The Costa Calida is an about 250 km long coastline in the region of Murcia. The name, which means "warm coast", comes from the warm water temperatures which are here on average five degrees higher than in the surrounding Mediterranean. In a bay exactly in the center of the Gulf there is the town of Mazarron with its beautiful beaches. South of it we find the largest salt water lagoon in all Europe, El Mar Menor ("the smaller sea"). It is separated from the Mediterrean by a 22 km long sandy promontory, La Manga del Mar Menor. With its crystalline and warm water the Costa Calida is an ideal location for beach holidays. At the coastline wide sandy beaches alternate with small bays and steep coasts. At the Costa Calida there are also perfect conditions for all types of water sports, including wind surfing, sailing, waterski and diving. Thanks to the particular micro-climate, the Costa Calida is a recommendable holiday destination all the year round.
Surrounded by San Pedro del Pinatar, San Javier, Los Alcázares, La Manga and many more you will find Spains biggest Salt water lagoon, Mar Menor (small sea). With more than 170 km2 Mar Menor is not that small. The concentration of salt in the water is much higher than in the Mediterranean Sea as well as the temperature is always higher as well. Due to the mountains in the area there are often some afternoon winds, which makes Mar Menor ideal for watersports.
San Pedro del Pinatar
When driving from the Costa Blanca along the coast the first town you will see in the Costa Calida is San Pedro del Pinatar. Around 25.000 people lives San Pedro del Pinatar, San Pedro offers lovely promenades towards the Mar Menor Lagoon as well as an area with basins for mud baths - for free.
San Javier is a town with a population around 32.000 inhabitants. San Javier offers lovely promenades, restaurants.
Despite a population of only 15.000, Los Alcázares is well known by everyone in the area for its charm, squares, restaurants and promenades in front of the beaches. Worth a visit is the old spa hotel La Encarnacion.
Cabo de Palos
On the very south east of Costa Calida - and the beginning of La Manga you will find the fishing village Cabo de Palos. In the centre you will a lovely marina of fishing boats surrounded by apartments and townhouses in different colours. If you're looking to try proper seafood restaurants you have come to the right place. Around Cabo de Palos you will find several beaches surrounded by mountains and cliffs. It's a very popular destination for diving.
La Manga de Mar Menor
La Manga del Mar Menor is one of natures funny inventions. Made from volcanos this 21 kilometers long sleeve, which separates the Mediterranean Sea and the Mar Menor is only 100 meters wide in average. La Manga offers lots of hotels with spa facilities.