La Manga is a spit of land in the region of Murcia, south east Spain, and is approximately 13 miles long, yet only 100 yards wide. The full name is La Manga Del Mar Menor which translates as “The Sandbar of the Minor Sea” and it encloses the Mar Menor making it, for all practical purposes, a lake, although there are natural channels – or “golas” which allow water from the Mediterranean into the lake.
As you might well imagine, there are a number of beaches in the area, and there is a sports centre where you can hire all manner of water sports equipment, including sailing dinghies. If you have never sailed before, there are lessons available. The water in the Mar Menor is a maximum of 25 feet deep, and because it is so shallow is warmer than the Mediterranean on the other side of the spit.
This La Manga beach is around 1 miles long and is on the Mediterranean side. It has a lifeguard, showers, and toilet facilities, and is in one of the busiest parts of La Manga. There are many restaurants and bars, so you will never be short of anything to eat or drink. There is a dive centre and you can hire sun beds and parasols. Popular with both residents and tourists.
Puerto Bello Beach
Puerto Bello is a small beach right next to the sports harbour and is around 500 yards long. There are children of all nationalities engaging in water sports, and jet skis abound. As a result it can be very crowded and noisy. Car parking and showers are available, and there is a lifeguard on duty. If you want a quiet barbecue and to doze in the sun, this is definitely not the place to be.
At around two miles in length, this is one of the longest La Manga beaches in the area, and because of its size it can seem relatively quiet, even though it is popular. There are several places where you can hire windsurfing equipment and sailing boats. You can also hire sun beds and parasols and there are wooden walkways.
Veneziola beach is around 1,500 yards long and has thick sand. It has toilets, waste bins and wooden walkways. You can hire sun beds, parasols, hammocks, and sporting equipment. There are foot washes, and several beach bars.
El Pudrimel Beach
The La Manga Beach of El Pudrimel has fine, grey sand, and is around 1,500 yards long. There are toilets and walkways in the summer, but there is little to do and few facilities.
Ensenada Del Esparto Beach
Around 1 miles long, this La Manga beach has fine grey sand, beach bars, foot washes, disabled facilities and a lifeguard.
Estacio Beach is 1 miles long and has fine golden sand. Described as “moderately busy” it has foot washes and walkways, a children’s play area, and parking together with access for disabled drivers.
El Arenal Beach
About a mile long Arenal Beach is in a built-up area and gets very busy. It has fine, golden sand, and has beach bars, wooden walkways, disabled access together with bathing chairs, and a children’s play area. Plenty of buses stop nearby.
El Pedruchillo Beach
Only 500 yards long, this La Manga beach has toilets, foot washes, facilities for the disabled, sun bed and parasol rental and beach bars.
De Poniente Beach
Around a half mile long, De Poniente beach has fine, golden sand and has beach bars, disabled access, wooden walkways, foot washes, and sun bed and parasol hire. It is in a highly residential area, and for this reason can be very crowded.
El Galan Beach
Somewhat under a half mile long with fine, golden sand. Described as a “medium occupancy” beach, it has the usual foot washes, toilets, and sun bed and parasol hire available.
About a half mile long with thick, heavy sand, Aliseoa Beach is medium occupancy. You can rent sun beds and parasols and there are foot washes and walkways. There is also a children’s play area and a water sports hire centre.
La Isla Beach
Only 500 yards long, La Isla beach can get very busy. The usual sunshades and loungers for hire and wooden walkways down to the water. Plenty of bars and restaurants and also a water sports hire centre make this La Manga beach a fun one for the adventurous.
Banco Del Tabal Beach
Around a mile long, this La Manga beach has fine, golden sands. It has foot washes, toilet facilities, ramps for disabled access, and several beach bars. Backing on to an urban area, it has high occupancy as a result.
Around a mile long, Leveche beach can get very busy as it has a large number of apartments nearby. There are foot washes, walkways, sunshade and lounger hire, disabled access and beach bars. There is also a water sports hire centre.
Las Antillas Beach
Las Antillas beach is only 500 yards long and has heavy sand and pebbles. It is a relatively quiet beach. There is parking in the streets behind it and it has toilets, foot washes, disabled access and a children’s play area.
This is a very short La Manga beach, only 250 yards long, and can get very crowded. It has thick, heavy sand, and a considerable number of facilities for such a small beach. There is a children’s play area, foot washes, disabled access, toilets, and bike parking. You can also hire pedalos, loungers and sunshades, and water sports equipment. In addition there is a restaurant, and you can also hire jet skis.
Chica beach is about a mile long and has foot washes, toilets, disabled toilets and access, and sun bed, hammock and parasol hire. There is also bicycle parking and water sports equipment hire. For a nice cool drink, there are plenty of beach bars.
Esculls De La Llana Y Encanizadas Beach
Only 350 yards long, this La Manga beach has fine golden sands, but it is a protected zone noted for an ancient Arab style of fishing. Access is restricted, and the area is not suitable for bathing.
La Manga Beaches for Everyone
Whether you want a quiet barbecue and to lie in the sun and get a tan, or whether you want somewhere where you can park the kids in a play area while you get on the water on a pedalo or a jet ski, or just to while away the hours in a beach-side bar, La Manga beaches have everything you could need.