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The Maestre family and La Manga
La Manga del Mar Menor belonged to the State, but the Confiscation Act of Mendizábal from 1855 to 1856 confiscated it in Public Auction on January 10, 1863. From this moment it passed into the hands of the predecessors of the current developers and developers, that they bought it for the price of 31,000 reais (7,750 pesetas).
However, it did not long remain in the hands of its new owners, since the Maestre family began to buy it in the late 19th century. In the 1950s, the northern area of La Manga was already in the hands of Tomás Maestre Zapata, patriarch of the family at that time.
Meanwhile, in the Cartagena area the farm called “la encañizada de Marchamalo” was extended, which had been ceded to José Huertas in 1868 for the establishment of a fishery. Years later it would pass into the hands of the mining businessman Francisco Celdrán.
Tomás Maestre Aznar: the great promoter of La Manga
In 1956 one of Tomás Maestre Zapata’s nephews, Tomás Maestre Aznar, convinced his uncle to sell him all of his rights to La Manga Norte, in order to materialize the project he had in mind.
For the complete execution of his purpose, this lawyer based in Madrid, also needed to buy the southern area, in order to organize a general plan that sought to build the two ends of La Manga, leaving a relatively large virgin estate in the center, in the one that conserves intact the natural essence of the Mangueño landscape.
After years of litigation with some of his relatives and arduous negotiations with Celdrán, Maestre Aznar takes control of the La Manga del Mar Menor complex and begins to turn it into a vacation city and international tourist destination.
Once these lands were acquired, he started an urban project in 1961 that he left in the wise hands of the architect Antonio Bonet Castellano.
Maestre Aznar had the support of the City Councils of San Javier and Cartagena, on which La Manga depended, but the definitive boost for the success and development of his project came with the visit to the restinga of the then Minister of Tourism Manuel Fraga Iribarne, that in 1962 he knew these beaches and allowed their entry into the scope of the Law of Centers of Tourist Interest.
In this way, on July 23, 1966 and December 16, 1968, the Murcia Provincial Urban Planning Commission agreed to approve the urban planning plans for the Tourist Interest centers “Hacienda de La Manga de Cartagena” and “Hacienda of La Manga de San Javier ”respectively.
The first infrastructures of La Manga
The first urban planning works and infrastructures carried out were carried out in two phases:
Phase 1 (1963-1964): Work begins on the Gran Vía, adjacent roads of the Cubanitos or Type III Bungalows, Screen Studios, Marysol Urbanization, Jupiter Tower, Type I and II Bungalows, Fifth Avenue Urbanization and Miramar Complex and Urbanization Conjunto Exagonal, known as Torre Negra, which was a landmark in the Region of Murcia as it offered a new way of life, through the second residence to enjoy excellent vacations.
Phase 2 (1964-1965): The Bungalows Type I and II, the Screen Studios were completed and the works of the Bungalows Type III, the Hotel Entremares and the Entremares Shopping Center began.
From this moment on, the landscape of La Manga del Mar Menor was taking its current appearance by leaps and bounds, with numerous developments on the very edge of the sea, bungalows, shopping centers, restaurant areas and large “Skyscrapers” such as the “Jupiter Tower” and the “Torre Varadero”.
At this time, it already has a large number of services with which to satisfy the demand of the employees of the numerous hotels, those of construction and the incipient colony of inhabitants coming from the vicinity, as well as from other points of the Spanish geography, with the intention of establishing here his habitual residence.
The arrival of high-level tourism
La Manga began to have a tourist projection beyond national borders and managed to attract quality tourism concentrated in the summer months.
Rafael San Román refers to the special tourist attraction of La Manga in his book ‘La Manga: brief history’: ‘… One imagines as if La Manga were the mysterious and mythological unknown city of’ La Atlántida ‘, submerged thousands of years ago in the Sea, which would have suddenly emerged from the dark depths of the marine waters, to settle gently on the liquid surface separating two seas. Therefore, for the visitor eager for new and exciting emotions, when contemplating this enigmatic, elongated and beautiful panoramic view of La Manga, it gave him the sensation of approaching, vertiginously and impatiently, an unknown world of relaxation and pleasant leisure as they paint us in the stories of ‘The Thousand and One Nights’.
At that time the first and most famous tourist slogan of La Manga del Mar Menor would emerge: ‘A Paradise between Two Seas’.
The tourist consolidation of La Manga
At the beginning of the 70s, the tourist consolidation of La Manga was already an irrefutable fact, its fame went beyond national borders and its name appeared in the tourist brochures of all travel agencies. The enormous projection of La Manga was reflected in the whole of the Mar Menor region, which witnessed a tourist takeoff and the proliferation of second-home developments.
It is witnessing an increase in its global population of 37.6% and an increase in the occupation of land for urbanizations. The Tomás Maestre Sports Port is being built, as well as the plots and navigable channels of the Hacienda at the northern end of La Manga or Veneziola and the Casino del Mar Menor.
The growth of the 70s was largely nourished by migratory contributions from other areas of the regional and national geography, attracted by the economic dynamics and the living conditions of the area.
When entering the decade of the 80 it had a resident population of 6,000 people, distributed between La Manga de San Javier and La Manga Cartagena, inhabiting a higher percentage in the second.
La Manga today: A Paradise between Two Seas
La Manga del Mar Menor has been increasing its international fame as an exceptional tourist destination, thanks to the large number of services and special climatic and geographical conditions. These circumstances delight the thousands of tourists who visit it every year and those who have in their housing estates and apartment buildings, that second residence where they can extend their vacations to any time of the year.
In addition to being a top tourist destination, La Manga de San Javier is also the place chosen by Spaniards and foreigners to establish their habitual place of residence, among which it has small colonies of Germans, French, English and Swedes.
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