Mar Menor Mud Baths – Las Charcas

Mud Bathing in Mar Menor is a popular activity when you visit the Costa Calida of southeast Spain. The curative nature of mud bathing was discovered thousands of years ago. It’s now used all over the world to help cure many ailments.

Certain types of mud and clay contain minerals known to be beneficial in assisting to heal the body. These minerals include high amounts of silica, potassium, magnesium, sulphur and calcium.

Baño de barro, Mar Menor

Mud Bathing In La Manga del Mar Menor

Even the father of traditional medicine, Hipocrates, used these in many of his treatments. The benefits of mud bathing in Mar Menor are vast and can help cure or relieve such ailments as arthritis, gout, rheumatism, broken bones, ulcers, sores and even acne to name just a few. Applied to the skin, the mud absorbs damaged tissue and toxins whilst cooling and soothing the skin.

The Mar Menor Lagoon

La Manga del Mar Menor, Costa Calida

Referred to by many as an inland sea, the Mar Menor is actually a vast salt lake near the town of Lo Pagan. For mud bathing in Mar Menor, the best part to visit is the far north of the lake. The mud is known as La Puntica.

Due to it’s high levels of salt and long hours of sunlight, the mud in this area is rich in beneficial minerals. It’s best to visit the lake in the warmer months, thus allowing the sun to dry the mud quicker. Either apply the mud by hand to affected areas or as some like to do, apply to the whole body. Allow the mud to dry then wash it off in the salt water of the lake.

If you have not experienced mud bathing in Mar Menor before, it’s a good idea to coat a small area of skin first. Leave for about 30 minutes to make sure your skin doesn’t have a bad reaction.

Map of Las Charcas

The map below shows the location for Las Charcas Mud Baths.

La Manga