What to Do Around La Manga, Spain

What to Do Around La Manga, Spain
La Manga del Mar Menor is a resort town in Spain located on a narrow strip of land near Murcia, separating the Mediterranean Sea from the Mar Menor. Water is the name of the game here, from the most benign floating and boating to the thrill of flying through the air on a surfboard pulled by a kite. In keeping with the full-immersion approach to life that Spaniards are famous for, this coastal community allows ample opportunity to get your feet thoroughly wet. Championship golf courses provide a more sedate alternative, and open-air cinemas are popular in the evenings.

Water Activities

For water activities across the board, consider spending the day at one of La Manga's beach clubs, where equipment rentals, lessons and certifications can be easily accessed in one place. Pepino's Jet Beach Club offers jet skiing, water skiing and wake boarding, with or without lessons. Its jet-ski courses cover basic, racing and freestyle. For a more relaxing time in the water, kayaks and pedal boats are also available, as well as snorkeling equipment, umbrellas and sunbeds.

Pepino's Jet Beach Club
Urb. Alta Manga, 2a Escalera, Bajo A
30380, La Manga del Mar Menor
Spain
011 (34) 630 027 942
www.pepinosjet.com

Kite Surfing

If specialty sports are on your list of things that make a great vacation, then La Manga offers one of the most unique water sports in Europe. Kite surfing uses wind power to pull riders across the water on a specialized surfboard, maneuvered by a large kite. Controlled flying and jumping, as well as tricks performed by "board grabs," are popular advanced features of this sport. Beginners, however, can learn the basics of kite surfing with lessons from the Mas Kite company in La Manga. Generally, the courses are spread over three days, two hours per day, and actual sailing/surfing on the third day. All equipment, including wetsuit, is provided. Operating months are March through October.

Mas Kite
Gran Via s/n, Ed. Bahía Blanca, nº6
30380, La Manga del Mar Menor
Spain
011 (34) 968 143 402
www.maskite.com

Boat Charters

Boating is a given in La Manga. Four separate channels connect the two seas here, with the largest channel, El Estacio, providing boaters with access to both bodies of water.The Tomas Maestre marina is adjacent to the channel, with more than 1,000 moorings, as well as shops and restaurants. Charters and boat trips are available from many marinas along the coasts of both seas. Luxury yachts and sailboats are offered as full charters or private rentals by the hour or day, with lessons and licensing if needed. The Balearic Islands of Ibiza and Formentera can be reached in a day of sailing time.

Go-N-Sail
Casa El Ancla
Poligono Y199
30380, La Manga del Mar Menor
Spain
011 (34) 695 326 184
www.go-n-sail.com

Sports and Leisure Resorts

The La Manga Club is a five-star resort facility that keeps guests active amid the luxurious surroundings. Three championship golf courses and 28 tennis courts, both with academies, are focal points at this sprawling 1,400-acre sports and leisure resort. Check out their spa, squash, paddle tennis, cricket, crazy golf, mountain biking, swimming, jogging and walking routes, beach, water sports, lawn balls, go-karting, shopping, fitness center and more than 20 restaurants and bars. Accommodations are available, ranging from an upscale hotel to self-catering apartments and villas. There is a kids club for ages 12 and under, and amenities include a medical center, pharmacy, petrol station, business center and bank. A minibus service operates throughout the resort.

La Manga Beach Club
Los Belones
30385, Murcia
Spain
011 (34) 968 331 234
www.lamangaclub.com

Article Written By Wendy K. Leigh

Wendy K. Leigh is a travel writer and photojournalist from Seattle. She is the Editor of "Islands America," a travel website for visiting islands within the United States. Leigh holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Washington.

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