La Manga is a unique location in Europe, it is a strip of land 21 Km long and 300 metres wide (average). La Manga means ‘sleeve’ and it is a strip of land which separates the Mediterranean Sea from the Mar Menor (Small Sea). Along it’s coast on both sides, there are beautiful ‘Blue Flag’ beaches with white sands, ideal for family holidays. The Mar Menor is the largest lagoon in Europe and has a surface area of 130 sq km and a maximum depth of 8 metres. The crystal clear waters are warm, calm and rich in salts and minerals, in fact the temperature never falls below 18degrees. In certain areas of the Mar Menor the therapeutic clays can be found, these are a favourite with the Spanish tourists, who cover themselves with the clay and then bake in the hot sun. It is said to be good for skin complaints, rheumatism and arthritis etc. La Manga offers the tourists a wide range to choose from, including, Spanish, Greek, Indian, Chinese, Mexican etc. The Tomas Maestre Marina which is situated towards the end of La Manga Strip comes alive at night with its many bars and restaurants. When visiting La Manga you must try the local fish and shellfish fresh from the sea, or a traditional famous Paella, a typical rice dish with fresh seafood. There is an open air market, throughout the year, every Sunday at Cabo de Palos located at the start of La Manga Strip.