Living in Los Alcazares Spain: The Definitive Guide

Los Alcazares del Mar Menor

Los Alcazares Spain is one of the most popular towns of the Murcia Region, for both tourist and locals.

Do you feel like…

… having some rest at the sun?

… enjoying wonderful weather and landscapes?

… practising nautical sports and having new adventures?

… tasting new flavours from the Mar Menor cuisine?

… benefiting from ancient Roman thermal waters?

Welcome to Paradise!

Welcome to the Mar Menor!

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Where is Los Alcazares Spain?

Los Alcazares is located on the Costa Calida, which is in the east of the region of Murcia.

The town faces onto the Mar Menor and just a thirty minute drive from the airports of Alicante and Murcia and with good links to several cities big cities such as Cartagena and Murcia.

Los Alcazares Spain map

(Los Alcazares Spain, located in the Costa Calida – Google Maps)

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What is the History of Los Alcazares?

Los Alcazares Spain is the youngest of the Region of Murcia’s municipalities having only been given that status in 1983.

This town is around 40 minutes away from Murcia city.

However, despite being the latest to be granted that status, it is actually the oldest known population centre in the Mar Menor and the name has been in existence for over 800 years.

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General Information about Los Alcazares

The population of Los Alcazares has around 15,000 permanent residents and that number rises rapidly during the summer months.

Tourists are attracted here by several kilometres of soft sandy beaches and the warm, safe shallow waters of the inland lagoon which is renowned for safe sailing and ideal to learn the art of kitesurfing or windsurfing.

Los Alcazares is not too far away from well-know cities as Alicante and the coastal areas as Guardamar del Segura, Orihuela Costa, Torrevieja, Rojales and Elche.

In addition to the tourism industry, this region is known as Spain’s market garden, and there are a number or food processing industries as well as more traditional farming and agriculture.

The Spa town of Los Alcazares can be found next to the shores of Mar Menor, the inland salt-water lagoon sheltered from the Mediterranean Sea.

The town is not well known outside the area and one of the best kept secrets of this part of Spain.

If you are thinking about moving to Spain from the UK, many British citizens love Los Alcazares Spain, so you it could be a great city to start a new Spanish life :-)

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UK citizens have to apply for a visa to live in Spain long-term (more than 90 days), you may want to explore the non-lucrative visa Spain.

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What is the Weather like in Los Alcazares?

The climate here is fantastic with more than 320 sunny days recorded every year with long hot, balmy summers and winters of mild weather, with a short warm spring and autumn.

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What Architecture can be seen in Los Alcazares?

There is not too much actual ancient architecture on show in the town although the mineral springs date back to Roman times due to the salt taken from the Mar Menor.

There is also a medieval market here which first appeared during the 16th or 17th century.

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Gastronomy

In addition to the traditional tapas bars, the dish of caldero is known as the signature dish of the Mar Menor. This dish comprising of fish and rice is certainly worth sampling should you get the opportunity to do so.

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How much does it cost to rent or buy property in Los Alcazares?

Buying property in Los Alcazares Spain is more expensive than in some resorts nearby, but it remains cheaper than the neighbouring Alicante region and despite the higher prices there are still some good prices available if you shop around.

The neighbourhood of Los Narejos has duplex and low-rise apartments, townhouses and villas and tends to be the area where most permanent residents live. In the town centre there are mostly apartments and the Old Town is more traditional Spanish in style.

Around 65% of the permanent population is Spanish and long-term rental prices cost from around 500-700 Euros per month.

The cost of buying here varies greatly, and and two bed apartments cost from as little as 58,000 Euros up to around 130,000 for a three bed apartment. Villas cost from around 250,000.

Costa Calida Spain

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What are the most Interesting Attractions I should visit in Los Alcazares?

Berber Fiestas

One of the regions best medieval markets can be found in Los Alcazares Spain, complete with its Berber Fiesta which commemorates the raids that took place here when Berber Pirates infrequently arrived during the 16th and 17th centuries.

Other festivals here include the vibrant and colourful Semana de la Huerta y El Mar which fills the town with the scent of tapas, while folk dancers in colourful costumes and demonstrations of artisan crafts also provide the entertainment.

 Paseo Los Alcazares Spain

Los Alcazares Balneario

The Balneario is a relic from old when bathers changed out of their street clothes before going into the water with a little privacy from the beach hut. This is the only remaining example that remains and is in use today as a restaurant.

Los Alcazares Monolith of Independence

This monolith celebrates the creation of Los Alcazares Spain as a municipality. Located on the esplanade of Playa Carrion, the monolith was erected to mark the boundary between the towns of Torre Pacheco and San Javier, before the new town became a municipality.

Dia del Caldero

During the month of October, Los Alcazares celebrates a week-long carnival of events including live shows, music, competitions and more to celebrate their independence. On the Dia del caldero, the people of the town gather on the beach and enjoy the dish of caldero, fish and rice.

Historical Spas

Historically, people travelled here for the spa treatment from the springs and spas themselves. The Hotel-Spa La Encarnacion is famed for its series of nine baths, on offer since it opened in 1902.

Beaches

There are seven beaches operating in Los Alcazares Spain with the most popular being located around the shoreline of Mar Menor, with its water at a depth of no greater than 7 metres, it is reportedly 5C warmer than the water of the Mediterranean Sea.

 Los Alcazares Spain beach

Golf Courses

There is an abundance of golf courses located in this region of Spain with the nearest just a short drive from the centre of Los Alcazares.

Parroquia de Nuestra Senora de los Remedios

This is a beautifully constructed Parish Church complete with domes. It is very well maintained and local inhabitants are very proud of this attraction.

Credit Image: A. Casanova, A. Casanova

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