Mar Menor - Costa Calida - Murcia - Spain
Murcia region is situated at the south-est of the Iberian Peninsula. Mar Menor (Minor Sea) is at the south-est of the Murcia region, where Lo Pagan is located at the north, into the coast of Mar Menor, very close to the Mediterranean Sea. So it is a very privileged place.
How to come
Plain: San Javier airport at just 5 km from Lo Pagan (Tel. (+34) 968.240050), or El Altet, Alicante, airport, at 65 km from Lo Pagan (National and International flights, tel. (+34) 96.6919400).
Train: Madrid-Cartagena, leaving in Balsicas, at 10 km from Lo Pagan, or in Cartagena (at the end of the line) at 30 km from Lo Pagan. From the Mediterranean coast: Barcelona-Alicante, at 70 km from Lo Pagan.
Bus: Regular lines with Madrid, Alicante, Murcia and Cartagena, all of them has a stop in Lo Pagan. From Madrid: Madrid-Cartagena-Mar Menor (leaving in Lo Pagan). From Bilbao, San Sebastian, Pamplona, Vitoria and Valencia, with the company Bilman Bus, stopping in San Pedro del Pinatar at 1 km from Lo Pagan.
Car: From Madrid, by A-3 Madrid-Valencia
motorway, deviating to Alicante, after, the last 70 km, in the Alicante-Cartagena
national road in the coast until reaching Lo Pagan. Other alternative is
to leave the motorway in Albacete and go to Murcia (capital) by national
road, from there to Lo Pagan by the Murcia-Mar Menor motorway.
From Barcelona by A-7/AP-7 Mediterranean Motorway (Autopista or Autovia del Mediterraneo).
From Basque Country go to Madrid (N-I/A-1 Motorway), and after continue the route from Madrid (described before). From San Sebastian and Pamplona, there is an alternative: Zaragoza-Teruel-Valencia, by national road, this been a shorter alternative, but with the inconvenience of the road.
Few regions have the fortune to have a salt water lake close to the Mediterranean Sea. This intimate sea, historically know, visited, receive the name of Mar Menor (translating into English, Minor Sea). In its litoral perimeter it has a 73 km coast in what there are transparent water beaches and with little deep waters (the maximum depth is not superior to 7 meters) and with an area of 170 km2, that it place the Mar Menor in the European greatest salt water lake.
Lo Pagán - San Pedro del Pinatar
The touristic and coastal area of the San Pedro del Pinatar municipality receives the name of Lo Pagan, in where are famous the mud baths that are taken in the area of Las Charcas de las Salinas, because their curative-beneficial effects for rheumatic type affections. This zone has innumerable services and touristic installations, so it is a comfortable and animated place for the Summer Season, also to reside during all the year.
The San Pedro del Pinatar municipality consist of 21.7 km2 and nowadays its census is 14,650 inhabitants. During summer it does three times its amount.
In the Mar Menor, the beaches of Villananitos and La Curva (formely known as La Puntica), offer low depth waters, like an incentive to take bath or practise any kind of water sport.
The beaches bathed by the Mediterranean are El Mojon and La Llana with 400 and 2,500 meters long respectively.
These beaches are equiped with all the services that garanties the accesibility, confortability and information to the people that use them.
The therapeutic values of mud and clay have been acknowledged since mankind. The Chinese used them for centuries making poultices to heal inflammations. Other cultures within the Indian subculture of South America found that the sand and clay in that area aided rheumatic cases.
Hipocrates (460-337 BC) the father of traditional medicine, recommended their use in many of his treatments and many other doctors of that era, like Empedocles (490-430 BC), Galen, in the Second century, or Paracelso, in the Sixth century, compiled data of the many popular remedies using clay and mud, that apported many of the basic minerals like calcium, magnesium, silica, iron and potassium to the body.
The mud from the Mar Menor
The particular climatic conditions of the Mar Menor, the long hours of sunlight and the high level of salt n the water, have created, in the farth north part of the lake, known as La Puntica, a mud known for its therapeutic value. The last analysis carried out by the University of Murcia in 1995 found that these sediments contain a high percentage of calcium, magnesium, potassium and flouride, as well as chlorine and sulphur. This percentage is far superior to the normal values found in this type of water with such a high level of salinity. The tests also show that there are high levels of fine and very fine sands (slime and clay), the basis of the healing attributes of this mud. The PH varies between 7.12 and 8.45.
Use of this mud is recommended in many cases of skin disease, such as abscesses, ulcers, inflammations, sores, and acne, due to its rapid absorption, its mineralising effect and its capacity to neutralise acid as well as the stimulating effect it has on wound healing. A layer of mud applied to the skin absorbs all the conjunctive tissue and eliminates lymphatic toxins from the dermas, acting as a blotting pad for the skin. This mud is also appropiate as an anti-inflammatory in the cases of rheumatism, arthritis, gout and for rehabilitation after a bone fracture. It is also recommended for throat illnesses.
The mud baths can be taken by applying the mud with a spatuta or by hand. It is best to apply the mud initially in small areas and leave on the skin for a maximum of one hour. If no side effects are experienced, you can the increase the amount and the duration of the bath. It is best to apply the mud during the day and in warm weather so that the sun can quickly dry the layer of clay applied. The area should be washed with salt water between each treatment.
The Mar Menor is a lake with a very high level of salt. The characteristics of the water is conditionated by the extreme heat, the wind and above all its connection to the Mediterranean through the fishing canals. The ionic concentrations of magnesium, calcium, sodium, iodine and fluoride are much higher than the amounts found in the Mediterranean. It has been proved that thermal treatments with this type of salt water has an osmotic effect on the interstitial tissue of the human body and increases the activity of the blood circulation. As a result toxins are eliminated and the bodies muscles relax, very good for sufferes of arthritis, rheumatism, tendonitis, nervous diseases and all types of pathologies related to the articulations.
Where these mud baths can be taken
The area traditionally known for its mud baths is the sat flats of La Puntica, in Lo Pagan, in the north corner of the lake, where the lake bed houses a treasure of medical sediments. For those interested in bathing in the salt water of the Mar Menor any area is valid.
Visits y excursions
In the Costa Calida, it is suggested to do an sea excursion through the Mar Menor, there are several organized tours.
The visit to the capital must include the Fuensanta's Santuary (Santuario de Fuensanta), at five kilometres and where you can observe and splendid panoramic to the Huerta (Market Garden); the Salzillo Museum, musicium whose music murcian people go into procession in Holy Week (Semana Santa); the Cathedral; the Casiono, and the old town.
De Cartagena, el popular barrio de Santa Lucía (según la tradición, en sus playas desembarcó el apostol Santiago); Parque Torres; Museo Arqueológico, riquísimo en fondos romanos; iglesia de la Virgen de la Caridad, patrona de la ciudad, y los monumentos a los Héroes de Cavite y al submarino de Isaac Peral.
Going to Cartagena you must see, the popular suburb of Santa Lucia (according to the tradition, into its beaches the apostle Santiago landed); Torres Park; Archeologic Museum, very rich in roman grounds; Virgen de la Caridad church, town patron, and the monuments to the Heros of Cavite and the Isaac Peral's submarine.
Monday: San Pedro del Pinatar
Tuesday: Los Alcázares
Wednesday: Santiago de la Ribera
Thursday: San Javier
Friday: Torrevieja (morning), Pilar de la Horadada (afternoon-evening)
Sunday: Cabo de Palos
Like appetizer there are common salted fishes like mojama, mujol and tuna spawn, the tasteful prawns of the Mar Menor, and also sausages.
Caldero rice, made with ñoras, garlic and different varieties fishes, is the most important plate. In the same way there are also important Dorada and Mujol fishes prepared to the salt.
The regional wines are Yecla, Jumillas and Bullas.
Popular parties and festivals
Medical Asistence and Social Security
We can recomend you accommodation in one of two apartments we have between our family in Lo Pagan. Both apartmnents have two bedrooms, air condition, elevator, garage and are located on first line beach or very close from it.
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