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Santiago de la Ribera
The town first appeared in 1888 around a hermitage named after the apostle Santiago, and founded by Friar Jose Maria Barnuevo Rodrigo de Villamayor, who was a knight of the military order of Santiago - hence the town was named Santiago de la Ribera. The town nowadays has a modern feel to it, the beautiful promenade flanked by pine trees is a beautiful sight that stretches along the entire beach. The town however has still retained that charm and character of its old ways as a fishing village.
Everyday a ferry boat can be taken from the pier across to La Manga.
Set on both seas, San Javier enjoys a special location as this working town and port includes 23km of the Mar Menor coast, and 16km of the mediterranean, standing no more than 17km above sea level. Within the town itself there are plenty of markets, shops, museums and night life, while nearby is the new shopping centre of Dos Mares - aptly named after the two seas nearby.
A truly beautiful city, which mixes ancient culture, (part of the marine wall dates to the year 1 BC), with modern day living, shopping and traditional cuisine. The port is a wonderfull part of the city, on display out in the open is a replica of the original first ever submarine. Excursions are available by boat around the harbour, and a selection of restaurants and bars are nearby. Roman ruins have been found all over Cartagena and some of the streets have clear glass bricks rather than stone to enable people to see the ruins in their natural state.
On the ouskirts of Cartagena is a new, shopping centre for fashion, furniture and eateries as well as a fantastic casino and cinema.
The capital of the region is only 40 minutes from the Mar Menor and is a meeting of old and new cultures, steeped in history and is an architectural haven. There are numerous museums and art galleries, cathedrals and churches, concert halls and theatres all open to the public.
At the northern edge of the city are two large shopping centres and the new football staduim of Real Murcia, with the new international airport of Corvera opening in 2012, only 10 minutes away access to the area will be even more convenient.