The phrase Mar Menor means “Small Sea” in comparison with the Mediterranean Sea. The Mar Menor is a coastal salt water lagoon covering almost 170 km2, with coastline with a total length of more than 70 km. It is located south of Torrevieja and a little north of Cartagena.
The waters of this magical lagoon are washed by four municipalities: in the south it is Cartagena, in Los Alcazares and San Javier to the west and San Pedro del Pinatar to the north. The lagoon is separated from the Mediterranean Sea by a sandy spit 22 km long and 100 to 1200 meters, which is called La Manga, which means “sleeve” in Spanish.
San Javier has an international airport. Scattered around the lagoon are golf courses clubs, resorts and hotels. In particular, the world famous club La Manga, the guest list which consists of sports stars of show business – Sean Connery, Cliff Richard, Matt Daymond and David Beckham and many more.
Who should pay attention to the banks of the Mar Menor?
1. People of high income who are fond of yachting, golf, surfing. to your pleasure here you will find both pleasant company and all kinds of pleasures. Sama La Manga is of course more interesting for water sports enthusiasts, but the western and southern the coast is for those who cannot imagine themselves without emerald lawns.
2. For those who are looking for natural healing factors. In the northern part of the lagoon are the famous salinas are depositories of natural therapeutic mud. There are sanatoriums here high class, where you can get a full course of balneological treatment. You can take mud baths absolutely free of charge, in the town of Los Cuarteros, in called Baños de lodo. Local mud is especially useful for those suffering from skin diseases, diseases of the musculoskeletal system.
3. But beach lovers may face excessive water pollution lagoons – after all, its maximum depth does not exceed 7 meters. Therefore those who stopped on the La Manga Peninsula in a winning position – they can ride on open spaces of the Mar Menor, and swim in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea.