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Beaches

There are an enormous number of fantastic beaches in the area. Almost all of these are safe, blue flag beaches with lifeguards in attendance during the main summer season.

Each beach has its own character and it’s worth trying out a few different ones to see which you prefer…
The closest beach to Las Ramblas is Campoamor. This is a largish beach, with a beach bar and sun-loungers, and where parking is easy. There are also a number of beach restaurant opposite the small marina. This beach can get quite busy in the height of the summer, but tends to start to clear at about 3pm.



Also close is La Zenia. Here you will find sun-loungers to hire and a couple of beach bars. To the left hand side of the La Zenia hotel is a very quiet more “natural” beach and to the right hand side is the beach with the bars etc. If you buy lunch or drinks at the hotel, you will be able to use their facilities as well – they have a great pool and a children’s play area.



Additionally, there is a restaurant adjacent to the hotel where you can pay to use their pool. Directions – Go to the roundabout just past the Consum
The beaches at Cabo Roig and Cala Capitán are small rocky coves, reached by descending steps. These beaches are very popular and there is also a marina and restaurants adjacent to some.



For those who are into really unspoilt and natural beaches, there is a superb beach at La Marina. This is an enormous long sandy beach, in a large bay. There is pine forest and sand dunes behind. Very popular with locals, especially on a Sunday. Plenty of parking.

There are restaurants and beach bars in the main part of the beach – the part you reach if you follow the “Playas” sign from the traffic lights as you come into the little town of La Marina. If you turn right before this, just before the campsite, shortly after you have left the N332, you will find a much quieter spot with two beach bars only. This is a family beach, but if you turn to the right and walk some ten minutes beyond the beach bars it turns into a naturist beach.



Going south, you will find the beaches of the Mar Menor – for example at Santiago de la Ribeira or Los Alcazares. The Mar Menor is an inland salt water lagoon, separated from the Mediterranean by the La Manga strip. The water is significantly warmer than the Mediterranean and as still as a mill pond; there are hardly any waves at all.

The closest Mar Menor beach is at San Pedro del Pinatar which is only 10 minutes from Las Ramblas. This is a lovely beach (called Villanitos or Lo Pagan) and there are lots of shops and cafés here. This is also where the therapeutic mudbaths are – and there is a fantastic walkway between the Mar Menor on the right and the mudbaths on the left. Here you can promenade all the way to the very tip of the La Manga strip – but you can’t get across!



It is a great place for children – very safe, low-key, under-developed and charming. The Mar Menor is one of the most popular places for Spanish holiday-makers.
The beaches of Torre de la Horadada and El Mojón are also worth going to…. A little bit like La Marina, but on a smaller scale…. Afterwards, you can stroll down to Torre de la Horadada and sit in one of the little ice cream parlours or cafés above the Marina. It is a very pretty little town, especially down by the sea-front.



This is just a small selection of the many fabulous beaches within the area.