Mazarrón is a coastal municipality in the south-west of the Region of Murcia which shares borders with Lorca, Cartagena, Fuente Álamo, Alhama de Murcia and Totana, and which has a multinational population of around 35,000 inhabitants.
Mazarrón's history is inextricably linked with its two greatest assets: the sea, which gives 35 kilometres of unspoilt beaches and a fishing industry, and its mineral wealth, the mines of Mazarrón exploited first by the Romans and then subsequent generations, reaching their zenith in the 19th century. The municipality takes its name from the town of Mazarrón, but includes as many as five distinct urban nuclei; Mazarrón town, the Camposol Urbanisation (which is home to many of the northern Europeans living in the municipality), Mazarrón Country Club (also popular with foreign residents), and Bolnuevo and Puerto de Mazarrón on the coast. The latter is often referred to simply as "the port".
It also encompasses a large agricultural area, with many smaller outlying populations of agricultural workers.
There are many archaeological sites within Mazarrón from the Cabezo de Plomo, inhabited 5500 years ago, to the Phoenician boats discovered in the bay of La Isla and the remains of the Roman Salt Fish Factory, and many natural sites of interest such as the Erosions in Bolnuevo and Sierra de las Moreras.
The 35-kilometre coastline offers wild and nudist beaches, groomed urban beaches and vast open expanses of sand, providing service sector work for hotels, restaurants and bars and associated businesses.
This in turn fuels residential tourism, and property sales in Mazarrón are an important part of the town´s economic activities, with the Camposol Urbanisation and Mazarrón Country Club attracting a large number of international residents.
The proximity of Mazarrón to the new International Airport at Corvera ensures its popularity with the international community and it is well connected to the principal cities of the Region of Murcia.
The area also has an important agricultural tradition and in the outlying districts a variety of irrigated and dry crops are grown. Tomatoes are particularly important and are exported all over Europe.
The town celebrates its annual Bolnuevo Romería on the 17th November as part of the Fiestas Patronales of the Purísima Concepción between the 4th and 8th December and throughout the year there are a number of local Fiestas, sporting and seasonal activities.