From Santiago de la Ribera to Playa Honda
From Lo Pagán, taking the road that skirts the Mar Menor, you arrive at Santiago de la Ribera, site of the Air Force Academy.
Its main nucleus, the municipality of San Javier, organizes an interesting Festival of Theater, Music and Dance every summer.
Leaving Santiago de la Ribera, the N-332 near the airport leads to Los Narejos, an enclave of the Centro de Alto Rendimiento Infanta Cristina, where many top athletes train and reside.
Close by, you have Los Alcázares, chosen by Arab kings for a residential retreat. Near the village, you can visit the torre Rame a Moorish tower remodeled in the 16th century.
La Encarnación Hotel, with its turn-of-century ambience, is a pleasant spot to undergo treatment with the waters of the Mar Menor submerged in ancient marble baths.
Typical in this area are the health spas built of wood and painted in various colors with long walkways leading to the sea and cabanas which served as bathhouses on the beach not too long ago. Near the water’s edge, you can find residential developments and fishing villages, including Los Urrutias, Los Nietos, Islas Menores, Playa Honda and Mar de Cristal, popular vacation destinations of the inhabitants in the region.