Mar Menor Mud Baths
One of the most unusual and fun things to do when visiting La Manga is to head north to the small town of Lo Pagan where you will find the famous Mar Menor mud baths. Although La Manga is the main hub for water sports with numerous wind and kite surf shops, sailing clubs and schools, kayak hire, jet ski hire and scuba diving centres, the entire coastal region of Mar Menor takes advantage of the salty, buoyant waters and favourable wind conditions to offer visitors a fun filled seaside holiday with exciting water sports and great golfing opportunities.
Mar Menor Mud Baths
Not exactly a water sport but great fun all the same is a good old fashioned mud fight! About 30 minutes drive north along the coast from La Manga is the southernmost point of the Mar Menor and the small town of Lo Pagan. Here visitors can spend a pleasant day relaxing on the Los Cuarteros Beach where there is a selection of bars and restaurants and a small marina and yacht club. At the southern end of the beach is the raised promenade, Carrer Camino Quintin that separates the Mar Menor from the famous salt flats with their curative black mud.
Getting Down & Dirty
Referred to by the locals as La Puntica, the high concentration of minerals in the Mar Menor mud baths such as potassium, sulphur, silica and magnesium are beneficial in aiding and curing a number of ailments like arthritis, skin disorders, cuts, sores and general aches and pains. A number of wooden jetty's line the promenade that jut out into the lagoons with steps into the water, making it easier for those with disabilities to get fully into the shallow waters. There is about a foot of cool water above the mud so it's a good idea to bring a container or kids bucket & spade to scoop up the black goo.
The more cautious visitors cover a small area of their skin first and give it about 15 minutes to make sure they don't have an allergic reaction, but that is a very rare occurrence. Most bathers just jump right in and have a good old time, flinging mud everywhere and covering themselves from head to toe. Then you can just sit on the jetty or take a walk along the promenade looking like a creature from the deep whilst the mud dries in order to get the full effect of the healing qualities. It's also a good idea to bring a sponge or flannel as some of the mud can be tricky to get off with just water, and there are no showers in the immediate vicinity.