Things to see?
The Regional Park of Las Salinas y Arenales de San Pedro del Pinatar is an ideal place from which to observe migratory birds, such as the flamingo in autumn; it has its own Wetlands Research and Conservation Centre, "Las Salinas", which houses the Park's Visitors Centre. Neither should the Windmills of Quintín and La Calcetera be missed, or stately homes such as those of the Baron of Benifayó and the House of El Reloj, the latter built in the Modernist style. The fish auction at La Lonja, the Museum-Collection of the Sea and the Ethnographic Archaeological Museum are also well worth a visit
What To Do?
The Mar Menor Sea Resort consists of a series of sailing, water-sports and tourist infrastructures grouped around the shores of the Mar Menor, offering visitors an entire range of activities and services at its more than 20 shoreline bases, enabling them to learn, perfect or simply enjoy sailing, water-skiing, scuba diving, motor-boating, canoeing, flysurfing, windsurfing and catamaran sailing. For scuba-diving lovers, these warm waters harbour sea-beds teeming with plant and animal life, such as the Marine Reserve of Cabo de Palos-Islas Hormigas. Scuba divers will also be captivated by the remains of a number of sunken ships. Visitors can also enjoy a number of previously designed routes, either by sea (in canoe, sailing boat or motor-boat), or on land (bicycle, on horseback or on foot), as well as under the water. They can also play golf at the nearby town of Los Belones, on the nearby courses at La Manga Club Resort in Los Belones, at the Mar Menor Golf Resort in Torre-Pacheco, at Roda Golf in San Javier or at La Serena in Los Alcázares. Alternatively, the could discover small deserted coves where they can bathe naked, visit the Regional Parks of Calblanque and Las Salinas de San Pedro, undergo mud-therapy treatment at the thalassotherapy centres of La Manga and Lo Pagán or at the well-known Mud-baths at Las Charcas de las Salinas, or discover the "winter beaches" of Santiago de la Ribera, which are perfectly equipped for visitors to enjoy the mild climate throughout the entire year. The magnificent cultural delights on offer include events such as the International Jazz Festival, the International Theatre, Music and Dance Festival, the Músicas del Alma Cycle and the Pecataminuta Music Festival, all of which are staged at San Javier. At Los Alcázares visitors will enjoy the Semana de la Huerta ("Countryside Week") in August and the "Incursiones Berberiscas" ("Berber Invasions"), a Medieval market and series of theatrical performances, during Holy Week, whilst in San Pedro they will be able to witness the Fiestas of La Virgen del Carmen in July, with the traditional seamen's procession, as well as Holy Week itself, both of which have been declared to be of Regional Tourist Interest.
Things to Buy and Eat?
Salted fish products. Market on Monday mornings.