The Costa Calida possibly has one of the best climates of all the costas.
This is and up and coming holiday area yet it is possible to find quiet beaches, small resorts, and to the north, the Mar Menor, a saltwater lagoon separated from the sea by a 30km stretch of sand. Being separated from the rest of the Mediterranean, the Mar Menor can be at a higher temperature than the Mediterranean and has a higher level of salts thought to have beneficial effects.
On the inland side of the Mar Menor is the town of Los Alcazares while further south, beyond the city of Cartagena, is Puerto de Mazarron and Aguilas.
To the south of the Mar Menor is some very rugged and attractive coastline which is undeveloped, apart from the areas around the towns of Mazarron and Aguilas, often only accessible via narrow roads or dirt tracks, with either a barren or agricultural landscape inland.
Along this stretch of coastline it is possible to find small sandy beaches in sheltered coves, or in the case of Calanegre, a small village with a couple of bars beside a pebble beach where fishing boats come ashore.
If Golf plays an important part in your life, there are some superb Golf Courses in the area, including the famous La Manga Club
The Costa Calida is serviced by Murcia airport, less than 1hr drive to all parts or Alicante airport, 1 to 1.5hrs to the north. The A-7 motorway runs roughly parallel to coast but inland, and connects Murcia city with Almeria and Alicante. Meanwhile, the AP-7 toll road runs closer to the coast and connects Aguilas, Mazarron, Cartagena, and La Manga.
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