Autovia De La Manga, Salida 11, Mar de Menor, 30386, SpainView on map
Why stay here ...
Please note that we are running a hosted Long Stay Winter Sun rally from 10th January to 20th March 2024. The hosted holiday should be booked under the La Manga Winter Holiday campsite, site code E16W. To see what's included please click the link here.
For those who do not wish to join the hosted holiday, please continue to book under this campsite name, code E16.
A little bit about the site
With its beach setting on the Mar Menor Lagoon, this large, resort-style site is ideal for an active holiday. There are indoor and outdoor swimming pools, as well as a playground, boules, tennis courts and beach volleyball, while the beach offers a range of water sports such as sailing, canoeing and windsurfing. There’s also a gym, sauna and spa treatments for adults.
Enjoy the wide range of activities and entertainment throughout the winter, including Spanish classes, aqua fitness and flamenco evenings.
On half of the site, the touring pitches are neatly arranged on gravel and surrounded by hedging which provides privacy and shade. The other half of the site has a large number of cabins for rent to tourists plus many static units used by permanent residents. First impressions when initially driving through the campsite may surprise some members as the main road goes past the permanently sited residential area before reaching the touring pitch side. The residential area has a large variety of adapted static vans which may look haphazardly built upon.
The toilet blocks are mostly in need of modernisation although they are kept very clean by the friendly site staff.
A speciality of the area is the local mud treatments, which can be booked through reception and are said to have a rejuvenating effect. Those interested in culture will enjoy a trip to the ancient port of Cartagena and the bustling city of Murcia, with its Moorish history and thriving café culture.
Around and About
Cartagena Roman city, La Manga Golf and Spa resort, Murcia, Alicante, Caravaca de la Cruz, Parque Regional de Calblanque, Water sports, Horse riding, Mountain biking, Diving.
- Distance to Calais: (kms)
- Lat 37.62445 / Lon -0.74442
- Michelin map no.
- Buses go to: Murcia
- Daily public transport within 2 kms
- Nearest port: Santander (574 kms)
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An enormous site, 75% occupied by permanently occupied pitches with static caravans hidden behind an large variety of 'structures', some actually bricks and mortar. The touring pitches are rectangular level and all separated by hedges and there a plenty of trees for shade. The touring pitches all have electricity, water and drainage and are separated from the 'shanty town' zone at the top of the site. It is is a long walk from that area to the 'beach' and the restaurant (which is ok). If you are thinking of using this site you should read up about the "Mar Menor"(the large salt water lagoon where this site is located) and the pollution issues. Personally I wouldn't use this site again.
Response from the Club:
We`re sorry to read that you weren`t happy with La Manga. The campsite is very large with a number of cabins for rent to tourists plus many static units used by permanent residents, although touring pitches do still account for over 60% of the campsite pitches. First impressions when initially driving through the campsite may surprise some members as the main road goes past the permanently sited residential area before reaching the touring pitch side. The residential area has a large variety of adapted static vans which may look haphazardly built upon. The touring area as you say, is separate to the residential area and has well sized pitches separated by hedges for privacy or shade.
The campsite does have a loyal following amongst members, who return to the campsite every year, especially in winter to enjoy the facilities and entertainment on-site and in the local area.
We cannot avoid the well publicised environmental issues experienced by the Mar Menor in recent years but understand that the local authorities are investing in a cleaning operation alongside various environmental initiatives in an attempt to secure the future of the lagoon. We will continue to keep the situation under review whilst we continue our partnership with this popular campsite.
We were thinking of booking this site for a couple of months, as one of the hosted winter long stay options for early 2023. We were nearby in April 22, so decided to stop. Thank goodness we did. The site is dreadful. As we drove in to choose our pitch it looked exactly like a shantytown. The site is supposed to be all year, but the shop was shut (possibly for siesta, but I wouldn't expect it to be, no other on site shops have shut at lunchtime) it was so appalling we just drove straight out. When we went to reception to explain they didn't seem surprised. Another couple were doing exactly the same. I have been totally put off any club winter sites if this is the standard chosen for over winter hosted sites. It was 22euro a night, so more expensive than other sites too I think the club really need to reconsider their license. We have never had a bad experience of a club site in the UK and all the sites in Spain have been great, but this was shocking.
Comment from the Club:
We`re sorry to read that you will not consider La Manga for our hosted holiday in Winter 2023 based on this short experience in April. Whilst over 60% of the campsite is formed of touring pitches, it is true that the first impressions when driving through the campsite may surprise some members as the main road passes an area of permanently sited residential units before reaching the touring pitch side. The residential area has a large variety of adapted static vans which can look haphazardly built upon. The touring area is separate to this area with well sized pitches separated by hedges for privacy or shade. In winter our members enjoy the indoor pool and the activities that the hosts organise in the pool bar building which is conveniently located close to the holiday pitches at the top of the campsite near to reception. The bar by the lagoon is a popular spot to socialise with others on the hosted holiday or the local residents as well as the restaurant which serves good quality well priced food. It`s not uncommon for campsite shops to close for a few hours each day to give their staff a break, especially if they have limited staff available. Based on our 2022 Winter holiday feedback the shop was a good size, well stocked and at prices comparable to the local supermarkets.
We`re pleased to hear that otherwise you have had a good experience with Club sites and are happy with our other European partner campsites and perhaps you can consider our other hosted winter holiday at nearby Alannia Costa Blanca.