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Places to Visit: Mazarrón

 

Mazarrón is one of the main tourist holiday resorts on the Costa Calida and is situated about 20 minutes from Hacienda del Alamo Golf Resort. The coastal areas of Mazarron boast some of the finest beaches in Spain, and much of the coastline and countryside remain untouched.

 

Mazarrón is a two-stop place: the port and then the town itself which is five kilometres from the coast. Mazarrón is set in a wide bay that opens up into the Mediterranean and has a coastline of 35km. The beaches are unspoilt with clean crystal waters and there are many coves and rocky sea beds to make this an ideal spot to soak up the sun as well as practice water sports. There are many beaches which are well worth a visit such as La Reya, Bahía, La Isla and El Castellar along with coves such as Cala Amarilla, La Grúa Beach, Parazuelos, Covaticas, Ballenato, Percheles.

HISTORY: Its ancient name is Almazarrón and its origin is Arabic, meaning “red ochre”. It was a very important mining area with its mountains being rich in lead, zinc, silver, iron, alum and red ochre. Its strategic position turned it into a stronghold to defend the neighbouring lands of Lorca and Cartagena. The proof of this can be seen in the numerous watch towers and fortresses which are scattered around the area and which were constructed to stop the Saracen advance from Africa. Once the wealth of the mines had been exhausted, Mazarrón developed an important tourist industry. Agriculture and fishing are also prominent economic sources. Mazarrón is famous for its tomatoes, and fish features heavily in the gastronomy with plenty of prawns, tuna, sardines, monkfish and seafood paellas.

PLACES TO VISIT: In Mazarrón town you will find the Town Hall and the Former Cultural Centre which are Modernist in style and are testament to the flourishing splendour at the beginning of the 20th century. The church of San Andrés (16th century) has a lovely Mudejar style ceiling and can be found just behind the town hall. Situated close by is the Convent of La Purísima (the patron saint of the town).

A definite must-see are the ruins of the Castle of the Vélez family. Also, in and around the Port of Mazarrón you can find horse riding stables, ten pin bowling, Go Karting, and bikes can be hired; while if you are looking for more relaxing activities there is a Paseo with many bars and cafes where you can enjoy a relaxing drink in the sunshine. Also, there is a big market in the port that takes place every Sunday which has many stalls selling jewellary, clothing, perfume and much more.

Also close by and a wonderful place to visit is the ancient fishing village of Bolnuevo. It features the dramatic towers such as Torre de Vieja (XVII), Santa Isabel and Tower of Los Caballos. If you are a keen fisherman Bolnuevo is superb for beach fishing; and is so good in fact that National and International fishing competitions are held here. Bolnuevo is surrounded by breathtaking scenery and opposite its beach is one of the most spectacular landscapes of the region; where on sandstone, the erosion of the wind and the water has sculpted beautiful shapes. These are known as the Bolnuevo Erosions.

Other things to do in Bolnuevo include walking and cycling, and also for the energetic walking up the mountain behind the village. It takes about an hour to reach the top but the views are superb.

EATING OUT: Fresh vegetables and fish are staples of the typical cuisine. The garlic tomatoes are particularly good and fresh fish is plentiful. If you are on a day out in Bolnuevo there is a wonderful little Spanish restaurant called “El Anfora” on the beach front, telephone 968 15 06 32. Magnolia Restaurant which is near the mercadona supermarket in Mazarrón town is lovely for an evening meal and they do a great Sunday lunch. The address is Avenida Doctor Meca 116, telephone 968 15 45 12.

USEFUL INFORMATION: Mazarrón Tourist Office. Tel: 968 59 44 26 or visit www.mazarron.es

Source: Hacienda del Alamo Magazine

 

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