San Javier

San Javier is best known for being the home of Murcia’s airport. San Javier is a small town on the Mar Menor coastline of the Costa Calida. Named after the apostle Saint Francis Xavier, the municipal district of San Javier covers an area of some 74 km2 and has a permanent population of around 23,000 (which rises considerably during the busy summer months). The region around San Javier is very important for agriculture and a wide range of produce is grown there. In recent years it has also become very important for tourism, the Mar Menor (Lesser Sea) being a huge draw for tourist due to its warm waters and safe beaches. The golf and water sports facilities also contribute greatly to its popularity. The municipal district of San Javier consists of 8 boroughs: Santiago de la Ribera, La Manga, El Mirador, Roda, La Grajuela, Pozo Aledo, La Calavera and Los Saez de Tarquinales. San Javier today is a busy little town, with a good range of shops, bars and restaurants. The renowned healing mud baths at Lo Pagan are just a short drive away. Since 1998 San Javier has been the home of an increasingly popular jazz festival, many festivals are held in the town itself.