The lovely Mar Menor town of Santiago de la Ribera comes under the municipality of San Javier and lies within the Murcia region of Spain on the Costa Calida. Santiago de la Ribera is one of the beautiful and popular resorts lying on the Mar Menor ('Lesser Sea') which is the largest salt lake in Europe and
boasts some fine beaches and shallow, safe bathing waters - ideal for family. Santiago de la Ribera includes about 4 kilometres of the Costa Calida beautiful sandy beaches. The promenade (El Paseo Colón) passes the Club Nautico and leads to an area known as La Ciudad del Aire ('City of Air') which was so named because many of the pilots and their families from the nearby air base lived there. Santiago de la Ribera looks across the Mar Menor to the narrow strip of land known as La Manga - a famous and exclusive sports resort.
Santiago de la Ribera has its fair share of fiestas and celebrations including the Three Kings (January), the festival of the Virgen del Carmen (July) and the huge Festival of Santiago (July). Santiago de la Ribera also holds the National Folk Festival. Every Wednesday there is a large street market selling local fresh fruit & vegetables, cheese and meats etc. plus the usual clothes, shoes, household items and much more.
Santiago de la Ribera boasts a popular water-sports centre and sailing club and has a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants. For the golfers, Costa Calida offers a number of golf courses all well maintained. Cartagena and the City of Murcia are both places of great interest with many historical features. We have two airports within easy reach, San Javier Airport only 5 minuets drive away and Alicante at about 60 minutes.
In the month of July, after a day on the Mar Menor, you may wish a short drive to the San Javier open air Jazz Festival which lasts all month and often includes names such as George Benson, Van Morrison and an array of top class performances.
As with most of Murcia, Santiago de la Ribera remains predominantly Spanish with pretty narrow streets and individual bars and restaurants with some of the finest.
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