Photo Friday: Los Alcazares

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For our anniversary last year, D and I went to relax at our friend’s apartment, in a small town on the coast of the Mar Menor. We were hoping for a relaxing week of fun in the sun, and it was brilliant.

Los Alcazeres 5

Los Alcazares is a small town, and mostly populated by English and German ex-pats. It is so close to Murcia Airport that we actually walked there to catch our flight home.

Los Alcazeres 3

The apartment is in a gated community centred around two pools. The two-bed apartment is fully equipped, including a kitchen and a balcony over-looking mountains in the distance. We sat out on the balcony on our final night with an Indian Take-away and watched a thunderstorm.

Los Alcazeres 1

There is a main strip in the town, with several restaurants and shops, plus a hotel and a supermarket. We spent most of our time relaxing on the beach or sipping cocktails at the Orange Rooms‘ Happy Hour.

Los Alcazares 2

I’m not great with just relaxing, so we hired bikes one day to ride up the coast. There are lemon farms like this along the highway that joins Los Alcazares to Santiago de la Ribera.

We continued to cycle all the way up the western side of the Mar Menor to Lo Pagan, which is most well known for it’s natural Mud Baths. There are pictures in existence of both of us covered in mud, but I’m not feeling brave enough today to expose them to the internet.

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In the picture above, the Mar Menor, which is warmer and calmer than the Mediterranean, is to the left with the Mud Baths on the right. The town in the distance on the horizon is Lo Pagan. The windmill you can just see on the right worked with a matching one at the other end of the promenade to pump the salty water from the Mar Menor into the salt flats which are behind the mud baths.

Veggie Rating: 3/5 There are more restaurants on the strip that cater to veggies than I assumed, plus there are a few supermarkets nearby which was useful to be able to cook for ourselves. Special shout-out to Bistro Heming-way who do amazing fajitas with superb service.

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