Enjoying days out exploring new places during a holiday is great fun for all the family, but especially for excitable children who see a day out as a mini holiday within a holiday, and not knowing what to expect just adds to the thrill. Whether heading further south along the Mediterranean coast, inland to historical towns and villages or north to the beautiful beaches and golf courses of Orihuela Costa, there are some fantastic days out to enjoy during a holiday in La Manga, as well as some closer attractions where you can visit several places in a day.
Days Out From La Manga
When visiting the historic port city of Cartagena, depending on how long you want to spend and how many attractions you wish to visit, it's possible to drive to the city directly using the main roads from La Manga, or take the back roads which gives the opportunity of visiting the picturesque Calblanque Regional Park and famous Portman Guns.
Although Cartagena does have a couple of small beaches around its port, the main attractions of the city are its historical buildings, monuments and landmarks. These can be explored as part of a variety of group tours including a boat cruise around the bay where, among other landmarks you can see the impressive Fortress of Navidad. Other historical attractions include the Bateria de Castillitos which, along with the Portman Guns formed part of Cartagena's coastal defences, and the city's famous and impressive Roman Theatre Museum.
Fun Days Out
Children and adults alike will enjoy the exciting choice of theme parks within an hour's drive from La Manga that offer all sorts of attractions, activities and entertainment. Heading inland, visitors can explore the delights of Murcia City that offers both historical attractions and fun places to visit such as Terra Mitica Theme Park.
Set on the banks of the Segura River, a great start to a day out in Murcia is a walk along the picturesque riverside promenades where you can stop for a drink or meal in one of the charming cafes or restaurants or visit the nearby Cathedral de Santa Maria which is one of the most famous landmarks in the city. If the young ones are itching for a bit of fun then you could spend the day at Terra Mitica Theme Park that boasts both an exciting animal park and a water park with slides and rides for all ages.
Golf & Go Karts
Heading north along the picturesque N-332 coastal road you pass the towns and residential areas of the Mar Menor before reaching the popular resort area of Orihuela Costa. With its superb golden sand beaches and several championship 18 hole golf courses, the Orihuela Costa is home to large expat communities from Britain, Ireland and Scandinavia who enjoy the home away from home atmosphere and hundreds of bars where they can watch the latest sports with a pint of ale or Guinness. Aside from the numerous entertainment venues and beautiful beaches, the area boasts four 18 hole golf courses, all within a 10 minute drive of each other, a fantastic Go Kart track, multi adventure parks and the largest shopping complex in Alicante.
The City of Salt Lakes
Bordering Orihuela Costa is the coastal city of Torrevieja that is home to two vast salt lakes which are surrounded by a large area of natural park offering hiking, cycling and horse riding trails among the pretty flora & fauna. On the shores of one of the salt lakes is the lovely Meson Villa Salada that offers horse riding hacks around the lake and wonderful entertainment in the evenings where you can enjoy dinner accompanied by a flamenco and equestrian show. The city also boasts over a dozen lovely beaches, excellent water activities, 3 aqua parks, museums and monuments, the amazing Sports City and countless shops, bars, restaurants and clubs.