From Murcia RMU Airport (Aeropuerto Juan de la Cierva) Time to Tourist Information Office – about 1 hour
Urbanización Los Miradores del Puerto, Bloque G, Escalera 2, Apartment 1H, La Manga del Mar Menor, 30380, San Javier, Murcia
For Sat Nav use Decimal Latitude and Longitude 37.633162, -0.703759 to find the Spanish Connection office to collect the keys.
Use 37.748, -0.73929 to reach the apartment.
The Spanish Connection contact number is +34 968 143 450 or +34 628 478 765 (Mobile). Remember that they are only open 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 20:00.
Once you have collected your hire car, leave the car park through the barriers and follow the road to the left towards a roundabout. At the roundabout take the 3rd turn off marked A30 Murcia / Cartagena (1st turn off is marked Zona Industrial Este & the 2nd is marked Via de Servicio). Travel down this road until the next roundabout. Again take the 3rd turn off signed A30 Murcia / Cartagena (after the Via de Servicio again).
Follow the road and you will see a sign pointing to the right with a motorway sign showing the number 2, that says 1000m, A30 Cartagena / Mar Menor. Then you will pass the same sign that says 500m. Then you will go past a sculpture that looks like a dragon. Then you will see 2 signs: one big one for Murcia and one pointing to the right for Cartagena / Mar Menor / RM17 / A30. Bear right following the 2nd sign. You will come to a roundabout. Take the first turn off marked A30 Cartagena. You are now on the RM17.
Follow the RM-17 towards Cartagena. You will reach a large roundabout and you will need to take the second exit towards Cartagena. This takes you onto the A30 Autovia. Stay on this motorway for about 15km. At junction 180, exit right onto the E15/AP7 signposted La Manga. Take the second exit right off this following the signs to La Manga. You cross to the left under the E15/AP7 and over previous motorway. Follow the E15/AP7 motorway for 9.5 km. At junction 801 follow the signs for the MU312 to La Manga. You will eventually end up on a dual carriageway (RM-12/MU312).
Instructions from the MU312/RM12.
You will immediately pass a fuel station on your left. Stay on this road for about 10km until you reach the bottom of the La Manga strip.
Eventually you will reach a roundabout. Drive straight ahead, at the roundabout continuing on the dual-carriageway as it makes a long curve left, just after the Go-Kart Track and BP Petrol Station on the left. You will also see lots of advertising hoardings on your right.
At the first set of traffic lights there is an obelisk/structure and you enter the La Manga strip. Turn right here.
You are now entering Cabo de Palos. Drive along this road until you reach traffic lights where you will turn left. After turning, this road goes down towards the harbour. The Spanish Connection office is on the right in the row of shops.
After collecting the keys, you need to travel back up the road towards the traffic lights and turn right. Follow the road and you drive past the obelisk and travel up the La Manga strip. Keep driving straight ahead and your road merges with the main road– this is Kilometre 0. The apartment in Los Miradores del Puerto is just after the Kilometre 14 marker.
As you drive up the strip you head North. After 12.5 km, you will see a small roundabout. Continue straight ahead, and cross over a large bridge with a futuristic control booth on the left (picture left). This bridge opens every two hours (between 0800 and 2200) for about 10 minutes to let yachts and large boats through.
From the bridge travel about 500m before turning left into the road approaching the apartment area (just before the ‘Spar’ supermarket). This road leads to the apartment area. Park as near as you can to the far end. The apartment block is the last on the right painted with blue balconies.
Go up the steps and through the gates at the far end marked Private Access For Residents Only. The gates are not locked. At the top of the steps, turn right and walk under the apartment block (Bloque G) and the entrance is on your left. This is Escalera 2. Take the lift to the 1st floor and our apartment is 1H.