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 8.1 out of 10based on 133 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
7 out of 10
London Family with older (adult)
The local restaurants were sadly closed even when the Internet said they were open, perhaps we just missed opening times but Puerto de Mazarron nearby (by car) was busy with lots of open restaurants. Cartegena, a pleasant 30 minute drive through the hills to the east was a surprisingly impressive city with wide shopping streets and pavement restaurants.
Just the local restaurants seeming to be closed although 'open' online and the pool being cold.
Confirmed stay: 19 October 2019 Published on: 20 October 2019 8 out of 10
mum, dad, grandmother and
surrounding villages amazing scenery plus food at Bodega was excellent
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 18 October 2019 Published on: 19 October 2019 10 out of 10
Spanish festival and people . Not touristy
Confirmed stay: 17 October 2019 Published on: 21 October 2019 7 out of 10
Family of 4 adults
Too many British
Confirmed stay: 05 October 2019 Published on: 07 October 2019 1 out of 10
We made the most of a bad situation
Remote area, awful smells, Although villa had 4 small bedrooms, one en-suite it is only suitable for 4 people
Confirmed stay: 05 October 2019 Published on: 06 October 2019 8 out of 10
Minster on Sea Couple
having a heated pool
Confirmed stay: 28 September 2019 Published on: 30 September 2019 2 out of 10
The weather and pool ok
Confirmed stay: 26 September 2019 Published on: 01 October 2019 8 out of 10
It was what we wanted - quiet & relaxing
The area can look quite tatty with lots of graffiti however the same could be said of lots of areas in spain
Confirmed stay: 24 September 2019 Published on: 25 September 2019 8 out of 10
Not a lot to do
Confirmed stay: 21 September 2019 Published on: 22 September 2019 8 out of 10
Have stayed in Costa Calida before so knew what was is the surrounding area, Murcia & Cartagena are well worth a visit. If you like beaches so is the one at Mazarrón.The supermarket in Camposol is very well stocked and has absolutely everything you need, no need to go further afield.
Camposol itself is an Urbanización as the Spanish call them, there is a shopping/social area as you enter the area but it’s nowhere near the villa itself, at least a forty minute walk and not all of it has pavements so can be hazardous. It’s not for anyone looking for amenities in close walking distance so maybe a bad point for some, if like us you’re not bothered about going out at night & happy to enjoy downtime in the villa it’ll be perfect.
Confirmed stay: 17 September 2019 Published on: 18 September 2019
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