Eagle Patrol

Molino de Quintín

Molino de Quintín

The last week has been spent parked overlooking a beach on the Mar Menor, a large natural lagoon just to the north of Cartagena. Recommended by our friends Dave and Judy it has turned out to be one of the nicest spots we have found in Spain.

The site is called Camping Mar Menor and for any motor-homers following us it is fairly quiet, very informal…’park where you like, pay when you go (10 euros per night including electricity and wifi)’ and easy access to the beach at all times.

Camping Mar Menor

Camping Mar Menor

Sunrise over La Manga Strip

Sunrise over La Manga Strip

The Mar Menor is separated from the Mediterranean by a thin tongue of land – the La Manga Strip- which leads on the other side of the lagoon to the much better known Camping La Manga; a big site with many full time expats. We have parked facing east in a corner of the site and can watch the sun rise over the La Manga Strip each morning.

The White House

The White House

There is a small restaurant called the White House at one end of the beach which serves up free paella every Sunday. You just have to buy the drinks.

The boardwalk to Los Alcazares

The boardwalk to Los Alcazares

The site is next to a section of nature reserve, crossed by a boardwalk leading to Los Alcázares.

Promenade in Los Alcazares

Promenade in Los Alcazares

The boardwalk connects with a long tiled promenade/cycleway which extends the length of the neighbouring town of Los Alcázares.

Refuelling in Los Alcázares cafe.

Refuelling in Los Alcázares cafe.

It is a pleasant walk in to one of the local cafes for coffee or wine.

The Fisherman

The Fisherman

A monument to the local fishermen, this lagoon side tableau depicts two sirens riding seahorses and finding fish for the poor fisherman.

La Encarnación

La Encarnación

At the far end of Los Alcázares is La Encarnación, a restaurant/hotel converted from an old spa hotel. This is a great place for tapas and wine, sitting in the sun after the four mile walk to get there.

Flamenco at La Encarnación

Flamenco at La Encarnación

Flamenco

Flamenco

On Sunday night we cycled along for a flamenco dancing demonstration at La Encarnación…very impressive and intense.

C-101 Jets

C-101 Jets

The campsite is close to San Javier/Murcia airport. This has about three commercial flights each day and is home to the Aiguilla Patrulla or Eagle Patrol…the Spanish air force air display team. Their equivalent of the Red Arrows. They fly their home designed C-101 training jets. On Friday we were treated to a practice air display.

Air Display

Air Display

Eagle Patrol

Eagle Patrol

Eagle Patrol

Eagle Patrol

Inverted Flight over Campsite

Inverted Flight over Campsite

Eagles over Mavis

Eagles over Mavis (…Washing day!!…)

As plane geeks (yes, even Nia) who have travelled hundreds of miles in the past to go to an airshow, this is a real delight.

The site at night

The site at night

Sunset over the Reserve

Sunset over the Reserve

Nia and Penny

Nia and Penny

The Krays also seem to like the locale…we will probably spend another week or two here.

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Rambling about Europe with the Kray Twins (Colin and Penny).

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Posted in 2016 Spring, Los Alcázares, Murcia
10 comments on “Eagle Patrol
  1. You guy’s know how to roll 😆. Loving the pics 😉 keep um comin! Love from Cornwall xx

  2. Denise MacLean says:

    Loving following your adventure!

  3. Ceri says:

    Looks great there, we ve got friends with a place at La Manga…….fab photos, who s got the camera? X

  4. Rosie Pike says:

    Weather looks good, Nia looking lovely, photos fabulous, as always. We visited Mar Menor about 10 years ago and liked it. We can’t wait to get away and soak up some sunshine and you might of made us venture that far ourselves! Enjoy and loving the blog as usual. Xx

  5. crbtaylor says:

    Lovely as usual, enjoy!

  6. nomaggsrush says:

    Looks great – I’ve made a note!

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