La Manga is a summer resort located in Murcia (Spain) on the coastline. Its inhabitants define it as a "tongue of land" that links Cabo de Palos with the Salinas de San Pedro del Pinatar, forming more than 20 km which separates the Mar Menor and the Mediterranean Sea.
All this expansion makes it an area of Murcia well known for the easy reach and quality of its beaches and coves. There are many tourists who visit this region since, in addition to the richness of its beaches, it is a region of Spain that stands out for its excellent climate and for the best day and night atmosphere.
Our Hotel located in La Manga is in an ideal location to enjoy the best beaches of La Manga and Cartagena. This hotel is located on the Galua Beach with a direct access to 2,000 meters of fine golden sand, awarded with the Q of tourist quality.
La Manga, an orographic pleasure
The Mar Menor was once a bay open to the Mediterranean Sea, with the passage of time volcanic extremes have formed a strip of dunes and vegetation that join both ends, creating extensive beaches that have subsequently been urbanized. But there are channels called gulas, which still maintain contact between both seas to renew the water.
Today, La Manga is a destination much in demand by tourists as it has all kinds of services but also offers complete relaxation. But without a doubt, its main attraction is the quality of its sandy beaches and its crystal-clear waters.
The best coves and beaches of La Manga and Cartagena
We have developed a selection of 7 of the best beaches in Murcia, all of them along the coast in Cartagena, that you should not miss this summer.
1 - Calblanque Beach
It is 300 meters long and approximately 40 meters wide, Calblanque offers an exclusive and relaxing atmosphere, for those who prefer to remain away from the typical crowds and the hustle and bustle.
It is situated in an ideal location, being immersed in the Protected Natural Park of Calblanque.
This really is an authentic Paradise on the Mediterranean coast in the province of Murcia; it is not accessible to vehicles in all seasons. But in the summer months it is easily reachable by public transport. Therefore, if you decide on this option in the summer months, you will have no problem by bus.
Although still regarded as a quiet beach, with the growth, by word of mouth, brought about by forums and social media, this Cartagena beach is becoming a favourite for swimmers and sunbathers wishing to enjoy long sessions in the sun. Not only is it a perfect place to enjoy excellent temperatures but also its magnificent coast.
In addition, in recent years special measures have been taken so as not to exceed a maximum capacity.
2 - "Honda" Beach
Honda Beach in La Manga is 700 metres long and 36 metres wide. Its fine sand with its attractive Mediterranean golden colour is what makes it special.
The semi-urban beach has a wide, welcoming promenade, and is also very popular as a great location for some of the most exclusive water sports. In fact, if you like sailing or would like to learn to sail, one of the most fun water sports in La Manga, you can sign up at the Honda Beach Sailing School and practise as much as you like.
This is one of the beaches in La Manga that offers a great range of services, along with a large play area, meaning that entertainment and fun are guaranteed if you have small children. It also has a large restaurant and a friendly beach bar, so you can enjoy a drink or a snack at any time of day, and also have a great place to eat if you decide to spend the whole day under the sun at this beach in La Manga.
The beach also has a comprehensive safety and lifeguard service, and if you are the kind of person who likes to sunbathe in comfort, the beach offers a hammock rental service until late evening.
3 - "La Cortina" Cove
This picturesque cove in Cartagena is 210 metres long and has an average width of 28 metres. It has slightly coarser sand than the coves above. Even so, we are undoubtedly talking about one of the most popular beaches with the people of Cartagena, perhaps because of its comfort and space, or maybe because of its peaceful waters.
This cove close to La Manga is located on the Mediterranean coast, within the urban area of Cartagena and also offers a wide range of services, such as restaurants, toilet facilities and an attractive area used exclusively for picnics. For all the above reasons, if you decide to go for a stroll along this pretty beach, you will have the feeling of being somewhere far away from a large city where everything is in reach.
To get to La Cortina Cove in Cartagena, all you need to do is drive along the edge of the Port of Cartagena through the district of Santa Lucía and go through a short tunnel.
4 - "La Cala" Beach
Very close to the Natural Park of Calblanque you can find the popular Playa La Cala.
Ideal to enjoy at any time of day, the La Cala Beach is also famous for its nightly parties in the summer months.
Directly related to La Manga Nautical Club, it offers a wide variety of services such as restaurant and bar, bathrooms, sunbeds and loungers.
It is worth a warning that although you will find a number of restrictions, access is totally free and available for all. Yet you must pass through a barrier control tower, which after a series of curves will lead you to a parking area, the beach is fully visible, and accessible without any problems.
5 - "El Gorguel" Beach
Straddling La Manga and the city of Cartagena, we find the El Gorgel Beach. This is an option chosen by very few tourists and visitors from the surrounding area. For this reason, if you are searching for a beach where there are very few people, this is your Ideal choice.
With a length of 50 meters long and 110 meters wide, this iconic beach in Cartagena, also has an excellent waterfront offering a relaxed and safe swimming area most of the time.
Although the sand is somewhat darker than the other beaches in the area, it does not lower the quality.
For those who do not know the area well, you need to know that the El Gorgel Beach is not well signposted; it is recommended that you take a map, or you ask someone who really knows the area well for directions.
6 - "The Islas Menores" Beach
In complete contrast, this beach is the perfect choice for those who seek something livelier and less quiet.
With an approximate length of 900 meters and about 20 wide, this is a real urban beach surrounded by a pleasant promenade ending in a cosy bay.
In addition, it also has a kiosk if feel like a drink in the hottest moments when the sun is most potent. It also has available toilets facilities.
Apart from its fine golden sand, it is also characterized by very calm waters. For this reason the Islas Menores Beach is also considered among the safest in the area. Yet there are always lifeguards on hand to assure safety and who are always on alert in case of any unforeseen weather changes.
7 - "El Pino" small cave
If there is a cove that is conspicuous by its beauty and excellent vegetation on the Mar Menor, it has to be the Cala Del Pino.
Very popular and highly frequented in La Manga, ask anyone living around Cartagena and they will recommend the Cala Del Pino.
With 150 meters long and a width of 12 meters, the Cala Del Pino is popular for its striking green areas, highlighting its spectacular and classical pine forest. It has many comfortable and cool areas with plenty of shade, if you feel like spending a bit of time out of the sun. In addition, its reduced size also defines the Cala Del Pino as one of the most charming natural surroundings in the area.
On the other hand, this small beach is ideal for watching a sunset or sunrise worthy of a pretty postcard. Therefore, if you are fond of photography, do not forget the camera if you are heading for the Cala Del Pino.
All this makes it a little paradise located in the Mar Menor.
Proximity to Cartagena
Less than 40 km from our Hotel Galúa is the city of Cartagena (Murcia), a port city from which you can access the Mediterranean Sea through a wide bay.
Throughout the history and tradition of Cartagena, it has acquired a great architectural and cultural value, making it a city worth visiting and getting to know. But without a doubt one of its biggest potentials, if not the biggest... are its beaches.
So, if you are near Cartagena or intend to visit the city in the future, you will surely like to choose some of the coves or beaches of Cartagena that we have shown you previously.
Remember that this selection is only 7 of the best beaches in the area of La Manga and Cartagena, but there are many more to discover, along the coast of Murcia.