Ground Floor Luxury Apt
Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
The ground floor apartment is situated in a Cul de Sac street, literally one minute drive from the main entrance, the golf clubhouse and the 5 star Intercontinental Hotel. With its own patio and garden with secluded hedges, the apartment boasts a spectacular and private tranquil view of the pool, 10 paces from the apartment and views across the 2nd fairway.
The 2 double bedroom apartment with fitted wardrobes sleeps 4 but can also sleep 6 with an over sized robust sofa bed in the living room. The property also comprises of a separate kitchen with all mod cons including a washing machine, fridge freezer, microwave, toaster, kettle, electric oven, radio and dish washer coupled with a generously sized bathroom. Outside, the terracotta patio gives a cool shaded area for most of the day to chill and divulge in your tapas with garden furniture seating 6 as well as 2 private sun lounges which can be taken around the pool during the day (but must be brought back each night).
With a contemporary feel and all modern facilities, the apartment boasts a 32 inch LCD TV, an iPod docking station and speaker, DVD player and Sat TV. The Sat TV includes all UK terrestrial channels as well as Spanish, French and Italian. If you want to stay connected to the outside world, the apartment also boasts free Wifi access 24 hours a day at no extra charge. Through a remote control key supplied by the key holder, the apartment also has underground parking which means your car will always be cool when getting in. ***Please note, no cars are allowed to park on street level***
Conveniently situated on the ground floor, the apartment appeals to golfers and families alike, with the added security of the ringed fence around the pool and the 24 hour surveillance around the property. With a short walk, the lakeside town centre with its bars, restaurants and golf clubhouse, its ideal for golfers and families who want to eat or drink onsite. Alternatively and within a 15min drive you can drive no many rural villages such as Roldan, Basilcas and Torre Pacheco as well as coastal resorts such as Los Alcazares and Cartegena to sample the sights, food and sounds of each area.
In the Clubhouse you will find:
WOOD HOUSE BAR
After playing a round on the golf course, there is nothing better than having a drink whilst
talking about the best shots of the game. The Wood House offers a good range of
drinks bar meals (including breakfast) as well as superb views from the terrace.
In the town centre you will find:
THE CLOVER IRISH PUB
An authentic Sports Pub that is ideal for tasting the great variety of excellent beers while watching a football
match. There is live music and plasma screens broadcasting sports and leisure.
EL ROBLE TAPAS BAR
A bar specialized in Mediterranean tapas where eating is a real pleasure, where you can get to know
in depth this important part of the gastronomy culture in South Spain.
LA ACACIA TRATTORIA
The wide menu of this restaurant is based on exclusive Italian products, offering starters, primari and segundi
by which the guests will be able to make a gastronomic trip and discover the most emblematic dishes in Italy.
Large terraces on the lake provide unbeatable views and a warm atmosphere.
EL AVELLANO ICE-CREAM PARLOUR
Offering many different tastes of delicious ice-creams that will be the favourite dessert for many of us during
the summer, this ice cream parlour simply must be visited.
Located at the heart of La Torre Golf Resort, the Chill Out bar-restaurant, Bamboo, and its ample terraces are surrounded by an impressive swimming pool, with the large lake and the lush green golf course on the horizon. Bamboo offers a varied menu with something for everyone.
The truly special ambiance of Bamboo is best experienced when the restaurant really comes to life at dusk. As the sun sets the music begins and the relaxed atmosphere takes over, providing the perfect place to sip a refreshing cocktail as the sun goes down.
This two-storey restaurant and bar specialising in rice dishes, meats & salads overlooks the lake and offers a variety of rice dishes cooked on an open vine shoot fire. The upstairs bar overlooks the nineth green and offers the perfect place to relax with a pre dinner drink.
5 minutes away is the Spanish working town of Roldan. With plenty of bars and restaurants, banks and supermarkets. A must to try is Gente D'Pasta, an Italian restaurant located in the main street of Roldan. The food is fantastic and its great value for money. Excellent Indian and Chinese restaurants are also local
POOLS AND TENNIS COURTS
When using the pool or tennis courts you must wear your wristbands, we have a total of 6 for our apartment. Security regularly checks residential status on a daily basis throughout the day when using the pool or courts to avoid non-residents using the facilities. Once you have finished with them for the day, place them back in the kitchen. The sun beds provided enables you to take them down poolside during the day so there’s no need to “place that towel”. All we ask is for you to bring them back into the garden at night-times.
If you lose any wristbands and deduction of £25 per band will be taken from your security deposit to cover any losses.
If you have a car, a remote key for the underground garage will be provided by Angela, the key holder. Always use the car parking space (even if it’s for 5mins), number “432” on the right. There is strictly no parking on “street level”.
Like the wristband, if you lose the remote, please contact security and also notify the key holder (contact number on intro page). Unfortunately you will be charged £50 from your deposit to replace it.
Air con is very expensive when misused. Given the apartment block is pretty much shaded throughout the entire day, the room stays pretty cool and the best way to “air” the apartment is to open the back bedroom windows. This creates a nice breeze through the apartment which means there’s no need to have the air con running during the day, especially if you’re by the pool. Please remember to lock them when you are round the pool or out for the evening.
If you do use the air con in the evening say for a couple of hours while you are out, the best and low cost method is to press “economy running” on the remote. This will churn out cold air at a slower pace and by the time you get back in the evening the place will be nice and cool. Before you go to sleep, please remember to turn it off. The fans in both rooms at a moderate speed keep the bedrooms nice and cool all night and are very quiet.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||San Pedro del Pinatar or Lo Pagan 12 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: San Javier (Murcia) 15 km, Nearest railway: Basilcas, goes direct to Madrid in 3 hours 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
The apartment boasts a contemporary feel and everything is to a very high spec. All the furniture is brand new and has only been used a couple of times. The SAT TV has access to the majority of UK terrestrial channels such as BBC1/BBC2/ITV/ITV2/ITV3/ITV4 etc, as well as French, Italian and Spanish channels.
The kitchen is fully equipped and includes all cutlery, plates, mugs utensils etc so you are ready to go. If you fancy just lazing on the patio with a bottle of wine and some tapas, the local supermarket on site will be able to provide you with all the necessities. Further afield and within a 15mins drive you can shop at Carrefour, Mercadona, Aldi and Iceland. Alternatively if you just want to sample to delights of Spanish cuisine, take a 1 mile drive to Roldan and try Toscanas.
|Further details outdoors|
The pool is an adequate size with entrances to both sides, behind the pool is a spectacular view of the 2nd fairway (dogs leg right and palm trees) giving you a very tranquil feeling when bathing round the facility. The facility is also ring fenced giving parents with younger families peace of mind.
NOTE: when using the pool or the tennis courts, please make sure you wear your resort wristbands provided by me and stored in the apartment. If you lose any wristbands you will be charges 20 euros per band as they are expensive to replace.
£100 deposit (non refundable) is required to hold the property/dates. Full payment should be made no later than eight weeks before arrival. Additionally there's a cleaning/laundry/meet and greet service charge at 85 euros paid locally to the key holder. The property is professionally cleaned between each let.
Wrist bands for communal pools and tennis courts: Please note, resort management has issued a wrist band per guest that must be worn to use the communal pools and tennis courts. If you lose or misplace a wristband, a £25 replacement fee will be deducted from the security deposit. This scheme is to prevent non resort residents using the communal pools and tennis courts.
In addition, a separate £200 security deposit is required when booking. Please note: your security deposit is fully refundable, providing there is no damage or losses during your stay.
If you would like a welcome pack upon arrival given that sometimes flights may warrant a late arrival, please contact the owner and confirm what you would like 2 weeks before departure (usually milk, bread, butter, water, sugar, tea/coffee etc). The bill for your welcome pack will be added to the cleaning/laundry and meet and greet charge.
All bed linen and towels are provided at the property (beach towels should be provided by you). The property is strictly no smoking inside the apartment but is allowed on the patio and the garden area.
The Murcia region
ABOUT COSTA CALIDA/MURCIA
Costa Calida in the South Eastern region of Spain is located at the southern end of the Costa Blanca, 1 hour from Alicante, 2 hours from Valencia and 3 hours from the Moorish and historical cities of Granada and Jaen in Andalucía.
The area includes historical cities such as Murcia and Cartagena as well as rural villages like Roldan, Torre Pacheco coupled with the busy town of San Javier. With the Mar Menor (largest inlet in Europe) trickling in from the Mediterranean Sea and the La Manga strip dividing the Mar Menor and the Med, the Costa Calida is very well known for its hot sunny summers and its very mild winters, with the temperature on average not dropping below 18 Celsius in the winter up to 37 Celsius in the summer months.
Costa Calida is not as well known as Costa Blanca to the north or Costa del Sol area to the south which means a lot of the beaches and surrounding areas are unspoilt and still maintain a traditional Spanish flavour. The area still attracts thousands of locals, especially from Madrid and Barcelona to spend their summer vacations around the Mar Menor and La Manga region.
If you’re into golf, then the region is the place for you. It’s well regarded as the most popular destination for golfers between the months of October and March (cooler) and has some of the most spectacular courses in the country with very affordable prices. From the famous La Manga Club to the newly yet challenging courses of La Torre, Mar Menor, Hacienda de Riquelme, Condado de Alhama, Las Terrazas de La Torre and finally El Valle. All with competitive prices and amazing views, these course are a “must play” when staying in the Costa Calida region.
Whilst staying at La Torre, you will benefit from the discounted rates for residents across all courses. For further details please contact the clubhouse at La Torre on 0034 968 044 879
Murcia is located near the centre of a low-lying fertile plain known as the huerta (orchard or vineyard) of Murcia. The Segura River and its right-hand tributary, the Guadalentín, run through the area. The city has an elevation of 43 metres (141 ft) above sea level and covers approximately 882 square kilometres (341 sq mi).
The best known and most dominant aspect of the municipal area's landscape is the orchard. In addition to the orchard and urban zones( Alfonso x, Gran Via, Jaime I, and others), the great expanse of the municipal area is made up of different landscapes: badlands, groves of Carrasco pine trees in the pre-coastal mountain ranges and, towards the south, a semi-steppe region.
A large regional park, the Parque Regional de Carrascoy y el Valle, lies just to the south of the city.
ABOUT THE CITY
It is widely believed that Murcia's name is derived from the Latin words of Myrtea or Murtea, meaning land of Myrtle (the plant is known to grow in the general area), although it may also be a derivation of the word Murtia, which would mean Murtius Village (Murtius was a common Roman name). Other research suggests that it may owe its name to the Latin Murtae (Mulberry), which covered the regional landscape for many centuries. The Latin name eventually changed into the Arabic Mursiya, and then, Murcia.
MAIN SIGHTS OF MURCIA
The Cathedral of Murcia was built between 1394 and 1465 in the Castilian Gothic style. Its tower was completed in 1792 and shows a blend of architectural styles. The first two stories were built in the Renaissance style (1521–1546), while the third is Baroque. The bell pavilion exhibits both Rococo and Neoclassical influences. The main façade (1736–1754) is considered a masterpiece of the Spanish Baroque style.
Other noteworthy buildings in the square shared by the Cathedral (Plaza Cardenal Belluga) are the colourful Bishop's Palace (18th century) and a controversial extension to the town hall by Rafael Moneo (built in 1999).
The Glorieta, which lies on the banks of the Segura River, has traditionally been the centre of the town. It is a pleasant, landscaped city square that was constructed during the 18th century. The ayuntamiento (city hall) of Murcia is located in this square.
Pedestrian areas cover most of the old town of the city, which is centred around Platería and Trapería Streets. Trapería goes from the Cathedral to the Plaza de Santo Domingo, formerly a bustling market square. Located in Trapería is the Casino, a social club erected in 1847, with a sumptuous interior that includes a Moorish-style patio inspired by the royal chambers of the Alhambra near Granada. The name Plateria refers to plata (silver), as this street was the historical focus for the commerce of rare metals by Murcia's Jewish community. The other street, Traperia, refers to trapos, or cloths, as this was once the focus for the Jewish community's garment trade.
Several bridges of different styles span the river Segura, from the Puente de los Peligros, eighteenth century stone bridge with a Lady chapel on one of its side; to modern bridges designed by Santiago Calatrava or Javier Manterola; through others as the Puente Nuevo an iron bridge of the early twentieth century
Other notable places around Murcia include:
• Santa Clara monastery, Gothic and Baroque monument where is located a Museum with the Moorish palace's remains from the 13th century, called Alcázar Seguir.
• The Malecón boulevard, a former retaining wall for the Río Segura's floods.
• La Fuensanta sanctuary and adjacent El Valle regional park.
• Los Jerónimos monastery (18th century).
• Romea theatre (19th century).
• Almudí Palace (17th century), a historic building with coats of arms on its façade. On its interior there are Tuscan columns, and since 1985 it hosts the city archives and usually houses exhibitions.
• Monteagudo Castle (11th century).
• Salzillo Museum.
• San Juan de Dios church-museum, Baroque and Rococo circular church with the remains of the Moorish palace mosque from the 12th century in the basement, called Alcázar Nasir.
In the metropolitan area are also the Azud de la Contraparada reservoir and the Noria de La Ñora water wheel.
The city of Cartagena is located in the south eastern region of Spain in the Region of Murcia. The Cartagena region can be viewed as a great plain inclined slightly in the direction NW-SE, bordered at the north and the northwest by pre-coastal mountain ranges (Carrascoy, El Puerto, Los Villares, Columbares and Escalona), and at the south and southwest by coastal mountain ranges (El Algarrobo, La Muela, Pelayo, Gorda, La Fausilla y Minera, with its last spurs in Cape Palos). The dominant geology of the region is metamorphic (slate, marble) and sedimentary (limestone). The city is located just at the end of the new AP-7 motorway connected to Murcia
In 1728 Cartagena became the capital of the Spanish Navy's Maritime Department of the Mediterranean and the city was heavily fortified with the construction of a modern Castle in the place of a former Moorish Kasbah, several barracks and a huge arsenal. In a relatively short period of time the population of the city grew from around 10,000 to 50,000 inhabitants.
In 1757, during the Seven Years War, a French naval force was forced to take shelter in the port. A squadron under Duquesne sent to reinforce them was attacked and defeated by a British squadron under Henry Osborn at the Battle of Cartagena. In 1873 the city formed a federalist government and was the centre of the Cantonal Revolution, governmental forces besiege the city for several months. During the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939) Cartagena was one of the primary strongholds of the Republican Government and held out against the forces of General Franco longer than any other city in Spain, being the last of its cities to surrender. The city saw its industrial activity increased during the 1950s, resulting in more prosperity and this trend continued until a general decline in manufacturing throughout Europe in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
MAIN SIGHTS OF CARTEGENA
Thanks to its strategic position on the Mediterranean, Cartagena has been inhabited by many different cultures which have left their mark on its rich cultural heritage during a glorious and turbulent history. The “Cartagena, Port of Cultures” initiative was created to allow visitors to enjoy a wide range of activities and visits, discovering the cultural wealth and rich history of the city. It’s one of the several projects to energise the tourist possibilities of this potential major cultural destination, frequently overshadowed by the mass-tourism due to the proximity of several holiday resorts, and the refinery and the industrial development which yielded a bad reputation to the city because of pollution, now fortunately eradicated.
The Roman Theatre of Carthago Nova and Cathedral ruins of Cartagena.
Although there are some ruins from the Carthaginian ages, like the remains of the Punic rampart (built in 227 BC with the foundation of the city), most of its oldest monuments date from the ages of the Roman Empire when Cartagena flourished. Among its numerous Roman remains stands out the recently restored Roman theatre of Carthago Nova, that is one of the landmarks of the city. Its building works started at the end of the 2st century BC. The Roman Theatre museum was officially opened for the first time recently.
Other Roman remains could be found on several buildings and centres for interpretation, including the Roman colonnade, the House of Fortune, the decumanus and the Augusteum. The Torre Ciega was built by the Romans for burials rights, and it formed part of the Necropolis.
The Roman Amphitheatre (1st century AD) lies where the now abandoned Bullring was built, but only some of the surrounding walls and part of the rooms under the stands are still visible.
Besides the Roman heritage, the archaeological sites include the remains of the Santa María la Vieja Cathedral irreversibly destroyed during the Spanish Civil War. It dates from the end of the 13th century. A decorated floor of a Roman house of the 1st century BC can be found in the crypt.
Also a Byzantine rampart can be found, closer the Roman theatre and the Cathedral. The Concepción Castle (now Centre for Interpretation of the History of Cartagena) was reconstructed in the 13th century using big structures from the Amphitheater. Apart from the Roman Theatre museum, there are two important archaeological museums as well, including the Municipal Archaeological museum and the also recently opened Arqua (National Museum of Maritime Archaeology).
BEACHES IN MURCIA
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.
• 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 water sports, 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 tranquillity 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.
WATERPARKS AND NATURE RESERVE
Terra Natura, Murcia
Terra Natura Murcia is a new?generation wildlife park where you can discover the “Zooimmersion” experience – a new concept in habitat design which will enable you to come into contact with the animals as if there were no barriers between you – at least, no visible ones!
The 165,445 m² of the Murcia park are divided into two themed areas: the African Savannah and the Iberian Peninsula. At Terra Natura Murcia you can see more than 300 animals from 50 different species, three of which are in serious danger of extinction, plus over 500 examples of more than 50 species of trees, shrubs and ground cover plants from these regions.
As well as the hugely varied collection of wildlife, our educational information (through placards with biological details and information points), the architectural theme and the range of shows, entertainment and adventure activities makes Terra Natura Murcia the number one choice for families looking to spend an interesting and entertaining day in a natural setting.
Aqua Natura, Murcia
The water park, known as Zanzibar, covers a total area of 30,000 m2 and aims to recreate the Indian Ocean archipelago of the same name. It offers a really refreshing oasis of relaxation just a short distance from the centre of Murcia, and only 20mins from La Torre resort.
WITH FLOATS ? Black Hole: a medium?sized chute which you can go down on either a single or double float, for double the fun! The strobe lighting effect adds to the feeling of entering the unknown. This is one of our most popular attractions. Adventure River: the Giant Chute has been made even wider so you can enjoy it on a single or double float. This is one of the most popular attractions in the park with a very high visitor capacity.
WITHOUT FLOATS ? Kamikaze: a high?speed attraction which gives you the feeling of being in free fall on a roller coaster with all its different configurations. The design of the Kamikaze at Terra Natura has been meticulously engineered to offer the biggest possible thrill backed by the highest standards of security in the leisure industry. Speed Hole: similar to the Kamikaze, the difference being that it is semi?open. Like the Kamikaze, users reach tremendous speeds in a uniquely thrilling experience.
MULTI LANE ? Gentle chutes: a chute with 4 parallel lanes that takes you straight down to the water over gently undulating bumps. The smooth material makes floats unnecessary and gives a really fun, slippery sensation, and you can enjoy speed competitions with your friends on all four lanes at the same time!
SWIMMING POOLS – Prison Island: A pool for adults and children – so long as they are accompanied – with a water tower of 4 modules, an oscillating water drum and several relaxing water jets that the whole family will enjoy. Grave Island: the splash pool – the children’s zone features water games and smaller chutes for them to enjoy the same attractions as the adults but on a smaller scale. None of the children’s chutes starts off from any higher than two metres.
There’s a great selection of food to sample in and around the La Torre, Los Alcazares and San Javier region. Below is a detailed list of places to visit during your stay
La Casa del Reloj: Crta. National 332 - 774, San Pedro del Pinatar. Tel: 968 182 406 - Booking essential. The first thing to say about this restaurant is that if it is good enough for the King of Spain, then it is good enough for anyone! The setting is wonderful, the food is sublime and the service is what you would expect from a restaurant of this high standard. The menu is varied and the food is of extremely good quality. Try the chateaubriand (for two) - 'without doubt, the best I have ever tasted anywhere in the world' said one very happy couple. There is a wide range of wines - each perfectly paired with whatever choice of food you go for. Certainly not cheap, but not super-expensive either.
Hotel 525: c/Rio Borines, 58, 30710, Los Alcázares, tel 902 325 525, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Mediterranean cuisine, using the best produce from the Mar Menor. Open 1.30 - 4pm, the 8.30 - 11pm.
Bar Restaurante Espigares: Avenida Torre Pacheco 60, Roldán. If you are coming from La Torre Golf Resort, go out the back entrance, turn right and then on the next roundabout turn left into Roldán, at the traffic lights turn left and then turn right just after Cajamurcia, keep going, you will see the sports pavilion on your left and on your right a spare piece of waste ground. Park there, as Espigares is just on the corner. Not fancy food, just good home cooking. Menu del Día is 9€. Open every day except Monday.
Valle del Sol: Left at La Torre main entrance, across from the mini-roundabout. Some English spoken. Management changed in 2010, and the whole establishment is under refurbishment. Good Tapas and ‘Menu del Dia’ for around €12.00. They open for evening meals at approximately 8.30pm. Costs vary, but the food quality very good. In the summer months, they often have a bouncy castle to entertain children, remember: Spanish children stay up very late in the summer!
Robledal: Situated at the arches roundabout Los Alcázares. Some English spoken; menus in dual languages. Opens for evening meals at 8pm, but don’t expect any Spanish to be in there before 10pm! Specialist fish menu, which can be quite expensive, but if you like fish it’s an excellent venue.
El Patio Dos: Situated opposite Mercadona Square, Los Alcázares, on the roundabout. Some English spoken, menus in dual languages. Opens at approx 7.30 pm for evening meals, but does not get busy until 9.30/10.00. It is wise to book in the summer months. This is a specialist meat restaurant with a huge open BBQ. In winter, eat in the main barn-like restaurant, in the summer sit in the large open air patio area, complete with water feature. It can be expensive, but the food is excellent and the beefsteak melts in the mouth. Eat like the Spanish with starters in the middle of the table for everyone to try a little of each.
Ramones: Situated on the left of the main road through Los Alcázares, past the Town Hall and rambla area, which is the home of the Tuesday market. Some English spoken, menus in dual languages. Open all day in the summer months, for the biggest array of tapas seen locally. The restaurant is open in the evening from approx 7.30pm, but like all Spanish restaurants, not busy until 9.30/10pm. Book in the summer. The starters (or tapas – which may be ordered as starters) are huge, so don’t be tempted to have one each – eat as the Spanish do with some in the centre of the table. The menu is large and varied and highly recommended. Save some space for a pudding – they have the most fantastic selection of gateau seen in Spain. You can have a platter of a tasters of every kind for the middle of the table for all to share. Indulgent!
Mesón 'Casa el Molinero': Situated opposite the traffic lights in Roldán. Some English spoken. Good Tapas and ‘Menu del Dia’ for under €12.00 – highly recommended. Evening meals start at 8pm and are reasonably priced. The square in front of the bar is full of chairs in the summer months and they have live entertainment.
Roblemar: Cartagena-Alicante motorway, Exit 786. Avd Justo Quesada, 21 urb. Oasis. 30710. Los Alcázares. Tel 968 58 27 27. Possibly the most exclusive restaurant in Los Alcázares. Great Tapas, seafood, rice and meat dishes.
El Retiro: Avda. Juan Carlos 1, 63, 30700, Torre Pacheco. Tel 968 577 579. Mediterranean cuisine recommendations - rice and lobster, grilled cod, loin of monkfish, sirloin steak. Established for over twenty years. Closed Mondays and 15 July-15 August for holidays.
El Faro: A well-established restaurant in the heart of Cabo de Palos offering a good selection of tapas and Spanish cuisine. Tel 968 564960.
La Tana: Also in Cabo de Palos and located in a prime location next to the entrance to the fishing harbour, it has a great selection of seafood and paella. In the summer sit outside and watch a selection of boats come into the harbour while you eat a delicious meal. Tel 968 563003.
El Pez Rojo: Centrally located in Cabo de Palos, set slightly back from the harbour, it offers a good selection of fish and seafood, though it can be expensive. Tel 968 563109.
Miramar: Good location in the heart of Cabo de Palos next to the harbour, with an excellent reputation for fish and other seafood dishes. Paella, caldero and monkfish casserole are specialities. Also of note is the Miramar desert. This consists of almond ice cream, caramelised pumpkin and fried milk. Another restaurant where it is advisable to book in advance. Tel 968 563033.
Mojos: head to Roldán from the back entrance of La Torre, take the last exit at the roundabout and you'll see it on the left after approximately 400 metres. The only music and sports bar in Roldán; all major sports and thousands of music videos showing on four screens. Serves high quality fresh food. Open 10am – late. Tel: 0034 968 589 765.
Roldán Grill: In the centre of Roldán, 50 metres from the traffic lights, opposite Gente D'Pasta. Open from 6pm with an early bird menu at reduced rates. Welcoming restaurant with restricted menu of English favourites at reasonable prices. They do ‘special’ evenings such Valentine's and St George's and St Patrick's nights.
Time Out: On the right of the main road in San Javier, past the Mercadona shopping area. Billed as an English pub with pub grub. The seating area is not large, so booking advised in the high season. They serve English beer on draught and the menu is very similar to UK pub grub establishments. Competitively priced. Sunday lunch is popular and booking advised. Live entertainment most weekends in the summer. Large TV screens show all sports fixtures. Telephone +34 968 19 24 18, email email@example.com
Gente D'Pasta: In Roldán 50 metres from the traffic lights, opposite the Roldán Grill. The seating area is not huge, so if you want to eat after 8.30pm book a table as this is a very popular place for the Spanish in Roldán. You will not get in after 9pm without a booking at the weekend nor in the summer season. A Spanish owned and run Italian with basic but excellent pasta and pizza on the menu. Garlic bread comes free and a large salad for starter is big enough for four. Very competitively priced. Take out Pizza served from 7.30pm, no home delivery.
Toscana: Again In Roldán further up on the right from Mojos. A recently refurbished establishment serving anything from pizzas, to steaks, to calamari’s and burgers. Very reasonable prices for families and couples alike.
Tipsy Bar: Next door to the Jaipur Palace (same owners) on the Balsicas Industrial Estate (turn right out of Resort main entrance; same estate as Admiburgos). This is basically a sports bar showing all sporting fixtures, but also has a lively pizza takeaway service. They will deliver if the order is sufficient. Recently they have started a more extensive take-out Italian menu. The pizzas are huge and good quality.
Jaipur Palace: On a corner of the Balsicas Industrial Estate – easily seen from the road. Seating area average, but this is a very popular restaurant with a highly recommended status, so booking is essential in the peak season. The menu is extensive and offers excellent deals on meals for 4,6,8 etc. Live Indian style entertainment is provided in peak season. A takeaway service is available, but no home delivery.
Alhambra Palace: On the opposite corner from the Jaipur in the Balsicas Industrial Park and owned by the same family. This is a Tandoori restaurant billed in the Spanish ‘Barbacoa’ format, although curry type meals are on the extensive menu.
They have several specialities, one of which is a highly recommended lamb chop meal for two persons. It is a large restaurant, but still gets full quickly in peak season. The stage offers ‘Bollywood’ style entertainment at weekend, which often has the staff joining in! More expensive than the other restaurants owned by this family, it is worth a visit if you like spicy, not curry food.
A takeaway service is available, but no home delivery.
There are a number of ‘Wok’ Asian restaurants in the area, all with a similar menu and buffet style ‘eat as much as you can for €8.90’. They are excellent value for money. The nearest is on the Industrial Estate, near the Tipsy bar. It is a huge restaurant, very welcoming and rarely gets totally full. The free take home bottle of wine is a great add on incentive.
Alternatively Wok 555 in Los Alcazares is probably the best with an amazing fish and meat selection cooked right in front of your eyes
Los Alcázares ‘Mercadona Square’ area has many and varied restaurants at differing prices. Most have outside seating in the summer months, but as this is on the main walkway, be prepared for people watching you eat!
Those to be recommended are:
Rosealeda: Booking a must – but the food is excellent. Eat outside or in, on an elevated first floor position, prepare yourself for the bill, it’s not cheap!
Bayside: A more restricted menu, but worth a visit. Competitively priced.
Diva: Featured on UK television some years ago, when this was the second of three restaurants opened by a British-born, Asian man who brought his family to Spain and succeeded to live his dream. The menu has Indian overtones but is more international. Competitively priced.
La Tropical: Santa Teresa, 66 Los Alcázares, tel 968 57 50 50. African/modern decoration. Mediterranean flavours, providing the finest quality menu consisting of rice dishes, fresh seafood and a wide variety of cold or hot tapas.
La Torre Golf Resort
INTRODUCTION TO LA TORRE GOLF RESORT
La Torre private Golf Resort is the largest of the “Jack Nicklaus Trail" with its fabulous, if challenging 18 holes, par 68 course.
The resorts access is through security guarded barriers at each end of the resort and is just off the C3319 dual carriage way, 15minutes from San Javier Airport, with Cartegena and Murcia only 20 minutes away. The resort is an amalgamation of luxury 5 star developments comprising of apartments, townhouses and villas.
La Torre offers everything for the golfer and non-golfer alike. The wide range of services and facilities on offer includes:
• 18-hole Jack Nicklaus design golf course, club house, pro shop, golf lessons, driving range & putting
green (reduced rates available for guests - up to 30% off for 18 holes, normally around 40 euros per round)
• Easter and Summer Golf Camps for children aged 6 - 16 years (100€ for 10 hours of tuition over 5 days).
• 18 luxury swimming pools set amongst lush gardens
• Spanish style town centre with bars and restaurants set around a beautiful lake
• InterContinental hotel with additional bars, restaurants and facilities
• A spa centre with indoor swimming pool
• Shops including a supermarket with home delivery service
• Hair and beauty salon
• Bank and 24hr cash machine
• Smaller children's playgrounds
• Tennis courts
• Internet café
• Medical centre
• 24hr security
• Complimentary shuttle bus to sister golf resorts El Valle Golf and Hacienda Riquelme
GOLF CONTACT DETAILS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
La Torre Golf
La Torre Golf Resort
Hotel Intercontinental La Torre
Club House - Proshop
Reservas 968 032 240
Saurines de La Torre Golf
Las Terrazas de La Torre Golf Resort
Reservations: Tel. 638 612 797
Mar Menor Village Golf
Mar Menor Golf Resort
Club House - Proshop
Reservations 968 041 765
Alhama Signature Golf
Condado de Alhama Golf Resort
CC Al Kasar - Proshop
Reservations 968 328 008
El Valle Golf
El Valle Golf Resort
Reservations 968 033 002
Less than a mile away you have the quaint village of Roldan which includes some local and very reasonably priced restaurants such as Toscana's as well as Mojo's English bar who often show all premiership football matches as well as hosting disco nights.
Fantastic beaches are available within a 15 min drive from the resort. You can either choose the Mar Menor (a beautiful calm and shallow inlet of sea perfect for families) or the Mediterranean. The beautiful Calblanque National Park is recommended for unspoilt beaches, crystal clear waters and a mountain backdrop. There are islands in the Mar Menor which you can take boat trips to. I would also recommend Mazzaron just past Cartegena.
The cities of Murcia and Cartagena (both just a 20 min drive away) offer wonderful architecture, fabulous shopping, bars and restaurants, old squares and sites of historic interest.
Other recommendations include:
• Dine at one of the fish restaurants on the beach at Santiago de la Ribera
• Sierra Espuna National Park in the mountains with lush forests and walkways
• Sunday morning market at Cabo de Palos
• Bathe in mineral rich mud at the salt flats at San Pedro del Pinatar
• Thalossotherapy centre in San Pedro del Pinatar
• Visit the town of Lorca and its stunning castle
• Visit the holy city of Caravaca de la Cruz
• Take a boat trip to the Isla Tabarca to see rustic charm and crystal clear waters
• Go shopping at Dos Mares shopping mall or the Espacio Mediterraneo shopping centre (Cartagena)
PARKING The roads on La Torre are public, subject to a 30 kilometre an hour speed limit and normal parking regulations apply. Single yellow lines means no parking at any time. Please use the designated parking spaces or underground parking garages. If you park illegally, including on the ramp to the garages, you will either get a parking fine for up to 200€ or be towed away. Please note that the road in front of the supermarket is a Tow Away Zone. Please use the car park at the rear :)
Buses from Roldán - http://www.regiondemurciatransporte.es/lineas/index/origen/Roldán
Buses from Balsicas - http://www.regiondemurciatransporte.es/lineas/index/origen/Balsicas
Courtesy bus from Resort to El Corte Inglés, Cartagena (19th July - 25th September 2011) - we do not know if this will be repeated in 2012
Taxis - Taxis Roldán, (0034) 607 85 49 44
FOR THE KIDS
Terra Natura: Excellent wildlife park where you can see more than 300 animals from 50 different species. There are shows and entertainers as well as an aqua park.
Terra Mitica: Theme park, suitable for all the family
Aqualandia: Fantasic water-park
DOCTOR Medical Centre, Open 8am to 1pm Calle Costera, Roldán: tel. 0034 968 589 691. Sat nav 37º 48´2.43"N 1º 0´18.33"W. This is a National Health clinic; if you are not registered on the Spanish system, then bring your EHIC card and passport for free treatment. Another medical Centre in Torre Pacheco will see you if the Roldan clinic is closed, alternatively go to Accident and Emergency (see below).
ACCIDENT & EMERGENCY Hospital Universitario Los Arcos Del Mar Menor, Paraje Torre Octavio, Pozo Aledo, San Javier, Murcia, 30739. Tel: Sat nav co ordinates 37° 49' 0.98" N 0° 51' 28.36" W (Take the C3319 back towards San Javier Airport. You will see signs for it after a few kilometres on the left hand side, before you reach the AP7. Go around the roundabout under the Motorway, back on yourself toward Pozo Aledo (It is well signposted.) Tel: 0034 968 570 050. For free treatment you will need your EHIC card and your passport.
CHEMIST Farmacia Roldán, Avda Balsicas 19: tel. 0034 968 589 151. Sat nav 37º 47´57.98"N
1º 0´24.10"W. Pharmacists in Spain are very helpful and can sell you most emergency items such as antibiotics and antihistamines.
DENTIST Clínica Dental Roldán, Edificio Mozart, Avenida de Murcia, nº 15 1º E, Roldán: 0034 968 589 691, email firstname.lastname@example.org, www.clinicadentalroldan.com. This is a private clinic and charges apply.
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5 Sep 2013
"Gorgeous apartment in a perfect location!"
This is a lovely apartment, the decor is really tasteful & it is kitted out with everything you will need. Its location is ideal, only a few metres from the pool & 5-10 minutes walk to the resort cent… More
20 Aug 2013
"Lovely apartment, lovely setting, relaxing stay"
Having spent the last 8 years or so taking holidays around different Greek islands, we thought it was time to re-visit Spain again. I was a bit concerned about the 50 minute drive from the airport, bu… More
21 Sep 2012
"Perfect holiday for the whole family"
With two young kids, we needed a holiday that gave us flexibility to do what we wanted - eat out, eat in, relax by the pool, go to the beaches etc.
This place really is a home from home. Perfect as a base to see the nearby towns and cities and ideal for the many beaches around Mar Menor and further afield.
I would thoroughly recommend a visit to Calablanque. A beautiful beach with clear waters and a truly incredible backdrop of the mountains and cliffs. Cartagena is also a good visit.
We flew into Alicante and drove down to Roldan - around a 1 hour drive. Very straightforward and well signposted.
The resort itself is immaculate, safe and secure and it has a well stocked supermarket (although you will want to experience the local markets as well).
The apartment was perfect for our needs. All the mod-cons, good sized rooms and loads of storage. The patio and garden lead to the swimming pool which is gated and monitored by resort staff.
You will need a car to get around but these can be hired cheaply if you do a bit of internet searching and part of the fun is to get in and taking a drive to the local villages, towns and beaches for a bit of exploring.
All in all, a great experience for a family holiday with young kids.
Thank you very much for your positive feedback. Its important for prospective customers to get a full understanding of the location, amenities and the resort itself.
I'm glad you found the property and the decor to your liking and I look forward to potentially a return trip next year with your family.
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