Los Alcázares, a spa town, sits on the shores of the Mar Menor, the largest salt water lagoon in Europe. The waters of the lagoon are warmed by the thermal breezes, which raises the temperature up to 5 degrees higher than the surrounding Mediterranean sea.
The high mineral content of water is so well renowned for it’s health-enhancing properties, coupled with a mild climate, that the World Health Organisation has listed the Mar Menor as one of the healthiest places in the world.
The name, Los Alcázares, is derived from the Moorish term ‘Al Kazar’, which is given to a fortified palace for Arab royals or high ranking nobility.
The Romans built spa baths that have been enjoyed by all who have conquered the area.
With the Catholic Monarchs’ re-conquest, Los Alcázares became a strategically important port for trade and fishing due to its privileged position.
The area boasts seven kilometres of fine sandy beaches connected by an impressive promenade, ideal for an early evening stroll.
All beaches offer showers and water fountains and are equipped for easy disabled access.
Watersport enthusiasts will find an abundance of activities in the safe, shallow waters of the enclosed lagoon, with sailing, wind surfing and kite surfing suitable for the novice as well as the experienced.
The more adventurous can head out to the Mediterranean sea or charter a yacht to discover the magnificent coastline, or enjoy a trip by boat to the small island of Perdiguera.
The mild climate in the Murcia region make the area a perfect destination for golf lovers, who can enjoy one of the 22 golf courses virtually all year round, with facility to accommodate golfers of every level.
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The Roman thermal baths are still available for a therapeutic spa day and the mineral waters of the bay are renowned for the beneficial effects for those who suffer with arthritis, rheumatism or skin disorders.
One area of the beach has a natural mud deposit that has been compared to those found on the Black Sea.
The fertile inland plains produces an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, seafood is landed daily by the local fishing fleet and farmed meat and game are brought down from the mountains, ensuring a rich selection of foods to suit every taste in which rice is prominent.
Traditional dishes include;
- Arroz y Conejo – Rice with Rabbit
- Paella Huertana – Vegetable Paella
- Arroz de Verduras – Rice and Vegetables
- Arroz Marinero – Seafood Rice
- Arroz y Costillejas – Rice and Ribs
- Potaje – a Rich Stew Dish
- Menestra – a dish of Sautéed Vegetables
- Habas con jamón – Serrano Ham and Broad Beans
- Caldo Murciano – a local Soup Dish
- Huevas de Mújol – a type of Caviar
King Prawns are also caught locally and come highly recommended
The patron saint of Los Alcázares, like most fishing villages in Spain, is the Virgen del Carmen, and mid July sees the local fiesta in her honour. In February the town joins with the neighbouring towns of San Javier and San Pedro del Pinatar to host a spectacular street carnival.
With over 325 day of sun a year, cool breezes in summer and the mountains providing protection from the winter winds, Los Alcázares enjoys a year round mild climate.