San Pedro del Pinatar & Lo Pagan
Murcia (San Javier) - 15.7 km - 0 h 16 min
Alicante - 80.1 km - 0 h 54 min
Lo Pagan is the beach area of the large coastal town of San Pedro Del Pinitar and one of the best beach resorts in the area. Located at the northern tip of the Mar Menor where it meets the Mediterranean, it offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy fantastic beaches on both seas. The wild Mediterranean beaches are found on northern section of the famous La Manga Strip which is separated from the larger and more built up Southern section by a small unpassable channel of water where the 2 seas meet and the Med flows into the Mar Menor. Here you will also find the famous mud baths where people come to cover themselves in the mineral rich, therapeutic, clay-like mud before rinsing themselves clean in the warm waters of the Mar Menor. Bathing in this grey (and very smelly!) mud is said to provide multiple health benefits and ease numerous chronic bone and skin conditions such as Arthritis and Dermatitis. Continue along the long palm tree lined promenade, beyond the mud baths and you will arrive at the Southern tip of the Northern section of La Manga Strip with its rolling sand dunes and wild, beautiful, Mediterranean beaches. Follow the shoreline north and you will shortly come to the large new San Pedro Marina where there are shops, cafés, restaurants and of course boats! Beyond the Marina are the region's famous salt Lakes or “Salinas" which are home to a large population of greater flamingos as well as a whole host of other birds and wildlife. This is a protected are and wooden walkways and viewing cabins have been constructed to give visitors access through the sand dunes so they can get a better view of the many unique species of birds and animals that inhabit the Salinas.
Like the neighbouring resort of Santiago De La Ribera San Pedro also boasts a long, palm tree-lined promenade. Also like Santiago, golden, sandy beaches, children´s play parks and chiringuitos (beach bars) are a key feature of its impressive beachfront.
There is a large marina and yacht club offering various watersports courses and a family fun fair that is open each evening throughout the Summer. There is a wide variety of shops, bars and restaurants located around the marina and beach area as well as in the town centre. For those looking to dance the night away there is also a good choice of late night music bars and discos which stay open until the very small hours during Summer. This is a truly great beach resort and has something for all ages and interests.