Michelle's poolside apartment
Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Our two bed (double or twin), two bathroom ground floor apartment is located on an idyllic golf course resort by the Mar Manor south east Spain. Tastefully decorated throughout with all modern conveniences (flat screen TV, playstation, fully fitted kitchen, air conditioning etc), the apartment's south facing patio overlooks the pool, offering an ideal location to watch over the children whilst set back enough to provide some privacy.
The resort offers an on-site shop and restaurant should you not wish to go far, or within ten minutes walk you can be in the pedestrian square of Los Alcazaress where there is a plethora of restaurants to choose from. Just beyond this area is the Mar Menor, a large natural lagoon that has miles of beautiful child-friendly beaches and offers a variety of activities from sailing and swimming to diving and windsurfing.
A short car trip from here allows easy exploration of the beautiful surrounding countryside and coastline, visits to the vineyards or trips to the historic Cartegena and Murcia where numerous and colourful festivals can be found going on year round.
If you wish to stay on resort, beside the golf course and pools, there are tennis and paddle courts, as well as children's play areas.
Whether you like to play golf, chill on the beach or explore this beautiful part of Spain the resort is ideally located to cater for all these activities, and is only a five minutes drive from the local airport.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Mar Menor 500 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||250 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: San Javier, Murcia 500 m|
|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
|General||TV, CD player|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Climbing frame|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
The Costa Calida region
Cartegena is about 25 minutes drive south, and is one of the oldest cities in Spain (500 BC). To get a flavour of this historical city visit its impressive castle, cathedral, stadium, or its many museums. For present day pursuits wander through the extensive pedestrianised shopping area or along the recently renovated harbour front. Look out for the port's huge whale! Here you'll find a range of cafes and restaurants (including one on a ship) overlooking the beautiful-lined promenade along the marina. The city, like the rest of the Murcia region has many local festivities and celebrations, which are worth looking out for.
Spain is the world's largest wine producer. The closest regions: Jumilla and Bullas are about an hour drive north east. The area is full of beautiful, picturesque villages and a variety of wineries. Famous for its wines, with their own Denominación de Origen, Jumilla has over 100,000 hectares of vineyards. The distinctive Monastrell grape is grown to produce tasty and powerful red wines, though today some aromatic roses and pleasant young reds are being developed. The slightly closer Bullas wine region is less well known and covers an area of 3,000 hectares. It has 10 vineyards (Bodegas).
Murcia is a fascinating place to spend an afternoon, as it has many historic buildings and museums, including a working bull ring and streets interlaced with cafes and restaurants. It is a sprawling city with many churches, built mainly in the baroque style of the 18th century. Other stunning buildings worth looking out for are the Cathedral, Town Hall, the Romea Theatre and particularly the Casino, built in 1847.
San Pedro del Pinatar: If relaxation and a bit of pampering is what you are after then it's worth making a trip to the Salinas de San Pedro (10 mins north by car). This area is renown for the therapeutic properties of its mud. There are several spas and hotels in the area which offer treatment based on the special mud from the Mar Menor. In addition the area offers Centres of Thalassotherapy: the treatment of illnesses by means of sea water. The waters of the Mar Menor have high levels of salt and are rich in the minerals which, advocates claim, make it ideal for the treatment of arthritis, rheumatism, and physical and mental exhaustion. The centres use ozone bubbles, powdered sea-weeds, pressurised jets of water in heated swimming-pools, and hydromassage bathtubs.
The Festivals: The Mar Menor area offers an abundance of festivals and fiestas all year round, from Easter celebrations, food and wine festivals to international jazz festivals and rock music weekends. San Javier has hosted the International Festival of Theatre, Music & Dance (July/August) for 25 years. For a real taste of Spain catch the colourful Huerta (Farming) festival or the heart-rendering flamenco Mine Song Festival - one of the most famous flamenco events in Spain. There are far too many festivals to list them all here, but it is well worth looking at the Mar Menor tourist website for more details.
The Mar Menor offers many other activities besides the golf course. On the water there's sailing, fishing, jet-skiing, windsurfing, and scuba diving. Back on land the area can be explored on a bike or horseback.
For the more energetic the area has three exceptional outdoor go-karting tracks in Los Alcazares, Playa Flamenca to the north, and La Manga to the south. A 20 minute walk brings you to the bustling pedestrian area of Los Alcazares which is lined with restaurants and bars offering 'al fresco' dining. On the coast itself (near El Espejo) there are more cocktail bars and a vibrant feel especially in the summer months.
For a more international vibe head north up the coast towards Torrevieja. The towns found along this coastal road offer a lively and busy night scene with numerous clubs, restaurants, and themed bars. Away from the bars and restaurants there are a couple of cinemas and casinos (in Los Alcazares, Dos Mares, Playa Flamenca, and Cartegena).
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