How To Take A Mud Bath – Lo Pagan (Mar Menor, Spain)


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We ventured to Mar Menor, Spain for the weekend, so we could experience the healing powers of a natural mud bath!  Lo Pagan is the place to go and is located in the region of Murcia Spain.  It is about 3 1/2 hours from Almuñécar, 4 hours Northeast of Costa del Sol, 2 1/2 hours South of Valencia and 4 hours Southeast of Madrid.
Wagoners Abroad at Mar Menor - Lo Pagan Mud Bath

First of all, let me tell you what we envisioned for our mud bath and then we will share the real deal with you.  We all had visions of a big oooey gooey mud pit with nice clean smooth mud for our mud bath.  We thought we would step into it and sink to our knees and have trouble trying to walk and move around.  We would sit in the mud for a bit, get out and let it dry.  As we allow it to dry, we would be benefiting from all of the minerals and “healing powers” of this special mud.  Then walk over to the sea to rinse off and away we would go with healthy glowing skin.

In the region of Murcia Spain, you will find the town of Lo Pagan. Here you will be able to experience a FREE mud bath with many healing qualities and family friendly fun. Read more on WagonersAbroad.com

The kids were thinking it was going to be like quick sand and just suck them up to the center of the earth.  Of course there would be time to have a mud fight, throw it at each other and go crazy too.  Leave it up to the kids to think that, as it’s got to be really exciting right?  Well, once we arrived we found it to be a little bit different from what any of us were thinking.  It wasn’t really a “mud bath”, but more of a warm “mud rub”.

Here’s How To Take A Mud Bath

  1. Arrival – Lo Pagan (Mar Menor, Spain).
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    Starting from the windmill go along the elevated walking and cycling promenade.  To the left of the promenade is a small shallow and salty lagoon.  To the right of the promenade is Mar Menor (Small Sea).
    Lo Pagan Mud Bath Promenade
  2. Mud Entry – Walk along the promenade and select one of many platforms to enter the “mud”.  You may enter directly from the shore, but the silkier mud is out a little bit and you will need to walk further in the mud.  Stop to view the others partaking in this activity and remember soon “you will look just like them!”.
    Mud at Mar Menor

    Entry from the shore.

    Lo Pagan Mud Bath platforms

    Entry from one of the many platforms.

    Each platform has a few steps to ease you into the mud.  As you step down you feel the cold chill of the salty water and with your final step you are in the ooshie gooshie mud.  But wait!  The mud is warm, very warm and the water is cool.  That was a very weird and unexpected sensation, but makes sense as the mud / silt is black and absorbs the heat.  The water is shallow (maybe knee-deep) and isn’t too warm.

  3. Application – As you can see you are in the water and the mud is at the bottom.  It is a good idea to bring some sort of container so you can scoop the mud and then apply.  We were luck enough to find a previously used container at the edge of the platform and made that our own.  We filled with mud and applied to each of us.
    Wagoners Abroad at Mar Menor - Lo Pagan Mud Bath (2)Note:  The water doesn’t really smell, but the mud itself has that distinct sulfur, rotten egg smell.  It wasn’t overpowering and you do get used to it.  Let’s just say be prepared as it bakes on you. 

    Mud bath applicationAs you can see Alan became the family expert at mud painting.  My job was the family mud scooper, then I would quickly hop out, clean my hands for photos and then back in.  I kept scooping and filling up the container until everyone was covered and cleaning my hands until we had photos.  Then Alan applied the last container full to me.
    Wagoners Abroad at Mar Menor - Lo Pagan Mud Bath
  4. Drying –  This is actually a tricky process.  I know you are thinking “How difficult is it to dry?”.   Well let me tell you the responsibility you now have.  You aren’t just someone covered in mud, you have become a tourist attraction!
    mud drying and posingYou can’t just sit there basking in the sun for 20-30 minutes.  No, you need to bring some value to the are of mud drying.  It is your responsibility to make sure you proudly walk the promenade (the mud catwalk).Wagoners Abroad at Mar Menor - Lo Pagan Mud Bath (11)You must pretend you are the incredible hulk or some other superhero.  Don’t laugh too much, you will literally crack up!
    Wagoners Abroad at Mar Menor - Lo Pagan Mud Bath (6)Wagoners Abroad at Mar Menor - Lo Pagan Mud Bath (3)Note:  Make sure one person in your party keeps their hands mud free, so you can take loads of photos.  That was me!  I looked like I was wearing gloves, but couldn’t get a good photo of myself.Wagoners Abroad at Mar Menor - Lo Pagan Mud Bath (8)
  5. The Rinse – This part is pretty self-explanatory.  Back into the water you go.  This stuff doesn’t just wash away, you need to wipe and scrub.
    A local guy giving us a thumbs up on the experience.

    A local guy giving us a thumbs up on the experience.

    We noticed many of the experienced people brought along a sponge.  That was not something we thought to bring, so we had to get a little crafty.  We first tried just using our hands to wipe it off and it got about 90% of it.  Oh no, how were we going to get this off?  Then Alan had a bright idea and took one for the team.  He remained under water (head still out) and took off his shorts, so we could all have something to use as a wash cloth.  LOL.  The kids got a kick out of that. Sorry no photos as we were all in the water.

    Before the shorts came off.

    Before the shorts came off.

  6. Clean up – This part was a breeze.  We just gathered our things and dried off.  We walked back up the promenade to the beach to find a shower, as most beaches in Spain have showers galore.  Well, most beaches other than this one!  We could only find one wash area and it was mainly for your feet.  To top it all off, it was only sea water.  We did another rinse as best we could and then hopped into the car.  We spotted a shopping mall on the way, so we returned there and went in to wash as best we could in the public bathrooms.

We had a blast and wished we lived closer, so we could go more often.  After a little lunch we hopped in the car and began our 3 1/2 – 4 hour journey home.  Remember that “odor” I told you about?  Well, just because you rinse doesn’t mean it goes away.  Let’s just say our car ride home was full of aroma!

Side Note from Alan:

We use Google Maps pretty much exclusively, and we love it, but sometimes Google Maps really drops the ball.  When Heidi reserved our apartment, she wanted something close to the mud area.  What we got was something not-so-close.
 
As a demonstration, let me explain what happened.  With your left hand, make the shape of a “C”.  Imagine the mud area is located near the tip of your index finger.  Now imagine that we were located at the tip of your thumb.  Google Maps had the time to the mud area as a leisurely 10 minute drive.  But wait, do you see that gap between your thumb and finger?  In reality, that gap is sea water.  Sea water and no bridge.
 
So what that means is that Google lied, and our 10 minute drive turned into 45 minutes.  It turned out it was totally worth it though.  Oh, you can put your hand down.

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Tell us what you think below in the comments.  Would you like to take a mud bath?  If you already have, give us the details of where it was and how you liked it below.  Especially if you made it to Lo Pagan!

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    • We missed it when we were in the area last year as well. The weather was too chilly for us then and we just didn’t want to bother. This trip was all about the mud!

  1. I cannot believe I was going to put a sarky comment about finding a nudist part, and then Alan goes and obliges….and yes, I did have my left hand formed into a letter “C” and put it down when you told me to-you a hypnotist or something? It looks great fun and right up my girls’ street, anything involving mud and water is good in their book; fab tips too.

    • Oh Melanie you are the best! Yes, leave it up to Alan to entertain us all! You know he can juggle and ride a unicycle too. I tell you he is full of surprises. Thank goodness the water was clear as mud….otherwise I am not sure Alan would have offered up with shorts.

  2. Thanks for starting my morning with some good laughs again! I think you should use the good picture of the 4 of you for a Christmas card. Love the way you both write; so entertaining!

    • You bet it was Kerri. I’m not sure if you guys are going to make it back to Spain or not. I see you had snow yesterday. Where are you heading next?

  3. My god, man! What is it with Europeans and speedos?? … and a pink one at that! (not that the black one was any better)

    *sigh* 🙁

    • Ah there you are! We have been wondering where you have been Juan. You are usually one of the first to comment. Glad to see you back. I know the Speedo is quite the sight! 🙂 From what we hear, the speedo is more of a hygiene thing and bathing caps are very common as well.

  4. Wow, this looks like something we’d love to do. Gran Canaria’s becoming a spa destination. And whilst we appreciate the hotel spas, we much prefer the free jacuzzis served up by the whirling Atlantic in the island’s many charcos. Such as the ones near El Puertillo on GC’s north coast.
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    • Oh that is great Diane. Enjoy getting dirty in the mud. My favorite part was the time it took to “bake” it on. Have fun and let us know what you thought about it.

  5. I love this! The pictures are great and looks like you had so much fun! Have just booked on a cruise which stops in Cartagena so me and my husband plan to go here and do the mud baths. Just have to find the best and quickest way to get there from the port.
    🙂

  6. This looks like a lot of fun! We are off to do a mud bath tomorrow in Rotorua, NZ at Hell’s Gate. Will make sure one of us keeps our hands clean so we can take pictures as well 🙂 Thanks for linking up with #theweeklypostcard

  7. We used to take mud baths when we were children. My grandmother would actually forced us to do it saying it’s very healthy. It might have been healthy for her old joints, but from all I cared it was disgusting. Not only we felt like pigs but it also smelled terribly.

    • Hey Anda, sounds like it wasn’t the fondest of your childhood memories. Yes, there is a bit of a nasty smell that goes along with the process. Hopefully you can enjoy a nice bubble bath instead.