Mazarrón is set in a wide bay which opens up into the Mediterranean Sea. Its coast used to be visited by Phoenician traders, fishermen of every era and by former miners, who used it to unwind after their hard day's work. It's one of the best places to holiday for sun and beach lovers!
OUT OF THIS WORLD CREATIONS
Like what you'd expect to see in a science fiction movie, the Bolnuevo Erosions are spectacular. These eroded rock formations, that have been carved and sculpted by wind and water, are really worth a visit. It's the perfect place to enjoy the sea and nature and it's sure to impress you.
Sunken across from the Playa de la Isla beach, two Phoenician boats have been located as the oldest in the Mediterranean. If you want to know more about the shipwrecks and the Phoenician culture, then a trip to The Phoenician Ship Interpretation Centre won't disappoint you. The centre which is next to the Playa de la Isla beach, has a replica of a Phoenician boat from the 7th Century BC on display.
Are you ready to see some whales at high sea? Mazarrón bay is one of the best places to spot dolphins, sperm whales and pilot whales all from the comfort of a tranquil, vintage schooner whilst always respecting the animals and their natural habitat. If you're looking to explore the underwater world, then you should know that Mazarrón is one of the region's divers' paradises! Its crystal-clear waters and the variety of species it boasts make these depths the perfect place for beginners, as well as experienced divers. The diving centres and schools in the area provide lessons for every level, so even if you've never done it before, you'll pick it up easily.
ON FOOT OR BY BIKE?
If you love walks or cycling, then you'll enjoy the beautiful landscape as land and sea come together at Mazarrón. There are 35 clearly signposted paths that are designed for these activities and run along the coast, mountains and unspoiled landscapes. But if you prefer photography, we'd recommend a visit to the abandoned nearby mines. The derelict buildings and rust-coloured pools are especially impressive.
21st CENTURY BEACHES
There are beaches for summer and winter; for young and old; for sport and music fans and for naturists too. However you like it, there's a beach for you. But no matter where you go, you will be equally as satisfied, as all of the beaches ranging from Mojón to Bolnuevo have been given the prestigious 'Q for Quality' award by the Spanish Tourism Board.
ROMAN SALTING FACTORY
Another place you must visit is the Roman Salted Fish Factory, where the remains of one of the major Late Roman fish salting complexes are preserved. And while you're here, you'll be able to learn the recipe for the famous Garum fish sauce.
TREASURES OF THE SEA
Found just beside the fishing dock, the fish market is one of the most important places in Mazarrón. Here, from Monday to Friday, you can witness the traditional fish auction, an interesting spectacle which captures the true spirit of Mediterranean life. The fish market is that important to the Mazarroneros (the local people), that they hold a mass to Our Lady of Mount Carmel just before they all take part in a procession in the sea.
KING OF THE CASTLE
At the top of a small hill smack bang in the middle of the town centre, surrounded by some of the most important buildings of the area, you'll find the impressive ruins of the Castillo de los Vélez (Los Fajardo Castle). Built in the 15th Century by the Marquis of Los Vélez as a military fortress, its height makes it the perfect spot to catch a breathtaking view of the old town of Mazarrón.
The many parties provide another reason why you need to visit. The municipality of Mazarrón is made of 14 districts and each one has a highly interesting and unique patronal celebration. Held in November, The Bolnuevo celebrations and the beautiful procession on the seashore particularly stand out. As do the patronal festivities dedicated to the Immaculate Conception in December. Here, small clubs of Mazarroneros go out to the streets to enjoy the float procession and other religious and festive activities such as sporting competitions, musical performances and of course, all the local food you can eat.
THE HUERTA AND THE SEA
The link between the Huerta and the sea can be seen in Mazarrón's cuisine. Some of the local delicacies you won't be able to resist include: Monkfish; ajotomate (a Murcian tomato salad); hake fish balls; grilled pilchards and grouper cooked in the Mazarrón way. Known for their excellent colour and flavour, the tomatoes of Mazarrón also deserve a special mention. If you happen to be in the area, make sure you take some home for your friends and family!
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