Los Alcázares Things to Do
A large beach, in a shallow sea, or, should I say... lake?
I visited it while staying in La Manga, for sure, the best option in the area, because there, we have the same shallow sea/lake and also the open waters of the warm Mediterranean.Related to:
Los Alcázares Hotels
Rio Dobra 2, 30710, Los Najeros, Los Alcazares, 30710, Spain
Good for: Families
Avda Aviacion 2, Los Alcazares, 30710, Spain
Good for: Families
Rio Borines 53, 30710 Los Alcazares, Los Alcazares
Good for: Business
F27 de San Cayetano a Los Narejos, Urbanizacion Roda Golf & Beach Resort, Los Alcazares, 30739, Spa
Good for: Business
Avenida Constitucion, 67, Los Narejos, Los Alcazares, 30710, Spain
Good for: Business
We stayed at Apartamentos Serena Golf for 2 nights during our visit to Los Alcazares in July 2014. ...more
Av. Constitucion, 13, Los Alcazares, 30710, Spain
Good for: Couples
La Base, 4, Los Alcazares, 30710, Spain
Good for: Solo
Avda. Principe Felipe S/N, Torre Del Rame, Los Alcazares, 30710, Spain
Good for: Couples
Los Alcázares Restaurants
El Santo Baron: Delicious tapas in the heart of Los...
Emma and I had lunch at El Santo Baron during our stay in Los Alcazares in July 2014.
This popular tapas bar is located on Paseo de la Feria, a pedestrianised shopping (mainly of the tourist variety) and dining street, just a few minutes walk from the Town Hall.
This is exactly the kind of place that we like to eat at when we are travelling in Spain. It is a laid back tapas bar with freshly cooked tapas dishes on display on the bar.
We sat on stools at the bar and examined the tasty looking dishes; calamari, anchovies, sausage, omelette, ham, chicken, seafood, salads, patatas bravas...
I started with a plate of anchovies and olives - 6 deliciously salty and greasy anchovies served with half a dozen pitted green olives.
Emma started with a chicken salad dish – succulent chicken with mayonnaise and lettuce.
We received a complimentary basket of crusty bread (4 slices) to accompany our dishes.
As we were eating, more freshly prepared dishes were being brought out from the kitchen and placed on top of the bar, right in front of us. There were various sandwiches and some delicious looking spicy potato and pepper dishes. We eventually succumbed to temptation when a plate containing slices of bread topped with pork sausage meat was placed on top of the bar – we ordered one each.
We each had a bottle of pineapple juice and we shared a large bottle of mineral water.
Our total bill was a very reasonable €12.00.
Great value, freshly prepared tapas dishes in the heart of Los Alcazares. Recommended!
Los Alcázares Transportation
Bus: Los Alcazares to La Manga
We travelled by bus from the town of Los Alcazares to the touristy sandbar of La Manga during our visit to the Murcia region in July 2014.
While standing on the beach at Los Alcazares, we could see La Manga across the water; it didn't look that far away. However, by road it is a lengthy journey of around 1 hour.
Our journey was on a Sunday afternoon. We caught the #23 bus (operated by Alsa City) at 1:20pm (it had been due at 1:15pm) from the bus stop directly across the road from Los Alcazares' Town Hall on Avenida de la Libertad.
We purchased tickets from the driver (€2.80 per person) and took our luggage (small, wheeled suitcases) on board with us. The bus was practically empty so we had no trouble finding a space to store them.
The #23 bus had commenced its journey in Santiago de la Ribera at 1:00pm and had travelled via Murcia-San Javier airport before arriving at Los Alcazares. It made several other stops en route to La Manga, including Los Urritias, Los Nietos and Cabo de Palos (the town at the entrance to the La Manga peninsular).
The final stop, where we disembarked, was at Pedruchillo, around 9km along the La Manga strip. We arrived just before 2:20pm – a journey time of just under 1 hour.
The #23 bus is very infrequent. At the time of our visit (which was in the high season) there were just two buses per day in each direction:
Santiago de la Ribera (1:00pm) - Los Alcazares (1:15pm) - La Manga Pedruchillo (2:10pm)
Santiago de la Ribera (6:30pm) - Los Alcazares (6:45pm) - La Manga Pedruchillo (7:40pm)
La Manga Pedruchillo (11:30am) - Los Alcazares (12:35pm) - Santiago de la Ribera (12:50pm)
La Manga Pedruchillo (5:00pm) - Los Alcazares (6:05pm) - Santiago de la Ribera (6:20pm)
There are local buses (#15, running every 30 minutes, €1.15 per person) that run up and down the 20km La Manga strip.
At the end of our trip, rather than take a lengthy bus ride back to Santiago de la Ribera we caught the Mar Menor Ferry from La Manga's Puerto Tomas Maestre. The crossing to Santiago de la Ribera took just under 30 minutes and cost €4 per person.
Bus from Santiago de la Ribera/San...
During our visit to the Murcia region in July 2014, we needed to travel from Santiago de la Ribera to Los Alcazares.
Despite the two towns being fairly close by, we found that buses between the two weren't as frequent as we had expected them to be.
Nevertheless, with a bus ride being considerably cheaper than a taxi ride, we visited the tourist information office and identified a 1:00pm bus that would fit with our plans.
The bus stop for this bus (#23) was located just metres away from Hotel Mar Menor – very convenient as that is where we were staying.
There was a timetable displayed on the bus shelter. It indicated that the #23 bus, operated by Alsa City, would arrive at 1:00pm and would get us to Los Alcazares by 1:15pm. Highlighting the infrequency of these buses, the next bus listed wasn't until 6:30pm.
We thought we knew what we were doing. We were wrong!
Two local ladies who were standing at the bus stop were adamant that we should not catch the #23 bus. They told us, as best they could in broken English, that the bus we needed was a "Costa Azul" bus, not the #23 Alsa City bus. We were sceptical; the bus timetable seemed to suggest that we DID want the #23 bus.
The #23 bus arrived a few minutes after 1:00pm. We ignored the ladies' protestations and their calls of "Costa Azul" and stepped forward to get on the bus. I asked the driver if the bus went to Los Alcazares and he said not. I was pretty sure that it did, and I now wonder (with the benefit of hindsight!) whether it was my pronunciation of Alcazares that confused him. I was pronouncing it, as it is spelt, as "Al-caz-arr-ez", instead of the correct (and somewhat different!) pronunciation of "Al-cath-a-reez".
Either way, we returned sheepishly to the knowing looks of the two local ladies who were shaking their heads and repeating "Costa Azul". One of the ladies pulled out a folded bus timetable from her pocket and showed us that there was a bus due in a few minutes time. She told us "tres paradas" (which I correctly guessed meant "three stops"), pointed them out to us on the timetable and then gave us the timetable to keep.
The Costa Azul bus arrived at around 1:10pm. The two local ladies ensured that we got on board. We put our luggage in the bus's undercarriage and purchased tickets from the driver. The fare was €1.15 per person and the journey to Los Alcazares, via San Javier town centre, took around 15 minutes.
We disembarked the bus in Los Alcazares on Avenida de la Libertad, close to the junction with Calle Santa Ana, just a short walk back from El Espejo beach.
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Favorite thing: Los Alcazares is definately a place for older couples or people who want a quiet relaxing time.
We loved it but our teenage children found there was nt enough going on for them We stayed at an apartment block called Albatros very nice but the pool was too small for the complex and the behaviour of some of the people in the pool was boardering on dangerous. We would go again but to a more relaxing complex and let the kids go to Benidorm
Fondest memory: The Mar Menor is lovely. Boat rides are good. One or two nice restaurants on the beach.Related to: