Our two-bedroom, one-bathroom air-conditioned penthouse apartment with free Wi-Fi is right at the front of the Puerto Marina gated community. It is south-east facing and has sea views from the Juliet balconies in both bedrooms, and from the large, south-facing terrace, which keeps the sun on it all day. It also has panoramic views from our private rooftop solarium, which is beautifully furnished with easy chairs and sunbeds.
Our apartment is perfectly-located for all the essential ingredients of a beach holiday. Everything is within a 15-minute walk on flat terrain, and it's close to Murcia airport, so a car is not needed. Within a 5-minute walk are Lidl and Mercadona supermarkets and a pedestrianised parade of cafes, restaurants, bars and local shops.
Puerto Marina is the most recently-built, secure gated community in Los Alcazares. It is beautifully maintained and pushchair/wheelchair-accessible throughout. It has 3 swimming pools, each with adjacent shallow children's pool, and a high level of security - key access is required to enter through the community's perimeter gates, as well as to each block of apartments.
Within a 10-15 minute walk, at the end of the parade, is an amazing stretch of beach with fine golden sand and the shallow, calm sea water of the Mar Menor lagoon. This is reputed to be up to 5C warmer than the Mediterranean Sea. It is safe for toddlers and its shallow depth means it is home to a wide range of water sports in the summer months. The beach stretches for miles and is flanked by a 4-mile long beachfront promenade which is a year-round home to cyclists, runners, strollers and dog walkers. There are small beach bars/cafes and children's playgrounds at regular intervals.