San Pedro del Pinatar is a small town and municipality in
the autonomous community and province of Murcia,
south-eastern Spain. The municipality is situated at the
northern end of Murcia's Mediterranean coastline, the
Costa Cálida, and borders with the province of Alicante.
It has an area of almost 22 km², and a population (2005)
of over 19,600 habitants.
San Pedro del Pinatar is about 49 km from the provincial
capital, Murcia. The municipality is situated between the
Mediterranean Sea coast and the Mar Menor ("Little Sea"),
a coastal saltwater lagoon which is the largest in Europe.
The Mar Menor coast belongs to three different
municipalities: San Javier, Los Alcázares and Cartagena.
The latter is not by the Mar Menor itself, but in the
San Pedro del Pinatar occupies a small peninsula with 14
km of coastline between the two seas. The terrain is a
mostly low-lying littoral depression, with an average
elevation of only 13 m above mean sea level.
Fishing and related processing industries have been a
mainstay of the local municipal economy, with tourism– and
services–related industries playing an ever-increasing
La Manga del Mar Menor (The Sleeve of the Minor Sea) is a
resort town in Murcia, Spain. It should not be confused
with the nearby La Manga Club resort, known for hosting
numerous football (soccer) clubs from all over the world
during the winter months. La Manga Cup has been staged
every year since 1999.
The La Manga Strip is a strip of land 21 km long and 300
metres wide (average). La Manga means 'sleeve' and it is a
strip of land which separates the Mediterranean Sea from
the Mar Menor (Small Sea). It also has many hotels, shops,
bars, clubs and restaurants. One of the most popular areas
with young adults is the Zoco area.
La Manga has more than 40 km of Blue Flag beaches which
attract a lot of water sports enthusiasts.
The nearest airport is San Javier (MJV).