The small town of Los Alcazares attracted its early fame as a small, yet productive fishing village. Since its fishing days, it has grown into a sizable town offering pristine shores next to the famous Mar Menor and its lengthy coastline. It is one of the most popular areas for property buyers from Western Europe and Asia. The town itself couldn’t be more different from the likes of Benidorm and the Costa del Sol to the south of Spain.
For being a small town near to San Javier and other important towns and cities of this region of Spain, the population isn’t that large. There’re between 10,000-15,000 permanent residents in the area, reaching to over 100,000 people in the summer months. Many of the population come from the more inland Spanish cities of Madrid and Albacete, as well as countries such as the UK and Ireland.
Close to Los Alcazares is the town of Torre-Pacheco, which is a large town with its own town centre. It has a population of under 30,000 people and is another ideal location to buy properties. Within the town, there are many restaurants and bars, as well as a golf club and sports complex. The town also has a lot of nearby beaches, being on the coast of the Mar Menor sea.
Beaches, Parks and Great Beauty Spots
One of the best ways to see the beauty of Los Alcazares and its surrounding areas is by pedal bike. Taking a cycle around this area can be very relaxing, with wonderful views over the Mar Menor and the backdrop to the towns. Bikes can be easily rented from one of the many stores in the town. In Los Alcazares, one of the best places to take a cycle is the Observatorio de Aves. It has great views over the Mar Menor and the surrounding coastline.
In the town of Torre-Pacheco, one of the best places for a walk is the Recuerdo gardens. It is a small garden with beautiful plants and trees. It is always well kept and has a monument for the nearby cemetery.
Near both towns and to the city of San Javier is the Cabezo Gordo. It is a wonderful attraction in the hills of the area, that is a protected piece of land despite being privately-owned. The area is key to many species of fauna, flora and wildlife.
Sports and more Sports
One of the biggest topics of conversation in the Los Alcazares area is water sports, with numerous opportunities to rent out boats and jet skis. If you have the experience, you can rent a boat. There are also many water sport activity companies that offer fun-packed deals including sailing; windsurfing, diving, paddle boarding, canoeing and much more.
Nearby in the town of Torre-Pacheco is a sizable sports complex. The complex has its own swimming pool, sports pitches and a well-equipped gymnasium. There are multiple football and basketball pitches, as well as indoor courts.
Golf is also a very big sport in this region of Spain, with many large and smaller courses popping up year in, year out. In Torre-Pacheco, the golf club has been a great asset to the town since it opened in 2009. It even has a driving range and putting green – meaning anyone can practice their swing. Overall, there are a total of 9 holes, making it a great place to learn. There are some more courses along the route between Torre Pacheco and Los Alcazares.
Wine and Dine
Los Alcazares is a town with a fabulous selection of bars and restaurants. One of the best restaurants in the town is the San Antonio restaurant, which specialises in Mediterranean, European and seafood cuisine, offering a spectacular view over the Mar Menor sea. The restaurant has a great team of staff and a great wine list for all the wine connoisseurs out there.
Another great restaurant along the beach front is the Club Nautico Mar Menor, which gets its name from its view over the Mar Menor. The club is dedicated to the marina of the town and the nearby seas. In the town centre, the Little Italy restaurant is a lovely place to visit (the food is definitely worth the price and the limited menu).
Throughout the town, there are many world-class bars. Many are within the town centre. One of the best bars to get a cocktail in is the New Sibarit. There are many Irish around this community – and this can be seen from the bars. In the town, there are two Irish bars: The Celt Irish Bar in the centre and the Irish Beach Bar, located off the main beach of the town.
Many of the bars within the Torre Pacheco are bar-restaurants. Athabasca is one of the best restaurants in the town, alongside 4 Cominos; El Huerto Del Azafran and Bar la Hita. All have great atmospheres and their menus are also great assets to each of the restaurants.
In the area surround Los Alcazares and Torre Pacheco there are a number of medical centres. The closest hospitals are in San Javier and Cartagena. There are also a number of police stations around the area, with a number in San Javier and Cartagena. You should always feel safe. There is also a range of public and private schools in the area of Los Alcazares and Torre Pacheco. Some schools specialise in different subjects. The closest universities are in the nearby cities of San Javier and Cartagena.
The weather of the area is the typical Spanish Mediterranean weather: The hottest month is August and the coolest being January. The wettest month is October and the driest is July. If you love the sun and like to be in it all year round, then this could potentially be the perfect area to settle in.