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.
Costa Calida - Wind up or unwind in the Spanish sun
The lagoonal waters of the Mar Menor entice watersports enthusiasts and leisure seekers to our villas in Costa Calida. Many properties here have the unique twist of being on purpose built holiday communities with a wealth of facilities within easy reach. It’s relaxation and recreation!
Costa Calida Attractions
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.
Costa Calida Beaches
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.
Costa Calida History
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.
Costa Calida Food
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.
Costa Calida Holidays - Points of Interest
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.
La Manga Club is one of the most well-known and prestigious resorts in the world with championship standard golf courses, an internationally renowned tennis centre and an excellent soccer school for kids.
Mar Menor Golf Resort is set within a beautiful position in the Murcian countryside, framed by a stunning mountain backdrop. Offering a fantastic Jack Nicklaus designed 18 hole golf course – not to be missed!
La Torre Golf Resort is a delight for golfers as well as those seeking comfort and relaxation. This purpose-built Holiday Resort is designed as a town in its own right, catering for its guests’ every need.
The wonderfully atmospheric resort of Mazarron is a typically Spanish Port offering a varying selection of bars, shops and restaurants which overlook a pretty marina, and nearby, beautiful blue flag beaches.
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Scores 8.0 out of 10based on 167 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
8 out of 10
Minster on Sea. Couple with my sister.
The overall purpose of the resort is sports and leisure. Lots of golf, tennis, football and cricket. We only wanted quiet and relaxation which it was as the area was closed because of the time of year.
Too quiet to be honest and the small boutiques on the resort were only open part of the day as was some of the restaurants.
Confirmed stay: 02 February 2019 Published on: 04 February 2019 10 out of 10
Scotland Couple with two children
Costa Calida is a beautiful place to visit, the beaches are great and plenty of shops and shopping centres in the area. Although you do need a car. Local markets were great and sold good quality fruit and veg at low prices, including clothing.
We have no bad points.
Confirmed stay: 05 January 2019 Published on: 07 January 2019 10 out of 10
Selby. Family (the eldest child is at school)
We felt very safe and loved the community environment. Everything accessable. Plenty of choices for eating. Helpful staff. Clean and well kept. A must for Golf and Tennis fans. No close beach but not a problem to us.
Can’t think of anything
Confirmed stay: 05 November 2018 Published on: 06 November 2018 2 out of 10
Bury St Edmunds
Reviewer left no comment
The resort looks like the developers ran out of money half way through the build as a lot of the land looks like work was started and then abandoned. Hardly any of the street lights work at night.
Confirmed stay: 03 November 2018 Published on: 07 November 2018 10 out of 10
Surrey Family (the eldest child is at school)
Great beaches within walking distance. New and up coming resturants/cafes in town. Larger towns 10 mins drive. Easy parking with great bars and shopping facilities. Caters for all ages.
Some of the area is still under development. Which takes the tranquillity out of the place. However does make it rustic. Again lots of potential to be a great tourist place.
Confirmed stay: 27 October 2018 Published on: 28 October 2018 8 out of 10
Mum and dad with
Enjoyed visiting local towns and Cartagena. Very good variety of types of restaurants, food available and prices.
Since the directions were written we think ther3 have been a few changes for instance the hotel is no longer a Hyatt and roundabouts have been added/ replaced crossroads. Overall very good directions
Confirmed stay: 02 October 2018 Published on: 03 October 2018 6 out of 10
Nottingham Family (with only pre-school children)
close by, the harbor of cabo de palos is a great place to eat and beach. also murcia is worth a visit.
if you are not a golfer, the resort doesn't have a great deal to do, and the resturants open at odd times. it would benifit from a nice wine bar or ice cream parlor.
Confirmed stay: 02 October 2018 Published on: 03 October 2018 8 out of 10
Lovely restaurants, Cartagena and Murcia very interesting to visit
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 29 September 2018 Published on: 30 September 2018 10 out of 10
Lovely villa on lovely resort. Spacious villa and nice and private with great sunrise views
Grass needed cutting both yearsbwe had been but a minor point!
Confirmed stay: 28 September 2018 Published on: 06 October 2018 6 out of 10
Good location for beach visit, shopping and eating out. Pool good.
General villa vibe, dated and not quality furnishings.
Confirmed stay: 28 September 2018 Published on: 03 October 2018
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