San Javier is a small town located close to the south-eastern Mediterranean coastline. This small town has a population of between 30-35 thousand inhabitants. These numbers increase in the summer months with tourism. There are also many that own second homes here.
San Javier, Costa Calida
There is a short distance of around 4 km to the beautiful town of Santiago de la Ribera. The distance is around the same to San Javier Airport. The area of San Javier covers 74 km, around 29 miles.
The general air force academy shares the local airport. It’s also home to Patrulla Águila(Eagle Patrol). The world famous aerobatic demonstration team.
The area of San Javier also has a fantastic shopping centre called Dos Mares (2 Seas). Here you can find over 70 shops, 16 great bars and restaurants. There is also an excellent 8 room cinema to catch all the latest movies.
San Javier Airport, Murcia, Costa Calida
San Javier Airport is also known as Murcia airport. It’s currently the only operational airport located in the Murcia Region of the Costa Calida.
This airport is actually a military airbase that doubles as a passenger airport. The Spanish air authority Aena run the civil passenger side of things. This small but convenient airport lies 50 km from Murcia City. The airport runways are alongside the nearby popular Mar Menor lagoon.
San Javier is much smaller than Alicante airport which is an international airport. This smaller airport handles around 1.5 million passengers per year.
This airport lies in the Murcia Region but many from Alicante take advantage of it’s location. This is true for many that live or visit the Costa Blanca. San Javier Airport is a mere 20 minutes from popular areas such as Torrevieja and the Orihuela Costa.
Airport Terminal and Facilities
The terminal contains a few bars, restaurants and gift shops. Outside the main doors you can find a super bar that provides drinks, snacks and plenty of seating. Ideal to enjoy the warm Spanish sun if you waiting for your flight.
Considering the size of the airport, San Javier provides excellent parking facilities. There is always plenty of parking spaces available for your vehicles. Public transport to and from the airport is very limited. There are only 3 buses a day to Murcia, via Santiago de la Ribera.
The bus times are : 13:25, 16:30 and 19:00. Most passengers are met by friends or relatives. Some take one of the waiting taxis to reach their destination. Car hire services are available at the airport but bookings are advised. Especially during the busy summer.