Located on the sandy shores of the Mar Menor in Murcia, Spain, a Santiago de la Ribera property is a perfect base for a family beach holiday in the Spanish sun. Located on the landward shore of the Mar Menor, the beaches of the Mediterranean are a little distance, but with such a great choice of spots on which to stretch out on the sand, you certainly won’t notice! Santiago de la Ribera is a unique and strangely beautiful town, built in perfect squares, with a charming atmosphere of laidback fun.
The Mar Menor is Europe’s largest salt water lake, with shallow, warm waters offering safe and clean waters for swimming, sailing, windsurfing and even scuba diving. Water sports are extremely easy to arrange from a Santiago de la Ribera property, as there is an excellent water sports centre located on the main promenade, el Paseo Colon. However, for many, simply stretching out on the golden sand without a care in the world, occasionally going for a refreshing dip is plenty enough entertainment during the middle of the day.
During the evenings, there are a surprisingly large choice of high class restaurants to choose from considering the size of the town. There are plenty to choose from, serving everything from fresh international cuisine to the traditional fish and rice dishes the area is famed for. The shellfish is particularly special in Santiago de la Ribera. There is also a great range of shopping to be done, as well as plenty of bars to frequent during the night.
During the year, there are a couple of fantastic festivals to enjoy. July sees the huge Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen, the patron saint of sailors, followed a few weeks later by the charming National Folk Festival, both of which represent a fantastic time to be staying in self catering Santiago de la Ribera accommodation.
The historic cities of Cartegena and Murcia both make for excellent day trips from a Santiago de la Ribera property. Anyone with a love for the culture, architecture and history of Murcia will be delighted by the wonderfully authentic natures of Cartegena and Murcia, both of which ooze Spanish charm.
Santiago de la Ribera is a fantastic year round destination. The waters of the Mar Menor are always around 5˚C warmer than the Mediterranean, and are warm enough to swim in for the vast majority of the year. Average monthly temperatures soar past 20˚C from May right through until October, with daily temperatures in July and August threatening to break the 40˚C mark.
It is amazingly easy to reach a holiday rental villa in Santiago de la Ribera. Murcia’s San Javier Airport (MJV) is just 6km from a Santiago de la Ribera property, and receives direct flights from more than 10 British airports in every corner of the country. There is no need to take a hire car unless you wish to visit the historic towns of Murcia from your Santiago de la Ribera property rental.