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Costa Calida - Wind up or unwind in the Spanish sun

Literally translated as ‘warm coast’, this relatively undiscovered area of Spain has the mildest climate in the country and offers visitors the chance to discover authentic Spain. With two seas to choose from - the Mediterranean and the Mar Menor - the coastline offers impressive cliffs, wonderful beaches, lively harbours and secluded coves. Huge plains, dramatic mountain ranges and national parks with lush forests are what define the interior landscape, giving visitors the chance to relax and enjoy nature or participate in the many activities on offer.

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La Manga Club

Covering an area the size of Monaco, La Manga Club is one of the most well-known and prestigious resorts in the world. No less than three championship standard golf courses, an internationally renowned tennis centre and an excellent soccer school for kids are just some of the reasons why devotees return to La Manga Club year after year. A paradise for sports enthusiasts, La Manga Clubs’ beautifully landscaped grounds, private beach and superb spa make it equally attractive to those simply looking to relax and unwind. With a fabulous selection of bars and restaurants, from authentic Spanish to tempting international restaurants, and all the facilities you could wish for right on your doorstep, you may never feel the need to leave the resort. However, a trip to the traditional Spanish fishing village of Cabo de Palos will be rewarded with some exceptional seafood while the historic naval city of Cartagena is only 20 minutes away. The nearby town of Los Belones also hosts an array of places to eat, drink and shop. And for beach lovers, the La Manga Del Mar Menor, or widely known as the La Manga strip, is only a 15 minute drive away; a renowned strip of land that separates the Mediterranean Sea from the Mar Menor, with beautiful beaches either side. Ideal for families, groups of friends, couples and sport lovers alike, La Manga Club provides the ultimate in entertainment and relaxation year-round. Whether you are looking for an apartment or townhouse where children can easily make friends, or a villa with private pool where you can relax in privacy, we offer a selection of accommodation at La Manga Club.

  • 35mins fromMurcia

Mar Menor Golf Resort

Mar Menor Golf Resort is set within a beautiful position in the Murcian countryside, framed by a stunning mountain backdrop. The resort offers a fantastic Jack Nicklaus designed 18 hole golf course, as well as paddle tennis facilities and an Intercontinental Hotel, which houses a luxurious spa and gym. If you’re looking for a family holiday, Mar Menor is also a great choice, with a kids' playground available and the El Boulevard complex, which houses a selection of bars and restaurants. The resort is a superb base for exploring the surrounding area, with the popular town of Los Alcázares with its beach and variety of restaurants and bars close by, as well as the bustling city of Murcia, which is only a 35 minute drive away. Alternatively, enjoy the miles of sandy beaches and shallow waters of the Mar Menor lagoon.

  • 20mins fromMurcia

La Torre Golf Resort

La Torre Golf Resort is a delight for golfers as well as those just seeking comfort and relaxation from their holiday. This elegant, purpose-built Holiday Resort is designed as a town in its own right, catering for its guests’ every need. At the heart of the resort is the picturesque lake, surrounded by lush green fairways and the brilliant white of the Spanish-style accommodation. It’s just a short drive to the sandy beaches of the Mar Menor lagoon, Europe’s largest saltwater lake, while the cultural city of Murcia is less than half an hour away. Whether you’re looking to indulge in sporting activities such as golf and tennis, or simply to unwind beside the pool in the Spanish sunshine, La Torre is the perfect place for an active or relaxing break.

  • 25mins fromMurcia

Camposol

Translated as ‘countryside sun’, Camposol is a wonderful inland resort with a distinctly British charm to it. Surrounded by stunning mountain scenery, Camposol boasts some of the best weather in the region as well as many British bars & restaurants, banks, a petrol station, a large supermarket, and an 18-hole golf course. There is a regular bus service allowing you to visit the neighbouring towns whilst in peak season there is also a road train to get you around the resort. Only 30 minutes away you will find the wonderful coastal town of Bolnuevo which offers great beaches, as well as the charming Port of Mazarron which boasts a pretty marina surrounded by shops and restaurants. The historical town of Mazarron is closer by and also has a great atmosphere, with friendly and welcoming people; well worth a visit!

  • 1hr fromMurcia

Isla Plana

Isla Plana is a beautiful, typically Spanish coastal village, hosting a selection of bars and restaurants and unbeatable blue flag beaches. A fifteen minute drive brings you to Puerto de Mazarron, a wonderful town set around its pretty marina, boasting a large choice of bars, shops and restaurants.

  • 55mins fromMurcia

Puerto de Mazarron

The typically Spanish Port of Mazarron offers a wonderful selection of bars, shops and restaurants which overlook a pretty marina. This wonderful resort has a lovely atmosphere and on the outskirts you can find some beautiful blue flag beaches.

  • 1hr fromMurcia

Your Costa Calida Villa holiday

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Fun packed days in Costa Calida

The Murcian region is a sport and nature lovers’ paradise. Play golf on one of the many courses, learn to sail, do a spot of fishing, take a mud bath and enjoy a tranquil swim in an unspoiled cove. The regional parks are a paradise for climbing, hiking, mountain biking and horse riding, while beach and sun-seekers may prefer the warm waters of the Mar Menor lagoon, the largest natural pool in the world.

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On the beach in Costa Calida

With 240 miles of coastline and over 315 days of sunshine each year, the Murcian coast is a beach lovers dream. Costa Calida gives visitors the choice of bathing in either of two seas. On one side, the warm peaceful waters of the Mar Menor with beaches like Cala del Pino (Pinetree Cove) ideal for families as the water is calm and shallow. On the other side, just a few metres away, are the waters of the Mediterranean, with beaches like Punta del Estacio. The beautiful Calblanque national park is highly recommended for those who want unspoilt areas. Here the beaches stretch for miles with lovely soft sand, crystal clear waters and a stunning mountain backdrop. Further down, the coastline of Aguilas boasts up to 35 coves. Areas such as Cala Reona, Calabardina, Playa del Arroz are but a few places where the unspoilt landscape is still the main characteristic.

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Hints of history in Costa Calida

Costa Calida is steeped in history and offers a real insight into Spanish culture, with fantastic examples of Baroque architecture such as the Casino and Romea theatre.

There are a number of beautiful cities that epitomise the history of Costa Calida. In Murcia you will find the 600 year old Santa Maria Cathedral, the highest in Spain. Lorca is tucked away in one of the most picturesque and majestic corners of Spain and has a stunning castle.

Caraveca de la Cruz is one of the five holy cities in the world and home to the Vera Cruz cross, a shrine for the Lignum Crucis, wood from the cross on which Christ was crucified, and many pilgrims travel from across the world to visit this spot. There is a variety of culture for everyone to enjoy in Costa Calida.

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Local cuisine in Costa Calida

The lovely fishing village of Cabo de Palos is the perfect place for a long, relaxing lunch or dinner. The pretty harbour front looks out to sea and is lined with traditional restaurants. Choose the 'catch of the day’ (the garlic king prawns are delicious!) then sit back in the sun and watch the world go by. The Sunday market is also worth a visit, here you can buy anything from fish and fruit to pottery and leather. Many dishes are influenced by the local ingredients available. Pigs are bred in Lorca so understandably delicious pork dishes and sausages like chorizo are on the menu. Of course no trip to Spain is complete without sampling delicious tapas or paella which is available in nearly all towns and villages. If you fancy cooking for yourself, visit one of the local markets to get the freshest produce.

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Not to be missed...

  • Take a boat ride to the island of La Perdiguera to bathe in the crystal clear waters (boats leave from La Manga and several other towns).
  • Visit the street market at Cabo de Palos on Sunday mornings.
  • Visit the saltflats at San Pedro del Pinatar to bathe in the mineral rich mud, which is said to have healing properties.
  • Canoe to the north of the Mar Menor to view huge flocks of flamingo and other birdlife, which create a stunning scene.
  • Visit the capital city Murcia for fabulous shopping, or enjoy some tapas and people-watch in one of the tapas bars in the old square.

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Confirmed stay: 25 September 2016
Published on: 16 November 2016
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