Los Alcázares is a municipality and famous fishing village located in the sunny region of Murcia in southern Spain. In recent years it has become a popular area for people looking to buy second homes from all over the globe, with a rich multicultural population. If you are looking to buy property in Los Alcázares there is a real mixture of property types and prices to suit all budgets. The area especially comes alive during the summer months, with many people travelling to the region to enjoy its sunny weather and beautiful beaches. Its neighbouring towns include Torre-Pacheco, San Javier and Cartagena, a city known for its rich Roman history.
Beaches and Sightseeing
The beaches in this area are all located along the Mar Menor. Despite the word ‘mar’ which means ‘sea’, it is a saltwater lagoon. In fact, it is famous for being the largest in Europe, with natural wetlands of international importance.
Its waters are warm, calm and shallow, perfect for children and a relaxing day at the beach. For all of these reasons, it has become an essential tourist destination. A walk along the seafront promenades at dawn or sunrise is a must.
Some of the most popular Los Alcázares beaches include Playa de Los Narejos; Playa La Concha, Playa Carrión, Playa de las Palmeras and Playa de la Hita.
One of the best ways to see the beauty of Los Alcázares and its surrounding areas is by bicycle – a perfect option thanks to its flat terrains. Taking a cycle around this area can be very relaxing, and you can easily rent bikes from one of the many shops in the town. One of the best places to take a cycle is along the wooden walkway of the Observatorio de Aves, with great views over the Mar Menor.
In regards to shopping in the town centre, you can find many local shops as well as several supermarkets. Los Alcázares, El Paseo de la Feria is particularly well-known: a pretty pedestrian zone with a variety of shops, bars and ice-cream parlours. There is also a plaza based in Rio Nalon, with hotels, supermarkets, banks and souvenir shops.
Los Narejos also has a small shopping centre named Las Velas. Located here is a supermarket and cinema which shows films in English on Tuesdays and Saturdays. In the nearby town of San Javier there is a larger shopping centre: Dos Mares. It includes a supermarket, cinema and a large selection of popular retail stores.
Los Alcázares is also known for having a Tuesday and Saturday market. You can find all sorts of fresh local produce, souvenirs, jewellery, clothes, as well as brushing up on your haggling skills for incredible bargains. Don’t forget to take a break from shopping to enjoy the typical Spanish breakfast: churros!
The Tuesday market, known as Mercado Semanal, is weekly and located near the town centre at Calle de la Rambla. The Saturday weekly market is in Los Narejos, Calle Nueva Ribera-T. Both markets begin around 9:00am and end at 13:00pm.
Restaurants & Nightlife
Both Los Alcázaress and Los Narejos have plenty of bars and restaurants.
Gastronomy in the area is known for its fresh seafood thanks to its coastal location. It also has an abundance of fresh vegetables and fruit from local orchids and fields.
The most typical dish of the area is known as ‘caldero’, a rice dish that finds its origin with sailors. It is cooked with fish of different varieties and a homemade broth in which the rice is cooked.
Other typical local dishes include ‘zarangollo’, also known as a Murcian omelette and ‘michirones’, a stew dish made with beans, jamón and chorizo. You can also find a lot of tapas restaurants – they’re great places to enjoy various dishes of this typical Spanish cuisine.
You can try some of these typical local dishes at ‘La Encarnación’, built in 1904 on the seafront. This hotel and restaurant is also known for its thermal baths made with waters from the Mar Menor itself. The ‘San Antonio’ restaurant is known for its selection of seafood and popular Spanish dish “paellas” – it particularly stands out for its position on a pier.
A popular place to dine out is Avenida Río Nalón, where you find restaurants with a variety of cuisines. Here you will also find many bars, great for drinks and cocktails. Amongst the bars, you will find an Irish pub. The Celt Irish Bar has a selection of beers on draft, including Guinness! Along with a menu of all the best pub grub and 5 TV screens showing all the best sports events.
For late-night bars, try Varazú or the nightclub Maná, open till the early hours of the morning on summer nights.
Things to Do
Water sports are a popular activity in the area. Thanks to the calm waters of the Mar Menor, you can enjoy activities such as boating, jet skiing, canoeing and kite surfing.
Visit the Aeronautical Museum. This museum is dedicated to the symbolic Los Alcázares area base, one of the first seaplane bases in Spain. Here you can see weapons, military clothing, and aeroplane propellers amongst the relics on display.
Golfing is also a big sport in the area. Golfers can enjoy the greens all year round thanks to the sunny and warm weather. Some of the best golf courses include Mar Menor Golf, Las Colinas, Lo Romero, Roda Golf and Las Terrazas de la Torre.
Los Alcázares and Los Narejos are well connected via two International Airports.
The closest is the brand new International Corvera Airport. Many airlines fly in and out, with an increasing number of flight routes offered. Its facilities and services are all modern, with a great selection of restaurants, coffee shops, free Wi-Fi and plenty of stores for that last-minute holiday shopping experience.
Alicante International airport is relatively close-by, approximately a 50-minute drive. This airport is the fifth-largest in Spain and ranked amongst the 50 busiest in Europe. It has a wide range of flight paths and serves both the Region of Murcia and Community of Valencia.
Los Alcázares is known for having a Mediterranean climate. It’s proximity to the sea which helps regulate the temperature. Murcia, in general, enjoys an average annual temperature of 18 º C, with very mild winters averaging at 10.2 º C.
Rain remains scarce and irregular with very few days of overcast skies. Los Alcázares and surrounding areas enjoy more than 2,800 hours of sun per year – a dream come true for anyone looking for some sun!
The area of Los Alcázares has a sports complex, located near the town centre equipped with an indoor pool, natural and artificial grass pitches, gym and a spa in Punta Calera.
Nearby is a total of three hospitals, located in Pozo Aledo, Cartagena and Murcia.
There is a range of public and private schools, including various bilingual schools such as the prestigious King’s College situated in La Torre Golf Resort.
The closest universities are situated in the neighbouring cities of Cartagena and Murcia.