For non-Spanish speakers it is advisable to go with a Spanish speaker, however the tourism offices, in Santiago de la Ribera on the coast or next to the town hall reception in inland San Javier can normally provide basic information on where to find help on council services. The Social Services main office is in Santiago de la Ribera on Calle Bernal for welfare and similar enquiries.
Please note that although it is separated from San Javier town by the Mar Menor water, the northern part of the La Manga stretch also falls under San Javier and shares a district council office there with Cartagena council (which covers the south part of La Manga). This building is called the La Manga Consorcio and is at Edificio Stella Maris, Gran Vía de la Manga, Km 1, 4, 30380 La Manga towards the start of the stretch.
On the La Manga stretch, roads north of the Cala de Pino and Playa Calnegre areas fall under San Javier council. Cala del Pino and Playa Calnegre and southwards is part of Cartagena, although many services in La Manga are shared between both Cartagena and San Javier. For the San Javier office on La Manga, contact the main town hall switchboard and ask for extension 5164. For Cartagena council details on La Manga, see the separate entry in this directory.
The local town hall / council office is the gateway for contacting Social Services’ team of support professionals in Spain and to access their services. This is also the route for applying for Spanish statutory social care. For some benefits and much of the social care available, it is necessary to have been registered on Spanish town halls’ ‘padrón’ census registers for a minimum period of time; generally from one to five years in total depending on the type of support or benefit requested, although this can vary according to local policies.
Therefore, it is important that residents and their families think ahead and always register on their town ‘padrón’, and keep their details updated (see also Helpful Topics: Understanding the System on this website). (If a UK national resident has not been registered on the ‘padrón’, in extreme cases some short-term emergency help may be available, but this is ad hoc, cannot be predicted and varies by municipality.)
|Phone||(0034) 968573700. Tourism: (0034) 968571704. Social Services / Servicios Sociales: (0034) 968190782|
|Fill in the website form at base of website link for San Javier / Rellene el formulario en la base de la página web del enlace|
|Full address||AYUNTAMIENTO, Plaza de España 3, 30730, San Javier, Murcia. TOURISM, (Santiago de la Ribera) C/ Padre Juan, s/n. SOCIAL SERVICES & SUPPORT : Calle Bernal nº 13 de Santiago de la Ribera|
|Languages||Some English spoken (on request), Spanish spoken|
|Timetable||08:30 to 14:00 (Mon-Fri) (Town Hall. Tourist office times will vary).|
|Type of organisation||Public|