San Pedro del Pinatar - famous mud baths and good beaches. Walk way out towards La Manga.
WHY - Good beaches and the famous mud baths
HOW TO GET THERE -
Leave Roda and turn left, at the roundabout take the 3rd exit, continue to the next roundabout and take the AP 7 to Alicante / Murcia
Continue on the AP 7, exit at junction 774 , follow signs for Las Salinas. This will take you to Av del Puerto. Continue down to the mud baths and beaches
WHAT TO SEE - Harbour, beaches, mud baths
San Pedro del Pinatar, located in the northern part of the Mar Menor, is 22 km2 in size. It is one of the most appreciated tourist places of the Mediterranean with 3.000 hours of sunshine a year and has an average temperature of 17C, It is only 46 km far from Murcia, on the border of Alicante Province.
The Regional Park of Las Salinas covers a third part of the Municipality, the most important wet area in the Murcia region and has been exploited from Roman times to nowadays, There are many ponds, hills, dunes and pine trees and we can observe pink flamingos, colimbos, gallinetas, sea gulls, herons, owls and the small "fartet", original to this part of the coast.
Inside the Regional Park, we can enjoy the famous mud baths, in one of the Salinas' ponds. Thousands of people have been using the mud made of clay in order to alleviate rheumatism illnesses, arthritis, skin pathologies, therapeutic rehabilitation etc.., This mud has a very high therapeutic value which is the result of action of sun on highly salted water with the clay deposited at the bottom of the pond.
An ideal complement is a bath in the mineral waters of the Mar Menor
There are hotels which offer specialized treatments
Two Public Holidays of Regional Tourist Interest: Holy week and The Virgen del Carmen festivity (July 16) complete the festivities in connection with the Saint Patron of the town, San Pedro del Pinatar (June 29)
Cuisine is varied and tasty. The most famous dish being "Caldero", which consists of rice cooked in an iron pot, according to sailor's tradition.
Fish is excellent, the most famous being the dorade and mullet as well as fried fish and other varieties of "pardetes" and "galupes". Mar Menor prawns are also very appreciated.
And for a dessert: a portion of "Tocino de Cielo" (egg and sugar cake) and "cordiales" (almond cakes)