CABO DE PALOS
Alicante – 122.70km – 1h 15 min
Murcia (San Javier) – 38.30km – 0 h 26 min
Cabo de Palos is the most southerly place on the Mar Menor and located at the base of the famous La Manga Strip.
One of the main focus’s of the area is the port and marina. This dual facility is located on the southern shore and is still the centre of social and economic activity in the town: alongside the fishermen who are constantly at work there are a cluster of shops, bars and restaurants, all of which do a busy trade most of the year round. The most striking landmark in the town is the lighthouse, located on a rocky top 80m above sea level on Cabo de Palos’ golden beach. Nowadays the lighthouse of Cabo de Palos is an important tourist attraction with visitors coming to admire the tower and its views.
The marine reserve of Cabo de Palos and Islas Hormigas is one of the most popular destinations for underwater exploration in Spain, offering a chance to observe the marine fauna found in the volcanic underwater rocks but also various shipwrecks which have fallen over the centuries.
Away from the marina there is a new shopping centre with a large supermarket and more bars and restaurants. There is also a local Sunday morning Market selling fresh food and handmade goods.