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La Torre Golf Resort is in the province of Murcia on the Costa Cálida (‘Warm Coast’), which covers a stretch of around 250km of the Mediterranean coastline in the south east of Spain.
The region benefits from over 300 days of sunshine a year, average temperatures of 21 degrees C and rainfall of 30 to 35 cm per annum.
To make the most of the area, we strongly recommend hiring a car, as there is currently no public transport operating from La Torre and taxis are expensive. Details of public transport in the immediate area can be found here
We have split our guide into four main areas:
- Beaches – covering local beaches within an 80km radius of the Resort
- Family Fun Days Out – theme parks, natural attractions, sports activities
- Authentic Murcia – discover ‘real’ Spain, including a selection of local towns and the city of Murcia itself
- Eating Out – a short guide to recommended restaurants and bars
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Some of the finest award-winning beaches on the Costa Cálida are within a short 30 minute drive of La Torre. The area is host to many blue flag beaches of wonderful, warm, clear waters, including the Mar Menor, which, at 26 km long and 7 km wide, is Europe’s largest lagoon. Only 7m deep at its lowest point, the warm salt water lake is famous for its therapeutic mud baths at Las Charcas de Lo Pagan, Marchamalo salt flats in La Manga and Playa Paraiso.
- San Pedro del Pinatar and Lo Pagán: long stretches of soft golden sand; a variety of water sports; marina; long palm-fringed promenade; migrating birds use the salt marshes as a stopover, making bird-watching very popular; famous therapeutic mud baths, believed to prevent rheumatism and arthritis.
- Los Alcázares: the largest resort town on the Mar Menor (‘Little Sea’), with a promenade stretching for more than 4 km.
The beach at Los Alcázares
- Santiago de la Ribera: a ferry travels across the Mar Menor every two hours, taking you to the marina at La Manga Strip.
- Torre de la Horadada: small private coves and warm clear waters.
- Los Nietos: 4km long grey, sandy beach with watersports, lots of restaurants and calm waters.
- Mar de Cristal: separated from Los Nietos by a small river, this compact and friendly little resort has three good beach areas, a new, pretty promenade with bars and restaurants and a good sized marina.
- La Manga: the strip, 21km long and only 200m wide in places, separates the Mar Menor from the Mediterranean; clubs, casinos, marinas, even a nine-hole golf course.
- Mazarrón & Puerto de Mazarrón: To the south of La Torre and west of Cartagena lies the huge bay of Mazarrón; within the bay itself and immediately around are 30 beaches and a number of small but growing resorts, some of which will be linked by a new 9km seafront promenade.
- Calblanque: an area of exceptional beauty and tranquility with fine golden, sandy beaches and clear, sparkling waters; the 13km of coast consists of beaches, peaceful coves, ancient sand dunes, stunning rock formations, beautiful walking trails and pine forests.
Family Fun Days Out
There are several theme parks to chose from.
- Terra Mitica: comprising of five main themes, based on the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean Sea - Greece, Egypt (Land of the Pharaohs), Rome, Iberia and the Mediterranean Islands. You’ll find wild and amazing rides and plenty of great shows, with over 80 different shows each day.
- Terra Natura: a wildlife park, divided into four themed areas - Pangea, America, Asia and Europe.
- Aqualandia: a must for fans of water slides. The great range of attractions include the huge Atlantic wave pool, the springboards of Laguna, the beach and caves of Niagara and Adventureland.
- Aquopolis Waterpark: this Torrevieja waterpark is one of the biggest in the region.
For watersports such as windsurfing, dinghy sailing and kayak safaris on the Mar Menor, visit www.aqua-adicta.co.uk. Fancy quad-biking? Try http://www.espuna-adventure.com/. What about go-karting? There's two tracks nearby.
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- Founded by the Moors in 825AD, the city of Murcia – the capital of the region – is a glorious reminder of Spain’s rich history and culture. Highlights include the magnificent Cathedral Church of Saint Mary - built in 1467 - and the baroque buildings.
- Originally an important Roman port, the historic city of Cartagena is now a busy cosmopolitan town. Take a boat tour to see the ancient maritime sights, historic fort and hilltop castles.
- Travel back in time to the hilltop castle at Lorca, which overlooks many historical buildings, including churches, Roman villas and palaces.
- Located in the northwest, Caravaca de la Cruz is one of only five Holy Cities of the world, as declared by the Vatican, sharing the honour with Rome, Jerusalem, Santiago de Compostela and Santo Toribio de Liébano.
- To the west of La Torre, visit the old Roman and Moorish baths at Alhama de Murcia - mentioned in 12th century chronicles.
- For superb walks – and some serious climbing – take the scenic drive to the Sierra Espuña national park. Rising to over 5,200 feet, it is almost all forested and is host to lots of outdoor activities, including walking, mountain biking, rock climbing and horse riding. Whilst there, try the Monasterio Santa Eulalia; this 16th-century monastery is made up of several typically Spanish buildings which once formed one of the largest convents in the region. These buildings have since been carefully refurbished to offer all the comforts of a modern hotel, including a gym and restaurant.
- Cabo de Palos, at the entrance to La Manga Strip, is a lively fishing port, with some of the best sea food restaurants in the region. Its 81m high lighthouse was built in 1865.
- Yecla, the northernmost town of Murcia, is famous as a producer of both wine and furniture, boasting forty furniture shops along one road.
- Santuario de la Luz, Centro Interpretación La Luz, La Alberca, Murcia. About 25 minutes from La Torre. Take the C3319 towards Murcia, then the A30 still towards Murcia. Take the turning off for La Alberca. Follow the purple signpost to Santuario. Warning: some narrow roads and two-way traffic. Just explore the area with many walks, bike rides, picnic & barbecue areas.
- El Garruchal is another great walking area and is just 15 minutes' drive - or a 40 minute bike ride - from La Torre. Leave the Resort by the main gate and turn left to the junction of the C3319, over the bridge and follow the F13 through Valle Del Sol to the restaurant on the left at El Garruchal.
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