Espandy - Beaches
This is a small sample of beaches worth visiting within reasonable driving distance of Espandy. More information can be found on many on-line sites giving information on Murcia or from Tourist Information at Condado de Alhama.
The two nearest beaches to Espandy are Bolnuevo and Peurto de Mazarron
Bolnuevo is approximately 20 minutes by car from Espandy. It is a beautiful long sandy beach – which, during the summer months, tends to be too hot to stand on bare foot. The sea is rarely rough but it tends to have some wave activity and the beach is a little steeper than that of Peurto de Mazarron. Many prefer this as it enables swimmers to be in a reasonable depth within a short distance. Through the summer during the day there are flags to indicate if it is safe to swim and lifeguards are in attendance.
There are many restaurants and cafes and some shops in Bolnuevo. At the far end of the beach there is a roadside cafe – just across the road from the beach – which is extremely convenient for tapas, a meal or just a drink. Diagonally opposite is an excellent fish restaurant.
Bolnuevo is the home of some extraordinary natural rock structures called the erosions. These can be seen in the car park, just opposite the beach.
There is a sizeable car park just across the road from the beach and it is often possible to park on the beach.
Peurto de Mazarron
Peurto de Mazarron is approximately 20 minutes by car from Espandy along good roads. It has a lovely long stretch of beach and the nature of the cove and very gradual slope of the beach provides swimming conditions that are particularly safe. Through the summerd uring the day there are flags to indicate if it is safe to swim and whether lifeguards are in attendance.
There is a large promenade which runs the length of the beach. On the promenade are numerous restaurants and bars/cafes. On warm summer evenings (and there is no shortage of these) this area comes to life – people walk the promenade; shops open stalls on the pavement creating a form of street market – having a drink or meal and watching the activity can be the perfect end to a hot day.
Street parking is available, though this can be difficult during the summer, but there is an underground car park on the sea front.
Peurto de Mazarron holds an extensive market every Sunday morning with a vast array of food, household goods, clothes, shoes and so on.
Coves between Peurto de Mazarron and BolnuevoThere are many pleasant sandy coves between Peurto Mazarron and Bolneuvo
La MangaLa Manga approximately a 45-60 minute drive from Espandy is a strip of land 21 km long and 300 metres wide (on average) it separates the Mediterranean Sea from the Mar Menor (Small Sea). There are restaurants and it is possible to swim in the Mar Menor (during the summer this stretch of water is renowned for its warmth). La Manga can be reached by a ferry which goes from Santiago de la Ribera.
Santiago de la RiberaApproximately a 45-60 minute drive from Espandy Santiago de la Ribera is a small seaside town on the western shore of the Mar Menor a pleasant place to swim in the warm Mar Menor. Many restaurants – it can be a little busy in the summer weeks.
Lo PaganApproximately a 60 minute drive from Espandy Lo Pagan is located close to San Pedro del Pinatar on the Mar Menor and is famous for its healing mud baths and fabulous beaches, and also the beautiful Los Alcázares. Even if you do not wish to participate it is worth going to see others covered in mud.