Funnily enough was up in Villarmartin last summer and I’d have to agree with you. We went to the centre for a meal and thought out we’e never get! I personally don’t like La Zenia beach at all. There are other lovely beaches Campomor, Cala Capitain. Yes the roads are hectic during the summer around that area. When I’m there during the summer we tend to try places away from the maddening crowd, San Miguel, Mar Menor, there is plenty to see and do and plenty of lovely restaurants to try. I have a young family so for now it suits as convenience to airports, supermarkets and beaches are important at this stage. However if I were retired I would use it more during the winter months. In fairness I have only had two bad experiences with waiters in the last 5 years, the first was in an italian restaurant by spanish staff, the second was an english upmarket restaurant run by english staff. In general I have always found the spanish staff in supermarkets and restaurants to be very mannerly.