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.
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.
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 site is next to a section of nature reserve, crossed by a boardwalk leading to Los Alcázares.
The boardwalk connects with a long tiled promenade/cycleway which extends the length of the neighbouring town of Los Alcázares.
It is a pleasant walk in to one of the local cafes for coffee or wine.
A monument to the local fishermen, this lagoon side tableau depicts two sirens riding seahorses and finding fish for the poor fisherman.
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.
On Sunday night we cycled along for a flamenco dancing demonstration at La Encarnación…very impressive and intense.
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.
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 Krays also seem to like the locale…we will probably spend another week or two here.