We are delighted that the area has been chosen for an exciting new Paramount theme park which, when added to the myriad of activities already available, will challenge Disneyland in Paris as the place to take your holiday, Although still at the planning stages we can expect to see some thrilling rides, film-related themes as well as all the paraphenalia which goes with this type of park. Something for everyone to look forward to! We'll keep you up to date with developments as we hear them.
Roda Golf and Beach Resort lies in the town of Los Alcazares. The town is a perfect getaway location and sits on mainland Spain's sunny Costa Calida. Los Alcazares is popular with holiday makers looking to relax by the shores of the Med or float in the salt waters of nearby Mar Menor, the warm mineral rich lagoon. Mar Menor, or little sea, is Europe's largest saltwater lagoon. Home to migratory birds including dramatic pink flamingoes. A visit to the mud baths in Lo Pagan or the Thalasia massage centre are a must to enjoy some relaxation. You can enjoy a long tapas lunch in one of the excellent bars and restaurants along the coast. Many water sports are practiced in this area including wind surfing, sailing and diving. If shopping is a must then Centro Mediterraneo is a large shopping centre with many shops including the large do-it-yourself store Leroy Merlin which can be easily reached via the AP-7. Dos Mares is a slightly smaller shopping centre in San Javier but well worth a visit. Both centres have large supermarkets, banks, hairdressers and fast food chains.
San Javier and Santiago de la Ribera
San Javier is right next door to Los Alcazares. In addition to its town centre, San Javier incorporates the area of Santiago de La Ribera and a large proportion of the La Manga strip and some rural areas. It is also home to Murcia's International Airport. There is a wide variety of bars and entertainment, and a beachfront flea market. La Ribera also has a Nautical Club, Sailing School, Sports Centre and Hospital.
San Pedro and Lo Pogan
San Pedro is a fishing port town with coastlines on both the Mar Menor and the Mediterranean. This northern end of the Mar Menor is abundant in healing mud, rich in salts of sodium, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and sulphur, including chlorides, flourides and iodides. The town sports a casino and some impressive 19th century architecture including the palacial house 'Condes de Villar de Felices' and the 'Casa de Reloj' (clock house). Street markets are held every Monday, and since 1796 local residents have held an annual fiesta on 29th June when there's always live music and an animal market. On January 5 there's the Magic Kings Cavalcade, a sea procession which lands at Lo Pagan and proceeds by road to the town centre. Lo Pagan is the Mar Menor beach area of San Pedro. It's right next door to the village of La Ribera. This place really comes into its own in the summer. The area and beach called La Cuerva offers dozens of bars and nightclubs which buzz right on through the dawn.
Cartagena (pronounced 'carrta-henna') city
The City lies in the Murcian province SE Spain, on the mediterranean sea. A major sea port and naval base, it has a fine natural harbour, protected by forts. The city (1990 pop. 175,9666) was first founded around 227 BC by the Carthaginians and was originally called Carthago Nova. There still lies much evidence of ancient architecture dating right back to 227 BC. The Roman amphitheatre, carved into the rock above the port has been dated around 1 BC and the original 13th century cathedral is still standing. The city is an eposcipal see. There's the Museum of Maritime Archaelogy and a city centre offering a fine array of delightful shops interspersed with Roman relics. You can even peer down through a glass pavement and see the ancient cobbled street below. Festivals and Music play a big part in Cartagena's culture; in July the city hosts the world music festival 'La Mar de Músicas', there's the International Jazz Festival in November and in September the city's colourful history is brought to life in the form of the festival of 'Carthaginians and Romans' The medieval Castillo de la Concepcion whose ruins are surrounded by fine gardens and commands spectacular views is a must see.
La Manga del Mar Menor is a 22 km strip of land that makes up the lagoon of the Mar Menor which makes it a very interesting natural attraction. Truly situated between two seas, its miles of sandy beaches are a favourite for sunseeking toursits and locals who arrive in droves throughout the summer. The entire Mar Menor is at its deepest only 8 metres deep & maintains a water temperature 17 Celsius above the average. Good food and entertainment can be found all along the strip which also has a plentiful supply of supermarkets and souvenir shops.
Some 20 kilometres inland, the city of Murcia (pronounced 'murrthia') is one of the smaller regions of Spain. The coastal area of Murcia is known as the Costa Calida or 'warm coast'. It stretches from the largest lagoon in Europe (Mar Menor) around La Manga and along the mediterranean coast to Aguilas in the south. It is a shopping heaven with many up market shops and department stores. You can wander through the pedestrianised areas to beautiful squares which are just waiting to be discovered. A new International Airport at Corvera is soon to be open along with the news of an exciting new Paramount theme park to be built make this region a very desirable place to holiday in all of mainland Spain.
South of Cartagena,
The Mazarron area spans 35 kilometres of the Murcian coast with dozens of sandy beaches and coves. There are two main centres of activity... the town and the port. The town of Mazarron itself is 5 kilometres from the coast, whilst Puerto de Mazarron is the town centred around the fishing port. Street markets are held in Mazarron town centre on Saturdays and in Puerto de Mazarron on Sundays. Bolnuevo a small coastal village has some shops, bars and restaurants and some amazing rock formations.
Alicante is the administrative capital of the Alicante region. The town is also known by the name Alacant. The Moorish castle of Santa Bárbara sits on mount Benacantil and overlooks this ancient town, whose history dates back to before 1000 BC. Today, it is a major industrial city with a mediterranean coast lined with hotels and apartments. It's many attractions include; the Archaelogical Museum and the 'Museo Casa de la Asegurada' with it's excellent art gallery. Even by Spanish standards Alicanteans are serious fiesta addicts. There are fiestas virtually all year round. Not to be ignored is "Las Fogueres de Sant Joan" at the end of June. On 24th June a procession of giant figures is torched amidst a massive firework display with the festivities continuing for four more days. Fiestas are a very important part of Spain and the Spanish way of life. They are very colourful, vibrant, more often than not very noisy, often chaotic and always great fun, so why not try one out. The city has excellent road links, a sea port and a major international airport at El Altet. Alicante's 'Recincto Ferial' is large conference centre which regulary hosts major international trade fairs. Another thing the Spanish love is their markets where they can stock up on fresh produce, clothes, leather goods and shoes amongst many other things. No matter where you are, you can be sure there will be a local market going on somewhere nearby. Come and join in the fun!