Its renovated seafront promenade flanked by centuries-old palm trees where you can take a stroll, play sports and enjoy yourself on the shores of the Mar Menor offers the visitor an irresistible venue. Beaches of fine sand and calm waters, where the flags that distinguish their quality and services fly proudly. You will see one after another the traditional wooden platforms that go into the sea and spas, declared Assets of Cultural Interest, and define the marine landscape.
Since its inception it became a summer holiday centre for the wealthy families of Murcia. Many of the buildings of the early 20th century that are Colonial, Vernacular or Eclectic style are still preserved. Such is the case of Casa del Conde Campillo and Chalet Barnuevo, buildings of interest that draw a beautiful postcard along the coastline.
SANTIAGO DE LA RIBERA was founded in 1888 nearby the hermitage of Santiago and at the request of Fray José María Barnuevo Rodrigo de Villamayor, Knight of the Military Order of Santiago. Starting with his own country estate, Torre Mínguez, he conceptualized in an excellent and modern way for his time the urban layout of a part of said country estate, ordering it in the form of a grid.
Currently, it is a place with a modern air and a wide range of services where the headquarters of the Real Club de Regatas (royal yatch club) of Santiago de la Ribera are located. A beautiful coastal skyline together with a renovated old town make this beautiful town a unique holiday destination, which preserves the warm atmosphere of a seafaring place and friendly and close local people.
Home of the General Air Force Academy, training centre for pilots of the Air Force and base of the Acrobatic Patrol Águila, which bears in its wings the name of San Javier all over the world.
And very close to there, next to the campsite, La Hita beach is home to rich vegetation that covers the coast and small wetlands. Here you can watch birds such as small storks or little terns, among others. This area is classified as a Special Protection Area for Birds (SPA) by the European Union, since it is one of the redoubts of the original flora and fauna of the Mar Menor.