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Los Alcázares

Sitting on the western shore of the beautiful Mar Menor, saltwater lagoon and separated from the Mediterranean Sea by the 22 kilometre long strip of land called La Manga Los Alcázares enjoys an average of 320 days of sunshine each year, and the other 45 are not bad either!

The town is well connected to the superb (and new) Spanish motorway AP7 and there are regular flights to and from many European cities from Murcia/San Javier International Airport which is only five minute’s drive away. While Alicante airport offers even more flights, it is just an hour away to the north.

Bars, cafes and restaurants provide drinks, tapas, meals and entertainment, and the warm water of the Mar Menor helps make the town a paradise for bathers and water sports enthusiasts. The mineral-rich water of the Mar Menor is revered for its health-giving properties and the town still has thermal baths which have existed since Roman times.

Famous for its agriculture, the fertile countryside inland supplies the local markets (and UK supermarkets) with fresh produce especially during the winter when local farmers take advantage of the comparatively warm weather. Throughout the year, the area offers boundless opportunities for sports and other activities with the Mar Menor nearby. Golfers will be delighted that no less than seven golf courses can be found within a short drive from the town.

Every year the town puts on a week-long outdoor party featuring live music, shows and spectacular firework displays and for the last ten years, the last three days in March have seen Los Alcázares take on a medieval flavour with a large medieval market and numerous events in recollection of the times of peace following the creation of effective defences against invasions by Barbary pirates during the 15th century. The town has retained much of its charm despite growing in recent years but many people move to Los Alcázares because of its fine location and affordable properties.

This article was kindly provided by scribe Dave Bull from AllAbroad magazine. Please contact him for further information. © Dave Bull 2012

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