The Mar Menor is a large lagoon of warm water, calm, shallow conected to the Mediterranean Sea through various channels. Its waters are healthy, have a high level of salinity and are rich in iodine and mineral salts. These beaches are ideal for family holidays. Very close to El Vivero is Cabo de Palos, a small charming, fishing village . Through the village you arrive at ligthhouse, a magnificent stone building of S. XIX. From the cliff where It stands there is a wide panoramic view of LA MANGA with 36 km of ininterrumped beaches. BEACHES: The Mar Menor is a salt water lagoon next to the Mediterranean Sea in the Region of Murcia (Spain). Their special ecological and natural characteristics make the Mar Menor a unique natural and largest saltwater lake in Europe. On the coast of Mar Menor there are quiet sandy beaches in the coastal towns. Los Nietos is one of the traditional summer resorts of the inhabitants of the Region of Murcia. Near the village of Los Belones are the beaches of Sea Island and Crystal Children. And near La Manga are Playa Honda, Playa Paraiso and Playa de Los Germans. On the Mediterranean coast of Mar Menor, there are a great variety of different types of beaches. In the south, is one of the ecological jewels of the Region of Murcia Regional Park, Calblanque, alternating long and wild sandy beaches with small coves between cliffs of slate. Once beyond Cape Palos, and after passing a relaxing family beach like Cala Flores, are the beaches of Levante in Cabo de Palos, the Wrecks, Amoladeras and Marchamalo at the southern end of La Manga. to the north, the endless beaches of the municipality of San Javier. At the end of La Manga is the area known as Veneciola where the road ends. The solitude of the beaches make it a highly recommended place for those seeking a quiet time in full communion with nature. The transparency of the air and the diversity of colors add to the beauty of migratory birds that inhabit the ponds. Flamingos, avocets, cranes, herons and ducks are common inhabitants of these places. GOLF Just a few miles from our house is one of the most important golf courses in Europe, La Manga Club. It has three golf courses with 18 holes each: The South Course, is home to several major championships, The North Course, a little shorter but no less challenging and, between pine trees, the attractive West Course. Outside the Golf Club is a driving range equipped with 80 tees, with the possibility of night lighting, and a large practice bunker, chipping greens and practice. Located in the heart of La Manga Club Tennis Centre offers 28 courts of high quality. Among them, 14 clay, 4 artificial grass and 4 hard courts. Most courts, have sitting for spectators, including the Centre Court has a capacity of 1. 200 people. There are major tournaments and social activities for everyone year round. The recognized Tennis Academy offers an unbeatable combination of practice on the courts with computer assisted analysis. SPORTS AND NATURE Sailing, Surfing, skiing, kite, tennis, horseback riding, cycling and hiking trails are a few of the many possibilities offered by the area. CULTURE The city of Murcia, its baroque cathedral and the museum Salcillo is worth a visit, La Plaza de las Flores, in the historic center, is surrounded by bars of 'high quality tapas'. The historic city of Cartagena has a magnificent natural harbor, numerous archaeological sites and many buildings of S. XIX, recall its modernist past. Worthy of mention are the Easter processions noted for their elegance and beauty. MUSIC In August being held in the Festival de Cante UNION MINE, one of the most important competitions of flamenco in Spain. GASTRONOMY The gastronomy of the area is excellent. Fresh fish and garden produce Murcia make this region an exponent of the Mediterranean Diet. RICE CALDERO, is a typical dish of fishermen. From S. XIX Minor Sea fishermen, cooked this rice in old iron cauldrons. A two minute walk along the beach is a gourmet restaurant 'El Parador', then a trendy nightclub 'El Zeta'. SERVICES Restaurants, nightclubs, shopping centers, pharmacies and all kinds of services can be found in the vicinity of both the Manga and Cabo de Palos. TRAVEL. It is advisable to have your own vehicle.