even if you've never met them before, is to act as if they're a good friend as the legitimate taxi drivers really take umbrage to ‘moonlighters' 😉
Visitors to La Manga who haven't access to a private vehicle or haven't arranged car hire at the airport will find the majority of hotels can arrange this, either through an international car hire firm or a local independent one. Alternately there is a local bus service that runs the entire length of La Manga or bicycle hire is also available through some hotels or from the La Manga Club. Those with disabilities should arrange mobility scooter hire prior to their arrival.
Where To Stay In La Manga
By far the most common accommodation is hotels, and during our research for La Manga Insider we have endeavoured to include listings for a good range of hotels to suit all budgets. We have also included addresses and information on each hotel's guest rooms and leisure facilities as well as a handy and secure booking facility. Another accommodation option are the La Manga and Mar Menor campsites which are great fun for the young ones where the sense of community makes it easy for young and old to meet new friends. These campsites offer a safe environment, great leisure facilities and a variety of camping and accommodation options.
Activities & Entertainment
With two seas to choose from, a number of fantastic beaches and picturesque countryside and mountains, La Manga offers a superb range of activities to enjoy on the water, under the water and on land. The vast Mar Menor lagoon is a popular area to enjoy board sports, and with relatively calm and shallow waters combined with good wind conditions, is the perfect place for novice wind and kite surfers to practice or take lessons.
The Mediterranean sea which laps the southern shores of La Manga offers the chance to enjoy further water activities such as jet ski, kayaking, stand up paddle, sailing, snorkelling and scuba diving. The countryside around La Manga is perfect for all sorts of outdoor pursuits like hiking, cycling, horse riding and quad biking. There is also a go-kart track in La Manga, the exciting Peke Park activity centre and a number of championship standard 18 hole golf courses.
An excellent variety of cafes, bars and restaurants can be found throughout the La Manga Strip, in the port area of Cabo de Palos and along the northern shores of the Mar Menor. These offer all sorts of wining & dining options whether you fancy trying a variety of tapas, delicious seafood, traditional Spanish cuisine, Asian, Italian or prefer to stick to flavours of home such as a full English breakfast, fish & chips or beef & Guinness pie. Most bars will have a selection of both local and imported beverages, and for those that don't want to stray too far from the beach, La Manga boasts some great beach bars. Local DJ's and bands are often featured in the area's music bars and further entertainment can be found in some of the resort hotels.
Attractions & Days Out
For a variety of attractions all in one area, the Dos Mares Ociosport Family & Leisure Centre boasts a central location and a number of things to do for all the family. Whether you fancy swimming, snorkelling or just relaxing and topping up the tan, the fantastic beaches, bays and coves in the area are a popular attraction for most visitors and the busier beaches all offer good facilities and usually at least one or two nearby beach bars. The location of some of the historical attractions around La Manga make it possible to combine a bit of sightseeing with some hiking or cycling along the nature trails and coastal area of Calblanque National Park.
Finally, the team at La Manga Insider have taken their research further afield to places such as Cartagena, Murcia, Orihuela Costa and Torrevieja in order to provide our readers with some information on areas that they may like to visit on a day out. We do hope our readers will enjoy browsing La Manga Insider as much as the team have enjoyed creating it 🙂