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For those who dream of playing golf on beautiful, top
quality courses in an ideal, year-round climate, La Manga Club is the perfect
La Manga Club has always been synonymous with golf and, with its three championship courses and outstanding practice facilities, it is perhaps hardly surprising that it has been voted Europe's top golf resort three times in the past four years*. The resort has also recently been chosen as the official winter training base of the German PGA in Spain.
Many international tournaments have been hosted at La Manga Club, including the Spanish Open, Spanish PGA Championships, Spanish Junior Championships, Ladies' Spanish Open and Senior Spanish Open for men, not to mention countless televised corporate and celebrity golf events.
With a choice of three superb, 18-hole championship courses, each with its own unique style and terrain, but all offering tranquil surroundings and many outstanding views, there is something to challenge golfers of all ages and abilities. Visit La Manga Club for more information.
The North and South Courses at La Manga are located in a valley surrounded by mountains and with stunning views of the Mar Menor. Palm trees abound in these two courses, while the West course, sited in a mountain was carved out of a pine forest. The Club offers an excellent golf shop, caddies and one of the best practise areas to be found in Spain, with 90 driving range bays, 3 putting greens, short game area and practice bunker. The La Manga Club Golf Academy organises comprehensive training courses for all levels of players, and private tuition.
There is also a luxury spa and gym available for those less inclined to golfing!
La Unión, City of Minerals - http://www.discoveringcartagena.com/disclaunion.htm
The history of La Unión is interwoven with the varying fortunes of its lead, silver, zinc and iron mines, which have shaped the history of the town. Until the early years of the 1990s, the varying fortunes of the mines dictated the economic growth and the social and cultural life of the area. The exploitation of the mineral resources of the hills around the town, known as the Sierra Minera, dates back to prehistoric times. The Mina Balsa, Atalaya and the Iberian-Roman village of Cabezo Agudo are some of the earliest settlements.
In the Roman period, hundreds of slaves worked in the rich metal industry of the hills. The archaeological remains of the Roman villa at Portmán (then named Portus Magnus), are a memory of the peak of Roman activity. Over the centuries that followed the end of Roman rule, mining and processing decreased and almost disappeared. At the start of the 19th century, the villages that were later to combine to form La Unión, Portman, El Garbanzal and Los Roches, had to rely on the poor resources of the surrounding countryside and hills and on animal herding.
Mineral fever took off in 1840. The mineral wealth beneath the earth gave rise to the metallurgical industry, particularly foundries. The population increased, above all due to the arrival of immigrants from other areas of Spain. Large numbers of people came from Almería. At that time, the area was under the jurisdiction of Cartagena. The increase in mineral exploitation activities and the growth of the populations of Garbanzal, Herrerías, Portman and Roche, led to a separation from Cartagena and the setting up of a municipality and town hall named Villa de El Garbanzal, on January 1, 1860. Friction between the populations of the main settlements, Garbanzal and Herrerias, led to a change in the name of the new municipality, which was known as La Unión from 1868.
However, the mineral economy was fragile and under capitalized. It depended on the movement of prices on the London metal commodities markets, and there were repeated crises that kept the population in a constant state of anxiety.
The “golden age” for La Unión came at the end of the 19th century and in the first years of the 20th century. In 1908 the population reached 38,000 people, making it the fourth biggest centre in the region of Murcia. During this time there were important urban developments and many significant buildings were built. These included, the Public Market, the Piñon House and the Rosario House. However, there were outbreaks of violence in the period from 1898 to 1916 as a result of the social tensions caused by the poor working conditions.
A crisis in the minerals sector was made much worse by the First World War and the problems continued into the period of the Spanish Civil War. By 1950, the population had been reduced, largely by migration, to only 10,000 inhabitants. From then on, however, there was a modernisation of the methods of extraction, with the introduction of open-cast quarries and differential flotation washing. However, in 1991 all mining ceased and two millenniums of activity came to an end.
Picturesque walks from the apartment
Diving at Cabo:
Planeta Azul is very modern, open year-round, and can supply nitrox and trimix. Club Islas Hormigas is more traditional and supplies only air. Both offer two morning dives and one in late afternoon. Diving the Sirio needs advance notice and a medical certificate.
Club de Buceo Islas Hormigas
The centre at San Pedro del Pinatar is the Turkana for diving and other watersports.
Cycling - bikes can be hired from La Manga golf course.
Beaches - local beach 5 min drive or 10/15 mins to bigger beaches;
Cartagena - click on the link to access the Caragena web site: Discovering Caragena
Murcia - click on the link to access the Murcia web site: Murcia
Cabo de Palos - click on the link to access the Cabo de Palos web site: Cabo de Palos
In the village:
Santana café and bar (English spoken)
Casa Cegarra, specialising in traditional paella and local cuisine
A little further a field:
La Cala, La Manga beach restaurant (through the golf course and down to secluded beach, with great restaurant overlooking beach for lunch)
Los Bollones; Indian/Spanish etc.
Several good Spanish restaurants on the main road into Portman
NB it is traditional to eat at lunch time, given the hot summer climate
Why not visit Portman's Local Information Website , click on the link here è Bahia De Portmán