Lo Pagan is situated on the north shore of the Mar Menor and has merged with San Pedro del Pinatar to become one big town. Lo Pagan has a beautiful beach, promenade and small marina. During the summer months there is a lively funfair beside the marina which adds to the seaside atmosphere.
Lo Pagan is most famous for its mud baths. These are free, which is great news if you have a large family to keep occupied. All ages can use the mud baths from 1 to 100, but only the truly hardy indulge during the winter months. The mud baths are located at the end of the beach and the start of the salinas walking and cycling route out to sea. Simply walk down the steps, cover yourself with the therapeutic mud, said to be good for all types of skin complaints, aches and pain, dry off in the sun, then re-enter the water to wash it all off!
Places of interest & ideas of things to do in Lo Pagan
- Beach: long and sandy.
- Promenade: long and paved, joins into the mud baths and salinas walking and cycling route.
- Marina: small.
- Children’s Funfair: opposite the marina open during summer months only.
- Mud Baths: treat your skin!
- Salinas Walking & Cycling Route: out into the Mar Menor.
Ideas of places to twin Lo Pagan with day or night
- Twin a visit to the information centre in San Pedro del Pinatar with a trip to the marina and then drive the short distance to Lo Pagan for a walk along the salinas walking and cycling route that runs beside the mud baths.
- Visit Cabo de Palos, Punta Brava or any of the other interesting towns and villages on the Mar Menor, end your day at the lively funfair opposite the marina for a great day out.
- Take your bikes and start here at the mud baths, cycle out to sea and follow the salinas walking and cycling route around to San Pedro del Pinatar marina, complete this circular route by returning along the cycle path which runs parallel to the sand dunes.
Mar Menor – Costa Calida – Murcia – SpainSituation – How to come – Mar Menor – Lo Pagán – Beaches – Curative mud – Visits and excursions – Street Markets – Gastronomy – Popular parties and festivals – Service guide – Accommodation – Photo gallery
Murcia region is situated at the south-est of the Iberian Peninsula. Mar Menor (Minor Sea) is at the south-est of the Murcia region, where Lo Pagan is located at the north, into the coast of Mar Menor, very close to the Mediterranean Sea. So it is a very privileged place.
How to come
Plain: Corvera Airpot at just 20 km from Lo Pagan (Tel. (+34) 968.240050), or El Altet, Alicante, airport, at 65 km from Lo Pagan (National and International flights, tel. (+34) 96.6919400).
Train: Madrid-Cartagena, leaving in Balsicas, at 10 km from Lo Pagan, or in Cartagena (at the end of the line) at 30 km from Lo Pagan. From the Mediterranean coast: Barcelona-Alicante, at 70 km from Lo Pagan.
Bus: Regular lines with Madrid, Alicante, Murcia and Cartagena, all of them has a stop in Lo Pagan. From Madrid: Madrid-Cartagena-Mar Menor (leaving in Lo Pagan). From Bilbao, San Sebastian, Pamplona, Vitoria and Valencia, with the company Bilman Bus, stopping in San Pedro del Pinatar at 1 km from Lo Pagan.
Car: From Madrid, by A-3 Madrid-Valencia motorway, deviating to Alicante, after, the last 70 km, in the Alicante-Cartagena national road in the coast until reaching Lo Pagan. Other alternative is to leave the motorway in Albacete and go to Murcia (capital) by national road, from there to Lo Pagan by the Murcia-Mar Menor motorway.
From Barcelona by A-7/AP-7 Mediterranean Motorway (Autopista or Autovia del Mediterraneo).
From Basque Country go to Madrid (N-I/A-1 Motorway), and after continue the route from Madrid (described before). From San Sebastian and Pamplona, there is an alternative: Zaragoza-Teruel-Valencia, by national road, this been a shorter alternative, but with the inconvenience of the road.
Few regions have the fortune to have a salt water lake close to the Mediterranean Sea. This intimate sea, historically know, visited, receive the name of Mar Menor (translating into English, Minor Sea). In its litoral perimeter it has a 73 km coast in what there are transparent water beaches and with little deep waters (the maximum depth is not superior to 7 meters) and with an area of 170 km2, that it place the Mar Menor in the European greatest salt water lake.
In the Mar Menor, the beaches of Villananitos and La Curva (formely known as La Puntica), offer low depth waters, like an incentive to take bath or practise any kind of water sport.
The beaches bathed by the Mediterranean are El Mojon and La Llana with 400 and 2,500 meters long respectively.
These beaches are equiped with all the services that garanties the accesibility, confortability and information to the people that use them.Go to start
The therapeutic values of mud and clay have been acknowledged since mankind. The Chinese used them for centuries making poultices to heal inflammations. Other cultures within the Indian subculture of South America found that the sand and clay in that area aided rheumatic cases.
Hipocrates (460-337 BC) the father of traditional medicine, recommended their use in many of his treatments and many other doctors of that era, like Empedocles (490-430 BC), Galen, in the Second century, or Paracelso, in the Sixth century, compiled data of the many popular remedies using clay and mud, that apported many of the basic minerals like calcium, magnesium, silica, iron and potassium to the body.
The mud from the Mar Menor
The particular climatic conditions of the Mar Menor, the long hours of sunlight and the high level of salt n the water, have created, in the farth north part of the lake, known as La Puntica, a mud known for its therapeutic value. The last analysis carried out by the University of Murcia in 1995 found that these sediments contain a high percentage of calcium, magnesium, potassium and flouride, as well as chlorine and sulphur. This percentage is far superior to the normal values found in this type of water with such a high level of salinity. The tests also show that there are high levels of fine and very fine sands (slime and clay), the basis of the healing attributes of this mud. The PH varies between 7.12 and 8.45.
Use of this mud is recommended in many cases of skin disease, such as abscesses, ulcers, inflammations, sores, and acne, due to its rapid absorption, its mineralising effect and its capacity to neutralise acid as well as the stimulating effect it has on wound healing. A layer of mud applied to the skin absorbs all the conjunctive tissue and eliminates lymphatic toxins from the dermas, acting as a blotting pad for the skin. This mud is also appropiate as an anti-inflammatory in the cases of rheumatism, arthritis, gout and for rehabilitation after a bone fracture. It is also recommended for throat illnesses.
The mud baths can be taken by applying the mud with a spatuta or by hand. It is best to apply the mud initially in small areas and leave on the skin for a maximum of one hour. If no side effects are experienced, you can the increase the amount and the duration of the bath. It is best to apply the mud during the day and in warm weather so that the sun can quickly dry the layer of clay applied. The area should be washed with salt water between each treatment.
The Mar Menor is a lake with a very high level of salt. The characteristics of the water is conditionated by the extreme heat, the wind and above all its connection to the Mediterranean through the fishing canals. The ionic concentrations of magnesium, calcium, sodium, iodine and fluoride are much higher than the amounts found in the Mediterranean. It has been proved that thermal treatments with this type of salt water has an osmotic effect on the interstitial tissue of the human body and increases the activity of the blood circulation. As a result toxins are eliminated and the bodies muscles relax, very good for sufferes of arthritis, rheumatism, tendonitis, nervous diseases and all types of pathologies related to the articulations.
Where these mud baths can be taken
The area traditionally known for its mud baths is the sat flats of La Puntica, in Lo Pagan, in the north corner of the lake, where the lake bed houses a treasure of medical sediments. For those interested in bathing in the salt water of the Mar Menor any area is valid.
Visits y excursions
- Lonja del Pescado (Fish Market)
Situated in the explanation of Lo Pagan. It offers the possibility to know the auction sale of fishes newly capturated, although they can be bought directly from fishes.
The access from La Llana beach (Mediterranean Sea) or from the Baño de la Mota or “Los Barros” (Mar Menor) zone. From this place it can be observed the “encañizada” (typical fishing art from Mar Menor) in the natural union of the Mar Menor wih the Mediterranean Sea.
- Museo del Mar (Sea Museum)
Located in the Lorenzo Morales street (“Hogar del Pescador”, Fishers House building), in San Pedro del Pinatar, it offers collections of: sea-shell, fish denture, mollusc caparison, miniature of typical art from Mar Menor (like the “encañizadas of Punta de Algas), knots, cartografic maps, etc.
- Condes de Villar de Felices Palace or “Russian House”
Huge dimension building and palacetic line, it is located into the center of San Pedro del Pinatar. It was built al the end of XIX century assigned by Benifayo Baron, who assigned also to built a similar palace in the Isla Mayor (Major Island) of the Mar Menor.
- San Sebastian’s House or “Clock’s House”
It is modernist style house and was built in the XIX century by the Server-Sporttorno family (very known one in Murcia). It is rounded by a little palm and eucalyptus garden and its name comes from the clock situated in its principal façade. In may 1889, D. Emilio Castelar y Ripoll, Spanish Republic President, died in this house, who used to stay long relax temps in San Pedro del Pinatar.
Fruit trees (Vega Alta and Media del Segura), mountain (Sierra Espuña, magnifically poblated with pines), nearly unknown and very beutiful parts (in the northwest, Caravaca de la Cruz and Moratalla), vineyard lands (Jumilla and Yecla), monumental and historical towns (Lorca, the Sun Town) and other where you can encounter notable muslim influences (Abanilla and Ricote).
In the Costa Calida, it is suggested to do an sea excursion through the Mar Menor, there are several organized tours.
The visit to the capital must include the Fuensanta’s Santuary (Santuario de Fuensanta), at five kilometres and where you can observe and splendid panoramic to the Huerta (Market Garden); the Salzillo Museum, musicium whose music murcian people go into procession in Holy Week (Semana Santa); the Cathedral; the Casiono, and the old town.
De Cartagena, el popular barrio de Santa Lucía (según la tradición, en sus playas desembarcó el apostol Santiago); Parque Torres; Museo Arqueológico, riquísimo en fondos romanos; iglesia de la Virgen de la Caridad, patrona de la ciudad, y los monumentos a los Héroes de Cavite y al submarino de Isaac Peral.
Going to Cartagena you must see, the popular suburb of Santa Lucia (according to the tradition, into its beaches the apostle Santiago landed); Torres Park; Archeologic Museum, very rich in roman grounds; Virgen de la Caridad church, town patron, and the monuments to the Heros of Cavite and the Isaac Peral’s submarine.
Like appetizer there are common salted fishes like mojama, mujol and tuna spawn, the tasteful prawns of the Mar Menor, and also sausages.
Caldero rice, made with ñoras, garlic and different varieties fishes, is the most important plate. In the same way there are also important Dorada and Mujol fishes prepared to the salt.
The regional wines are Yecla, Jumillas and Bullas.
Popular parties and festivals
- San Pedro del Pinatar and Lo Pagan
January 5, Magic Kings Cavalcade. Landing to Lo Pagan by sea and posterior carriage procession until reaching San Pedro del Pinatar.
February, Carnivals. In the Carnival Sunday the local procession and the next sunday there are the Mar Menor Carnival (each year there are celebrated in a different town of the refion).
Holy Week. Declarated of Tourist Interest since 1993. There are processions in Lo Pagan (Wednesday) and in San Pedro del Pinatar (Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and the next Sunday). Its origin is situated in 1951.
June, Sevillian Feria. Sevillian Houses, live actuations and variated program.
June 24, Saint John (San Juan).
June 29, San Pedro Apostol Patronal Parties. Live music, Animal market (celebrated sinde 1796 and one of the olderst in Spain), and carruages, folkloric actuations, cultural and sport activities, etc.
July 16, Virgen del Carmen Parties. Declarated of Touristic Interest in 1965, and it is celebrated since 1892. coincide with Lo Pagan’s Parties.
- Christmast, Misa del Gallo (Midnight Mass), several actualtions.
- Mar Menor
February, Carnival. The Sunday of Carnival there are celebrated processions into each town and village, election of the Carnival Queens, masc dances, etc. The next Sunday, the macro procession of Carnival with the San Pedro del Pinatar, San Javier and Los Alcazares music companies (rotating a company each year).
- San Javier
June 24, Saint John (San Juan) Bonfire.
July and August, Theater Internationd Festival, Music and Dance.
December 3, San Francisco Javier Patronal Parties.
Chirstmast, Nativity Belen of Spain
- Santiago de la Ribera
February 3, San Blas Pilgrinage.
July 16, Virgen del Carmen Parties. Maritime Processions.
July 25, Santiago Apostol Patronal Parties
- Los Alcazares
August 15, Maritime procession of Asuncion.
Second fornight of August, La Huerta Week.
Octuber 12, Caldero’s Day.
Octuber 13, Municipal Autonomy Party.
- Los Narejos
December 8, Purísima Patronal Parties.
- La Manga del Mar Menor
September 27, Tourism World Day.
- Cabo de Palos
Holy Thursday, Fishermen’s Procession.
July 16, Virgen del Carmen maritime procession.
August, Virgen de la Asuncion Parties.
- La Unión
August, Cante de las Minas Song Festival.
Holy Friday, Patronal Parties
June, Cartageneras song National Competition.
July, “La Mar de Músicas” music Festival.
September, “Carthaginesian and Romans” Parties.
November, International Jazz Festival and International Maritime Cinema Week.
Medical Asistence and Social Security
- Lo Pagan. Centro de Salud. Edif. Casa del Mar (Explanada). Tel. 968.184728
- San Pedro del Pinatar. Centro Médico de Salud. C/ Miguel de Unamuno, 8. Tel. 968.181710 (urgencies y public attention). Tels.: 968.180230 – 968.182062.
- Lo Pagán. Ldo. Muruera Alvarez.. Avda. Gereralísimo, s/n. Tel. 968.182090.
- Lo Pagán. Lda. Munuera González. C/ General Casola, 9. Tel. 968.180893.
- San Pedro del Pinatar. Ldo. Lorente Tortosa. Avda. del Taibilla, s/n. Tel. 968.185870.
- San Pedro del Pinatar. Ldo. Muruera Martínez. C/ Dr. Ferrero Velasco, 2. Tel. 968.180678.
- San Pedro del Pinatar. Lda. González Pomares. C/ Emilio Castelar, 57. Tel. 968.183793.
- San Pedro del Pinatar. Nilo-Tour. C/ Alimirante Guitan Vietio, 14. Tel. 968.182415.
- San Pedro del Pinatar. Viajes Pinatar I. C/ Emilio Castelar, 82. Tel. 968.186035 – 968.186174.
- San Pedro del Pinatar. Viajes Pinatar II. C/ Emilio Castelar, 40. Tel. 968.184328 – Fax 968.183603.
San Javier airport flights
- Information y reservations IBERIA. Tel. 968.172045 – 902.400500 (24 hours).
- Charter flights SERVISAIR. Tel. 968.170222 – 909.610744.
- San Pedro del Pinatar. Rent-Menor. Avda. Dr. Artero Guirao, 232. Tel. 968.182410 – 908.044894
- Lo Pagán. Avda. Generalísimo (Explanada de la Feria).
- San Pedro del Pinatar. C/ Victor Pradera (junto Ayuntamiento). Tel. 968.181760.
- Radio Taxi. 968.180808 – 968.186996.
- Lo Pagán. Parque de los Reyes de España (edificio Casa del Mar).
- San Pedro del Pinatar. C/ Alcalde Julio Albaladejo, 16 (edificio Casa de Cultura). Tel. 968.182575.
- Airport San Javier (Murcia’s airport). 968.172900.
- San Pedro del Pinatar Town Hall. 968.180600.
- Fire-brigade (Los Alcázares). 968.171302.
- Casa de la Juventud (Youth House). 968.184352.
- Medical Center (Lo Pagán). 968.184728.
- Medical Center (San Pedro del Pinatar). 968.181710.
- Post Office. 968.180751.
- Fishermen House (Cofradia de Pescadores). 968.181920.
- Cruz Roja (Red Cross – ambulancies). 968.187718.
- Train Station Balsicas. Mar Menor. 968.580052.
- Bus/Coach Station Cartagena. 968.505656.
- Bus/Coach Stación San Pedro. 968.182942.
- Canoesism Public School. 968.187260.
- Guardia Civil (Police). 968.180610.
- Los Arcos Hospital (La Ribera). 968.570050.
- Mar Menor Ocanografic Institute. 968.180511.
- Sea Museum (Museo del Mar). 968.181920.
- Tourist Office. 968.182301.
- Local Police. 968.188092.
- Public Polisportive. 968.185480.
- Public Swimming Pool. 968.183765.
- Radio Pinatar 87,9 FM. 968.187620.