Los Belones, Costa Calida – Quick Essential Tourist Guide From Locals

Enjoy our quick guide to Los Belones, a small village situated 5 km south of the famous Mar Menor in Spain’s Murcia region.

Despite its size, Los Belones is a busy and modern village that boasts a wide selection of shops, bars and outdoor fun such as golf courses and beaches.

Los Belones is only 20 minutes to the historical Cartagena City and to the Murcia airport at San Javier. Other airport nearby is the Corvera airport which opened to the public in 2010.

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Church in Los Belones with a View of Mar Menor – Photo by Blue Med Spanish Properties

Below we feature an expat interview with Gordon Turnbull of Blue Med Spanish Properties who covers the Los Belones area.

Specifically, we wanted to learn from Gordon the many reasons why people should consider moving to this area and the value for money they can get once they decide to stay permanently.

Gordon, thanks for helping our readers. I guess we should start off by asking what would you say would be the advantages to living in Los Belones compared to other Costa Calida towns?

It is a 24/7, 365 days a year town with all the necessary amenities on hand. We have the world famous La Manga Club with its 3-Championship golf courses on our doorstep. Also San Javier airport, which is very small and much more comfortable than Alicante, is 20 minutes drive.

Would the area not suit certain types of people, i.e. are there any possible downsides?

No communal pools with any of the properties in the village. That said, we are 5 minutes drive from the Mar Menor and its wonderful beaches and there is a bus service from the village direct to Calblanque. This is one of the most beautiful, unspoilt beaches that Spain has to offer. (It was voted into the top ten natural beauty spots in Spain a few years ago.)

What proportion of the local population are Spanish?

Around 90 percent. The rest just about all British.

Mar Menor Lo Pagan

Mar Menor Lo Pagan 2016 Spain – Photo by Oyvind Holmstad, Wikimedia Commons

What are your favourite things to do in the area?

Famous for its seafood restaurants, its sailing/watersports, its nature reserves, beaches. The biggest asset though is the Mar Menor, warm, safe and the biggest natural lagoon in Europe.

Can you give us some insider tips to the best bars or restaurants?

In the village Villa Romano – Italian, Pablo Guardiola and Garnacha – Spanish.

Are there many facilities such as doctors and dentists, shops etc?

3 dentists! 3 banks. A medical centre with 4 doctors. A chemist. Wide range of privately owned shops, clothing, jewellers, gift shops, newsagent etc. Loads of hairdressers too! There is a ‘Spanish’ market every Tuesday.

Are there smaller villages nearby that you might also recommend?

Cabo de Palos is 5 minutes away – fantastic place (I live there!) (I would recommend you do this with John at Spanish Connection based in Cabo.) Playa Honda, Mar de Cristal, Isla Menores and Los Nietos are all within 5 minutes and all have lovely beaches. Los Nietos also has a regular daily train service to Cartagena.

What are the nearest international schools and how good are they?

There are 2 schools in the village; they both cater to UK kids. Both have a very good reputation. The nearest private International school is at La Torre, about 30 minutes, with a bus service for the children every day from Los Belones.

Is crime an issue for expats?

No.

Coming onto buying property, what is the market like now in terms of prices going up, or down or staying the same?

Been steady for the last couple of years.

Is this a good time to buy and are there any repossessions or very cheap properties still available to buy?

Still very much a buyers market. No repossessions in the village and properties are generally not ‘cheap’ here as a lot of people who work in the La Manga Club live here (they can’t afford to live in the Club) and it does mean there is a constant demand for property in the village.

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Bicycling at Mar Menor – Photo by Oyvind Holmstad, Wikimedia Commons

What urbanisations are there and can you describe each one and how they might differ from each other?

There are no urbanisations here, they are all in the coastal villages mentioned above.

How much are the typical property prices in Los Belones for apartments, villas etc?

A 3-bed apartment from around 90 K euros and a 4-bed villa from around 170 K euros.

Any tips and advice to people looking to buy in Los Belones or surrounding area?

Be realistic with offers. Hire a car so you can get around, especially to visit Cartagena. It is rich in history, has a beautiful port too. Try to fly to San Javier.

Gordon, thank you so much for taking the time to help our readers with your experiences in Spain. If you want to contact him, you can find his details below.

bluemedBlue Med Spanish Properties

C/ Mayor 67, n°12
Los Belones 30385, Murcia
Tel: +34 968 137 245
Fax: +34 968 137 394
Mob: +34 659 266 656
Email: info@bluemed.info
Website: www.bluemed.info


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