La Capilla del Carmen in Santiago de la Ribera
The Church of La Capilla del Carmen, in the Barrio del Carmen The municipality of San Javier formed in 2 main urban nuclei, one of which was the main centre of San Javier, which was established at the junction of historical pathways, used by travellers, shepherds and traders. The first local place of worship was built at this intersection, while the second population centre was Santiago de la Ribera, which was built up during the latter part of..

The outdoor Museum of the Air in San Javier
The Museo Aeronáutico Tiflológico in Santiago de la Ribera is fully adapted for the visually impaired The “Museo Aeronáutico Tiflológico” on the Explanada Barnuevo in Santiago de la Ribera is a new open-air facility which is fully accessible for everyone and adapted to people with impaired hearing and vision, providing information through both sight and touch. San Javier has for a long time been closely linked to aeronautics, the first..

Fiestas in San Javier: 16th July Virgen del Carmen
The image of the Virgen del Carmen is taken out to sea in a maritime Romería One of the most important days in the festive calender of the municipality of San Javier is the day of the Virgen del Carmen, during which the figurte of the patron of fishermen and mariners is taken out to sea in a fishing boat in a marine Romería. Devotion to the Virgen del Carmen The history of devotion to the Virgen del Carmen goes way back in history..

Weekly street markets in San Javier
Regular markets throughout the municipality Spanish street markets are a great way to pick up some amazing bargains and offer an enormous range of products for sale, including clothes and accessories, shoes, beauty products, household items, soft furnishings as well as some of the freshest fruit and veg around. Tips Fruit and veg are generally one of the best options at weekly street markets as the Region of Murcia produces so much..

La Manga del Mar Menor Catholic churches
Salvator Mundi Urbanización El Vivero Km. 1 Telephone: 968 563054 Reina de Los Apóstoles Urbanización Castillo de Mar Km. 5 Telephone: 968 563054 Click for more information about the San Javier municipality: SAN JAVIER TODAY

Every February 3 Romería of San Blas in San Javier
The only non-maritime Romería in the Mar Menor The Romería de San Blas is held every 3rd February in Santiago de la Ribera, the main residential area of the municipality of San Javier on the shore of the Mar Menor, and is the only non-maritime procession of this kind along the shores of the inland lagoon.  The origins of the celebration date back to the 16th century, when the Trinitarian monks brought their devotion to San Blas and the..

Playa del Atalayón in San Javier
Not strictly a beach but a nice bathing and leisure area in Santiago de la Ribera Although this section of the San Javier coastline is named Playa del Atalayón, there is actually very little here in the way of a beach. However, it is a very important element of the San Javier leisure offering. This section of coastline is filled with sailing clubs, bathing jetties and the like as the water rises higher against the seafront than at other..

Playa El Castillico - San Javier beaches
No smoking at this Q for Quality beach on the Mar Menor in Santiago de la Ribera Playa el Castillico is the northernmost of the urban beaches in Santiago de la Ribera, on the coast of the Mar Menor in the municipality of San Javier, and runs for 450 metres between the Jardín del Atalayón and the Playa de la Puntica in San Pedro del Pinatar. The location is urban but with an average width of 40 metres there is plenty of room on the fine..

The Playa de Barnuevo in San Javier
A very popular Q for Quality beach on the Mar Menor in Santiago de la Ribera Playa de Barnuevo is one of the main beaches in Santiago de la Ribera, at the southern end of the Mar Menor coastline of San Javier, and is 400 metres long and an average of 30 metres wide. It is a high occupancy beach due not only to its size, but also to its proximity to bars and restaurants, the ferry service across to La Manga and as a focal point for the activities..

Playa de la Hita in San Javier
A wild natural beach next to Camping Mar Menor The Camping Mar Menor campsite is located next to the Islas del Mar Menor natural conservation area, which is listed as a Specially Protected Area of Mediterranean Importance (SPAMI) and is on the boundary between Los Alcázares and Santiago de La Ribera, in the municipality of San Javier. This unique ecosystem exists due to the special conditions and temperatures of the Mar Menor and is a stopover..

The church of San Francisco Javier in San Javier
La Parroquia San Francisco Javier, parish church and museum   Parroquia San Francisco Javier Plaza de la Iglesia, Calle Luis Garay, 6, 30730 San Javier Telephone 968 571085   MASS TIMES April to September: weekdays 20.00, Saturdays and the days vefore religious holidays 20.00, Sundays and religious holidays 10.00 and 20.00. October to March:weekdays 19.00, Saturdays and the eve of religious holidays 17.30 and 19.00..

The Museo Parroquial in San Javier
Local history in a nutshell at the museum in the parish church of San Francisco Javier The Museo Parroquial de San Javier is located within the parish church of San Francisco Javier and was inaugurated in 1998 following the ffirts of José Ballester Esparza and Ana Díez Moreno, both teachers at a local primary school. It contains a number of pieces donated to the church or which formerly belonged to the church and exhibits relate mainly..

The roots of the cult of San Blas in Santiago de la Ribera
The Romería of San Blas takes place on 3rd February, when the figure of the saint is carried from Santiago de la Ribera to his church in the Calavera district The roots of the cult of San Blas in the municipality of San Javier date back to when what is now the Region of Murcia was conquered by the Christian forces of Castilla and Aragón after 500 years of Moorish rule. The advancing forces of the Reconquista, under the leadership of Prince..

The local history museum in San Javier
Discover local history at the Museo de San Javier  The San Javier Museum gives interesting insights into local life, showing the history of the municipality from pre-history through to its rôle as the modern-day home of the Spanish Air Academy. It also has a separate room dedicated to the Belén Monumental, the huge nativity scene which is displayed in the Plaza de España at Christmas, as well as another room upstairs which is used for..

Santiago de la Ribera in the municipality of San Javier
Santiago de la Ribera is on the shore of the Mar Menor in San Javier The district of Santiago de la Ribera is part of San Javier and is the centre of most of the tourist activity in the mainland part of the municipality. It lies 3 kilometres from San Javier town centre and boasts 4 kilometres of beaches on the Mar Menor, making it popular among visitors both from Spain and from elsewhere in Europe. (The other coastal part of San Javier is..

The church of Los Remedios in Roda
The Ermita de los Remedios, Roda The Ermita de la Virgen de los Remedios in Roda is attached to the Hacienda, the main estate building in the village of Roda. The Hacienda itself was built between 1610 and 1620, on top of the remains of a previous construction dating from the end of the 15th century. When restoration work was carried out in 1997 on part of the building, workers found the remains of the terrace which was laid in the first third..

The parish church of Santiago Apóstol in Santiago de la Ribera
Parroquia de Santiago Apóstol, Santiago de la Ribera Although Santiago de la Ribera is a bustling and popular resdential tourism area, the town centre seen today is relatively young, having grown from a collection of simple fishermen's dwellings to a substantial community within the last 120 years. In 1988 it celebrated its 100th anniversary. Click here to read more background information and the history of Santiago de la Ribera. The..

The Explanada Barnuevo of Santiago de la Ribera in San Javier
Explanada Barnuevo, Santiago de la Ribera . The Explanada Barnuevo is the most used area of the seafront in Santiago de la Ribera and is used as the location for many of the open air cultural events which take place here throughout the year, including arts and crafts markets, concerts, exhibitions and displays. The marquee which forms the centrepiece for events such as carnival, and fiestas is usually located here. Traffic driving into Santiago..

Churches and places of worship San Javier, Santiago de la Ribera, El Mirador, Roda, Pozo Aledo
San Javier Parroquia San Francisco Javier Plaza de la Iglesia San Javier Telephone: 968 571 085 Click here for more information about the Parroquia San Francisco Javier   San José Retirement Home (Chapel) Calle Párroco Crist. Balaguer Telephone: 968 190 407                   Santiago de la Ribera  Parroquia Santiago Apostol Avenida Sandoval, s/n Telephone: 968 572 014    Click here..

July 20 The Herculean Way, Free guided tour in Spanish in San Javier
Discover the history and most important buildings of San Javier The free “Vía Herculea" guided tour, which on this occasion is offered in Spanish, starts at 9.30 on Saturday July 20 at the San Javier Museum, where participants can learn about the town's history from the very early days as well as getting to know about some illustrious people born in the municipality. The items exhibited here, such as an aeroplane donated by the San Javier..

July 27 Free guided tour of La Manga explaining the origins and history of the Mar Menor
El Origen del Mar Menor traces the ancient and modern history of La Manga del Mar Menor This 5-kilometre walking tour in La Manga begins at the bridge of El Estacio and the channel which enables boats to pass between the Mar Menor and the Mediterranean, and continues to the lighthouse, where information is given about the long history of the area. After seeing the water storage facilities which were used in the past by lighthouse-keepers and their..

An introduction to Santiago de la Ribera
A beach resort on the coast of the Mar Menor in the Costa Cálida Santiago de la Ribera lies within the municipality of San Javier, and in terms of population is the largest district, occupying the area on the inland shore of the saltwater lagoon of the Mar Menor. The district includes some of the finest beaches in the northern half of the Mar Menor, and is also home to the Academia General del Aire, the Spanish air force’s officer training..

Useful phone numbers San Javier and Santiago de la Ribera
Tourist information: SANTIAGO DE LA RIBERA TOURIST OFFICE                            Calle Padre Juan. Centro Cultural Príncipe de Asturias Tel: 661572 285 e-mail: turismo@sanjavier.es  / concejaliadeturismo@sanjavier.es SAN JAVIER TOURIST INFORMATION POINT Plaza de España                                                               ..

Street map for San Javier and Santiago de la Ribera
Street map of San Javier and Santiago de la Ribera The main bulk of the municipality of San Javier is on the "mainland" side of the Mar Menor, and includes the town of San Javier itself and the beaches of Santiago de la Ribera, which is the administrative district occupying the coastal section of the Mar Menor within the municipality. The other part of the municipality lies on the opposite side of the Mar Menor on the strip of land..

Overview of the beaches of San Javier
San Javier boasts both Mar Menor and Mediterranean beaches San Javier has two distinct sections of beaches, one being in Santiago de la Ribera, close to the main centre of San Javier town on the shore of the Mar Menor, and the other on the opposite side of the Mar Menor on the spit of land called La Manga, where there are both Mar Menor and Mediterranean beaches. The beaches of the Mar Menor are within the protective circle of Europe's..

Playa de Colón - San Javier beaches
A very popular Q for Quality beach on the coast of the Mar menor in Santiago de la Ribera  A glorious kilometre-long stretch of soft sand, the Paya de Colón is an important beach for those with an interest in watersports, and is in the centre of Santiago de la Ribera between the Playa del Pescador and Playa del Castillico . At 30 metres wide it offers plenty of space, and during the summer there are hire facilities for windsurfing and dinghy..

Playa del Pescador - San Javier beaches
No smoking on this attractive Mar Menor beach in Santiago de la Ribera  Playa El Pescador is one of the urban beaches in Santiago de la Ribera, on the Mar Menor coastline in the municipality of San Javier, and lies between the Playa de Colón and Playa Barnuevo. It's an attractive urban beach, 280 metres long with an average width of 20 metres, and the sand is fine, soft and groomed. There is lower occupancy than at some of the others..

Veterinary clinics in San Javier and Santiago de la Ribera
Vets, 24 hour emergency vets in the San Javier municipality There are a number of veterinary clinics within the San Javier municipality, in both the main town of San Javier and the coastal area of Santiago de la Ribera. Please remember, municipal by-laws require dogs to be kept on a lead at all times in public areas, excrement should be cleaned up and dogs are not allowed on public beaches. The local police are empowered to administer..

San Javier Health Centres, Hospital and Doctor's Surgeries
Medical centres, hospital and emergency departments in the San Javier municipality The main urban nucleus of San Javier has two medical facilities for those needing to see a doctor, one in San Javier and the other in Santiago de la Ribera. There is also a medical "consultorio" in the outlying pedanía of El Mirador. 24 hour emergency cover is available in the San Javier Centro de Salud where there is a SUAP centre. A SUAP (Servicio..

Weekly markets in the Mar Menor area
Regular Markets in the Mar Menor Murcia Most markets are open from 9am to 2pm  lunchtime. One of the great joys of shopping in Spain is the opportunity to buy fresh products and bargain clothes in the Spanish markets.They're awash with colour and noise, and prices are generally very reasonable. Weekly street markets are very much a part of daily life in Spain and there are plenty of markets on offer around the Mar Menor: MONDAYS..

Pharmacies in San Javier, Santiago de la Ribera and El Mirador
Dispensing Chemists in the San Javier municipality Click here for hospitals and medical centres in the San Javier municipality San Javier FRANCISCO OLMOS SANZ     C/ Murcia, 15;    Telephone: 968 570 236                 Click here for map   MATILDE FERNANDEZ IBAÑEZ   Aviación Española, 11;     Telephone: 968 191 138 Click here for map   MIGUEL ANGEL SANCHEZ JURADO    Aviación Espa..

San Javier buses, trains, planes and boats
Public transport in San Javier and Santiago de la Ribera Please contact the tourist office if you require further information about public transport options within the San Javier municipality Click for more information about Murcia-San Javier airport and public transport from the airport. See the subject heading "Public transport" under the Tourist Information option on the header bar for regular updates about public transport..

San Javier travel agencies
Travel agencies in the San Javier municipality Travel agents in Spain offer booking services for all types of travel and accommodation, so are regularly used to book coach, bus, rail and air travel tickets. Many also offer short breaks or excursions within the region and can also help with booking for rural houses. Santiago de la Ribera VIAJES CARREFOUR SANTIAGO DE LA RIBERA C/ Aguilar Amat 9, Santiago de la Ribera Tel: 968..

Sporting facilities San Javier and Santiago de la Ribera
Sporting facilities in the San Javier municipality MUNICIPAL SPORTS CENTRE This large sports centre has an excellent range of facilities, including both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis and padel courts, football pitches and much more. Click here for full information about the Municipal Sports Centre Carretera Pinatar, Km. 24.  San Javier                Tel: 968 573 105                              ..

Watersports facilities, tuition, San Javier and Santiago de la Ribera
Watersports facilities in the San Javier municipality The Mar Menor is one of the best places in Spain in which to enjoy a great variety of watersports thanks to a combination of the geographical nature of the "Little Sea" and the year-round great weather. Covering an area of 170 square kilometres, the Mar Menor is Spain's largest saltwater lagoon, and although it is linked to the Mediterranean via a series of channels (golas..

San Javier where to stay: Hotels
A guide to accommodation in the San Javier municipality Santiago de la Ribera HOTEL ALBOHERA (***) This 3-star hotel is a 2-minute walk from the beach. It has 36 rooms and offers a restaurant andbar, fitness centre and free WiFi. Accepts pets. Calle Marín on the corner with Calle Bolarín Tel: 968 33 59 10 e-mail: recepcion@hotelalbohera.com  /  www.hotelalbohera.com   HOTEL MAR MENOR (***) Three-star hotel which..

Fiestas and annual events calendar in the municipality of San Javier
There’s more to San Javier than just beaches! The municipality of San Javier is famous for its beautiful beaches (and the airport, of course) but it also has a full cultural offering all year round, including international festivals, concerts and fiestas. Here is a list of all the main fiestas and cultural activities for 2017. Events are loaded in the San Javier What's On section as programmes are made available. Please note, programmes..

La Nena, Espacio Artistico Santiago de la Ribera
A space to be creative La Nena offers a space which is used for a variety of purposes, all of them creative. Regular activities include handicraft workshops, dance classes, exhibitions and shows, to name but a few. Call in for programme of events or see regular what's on events in the weekly round up of events in the San Javier municipality in the  What's On section Telephone: 625 01 51 50 Address; Calle Conde Lisea 30720 Santiago..

Tourist information offices in San Javier
Oficinas de Turismo in San Javier, Santiago de la Ribera and La Manga del Mar Menor The municipality of San Javier has various tourist offices and tourist information points offering information to both locals and visitors, located in Santiago de la Ribera, on the ground floor of the Town Hall in San Javier and at the start of La Manga (theoretically in the municipality of Cartagena), while another tourist information point is located at kilometre..

Centro Cívico Principe de Asturias, Santiago de la Ribera
A community centre in Santiago de la Ribera A range of community activities and services are available at this community centre in Santiago de la Ribera. See the weekly What's on in San Javier document produced by the tourist office for details of the events on offer, or click What's on in the municipality of San Javier. Centro Cívico Príncipe de Asturías Calle Padre Juan, S/N 30720 Santiago de la Ribera  Open: 10.00 to 13.00 /..

The Balnearios or bathing stations of Santiago de la Ribera
Balnearios in the municipality of San Javier  These distinctive wooden structures, jutting out into the waters of the Mar Menor from the beaches of Santiago de La Ribera, are one of the characteristic sights of the municipality of San Javier. Their origins date back to the middle of the 20th century, when the area first started to experience a significant influx of summer tourists and bathing becoming a fashionable occupation both for..

Municipal libraries in the municipality of San Javier
Opening hours and maps for libraries in the San Javier municipality Biblioteca Pública Municipal "Santa Mónica" de San Javier Calle Coronel Fernández Tudela, 29 (the street in which the market is held) 30730 San Javier Click for map, Calle Coronel Fernández Tudela, 29 Opening  hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 9pm Study Room: 9am to Midnight, Saturdays from 9am to 9pm and extended hours prior to exams...