Famous for its summer festivals and its dedication to agricultural and nautical activities, San Javier, located in the Mar Menor, goes way beyond the mere expectations of beaches. Cool air and the fresh taste of seafood provide alternatives to this area, whose main tourist hotspots are Santiago de la Ribera and La Manga del Mar Menor.
THE FLYING ACROBATS
Those who regularly come to Mar Menor know that at any moment, one of the most amazing spectacles that exist can happen above our heads. The acrobatics of the Patrulla Águila team, which is based out of the San Javier Air Force Academy, defy the laws of physics to delight all those that are lucky enough to see it. Once you have seen the acrobatics, you cannot look away from the sky.
A BEAUTIFUL CONTRAST
The contrast between the modern exterior of the Church of San Francisco Javier and its interior, first catches the attention of the main temple in San Javier, where you can find the Religious Art Museum and a rich artistic repertoire full of sculptures, altarpieces and liturgical objects.
DIVE INTO THE HISTORY
The Local History Museum is the best place to further peculiarities and local history. In their rooms, you can find objects that span from family, social and cultural aspects to its agricultural and fishing tradition, and not forgetting, the development in aviation.
THE SEA AND GOLF
Like the rest of the Mar Menor, the San Javier coast is ideal for water sports. The majority of the sailing, diving or paragliding schools take place in the Mar Menor Marine Resort, and they give you an unforgettable experience in a unique setting in the Mar Menor.
A RELAXING WALK
We recommend that you enjoy the pleasant walk, either first thing in the morning or during the evening, on the beautiful Ribera promenade, lined with palm trees. You’ll discover that, although having a modern feel, the town has never lost its sense of seafaring. The promenade is scattered with beach bars and restaurants beside the beach.
Bicycles are for the summer, and even more on the beaches of San Javier. The cycle lane allows you to travel around the beaches, without needing to walk, with total security and at your own speed.
FROM THE SEA… CALDERO
The local specialty is called Caldero, a typical coastal dish made up of rice and fresh fish with a secret ingredient ñoras (a sun-dried pepper grown in Murcia). The following are typical Murcian items: fish eggs, dried tuna, and the richest langoustines of Mar Menor as well as home grown vegetables like lettuce, tomatoes, artichokes and peppers. For dessert, we suggest that you enjoy the sweet and savoury Pastel de cierva or, if you have a sweet tooth, the Tocino de Cielo (very similar to flan in Southern Spain).
LET’S GO TO THE FESTIVALS
The San Javier Jazz Festival is considered as one of the best in Spain. The annual event takes place in July and offers a whole month of concerts, where the most outstanding Jazz musicians perform. Can you think of anything better than spending your summer nights listening to Jazz on an outdoor stage just a few minutes from the sea? The summer festival of Theatre, Music and Dance is another very important one in San Javier. The range of classical and avant-garde theatre, world music, prestigious soloists and internationally renowned classical and modern dance groups all attend this annual event.
FROM HOLE TO HOLE
If you like golf, the Roda Golf course, designed by Dave Thomas, has 18 holes with a par 72 and a distance of 6,177 metres. Its spacious greens and strategically placed bunkers make it the ideal golf course.
FESTIVALS AND CUSTOMS
The Romería de San Blas is one of the most well-known festivals in Murcia, which takes place at the beginning of February. During the summer in Santiago de la Ribera, they also celebrate the Festival of the Virgen del Carmen with a maritime procession and popular street parties.