La Manga, Spain
The national flag of Spain consists of a yellow field containing the national emblem sandwiched between two horizontal red bars. Yellow and red are traditional Spanish colours that according to legend represents bullfighting (red from the blood of the bull and yellow sand of the bullring). The symbol in the yellow band is the Spanish coat of arms.
La Manga (literally ‘the sleeve’) is a unique geographical formation in Spain where a thin sleeve of land separates the Mediterranean Sea and the Mar Menor (minor sea). This sleeve of land is 21km long in total and averages 100 meters wide. Urbanization began in the late 1960s and today it is a bustling seaside resort with villas and high rises that provide amazing views of both seas.
La Manga has become a very popular summertime tourist playground among both Europeans and Spaniards. The Mar Menor is typically warmer than the Mediterranean Sea (see Facts & Figures below). The hotels along La Manga typically have terrific sea views, often of both seas, and the entire ‘sleeve’ offers incredible sunsets!
Facts & Figures
- La Manga literally translates to “the sleeve” in Spanish
- The Mar Menor (minor sea) is fed by the Mediterranean Sea and has an average depth of 5 meters (16 feet) with water temperature averaging 3 degrees C higher than the Mediterranean Sea
- The area was known to the Romans as ‘Palus’, then as ‘Al Buhayrat Al Qsarand’ by the Moors, and later as ‘Mar Chico’ in the 1600s by the Spaniards.
- La Manga is part of the Region of Murcia along the Costa Calida (Quality Coast).
- There is an adequate bus service up and down La Manga but you will need a car to go further afield. The nearest trains are in Alicante and Murcia for connecting to other parts of Europe.
- La Manga has one main road, the Avenida Gran Via, that runs 17 kilometers north from Cabo de Palos. Traffic on the Avenida during summer (especially July and August) is quite heavy, often taking one full hour to travel from the bottom to the top.
- La Manga has unique sign posts to mark each kilometer along the ‘strip’ in the shape of surfboards (see above).
- The unit of currency for Spain is the Euro.
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