As the weather improves and we start, once again, to venture further afield, a pleasant ferry trip across the Mar Menor, from Santiago de la Ribera to La Manga and back, might be something to consider, punctuated of course by a couple of hours wandering around ‘The Strip’ during which you could partake of a leisurely lunch.
Although the ferry service operates all year round, Monday to Friday at the moment, it now becomes a far more attractive proposition with the arrival of the better weather and, of course there are regular bus services up and down ‘The Strip’ if you want to venture further afield. It stretches for approximately 18 kms so there is certainly a lot to see and explore.
The crossing is usually very pleasant due to the generally calm waters of Mar Menor and takes around 35mins. The return trip is a reasonable 10 euro and if you opt to take a bike, which would give you that additional flexibility at the other end, you can do so for an extra 1 euro.
From Santiago de la Ribera – Departures 11.30, 13.30 and 17.30 with an extra service on Wednesday at 15.30)
From La Manga Puerta Tomas Maestre – 10.30, 12.30 and 16.30 with that extra Wednesday service at 15.00)
Extra services are laid on during the summer but always check the website for current timings.