Located in the south-east of the Region of Murcia, the Mar Menor is a saltwater
lagoon covering an area of 170km2. Its warm shallow waters, gentle wind,
sheltered coastline and modern hotel and sports infrastructure make it the ideal
setting for water sports at any time of year.
Along the shores of the Mar Menor, separating it from the Mediterranean, is La
Manga, a narrow spit of land that is considered to be one of the Region’s most
important tourist destinations.
By the same token, in the towns around the Mar Menor, (San Pedro del Pinatar,
San Javier, Los Alcázares and Cartagena) and in the Los Urrutias and La Manga
areas, there are more than 30 water sport centres and schools where it is
possible to learn and go scuba diving, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing and water
skiing. In order to promote and manage the destination, the Estación Náutica
Mar Menor-Cabo de Palos [Mar Menor-Cabo de Palos Water Sports Consortium]
was created in 1995. The first of its kind in Spain, the Consortium operates along
the same lines as ski resorts, providing a combination of water sports, sports and
tourist facilities, hotels, accommodation, training and leisure facilities all situated
along the coast of the Mar Menor and La Manga.
Thanks to its geophysical and sociocultural characteristics, La Manga has become
an important venue for major nautical and sports events.