After a couple of weeks reminiscing in the past I’ve decided for this week’s Time Traveller to continue with my coverage of our Easter break to the Costa Calida in Spain and this time I am taking you to two destinations on the Mar Menor, Los Alcazares and San Pedro del Pinatar.
Both are on the mainland side with Los Alcazares about half way along and San Pedro del Pinatar at the very top. Both are very popular destinations for very different reasons.
The perfect beach town offering long white sandy ‘Blue Flag’ beaches along the western side of Mar Menor. Running almost parallel to the beach is the main road which offers bars, restaurants and gift shops covering all of the items you may be in need of should you be passing through. A very popular destination for families from Murcia and Cartagena at weekends and holidays but lots and lots of room for everyone.
I am also seeing Los Alcazares pop up on property abroad programmes more frequently so can imagine a local expat community out there too.
There is lots of local history too, the Romans occupied Los Alcazares in 210 B.C. They spotted the salt properties of the Mar Menor and set up salt meat and fishing industries. They were the first to build thermal baths and spas too.
In the 6th century, the ruling Arabs chose this part of the country to build their palaces and places of rest because of the old Roman spas and their therapeutic qualities.
Sadly due to the bad weather we were unable to sit on the beach as planned so drove further up the coast to
San Pedro del Pinatar
This village is right at the top of Mar Menor and what I was looking for in particular were the mud baths I had read about. As mentioned above, the Romans first spotted the therapeutic and healing properties of the mud found in the Mar Menor thousands of years ago and still today people visit the area for treatments.
With a cocktail of negative and positive ions the mud mixed with fine sand makes a unique healing mud highly recommended for arthritis, broken bones, damaged skin and rheumatism, not to mention as a beauty product.
Special bathing platforms have been constructed to make access to the water easier. You climb down into the water and cover your skin in the mud, you leave it to dry and then you wash it off.
According to local legend you should do this nine times for the full effect, or at least end on an uneven number.
If you don’t fancy the DIY option then you can book into one of the spas in the area.
Needless to say I didn’t get my mud bath as the weather wouldn’t permit, so we took a stroll along the beaches, we drove out to the local salt mines and we treated ourselves to ice cream on the beach.
I spotted a lot of fabulous bars. I think there is a great nightlife here with live music and fiesta.
Disclosure: This is part of a series of posts on the Costa Calida where we were kindly guests of James Villa Holidays. Find more local information here
La Manga Strip
La Manga Club Resort
Cabo de Palos
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