Welcome to Mar Menor
Cabo de Palos, at the peninsula’s southern limit, is much nicer, with a picturesque small harbour surrounded by low-rise restaurants and holiday apartments. The waters around the tiny, protected Islas Hormigas are great for diving; the harbour is lined with dive shops.
At the lagoon’s northern end, Lo Pagán is a mellow, low-rise resort with a long promenade, pleasant beach, and plenty of bars and restaurants. Get locals to show you where to go for natural mud treatments.
Just east lie the Salinas de San Pedro (salt pans), where you can follow a well-signposted path of just over 4km, passing several lagoons favoured by flamingos.