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..

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: 968 571 704 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..