The Costa Calida extends along 250km from the beach of Carolina in Aguilas, a few kilometres from the province of    Almeria, to the beach at El Mojon on the boundary with    Alicante. This stretch of    Murcian coastline is blessed with 315 days of sunshine a year and an average temperature of 17 degrees. The area offers a diverse selection of activities for the visitor including all manner of water sports, hiking, hill-climbing and much more.

Encompassed in the Costa Calida are:

Cartegena with its wealth of archaeological treasures including a recently discovered Roman theatre, many museums and a port who's history spans 3,000 years.

The Mar Menor is the 'world's largest pool' and sits in the southeast of Murcia. It is a shallow lagoon of 170 square km with warm waters and gentle winds. It is known to be one of the best places in Europe to learn water sports. First the Phoenicians then later the Arab Kings made this 'little sea' their summer retreat. The Mar Menor is separated from the Mediterranean by a narrow strip of land only 22km wide, called La Manga del Mar Menor. its sandy beach and clear waters have made it one of the highest regarded resorts on the Mediterranean. The beaches are complimented by a huge range of hotels, casinos, golf courses and everything a holiday-maker could wish for. A few minutes away is Cabo de Palos, a charming seafront village with a unique 19th century lighthouse and two delightful beaches.

 

The Costa Calida begins at El Mojon, an old fishing village with a superb beach. A short distance from El Mojon you will find the Regional Park of Las Salinas y Arenales de San Pedro del Pinatar, the most important wetlands in the region of Murcia. Flocks of pink flamigos rest here each year. The salt works here were exploited by the Romans and are a complex network of pools. from here take the road to San Pedro del Pinatar and visit the Casa del Reloj on the San Sebastian Farm. Two kilometres away is Lo Pagan, a town with the largest area of open-area mud baths in Europe. These mud baths are recommended for all kinds of skin complaints. In addition you will find several tranquil beaches, an early morning fish market and ample night-life.

 

Mazarr??n and ?üguilas

Puerto de Mazarr??n is a seaside resort town with excellent hotel facilities and a lively nightlife. You must visit the fishing port and the fish auction. The local coastline offers splendid beaches and unspoilt coasts. About 3km from the coast is the town of Mazarr??n with some excellent buildings including the Town Hall and several churches. Here too you will find the ruins of Velez Castle.

The coastal road takes you southwest to Aguilas, an old Roman fishing port. Hornillo Wharf, where iron was loaded for shipping still stands, a reminder that this was once a 19th century mining town. In the centre of Aguilas you must visit the lovely gardens in the Plaza Espa??a, the 19th century Town Hall and the impressive church of San Jos??. In the high part of the old quarter stands the castle of San Juan de Aguilas, built in 1579. At the foot of the castle is the harbour and a typical lighthouse. The coastline here offers excellent diving.

 

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