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These self-catering apartments are located in San Pedro del Pinatar / Lo Pagan, close to Murcia airport - San Javier airport (about 10 mins) but also quite near Alicante airport (45 mins) on the other side of the  Mar Menor lagoon from La Manga (see map). They provide accommodation for up to 4 people. Formally this is the Costa Calida (Murcia region), but the Costa Blanca (Alicante region) starts on the edge of San Pedro del Pinatar. Acommodation includes twin-bedded room and bed-settee. Being attached to a 4* hotel means you have access to all hotel facilities, including the pool.

The town of Lo Pagan (San Pedro del Pinatar) is a largely Spanish resort, on the Mar Menor. It has a nice long beach, and also boasts the famous mud (lodos) for which many people travel here. The Mar Menor lagoon is also a major watersports hub. If you're looking for self-catering holiday rentals, which need not be Saturday-Saturday or a multiple of 7 days (away from midsummer usually only two nights minimum booking), or for last-minute accommodation (they usually have availability as they are still new and not too well known), it is worth considering.

A great advantage is that outside of the high season, you only need to stay 2 days, and they are easy to book (and cancel!).

Click here for prices and booking information.

Location: attached to the Barcelo Lodomar 4* Hotel in Lo Pagan (very northern end of the Mar Menor). Opposite the salt flats (national park, complete with flamingos). (directions)

"Services: Reception, first aid kit, handicap access, car park. Cleaning services and change of linen: On arrival and every 8 nights. Change of towels: On arrival and every 4 nights. Distance to the beach and mud baths: 400 m.

Description: Thirty-six self-catering apartments with 1 bedroom, for 3/4 people, complete bathroom, living room-kitchen with breakfast bar, sofa-bed, terrace/balcony. Air conditioning, heating, TV, telephone, piped music, safe box, card lock, washing machine, 2 gas hobs, microwave oven, all pans, crockery etc., refrigerator with freezer box, electric iron."

There is also a swimming pool which is open in the summer months, and a health centre in the hotel complete with salt water pool, jacuzzi etc., mud and beauty treatment, massage, and small gym (with cycling, running machines, free weights). There are charges for all the health centre facilities. The appartments are located about 10 minutes taxi ride from Murcia (San Javier) airport.

Prices go through the roof in August, the traditional Spanish holiday month, as these are mainly used by Spanish holiday makers. However, outside of this period things are much more reasonable.

Pros: The apartments are well equipped, kept in very good condition, and very convenient. Flexible, easy to book, good availability, outside of the high season can be booked for short stays, 2 air conditioning/heating units (very useful), 4* hotel facilities, very clean, everything is kept in good order. Also worth noting that all usual hotel things (towels etc.) are provided, so you don't need to bring anything much with you. They even make the beds and clean every 3 days or so! With two air-conditioning units it is easy to keep cool. Having a telephone can be very useful (see tips for how you can make cheap calls). The nearby beach, on the Mar Menor, is nice. You can travel either to Alicante (about 45mins) or Murcia (San Javier) airports (10mins).

Cons: Fairly compact. The bed settee is narrower than a normal double-bed. The TV is small and does not have satellite channels. No conventional oven, no ironing board. You might be able to find a cheaper deal  with a private rental, whether villa or apartment, especially if you plan to stay longer than a week and off-season, although you will have to look hard in the Summer from my experience. Hotel restaurant is not cheap (about 15 euros for buffet), but there are other restaurants within reasonable walking distance. Shops are some distance away - 5 mins or so by foot to the beach where there are small shops, 20 mins walk to centre of San Pedro. (Nearest minimarket is about 5 minutes walk on the Calle Rio Mississippi.) It is in a quiet area, with the main clubs being at the other end of the beach; this is either an advantage or a disadvantage depending on your point of view. The resort is a Spanish favourite, so not so many Brits around (you may consider this an advantage!). Although this is a quiet area, during the summer there is live music (for 50+ age group) by the hotel pool every other night --this goes on till midnight - early by Spanish standards!- if you do not keep Spanish sleeping hours, the noise could be a nuisance.

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                                                                                          The Owl and the Sparrow


                                                      Revision 2012


 The Owl and the Sparrow is a book about a battle that takes place in a forest. The battle is between the birds on one side of the forest,  which they themselves  call the good side of the forest, and the birds (vultures) on the other side,  the dark side of the forest.

 Owl is the leader of the good forest and his adversary is the Condor, reputed as being the darkest force in the forest.  Into  the story enters an apparently naive sparrow who is seduced by Condor into the dark side of the forest against the rulings of Owl. Owl refuses to send help because he does not want to endanger the lives of more birds, but also because he is furious with the sparrow. He says that  sparrow was asking for trouble.

 Also on the good side of the forest are an incredibly silly group of finches who like to play games and torment the vultures. But their silliness  and game-playing skills are no match for the profound darkness of the vultures, and some are captured, and terrorised.

  Golden Eagle rules over the whole forest, but he gets little involved because he has left Owl a set of rules. Finally he gets angry with what he sees happening on both sides of the forest, and  realises that rules are not enough. So  out of his concern and love for the birds , he sends his  son, Silver Eagle, to the  forest.   The book covers the events that follow including  a bitter battle and the discovery that there is an unknown traitor within their camp.


Author Ruth Thomas

Editor Joan  Mitchell

First version typed up and suggestions made by Deborah van Welie



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