10 Things to Do in La Manga del Mar Menor That You Shouldn't Miss

August 28, 2017 Hector Krause

Discover the best top things to do in La Manga del Mar Menor, Spain including El Faro de Cabo de Palos, Balkysub Dive Operations, Playa de Calblanque, Casa Bernie, Golf Delux, Puente de la Risa, Parque Regional de Calblanque, El Habanero Tren Turistico, Divers Cabo de Palos, Playa Mistral.
Restaurants in La Manga del Mar Menor

1. El Faro de Cabo de Palos

Cabo de Palos, La Manga del Mar Menor, Municipality of Cartagena, Spain
Excellent
49%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 934 reviews

El Faro de Cabo de Palos

Reviewed By PerunTouristAgency - Sunny Beach, Bulgaria

I personally was quite disappointed with the lighthouse, but is worth the visit. Nice view of La Manga and from what was explained obviously one of the best places to dive in Spain. The lighthouse itself isn't opened for visitors, so it doesn't look much from outside, but offers good views from the platform outside.

2. Balkysub Dive Operations

Paseo de Dimas Ortega Lopez 22, 30370 Cabo de Palos, Municipality of Cartagena, Spain
Excellent
90%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 423 reviews

Balkysub Dive Operations

Welcome to the PADi CDC 5 Star Dive Resort "Balkysub", place in which you can enjoy the adventures of Diving with professionals who are exciting to show you the underwater world. We offer the whole PADI courses from beginners to professional levels in Madrid and in area of Cabo de Palos -Murcia- Spain, where we enjoy everyday diving the best Marine Reserve in Med Sea. In balkysub you will find a family for your holidays. We also offer Diving Trips for qualified divers everyday in the Marine Reserve and in the amazing shipwrecks. In every dive you will be guided by an experienced local dive guide in a maximum group of five divers. Every day of the year we are waiting for you to do what we love, just dive. Welcome to the Balkysub's Philosophy.

Reviewed By Shackera - London

My 3 children snorkelled first with Balkysub, they then under took the Open Water PADI course.
The Balkysub team were very friendly, supportive and positive, The training was professional and focused on safety.
This review was almost a 5 star, only the process of confirming the PADI e-learning being an issue. There seemed to be many small, but frustrating problems with the e-learning, first with the log-in's, then secondly having to take screen shots of the complete e-learning and emailing (they apparently got stuck in the spam filters). Re-sitting one exam was also a little hap-hazard and not supported very well.
The reception worked hard to accommodate us with follow up dives. When issues were raised the reactions was good with many of the staff with good English.
Will definitely be back to explore the underwater nature reserve with Balkysub!

3. Playa de Calblanque

30730 Cartagena, Municipality of Cartagena, Spain
Excellent
73%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 669 reviews

Playa de Calblanque

Reviewed By David A - Chichester, United Kingdom

Fabulous beach in a National Park with an unfamiliar landscape, the photos don't do it justice. It has no facilities and you have to catch a bus to get there unless you drive before 09.00 in the morning, so you need to take everything you need with you. Kids love it as the slope of the beach is very shallow.

4. Casa Bernie

Edificio Las Adelfas 1 | Estrella de Mar, 30368 Los Urrutias, Municipality of Cartagena, Spain +34 868 78 06 08
Excellent
88%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 23 reviews

Casa Bernie

A two lane short mat bowls facility set in the ample palm Gardens of the Casa Bernie ( formally Casa Familiar) bar and restaurant. Available for all ages from 12 - 80. Bowls are provided free. Turn up and play. Suitable footwear to be worn, trainer type. Free tuition available for beginners. Fun and skillful to play, ideal for all including experienced bowlers. Enjoy drinks and snacks before or after your game. We also cater for Groups with Meal package and bowls.

Reviewed By PaulaBognorregis - Bognor regis

In Murcia for a few days and ate breakfast twice and two evening meals. At all time Steve and Bernie are ultimate professionals. They remember your names and the drinks you have previously had with them. All meals are to an excellent standard and Steve ensures he delivers what has been ordered including any special requests. The bar is friendly full of locals who make you feel welcome. Well done guys we will be back.

5. Golf Delux

Calle Seneca 1 | Polígono Industrial, 30710 Los Alcazares, Spain +34 968 58 42 21
Excellent
69%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 136 reviews

Golf Delux

Reviewed By John W - Spain

Great Restaurant with meals at very competitive prices. One can also have a round of mini golf.
Plenty of car parking, situated just outside Los Alcázares on the RM-F30 just before the Mar Menor Golf Resort.
Very friendly staff, great food, quick service. Give them a try.

6. Puente de la Risa

Avd. Gran Via de la Manga, km 18 | Ir hasta el final de la carretera, La Manga del Mar Menor, Municipality of Cartagena, Spain
Excellent
26%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
31%
Poor
6%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 263 reviews

Puente de la Risa

Reviewed By nnmercman - Camberley, United Kingdom

As you drive to the tip of La Manga strip you’ll come a cross this bridge quite unexpectedly. It looks a bit daunting due to the steep incline and noticed most drivers pull into the car park/lay-by rather than make the crossing (there’s just a collection of villas on the far side). If you do park then it’s worth a stroll up to the apex as you get quite nice views either side plus there’s Seating as well. It’s not as narrow as some reviewers have intimated so no need to honk your horn for drivers coming the other way and you can’t exactly speed over (unless you’re completely stupid!).

7. Parque Regional de Calblanque

03100 Cabo de Palos, Municipality of Cartagena, Spain
Excellent
71%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 171 reviews

Parque Regional de Calblanque

Reviewed By Ramon_Knudsen - Cartagena, Spain

If you like hiking, this is one of the best places to go in winter. Due to weather in the area, outdoor activities are wonderful when it is cold in other places. The views are outstanding, the Beaches are wonderful and the Mediterranean vegetation makes a different experience. Check the weather, never go if raining.

8. El Habanero Tren Turistico

Los Narejos, Los Alcazares, Spain
Excellent
86%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 80 reviews

El Habanero Tren Turistico

A fun Tourist Train in Los Alcazares. 'El Habanero' runs around the town every 45 mins, every night in the summer starting at 7.00 p.m. Please see the clocks for the next train. Tickets are return so whether you just wish to see around this lovely Spanish town while waving to all, or to hop off for a meal in the old town and get a lift back, the price is the same. We are now closed for Autumn, hope to see you next May. Regards The train crew.

Reviewed By Keith R

We booked dinner in the Old Town and were recommended the train instead of using a taxi. The train essentially does a loop every 45 minutes and consists of three carriages and about 65 passengers. It's a great atmosphere on board, with the train playing music. The journey takes about 10 minutes one way and costs €3 return per person. Last train back is 11.30pm. Would definitely recommend the train, great fun and really fast.

9. Divers Cabo de Palos

c/ Punta de la Azohia 4, 30370 Cabo de Palos, Municipality of Cartagena, Spain
Excellent
99%
Good
1%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 62 reviews

Divers Cabo de Palos

Diving Center in Cabo de Palos. Best diving site in Europe. Big groupers, barracudas, big fish balls of bogues, sunfish, eagle rays,... Come to dive with us! And enjoy a good dive! :) Diving trips everyday. All level divings (beginners and advanced divers). Diving courses (PADI) and diving first experiences (Discover Scuba Diving). English and Spanish.

Reviewed By Anna A

I went for a weekend to dive in Cabo de Palos with friends. We contacted Divers Cabo de Palos a few days earlier to schedule our dives and their service was excellent from the first email. They answered fast and in a professional and honest way, explaining potential challenges (like tricky weather forecast for our scheduled trip) and proposing good alternatives. Raul and Isabel have a can-do attitude, they are proactive and flexible, they adapted to our expectations and to the changing conditions. They went the extra mile to make it happen, they even found and arranged an English-speaking medical doctor to come to the diving centre and perform our diving medial check up on a Saturday morning, because the Spanish regulation requires every diver to have a valid medical certificate for diving.
We had great dives and felt safe and taken care of every step of the way.
I was impressed by their facilities, especially the ladies area that was ample and clean and had everything a female diver might need - separate changing areas, showers and toilets with plenty of skin and hair products you can help yourself to if you forgot a hair conditioner or a sensitive skin aftersun balm and even ladies sanitary products if you had an emergency (plus hand soap, hand towels and toilet paper, every detail was taken care of). You almost felt like you were at a spa or something
Another great thing was their welcoming and friendly attitude, personalised approach. They will make you feel like among friends, they took time to answer our questions and solve any doubts, gave me advise about equipment when I asked, we tried different masks and wetsuits etc. I did not feel this pushy pay-and-go-away commercial focus that some other diving centres might have. Much appreciated!

10. Playa Mistral

Playa Mistral | La Manga del Mar Menor, 30380 San Javier, Spain
Excellent
28%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 7 reviews

Playa Mistral

Reviewed By Chris M - Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom

This is a great beach to go for younger children as is calm waters and can wade out far and still only waist deep. This is a blue flag beach so water quality is good. There are lifeguards here.There is a toilet on the Promenade and a restaurant nearby. Also to the south of the beach you can hire paddle boats and jet skis. There aren't many and they go far enough away and out not to hear. The swimming area is netted so boats and any unwanted marine life I.e. Jelly fish can't get to the beach. Also for teenagers there is an inflatable activity area off the shore but within the nets and also only waist deep. All in all this is a great sandy well kept family beach. In addition there are also special wheelchairs for disabled to go into the water. I watched as the lifeguards helped do this with a disabled person.

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