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La Manga Tourist Attractions Things to Do

La Manga and the surrounding area offer so much to see and do that you're only problem is going to be fitting it all in. The resort itself is home to some of Europe's finest sports and leisure facilities and within easy reach of it there are historic cities to visit, beautiful stretches of coastline to explore and small villages to give you a taste of the "real Spain".

If you're staying within the resort itself you'll have three world class golf courses, one of Europe's finest tennis centres and a host of other sporting activities right on your doorstep.

Golf has been the main focus of the resort since its launch in 1972. La Manga has hosted numerous international tournaments and provides golfing facilities which are second to none, catering for beginners and "improvers" as well as for the more expert golfer.

Its three 18 hole championship courses are beautifully manicured, set in undulating hills with lovely scenery. The club organises package holidays which include accommodation at the resort and, if required, daily tuition at the on site Golf Academy. Beginners' courses and individual tuition for golfers of all levels are available.

Training and practice facilities include a floodlit driving range with 80 practice bays, two chipping greens, a practice bunker and a large practice green.

The resort also has an 18 hole par 47 course complete with bunkers and water hazards.popular with families and those just wanting an easy day's fun in the sun!

La Manga's tennis and leisure centre boasts equally excellent facilities with 28 floodlit courts and a Tennis Academy which uses state of the art computer assisted teaching aids. The complex has been described by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) as the premier sports and leisure resort in Europe. The LTA uses the tennis centre as its official winter training base.

The centre also has two squash courts, a bowling green, swimming pool, gym and two paddle tennis courts. Its leisure facilities include a jacuzzi, sauna, beauty salon, club house and snack bar.

For youngsters there's the Fiesta Mini Club which provides games and outdoor activities for children of all ages throughout the year.

La Manga Equestrian Centre offers tuition and rides for children, beginners and experienced riders. The centre has a variety of Andalucian and French horses as well as Shetland ponies for youngsters. There are daily treks along the beach and hacks through the Spanish countryside.

There are two riding stables near the resort El Rancho de la Fuente at the nearby village of Los Belones and El Puntal, on the road between the club and Los Belones.

You'll find every kind of water sport imaginable here, both within the resort and at the various sailing schools and centres along the Costa Calida. Take a boat trip on the Mar Menor, rent a sail boat for the day or take lessons in sailing, windsurfing or water ski ing.

In the unlikely event of running out of things to do in the resort venture further afield to the provincial capital of Murcia, 70 kilometres to the north west, and spend a cultural day visiting its lovely cathedral, museums and monuments. The cosmopolitan city of Alicante, about 100 kilometres north along the coast, is a wonderful shopping centre and has one of the most attractive and liveliest beachfront promenades in the whole of Spain.

The ancient port of Cartagena, a strategic military base in Roman times, is just 20 kilometres south west of La Manga. This is a very Spanish city, virtually untouched by tourism here you can see the ruins of an old Roman theatre, visit the numerous archaeological museums, castle and pretty port area.

The local village of Cabo de Palos, at the very tip of La Manga peninsula, is worth a visit with its popular Sunday market, harbourside fish restaurants and ceramic shops (which are wonderful for attractive and incredibly cheap gifts to take home with you after your holiday.)