Santiago de la Ribera is a lovely town that sits on the shores of the Mar Menor. It is the coastal area of the town of San Javier and started life as a simple fishing village. It has now grown into a popular holiday destination, attracting not only the Spanish but also tourists from all over Europe.
Santiago has a modern feel, although it still maintains its ‘fishing village’ atmosphere. It has a very beautiful promenade, which is lined by majestic palm trees and 2 kilometres of wonderful sandy beaches. From here you can take a boat trip out across the calm waters of the Mar Menor, to the La Manga Strip on the opposite side. The main shopping area is really in the town of San Javier, but there are some shops in the narrow streets to browse, try visiting on a Wednesday morning, when there is a large street market.