Located in Costa Cálida, Mar Menor is a unique in the world coastal saltwater lagoon. It has been a travel destination for Spanish people for generations, going back to a time where the only option was to camp. If you are planning a trip to the area find here the main Mar Menor towns along with what they are famous for.

Which of the towns in Mar Menor is best for me?

Mar Menor towns
Mar Menor towns. Los Alcazares / www.pixabay.com
  • Suitable for both families and people looking for a night out
  • Population during the year 16.935
  • Estimated population in summer 60.000
  • 7 km of beaches
  • Area with clubs and bars in Avenida Marquéz de Rozalejo
  • There is a golf course in the town
  • Virgen de la Asunción celebrations August 15th. Parade in the village and pilgrimage on the sea
  • Last two weeks of August. Semana de la Huerta. Pop up restaurants with local food in Las Ramblas.

If you visit Los Alcázares check out this post: A perfect day in Los Alcázares explained by a local.

Lo Pagan, a good option if you want a younger vibe

Mar Menor towns
Mar Menor towns. Lo Pagan / www.murciaturistica.es
  • Suitable for families and people looking for a night out
  • Population during the year 3.458
  • Estimated population in summer 12.000
  • 1,3 km of beaches
  • The area with bars and clubs is called La Curva
  • Nearby the Salinas Regional Park (Salt flats)
  • Therapeutic mud baths area
  • Virgen del Carmen celebrations on the 16h of July

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Santiago de la Ribera, a village for families

Mar Menor towns
Mar Menor towns / www.pixabay.com
  • Family oriented
  • Population during the year 8.550
  • Estimated population in summer 30.000
  • 4 km of beaches
  • First Saturday of August. Summer Carnival
  • San Javier Jazz festival last 2 weeks of July
  • San Juan bonfires on the 23rd of June
  • Virgen del Carmen celebration on the 16h of July

La Manga, the most unique of the Mar Menor towns

Mar Menor towns
Mar Menor towns / www.pixabay.com
  • Suitable for families but with a young lively vibe
  • Population during the year 2.227
  • Estimated population in summer 200.000
  • 22 km of beaches
  • You can access beaches in the Mar Menor side and the open Mediterranean in the other side
  • Nearby the Calblanque Natural Park with some of the best beaches in Murcia
  • Nearby Cabo de Palos, one of the biggest destination for diving in Murcia

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