This is a large inland sea of about 170 square kilometres. The coastline is more than 70 km long and accommodates many nice villages as San Pedro del Pinatar, Los Alcazares, Islas Menores and Playa Honda.The Mar Menor has many beautiful beaches with water of very little depth which are not yet crowded by the mass tourism. Along the entire coastline there are rental possibilities for parasols and sunbeds, kiosks for refreshments and fastfood and at walking distance restaurants of different classes.
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. 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. 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.
The Mar Menor is divided from the Mediterranean by a spit of land of 22 kilometres long, called La Manga del Mar Menor. The sandy beaches along this spit are between 100 and 800 meters wide and have clear waters. These circumstances make La Manga a paradise between two seas. At these beaches are many nautical clubs located where all possible watersport can be practised. The beaches are very busy with several kiosks and beach stands.
This is a very small and beautiful beach which is very popular among tourists and local population. Beachstands and rental facilities (parasols and sunbeds) are present.