With La Manga being predominantly a resort area comprising hotels and residential holiday apartments, the majority of entertainment venues are made up of a wide variety of bars, cafes and restaurants either within the hotel complexes or individual establishments found all along the ‘Strip' and port area of Cabo de Palos. Some of the larger hotels feature live music, casinos and nightclubs, as well as kids clubs for the younger visitor. Slightly inland is the famous La Manga Club that boasts superb leisure and entertainment venues throughout its extensive grounds including a shopping centre, casino and luxurious, state of the art wellness centre.
La Manga Camping Entertainment
The camping resorts of La Manga and Mar Menor are also great to visit during the summer months for all sorts of entertainment, both during the day and in the evenings where there are supervised games, competitions and sports for the young ones, and live music and comedy acts for the adults. They also feature DJ and disco nights, theme parties, karaoke and quiz nights. For visitors spending time in the Mar Menor towns and residential areas, Camping Mar Menor boasts its excellent Thai Beach Club that features sunset parties, theme nights and DJ sets.
La Manga Bars
The great choice of bars in La Manga, Cabo de Palos and the Mar Menor offer a good variety of entertainment for all ages. Although not nearly in the same league as Ibiza or Benidorm, La Manga's beach bars are great fun and usually get very lively in the evenings, often featuring popular background music and at times local solo artists and bands. One of the big attractions of spending time in a beach bar is the chance to relax with a cold drink while still keeping an eye on the children swimming and playing. Music bars can get lively both day and night and offer a wide range of music from chilled out tunes to jazz, rock and pop, often at high volume!
The thing with visiting a tapas bar in Spain is you never really know what to expect, from the food on offer to the ambience and entertainment. Some can be very traditional with certain tapas most foreign visitors wouldn't dream of eating such as snails, offal and grilled pigs ears, and old Spaniards sitting with a glass of wine playing cards or checkers. Others are more geared to holidaymakers with less inventive tapas such as potato croquettes, Serrano ham, stews, cheese, olives and chorizo, at times accompanied by entertainment like Spanish guitar.
For many visitors the familiarity of British bars when on holiday offers the chance to meet fellow countrymen and indulge in a few pints of ale or hearty home cooking. Most also feature the latest sports on big screen TV's and have popular bar games such as pool and darts. These are also the best bars to find fun karaoke nights, bar game competitions and a variety of quiz nights and games such as play your cards right and bingo.
La Manga Restaurants
Going out of an afternoon or evening to enjoy a good meal is part and parcel of any holiday and visitors can choose from an excellent selection of cafes and restaurants in La Manga, along the shores of the Mar Menor or at the La Manga Club, that alone boasts over a dozen bars and restaurants, including La Cala that arguably has the most picturesque beach setting on the Costa Calida. With both the Mediterranean and Mar Menor seas providing fish and seafood which goes straight from the market to the areas restaurants, visitors are always assured of the the freshest and tastiest produce when dining in the good choice of seafood restaurants.
Of course, the majority of restaurants in La Manga are Spanish and offer Mediterranean cooking at its finest from hearty stews using wild herbs found in the region's mountains to a superb range of delicious paellas. Other restaurants in La Manga include Chinese, often offering all you can eat buffets and a choice of Thai and Japanese dishes, Indian with their popular set menus and early bird specials, and Italian serving freshly made pizza and pasta as well as wonderful fish and seafood dishes, delicate lamb and juicy steaks.