La Manga Strip
La Manga Strip is the common name used for the long spit of land that separates the Mar Menor Lagoon from the Mediterranean Sea. This is a famous resort area located on the Costa Calida. Translated from Spanish, la manga aptly means the sleeve. The Mar Menor Lagoon is a natural phenomenon formed by the La Manga Strip almost meeting the Punta de Algas. This has created a unique, shallow inland sea connected to the Mediterranean by narrow channels.
La Manga Strip
The entire area of the Mar Menor is a popular holiday destination, with villages and resorts dotted along its shoreline. However, the highest concentration of holiday accommodation, resorts, leisure and entertainment venues can be found along the La Manga Strip. Many holidaymakers staying in Torrevieja visit the strip on a day out. With a choice of beaches on both the Mar Menor Lagoon and Mediterranean sides of the strip, visitors are spoilt for choice. There are also numerous fantastic attractions and activities to enjoy. Getting to La Manga from Torrevieja is relatively easy. Just head south via the national N-332 and AP-7 motorway.
La Manga Strip Beaches
Visitors wishing to swim or sunbathe have the choice of the beaches facing the Mar Menor or the Mediterranean. With the strip being so narrow, they’re only around 100 metres apart in places. Visitors with young children may prefer the Mar Menor Lagoon. Here in many places you can walk far out to sea and still only be waist deep. The waters are also usually very calm. The waters are great for teaching children to swim as the high salinity adds buoyancy. No matter what beach you’re visiting, you are never far from shops, bars and restaurants. The strip is also home to some fantastic attractions that are suitable for all the family to enjoy.
La Manga Strip Attractions
The first attraction you will see when reaching the beginning of La Manga strip is El Faro de Cabo de Palos. This is an impressive lighthouse located on the point of Cape Palos. There are hiking trails around the lighthouse where you will find hidden caves and coves. Don’t forget a camera as the views and sunsets are spectacular. Further excellent hiking, mountain biking and horse riding trails can be found in the nearby Calblanque National Park.
Located in the heart of the strip is Dos Mares Ociosport. This is a family and sports resort that boasts over 20,000 metres of entertainment and activities. It offers a sports centre with tennis, paddle tennis and a semi-Olympic size swimming pool. There is a wind sports centre where visitors can try surfing, windsurfing, stand up paddle and catamaran sailing. For children there is the fun Peke Park. This has loads of rides, bouncy castles, adventure playground and arcade games. Throughout Dos Mares Ociosport areas there are several bars and restaurants.
At the far end of the strip is Puente de la Risa. This is a fine example of a stone bridge over one of the channels. It’s not so much the bridge that attracts visitors but rather the way its been built. A very steep rise with a hair raising bend at its summit attracts daredevils to drive over it. Beware though, if your vehicle doesn’t have a good ground clearance you will likely leave your sump behind. La Manga Club has been recognised as Europe’s leading sports and leisure resort. With two hotels, four 18 hole golf courses, four FIFA standard football pitches, 28 court tennis centre and further facilities for cricket, rugby and triathlon, it’s easy to see why.
La Manga Strip Activities
Being totally surrounded by sea, water sports feature highly along the strip. You will find scuba diving operators that offer all PADI certified courses. Most of these also offer an introduction to scuba diving day. This can be enjoyed by most age groups and no experience is required. Further water sports include sailing and sailing courses, kayaking, stand up paddle and jet ski. Individual wind sports include surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing. The cheapest water sport to enjoy along the La Manga Strip is snorkelling. This is particularly good at the lighthouse.
Calblanque National Park offers a variety of land sports and activities. Its dirt roads, nature trails and bridleways boast wonderful views around every twist and turn. here you can enjoy hiking, jogging, cycling, quad biking and horse riding. Further land and water sports can be found at the La Manga Club. La Manga Go-Kart is located beside the RM-12 as you approach Cape Palos. This is one of the best karting venues in the country and has hosted the Spain Karting Championships. They offer 3 classes of karts as well as 3 different tracks.