InterContinental Mar Menor Golf Resort & Spa
Start your morning with a light breakfast on the terrace of The Club House, before enjoying a round of golf in the early morning sunshine. When you’re finished, ask the concierge to organise transport to the nearby city of Murcia. Spend a moment admiring the beautiful baroque architecture of 14th-century Murcia Cathedral, before exploring the boutiques and cafes of picturesque Calle Trapería. For lunch, try Mercado de Verónicas, where cheerful vendors offer a smorgasbord of regional produce.
After filling up on local delicacies, spend the afternoon on the water. Opt for a cruise on Mar Menor lagoon and discover a world of idyllic beaches and fascinating volcanic islands. Explore the Mediterranean on a private charter boat, cool off with a dip in the ocean, or try your hand at sailing, windsurfing or jet-skiing. After an action-packed afternoon, unwind with a glass of wine at a restaurant in seaside Los Alcázares, or treat yourself to a soak at the San Pedro del Pinatar mud baths.
In the evening, drive out to the ancient city of Cartagena. Take a stroll down lively central thoroughfare Calle Mayor, stopping to sample tapas and sangria at one of the street’s many bars. Watch the sun set over the spectacular ruins of the city’s Roman amphitheatre, before catching a classical concert on the waterfront at the Auditorio El Batel. Later, return to InterContinental® Mar Menor Golf Resort & Spa for a romantic dinner at Mizu Restaurant followed by a nightcap at The Clover pub.
Mar Menor is the largest and biggest salt-water lagoon in Europe. The therapeutic properties of its mud and clay have been prized for centuries. Five degrees hotter than the sea, swimming in Mar Menor feels like taking a warm bath. Mar Menor (little sea or small sea) is a salty lagoon, in the south-east of the autonomous Community of Murcia, in Spain, separated from the Mediterranean sea by La Manga, a sandbar 22km in length and with a variable width from 100 to 1200m. It is part of the Campo de Cartagena comarca and belongs to four municipalities: Cartagena, Los Alcazares, San Javier and San Pedro del Pinatar. With a surface area of nearly 170km², a coastal length of 70km, and warm and clear water which does not exceed 7m in depth, it is "the largest swimming pool in the world" according to the opinions of the famous swimmer and Hollywood actress Esther Williams. Its relatively high salinity, which aids flotation, and remarkable sporting infrastructures make this one of the most popular places in Europe for the practice and training of all kinds of water sports. Phoenicians initially, then the Moorish Kings, chose this "small sea" to install their summer residences here. Today, this place attracts all those who seek a quiet place to rest and relax, with ideal climatic conditions all year round.
Market Garden of Europe
The area of Murcia is known as 'la Huerta de Europe' (the Market Garden of Europe) and its fruit and vegetables are known for their rich flavours. Various types of tomatoes, olives, peppers, lemons, almonds, artichokes and saffron are grown year round and exported all over Europe. Don't miss the local grilled vegetables.
Region of Murcia
The Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia is one of Spain's seventeen autonomous communities. It is located in the southeast of the country, between Andalusia and Valencian Community, on the Mediterranean coast. The autonomous community consists of a single province (region), unlike most autonomous communities, which have several provinces within the same region. Because of this, the autonomous community and the province are operated as one unit of government. The city of Murcia is the capital of the Region, and seat of government organs, except for the parliament (Regional Assembly), which is in Cartagena. The autonomous community and province is subdivided in municipalities. The Region of Murcia is bordered by Andalusía (the provinces of Almería and Granada); Castile-La Mancha (the province of Albacete), which was historically connected to Murcia until 1833; the Valencian Community (province of Alicante); and the Mediterranean Sea. The highest mountain is Revolcadores (2,015 m). The community measures 11,313 km² and has a population of 1.4 million, of whom one-third live in the capital. The region is a major producer of fruits, vegetables, and flowers for Spain and the rest of Europe. Excellent wineries have developed near the towns of Bullas, Yecla, and Jumilla, as well as olive oil near Moratalla. Murcia is mainly a warm region which has made it very suitable for agriculture. However the precipitation level is low and water supply is a hot subject today since, in addition to the traditional water demand for crops, there is now also a demand of water for the booming tourist developments which take advantage of the mild weather and beaches. Water is supplied by the Segura River or Río Segura and, ever since the 70's, by the Tajo transvasement, a major civil engineering which, under some environmental and sustaintibility restraints, brings water from the Tajo into the Segura.
Cartagena was founded as the Carthaginian Qart Hadasht Asdruball in 227BC, about a former Iberian settlement, called Mastia. The city met its peak during the Roman period, with the name of Carthago Nova. It can discover from his great roman theatre, to wander the most beautiful streets who direct you to the port. Explore the city by visiting the Punic Walls from the third century BC, visit the House of La Fortuna, a Roman House that after more than 2000 years password has resurfaced, walk around the Roman Forum or in the Augusteum. Or evene discover Cartagena, from a different point of view from the Castle of La Concepcion or maybe from theChristmas Fort