The name “MAR MENOR” means `little sea`, and it is separated from the Mediterranean Sea by a narrow sand bar. The Mar Menor is 70 km long with a maximum depth of 7 metres, and covers a surface area of around 170 square kilometers. Due to its high salinity; buoyancy is enhanced, making it a very popular place to learn various water sports. Water temperatures are constantly warm, and the area is a relaxing and quiet place for a holiday. The northern end of Mar Menor has a wet-land area that was given Ramsar Convention status in 1994. Mar Menor is located at the southern tip of the Costa Blanca and the nearest city is Cartagena, to the west. Slightly further north is the tourist resort of Torrevieja, which offers the visitor water parks, restaurants and bars and a lively night life. There are great opportunities to learn to sail as well as kayaking lessons on offer in Mar Menor. The beaches in the area are flat and sandy, with shallow, smooth water, offering perfect conditions for wind surfing as well as the exciting sport of kite surfing. Jet Ski hire is available and there is a scuba diving centre providing various levels of instruction, from introductory try-dives to advanced courses. There are several under water archaeological sites in the area as well as the remains of sunken ships such as the Minerva and Sirio, for divers to investigate. There is also a good variety of marine life as well as good visibility here. Water temperature in winter is 12C and in the summer months rises to 30C, making for very pleasant conditions for water sports. Mar Menor Golf Resort is located 8 kilometers west from Mar Menor.