The La Manga Club is conveniently located with motorway access from Murcia Airport (San Javier) 20 minutes away and from Alicante (60 minutes). From the La Manga Club you can look across the golf courses to the Mar Menor (inland sea) and the Mediterranean. In the immediate area are the villages of Los Belones and Cabo de Palos, 5-10 minutes away by car. 10 minutes away are the beaches of the Calblanque National Park. 20 minutes away is the ancient city and port of Cartagena. Murcia, the regional capital, is about 40 minutes away. There are many coves to visit along the coast and walks to suit all levels in the foothills around the club. There are numerous bars and restaurants both on the club and in the surrounding area to suit all tastes. You can choose to relax on the club, visit the local area, or a combination of both. The La Manga Club really does have something for everyone.
Other Activities: Go karting, spa, gym, health & beauty, squash, bowls
Golf: La Manga, with its mild winters & less than 12 inches of rain a year, is one of Europe's premier golfing destinations. Although the golf courses are always in demand, what is so noticeably different about La Manga Club is that there is none of the overcrowding so often seen at golf clubs on the Costa del Sol, for instance. Its 3 Championship Courses offer a comprehensive range of activities to golfers of all abilities, from the Par 47 Pitch and Putt course to the redesigned (2004/5) Championship South Course. The facilities are excellent, suiting all abilities & ages. The comfortable clubhouse includes a spacious bar & restaurant, plenty of space in locker rooms & an extensive pro shop where clubs, shoes, buggies etc. are available for hire, along with spike change. Just beyond the caddy master's building is the golf academy which is overseen by the pro & which includes the latest state-of-the-art video technology for swing analysis. Nearby is a 90-bay floodlit driving range & a practice putting green which seems to be prepared just as well as the greens of the 3 Championship courses. Additionally there are 2 chipping greens, a practice bunker, resident professionals available, & competitions 3 times a week.
Soft spikes are required on the 3 main courses & an official handicap certificate is required for the South Course (not required for the North or West Courses). Las Palmeras residents qualify for 50% discount on public rates.
Other things to do & see:
Cartagena – esp the recently restored city hall and the Roman amphitheatre; see:
Murcia – see http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/europe/24-hours-in-murcia-434051.html
Cabo de Palos – small fishing village nearby with a fun market on Sunday morning. Good “ceramica” shops.
Los Belones – nearby village with a small plaza for coffee, nice cake shop, wine shop etc. Also a few nice restaurants – see below
La Manga “strip” – if you have time it's worth driving the 30 kilometres or so to the end of this strip – interesting sights en route inc mud bathers !
La Canela – just outside the resort ( small pottery right next door too)
La Cala – at La Manga’s private beach cove
Via Romana – in Los Belones (see above)
Cartagena & Murcia have large stores eg el Corte Ingles, also lots of interesting small shops. Ceramica shops in Cabo de Palos are fun. On the practical side, there are 2 supermarkets in the resort – small, friendly one in Bellaluz square and a larger one, El Arbol, in the Las Sabinas shopping centre (opposite Repsol petrol station) open 9-9 every day ex Sundays & fiesta days when opening hours are 10-2. For emergencies, the Repsol station has some groceries & is open until midnight.
As above, the resort and area has tons to offer – apart from the obvious golf & tennis, there’s mountain biking, horseriding, waterspouts at the Mar Menor, gokarting on the main road near Cabo de Palos. Variety of beaches - cove, sandy strip & the wonderful wonderful bird sanctuary with many small beaches at Calblanque.