San Javier is a medium sized town, whose boundaries also include Santiago de la Ribera on the shores of the Mar Menor. San Javier has grown in size and has merged with the town of San Pedro del Pinatar to the north.
San Javier has an interesting museum to visit, called the Museo de San Javier. It contains information about the history of the town and more surprisingly an aeroplane!! There are various exhibition rooms which are dedicated to different topics such as nativity scenes, agricultural and fishing implements and lots of books, charts and displays relating to the Spanish air force, for which San Javier has been a base for many years. The town centre is based around the church and the weekly street market is held every Thursday morning in the streets near to the Parque Almansa Auditorium. The town is becoming well known for its Jazz Festival which it has hosted every year since 1998. The Festival is declared as being of Regional Tourist Interest and is normally held during the month of July in the Parque Almansa Auditorium.
On the outskirts of San Javier, near Lo Pagan, is the modern Dos Mares shopping mall. There is ample free car parking and all the usual selection of shops including an extremely large Eroski, eateries such as Burger King and McDonalds and entertainment in the form of a cinema (all films in Spanish), skittle lanes, pool tables and other games. The Dos Mares is a great rainy day option, or you can visit just to shop, eat and enjoy the activities.
Places of interest & ideas of things to do in San Javier
- Town Centre: large plaza around the church.
- Market: large Thursday morning.
- Museum of San Javier: interesting artefacts.
- Jazz Festival: declared of Regional Tourist Interest it is held annual during July.
- Dos Mares: shopping mall and entertainment complex.
Ideas of places to twin San Javier with day or night
- Spend the morning exploring San Javier, visit the free museum and then drive the few kilometres to Santiago de la Ribera and take the B&F Ferry across to the other side of the Mar Menor. The boat journey takes about 40 minutes in each direction; you can either stay on the boat or enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants at the marina before heading back.
- Combine a trip to the Thursday morning market in San Javier with a stop at some of the other towns and villages that line the shores of the Mar Menor. Punta Brava is an excellent choice as it has a great viewpoint from where you get amazing vistas across the lagoon towards the La Manga Strip and to the mountains of the Sierra Mineras behind.
- Take a trip to the Mud Baths in Lo Pagan. Enjoy the therapeutic waters where the visitors rub the mud into them from the Mar Menor, let it dry to enrich the skin before washing it all away and feeling alive again. Finish your day off with a relaxing ceverza or vino in the delightful church square in San Javier.
- The Dos Mares shopping mall is an ideal place to visit on a rainy day or if you are caught in a delay at San Javier airport.