The Costa Calida is a stretch of coastline in the Murcia region of Southern Spain that stretches from the south of Pilar de la Horadada to the south of the seaside town of Aguilas.
To the north of the Costa Calida (this translates as the warm coast) lies the Southern Costa Blanca with popular tourist resorts such as Torrevieja, Santa Pola and Guardamar del Segura while to the south lies the Costa Almeria with well known tourist resorts such as Garrucha, Mojacar and Vera Playa.
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Murcia is the largest city on the Costa Calida while the airport with the same name is located in the town of San Javier on the shores of the warm Mar Menor where the popular La Manga Strip is also located.
Mazarron and Cartagena are large harbour towns with beaches, restaurants, shops, well worth visiting.
San Pedro del Pinatar is a small typically Spanish sea side resort. San Pedro del Pinatar is situated on the N332 just south of Torrevieja.
Los Alcazares is located directly on the shore of the Mar Menor which is a salt water lagoon separated by a twenty-two kilometre strip of land form the Mediterranean Sea known as La Manga.
Isla Plana is 40 mins from Murcia airport and 90 mins from Alicante, motorway all the way till you reach the beautiful, historic city of Cartagena, follow the signs for Mazarron then to Isla Plana.
The city of Murcia is well known for its shopping potential as it has a fabulous range of malls such as the Thader Mall and is also home to Primark and Ikea. The shopping in Murcia is that good that there are even organised shopping expeditions to Murcia from as far as the seaside resorts of the Northern Costa Blanca, almost three hundred kilometres away.
Corvera Airport which is due to open in the summer of 2013 will bring even more visitors to it’s fair shores.
Alicante Airport to the north also provides an important gateway for tourists wishing to visit the Costa Calida.
Most Popular Resorts
The most popular tourist resorts on the Costa Calida include San Pedro which is located on the Mediterranean while San Javier, Los Alcazares, Punta Brava, Los Urrutias, Estrella del Mar, Los Nietos, Islas Menores and Playa Honda are located on the inland side of the Mar Menor.
On the La Manga Strip itself which faces directly onto the Mediterranean Sea are the tourist resorts of Venziola, El Oasis, El Pedrucho, Euromanga, Manga Beach, La Manga del Mar Menor and Cabo Palos.
Stretching to the south of the Mar Menor are the resorts of Playasol, Montemar, Calnegre, Bolnuevo, Calabardina, Todosol, Las Brisas, La Chapineta, Puntal de la Azohia, La Azohia and El Portus.
Ten kilometres inland from Mazarron and the Puerto de Mazarron is the popular tourist urbanisation of Camposol and Todosol with the Sensol Golf Course. Torre Pacheco, Balsicas and Fortuna are further places with a high concentration of expats.
Weather and Climate
The Costa Calida is known for its hot summer weather and mild winter weather and the humidity which many find troublesome on the Costa Blanca is very low. The weather is so fantastic that there are an abundance of golf courses of which the La Manga Golf Course is the most famous.
Additionally golf courses to make note of are the Roda Golf Course, the Hacienda del Alamo Golf, Hacienda Riquelme, El Valle Golf Resort, Alto Real Golf Resort, Condado de Alahama Golf Resort, Corvera Golf Resort, Desert Springs Golf Resort, Haciendo de Alamo Golf Resort, La Serena Golf Resort., Lo Romero Golf Resort, Mar Menor Golf Resort, Mosa Trajectum Golf Resort and the Peraleja Golf Resort.
Mostly families with children come to the Costa Calida because of its fabulous beaches of which there are close to fifty of them. The best place to take small children on the Costa Calida is the Mar Menor. This lagoon is calm and fairly shallow as well as a few degrees warmer than the neighbouring Mediterranean Sea.
Beaches that have been recommended by Polaris World includes Villa Nanitos, La Llana, El Espejo, Euromanga, Los Nietos, Cala Medina, Las Melvas, Levante, Cala de las Mulas, Cala Cortina, El Portus, El Belonte Grande, Salitrona, La Calera, San Gines, El Rihuete, Puerto de Mazarron, El Cabbezo de la Pelea, Las Covaricas, Baño de las Mujeres, El Ciscar, Abejerro, Las Pulgas and Punta del Fraile.
The Costa Calida is also great for all kinds of water sports so if you head to Mar Menor, La Manga del Mar Menor, La Manga, Cabo de Palos, Aguilas, Mazarron, Cartagena and La Azohia you can make the most of your sailing, fishing, scuba diving, snorkelling, kite and wind surfing.
Scuba diving is very popular here and the best area would be Cabo de Palos. Try exploring the underwater caves between Cartagena and La Azohía.
If you would like to spend a day at an animal themed park and enjoy splashing in swimming pools and riding the flumes then you need look no further than Terra Natura and Aqua Natura Murcia.
For more information you can look at http://www.terranatura.com.
For more water park fun you can head north to Torrevieja on the Southern Costa Blanca and enjoy a day out at Aquopolis http://www.torrevieja.aquopolis.es/ or the Aqua Park in Rojales http://www.aquaparkrojales.es/. The water parks are generally open from late May until the end of September.
Paramount Pictures is due to open its gates in 2015 and will rival visitor numbers to Disneyland Paris.
Below is a video showing off the Costa Calida:
Costa Calida Page Summary
The Costa Calida is the place to come to get away from it all with a good selection of beaches and golf courses. The Costa Calida with its shallow waters and cheap apartments is also ideal for families with children to enjoy a relaxing summer holiday.