Posted on 25 October 2017
Back at the start of the 1970’s the Mar Menor in Spain’s Murcia region was a poor, isolated community of farmers and miners. That was until Gregory Peters arrived in town, in search of a suitable plot of land on which to build his dream. By 1972 the ambitious American tycoon had transformed the valleys and hillsides overlooking the peninsula known as La Manga into a golf resort three times the size of Monaco. It wasn’t long before the La Manga Club was attracting the who’s who of the sport and showbiz worlds to its fairways, spas, bars and restaurants. Even King Felipe – then Prince – was regularly spotted there.
The resort has since gone on to develop into one of the international property industry’s greatest success stories. Thanks in large to its popularity with British buyers, drawn by its high-class properties with first-class sports and leisure facilities on the doorstep. Long-term investment potential is almost guaranteed as well, courtesy of a seemingly bulletproof property market. While other areas of Spain suffered price drops of around 50% following the global financial crisis, La Manga has experienced property price growth of 143% since the millennium.
The intervening 45 years have done nothing to diminish the Club’s status as Spain’s most famous golf and leisure resort. Today celebrities continue to make the pilgrimage to La Manga, including a steady stream of well-groomed Premier League footballers, flown there by their clubs for a spot of warm weather training on the eight FIFA-approved football pitches.
When you’re not watching Manchester City play 5-a-side, you can practice your swing on one of three championship golf courses, work on your backhand on any of the 28 tennis courts, or pump some iron in the fitness centre. While evenings or lazy days can be spent relaxing in the spa, dining in the international restaurants, shopping in the commercial outlets or sunbathing on the private beach.
Getting there to experience all this is a breeze. A generous supply of low-cost, year-round flights from most parts of the UK whisk property owners to nearby Murcia (San Javier) Airport in less than three hours. What better place to head for a long weekend away from the grind back home?
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