Just a 30 minute drive from Torrevieja, at the beginning of the impressive Mar Menor are the areas of Lo Pagan and San Pedro del Pinatar. Unfortunately many holidaymakers to Torrevieja only visit this area on their way to or from Murcia-San Javier Airport, and unless informed by friends or family, don’t realise the lovely beaches and attractions that can be found here. The nearby town of La Manga is a popular destination for water sports, and there are a selection of establishments where you can hire various water sport equipment and book lessons. This is also the home of the exclusive La Manga Club, recognised as the best sports and leisure resort in Europe.
The Mar Menor is one of those rare geographical occurrences when two peninsulas almost meet, creating a type of inland sea connected to the surrounding ocean by small channels. This makes for a unique environment where the water is relatively calm and shallow. Lo Pagan is situated on the north of the Mar Menor and offers a variety of great things to do on a day out from Torrevieja. The long sandy beach is popular with families with small children due to the calm conditions of the water, and there are nice views of the pretty marina and walks along the promenade. The town offers a selection of shops, bars and restaurants as well as parks and plazas. During the summer months there is a quaint children’s fun fair with old fashioned rides and exciting games of chance.
At the end of Lo Pagan Beach is a pleasant cycling and walking path that takes you passed the salinas and out to sea. Here is also where you will find one of the main attractions in the area, It’s therapeutic mud baths. Known locally as La Puntica, the mud aids in healing a variety of injuries and ailments such as broken bones, ulcers, gout and rheumatism. The more enthusiastic mud bathers, at the expense of looking like creatures from the deep, cover themselves from head to toe, creating an all over body pack which draws out impurities as it dries.