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Murcia the cosmopolitian municipality

Mazarron is located in the south of Murcia and border the municipalities of Cartagena and Fuente Alamo to the east, Alhama de Murcia and Totana to the north, Lorca to the west and the Mediterranean Sea to the south.

The municipality covers an area of 318,700 square kms and has a population of approximately 31,000 residents. The municipality of Mazarron is divided into two key areas, Mazarron town itself and the port of Mazarron.

The municipality of Mazarron has something to offer absolutely everyone, from history to leisure activities.

Mazarron has more than 35 kms of unspoilt beaches which is one of the reasons why it is one of the most popular Spanish tourist destinations. It is nestled in the foothills of the Sierra de la Almenara Mountains which shelter the bay.

Mazarron enjoys a wonderful climate as it is protected from the wind by the mountains and enjoys winter temperatures oscillating between 15 and 20 degrees.

Due to this, Mazarron is often chosen by expats as the ideal place in which to retire.

It is steeped in history and evidence of the previous Roman occupation can be seen throughout the entire municipality. As well as the Romans aqueduct and the numerous roman ruins there is also a roman salting factory which has been converted into a museum and is open to the public. This museum is located on the Calle La Torre in the port of Mazarron and is open during the winter months from Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 1pm and again from 5pm to 8pm. In summer it is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 1pm and 6.30pm to 9.30pm. An entrance ticket for the museum is 2.50€ or 1.50€ for children and pensioners. Entry for children under the age of 5 is free. This former salting factory is an excellent example of Roman history. It was discovered in 1976 whilst the foundation of a neighbouring building was being dug.

Historians believe that Mazarron was chosen as a base for the Romans due to its close proximity to Carthago Nova (Cartagena) and because of its mineral rich land.

One of the best ways to learn about the history of the municipality of Mazarron is take a trip around its many monuments, castles, churches and museums.

The tourist office in the port of Mazarron has lots of information in the form of booklets that highlight the points of cultural and historical interest in the town. The tourist office is open every day Monday to Saturday from 10am to 2pm then again from 5pm to 8pm.

The port of Mazarron is a very busy and bustling area full of shops, bars, restaurants and of course beaches. The port is very cosmopolitan with many different nationalities living there. According to the Mazarron population and statistics department almost half of the entire population is made up of immigrants. The port of Mazarron is growing considerably with huge investment being injected into the area. The new marina boasts 331 new mooring points and whilst the price of these moorings has been disputed in the courts, they are still in demand.

Continuing out of the port of Mazarron, you will find yourself in the village of Bolnuevo which apart from its stunning beaches is also famous for its “Cuidad Encantada” (enchanted city). This is a massive sand sculpture formed by the wind and water. The area directly in front of the sand sculptures is often used to hold concerts and markets as this creates a magnificent backdrop for any event.

Mazarron has two weekly markets, which are extremely busy. On Saturdays the market is held in Mazarron town, by the church square and on Sunday it is held in the port of Mazarron just off the Via Axial.

Mazarron boasts four blue flag beaches which include the Playa de Bahia, located at Kilometre 1610, Playa de Nares, and located on kilometre 2670, Playa de Castellar located on kilometre 3550 and Playa la Pava.

There are also many secluded covers including La Amarilla, La Grua and the Cueva Lobos which are all nudist areas.

Mazarron has many festivals thought the year including one of the most important festivals, Fiesta del Milagro (miracle festival). This is celebrated on 17th November and many residents carry the Virgin of la Purisma from the church in Mazarron to Bolnuevo. This fiesta celebrates the history of the area and according to the legend, when Corsican ships landed on the Mazarron coastline with the intention of pillaging the village, their plans were foiled because of the Virgins intervention. The legend tells that the Virgin la Purisma appeared before the people and warned them of the imminent Berber invasion.

During the summer several fiestas are celebrated in the port of Mazarron. On the 16th July, the Fishermans festival the Virgin del Carmen who is their patron saint celebrates riches from the sea. Dozen of boats adorned with flags and flowers accompany the Virgin’s procession across the water.

The council in Mazarron sponsor daily events during the summer months of July and August whist are held on the beaches of Mazarron.

There are sports activities for all ages, music festivals and seasonal markets. For more information go the councils website, which unlike those of other councils in Spain is very informative and has a reasonable translation in English. www.mazarron.es



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