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Costa Cálida

Costa Cálida


Along this 250 kilometre stretch of coastline there are cliffs, white sand beaches, and delightful coves, all washed by the transparent waters of the Murcia region.

In south-east Spain, the climate of this coast promises sunny days throughout the year, welcoming you to its 31 blue-flag beaches.

La Manga, the epicentre of the Mar Menor

Mar Menor (little sea), a lagoon divided from the sea by a long sandbank, is the best example of the area’s wonderful landscapes. 24 kilometres of fine sand separate the calm Mar Menor from the Mediterranean Sea. Here there are quiet beaches suitable for families and a bustling nightlife, great to visit at any time of year. Towards the south are other, smaller coves among the rocks. Every part of the Costa Cálida offers different, but equally delightful, types of beach, from long stretches of sand to small cliffs full of fascinating nature to discover. A good example that will surprise you is in Cabo de Palos, very close to Cartagena, with one of the most beautiful coastlines of the region. Sandy beaches, colourful seabeds and big waves offer a complete seaside experience. Long afternoons in the sun, or more active pastimes, like canoeing, windsurfing, or scuba diving among the impressive underwater wildlife in places like Cabo Tiñoso, Cabo Cope and Calnegre. There are also fishing villages which give the region a special charm. Águilas, which has a fun carnival tradition, Mazarrón and San Pedro del Pinatar are examples of the intense fishing activity along this coast, which is reflected in the local dishes. The result is a cuisine combining the best of sea and land in recipes like caldero de pescado (fish stew) or the popular michirones (broad beans) in Cartagena.

A human and natural history lesson

Cartagena is a must-see for those interested in culture. Founded by the Carthaginians, whose city walls still stand, and then conquered by the Romans, it is the ideal place to experience over 2000 years of history. The Forum and the Roman theatre are authentic architectural jewels which have survived to the present day. If you’re here in September, you can enjoy the historical re-enactments and the atmosphere of the popular Carthaginian and Roman festivals. Another attraction for history lovers is the National Museum of Underwater Archaeology, where you can discover some of the secrets hidden in the sea and the shipwrecks of the region for centuries. Nature also gives a special charm to the scenery on land along the Costa Cálida. In Bolnuevo, near Mazarrón, you’ll be intrigued by the rocky formations eroded into peculiar mushroom shapes on the beach. Other landscapes will enchant you with their colours, like Salinas y Arenales de San Pedro del Pinatar, a nature reserve and refuge for birds, and a great place to see colourful Mediterranean sunrises reflected in the water.

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