Located on the Costa Calida, on the shores of the Mar Menor, is the resort of La Manga. The Mar Menor is Europe's biggest salt-water lagoon and boasts a 45-mile coastline, which is sprinkled with traditional Spanish villages. La Manga is an upmarket resort that boasts three world-class golf courses, Europe's biggest salt-water lagoon, an abundance of water sports, a glitzy casino, fine restaurants, luxury hillside villas and beautifully manicured gardens. Holidays in La Manga have an air of exclusivity, and as a result are not suited to those on a very tight budget - you should expect to pay more than in Benidorm and Torremolinos. Visitors can drive 43 miles northwest of La Manga to the historic city of Murcia, which is bursting with museums, monuments and beautiful 19th-century architecture. Alternatively, the ancient port of Cartegena features archaeological museums and the ruins of a Roman theatre. Costa Calida enjoys over 320 days of sunshine each year, making La Manga a popular choice for a holiday at any time of the year.
The beaches along the La Manga Strip are an obvious draw during the daytime. The Mar Menor is safe for bathing and an ideal training base for those mastering the art of various sports including sailing, windsurfing, water and jet skiing. For the more adventurous there's a scuba diving club where PADI trained English instructors cater for complete beginners as well as competent divers. You can hire a boat or take an organised boat trip to explore the Mar Menor and its coastline. For golf enthusiasts there are three courses to choose from, including Roda Golf Course, Club de Golf Torre Pacheco and La Manga Club Golf, which are strewn with palm trees, lakes and pineclad hills. La Manga's tennis and leisure centre boasts excellent facilities with 28 floodlit courts, a Tennis Academy, two squash courts, a bowling green, swimming pool, gym and two paddle tennis courts. For youngsters there's the Fiesta Mini Club, which provides games and outdoor activities for children of all ages. La Manga Equestrian Centre offers tuition and rides for children, beginners and experienced riders.
La Manga's nightlife is as varied and extensive as its sports and leisure activities. After the sun goes down you won't need to leave the resort to enjoy great entertainment until the small hours from pubs to clubs, youll find them all in La Manga. Theres also the lavish casino with 40 slot machines and 20 gaming tables for blackjack, poker and roulette and it also has a lounge area, tapas bar and regular live entertainment.
Dining out in La Manga is easy with so many restaurants and snack bars to choose youll never be stuck for somewhere to dine. All tastes are covered from Spanishstyle seafood and tapas to pizza and pasta, fine dining to fast grills. You cant visit Spain and not sample its famous paella. Enjoy a traditional jug of sangria or try the local wines and beers.
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