Like everything else in the region, the seas here are warm, making them perfect for swimming or even just a quick paddle. The beaches are swathed in soft golden sand and backed by bar-lined promenades, dunes or pine forests depending on which one you pick. You won’t leave disappointed.
A sheltered spot
The Mar Menor, or ‘little sea’, is a saltwater lagoon separated from the Mediterranean by a spit of land known as La Manga. Its mild, shallow waters and pristine sands have made it the region’s most exciting area, so it’s no wonder it pulls in the crowds.
The historic city of Cartagena has been an important naval port for over 2,000 years. Hannibal and his elephants made it their Spanish base en route from Carthage to Rome. The city’s old town’s peppered with Roman, Phoenician, Byzantine and Moorish monuments, including an impressive amphitheatre and two fortresses!