Starting from Cabo de Palos, La Manga del Mar Menor stretches 21 km north, and separates the Mediterranean Sea and the Mar Menor. La Manga del mar Menor is a huge tourist attraction it has a width between 100 and 1.200 meters. The strip is made by mother nature, and consist of the sandstone “tertiary” and the volcanic stones.
About 12 km into the La Manga del Mar Menor, you will find what can be defined as the center of La Manga del Mar Menor. The partly artificial made area, offers a beautiful marina, restaurants, supermarket and much more. Obviously all of these commercial units has a splendid view towards the Mar Menor or the Mediterranean Sea.
The actual construction of properties began back in 1956, when Tomás Maestre Aznar succeded to buy most of the land strip. The big marina on La Manga del Mar Menor is named after Tomás Maestre. With the increasing tourism in Spain in the 60’s and 70’s many hotels started on the strip as well, and today La Manga del Mar Menor mainly lives of tourism. That means that from it’s less than 10.000 inhabitants lives a quiet life during the wintertime, as where the population goes up to 200.000 in summer, brings a lot of life to the area.
La Manga del Mar Menor has only 1 main road, Gran Via, which runs all the way from Cabo de Palos, and all the way up to the end, called Veneziola.
What is an interesting (and a bit unpractical) thing about La Manga del Mar Menor, is that it can only be accessed from the south. Between the area Veneziola and the village San Pedro del Pinatar on the mainland, you will find a protected area. This area is known for its production of salt and Flamingoes walking around marshy area.