Costa Calida is one of the most picturesque coastlines of Southern Spain. The coastline stretches for over 250 kilometers and extends from the town of Aquilas near the Almeria border and goes to the town of El Mojon on the Alicante border. This coastline stretches throughout the whole coast of the Murcia Province in Southeast Spain. Throughout the coast are the cities of Cartagena and Mazarron, as well as smaller towns such as Portman, La Azohia and El Portus.
Cartagena – The Main City of Costa Calida
Cartagena is the largest area of Costa Calida. To this day, the city still boasts one of the main Spanish naval bases due to its position along the Mediterranean sea.
The city was founded by the ancient Iberian settlements and has since developed a long and rich history throughout various periods of history. If you’re ever in the city, relics of its past can be seen: parts of the old castles and towers remain, whilst a Roman theatre is now used as a museum and popular tourist destination. Other relics of the past can be found in many of the museums around the city.
Towns of the Costa Calida
Along the Costa Calida coastline are many small towns and villages, each of them with their own unique beauty. The town of Mazarron is one of the largest towns along the coast with a constant population of over 20,000. This can grow dramatically during the summer months. Meanwhile, Aquilas is the southernmost town along this coastline. It is near the border of the Almeria province and again is a very beautiful town. Finally, Los Alcazares is located nearby the large town of San Javier.
Each town and village offer multiple bars and restaurants, with many opportunities to take part in watersports. The town of La Manga is one of the most popular towns along the coastline. Here you are able to swim in both the Mar Menor and the Mediterranean sea.
La Manga is a unique selling point for this region of Murcia. The strip is a 21-kilometre strip of land splitting the Mediterranean Sea and the Mar Menor bay.
The entire length of the strip is lined with world-class beaches on both the Mar Menor side and the Mediterranean Sea side. La Manga also has its very own resort for holiday makers and house owners alike. Homeowners can also purchase their own properties along the strip, ranging from apartments and studios to large villas.
Sports in Costa Calida
Sports has always been a large part of daily life in Spain, and the Costa Calida is no different. Throughout the Costa Calida coastline are many golf courses, to name one example.
The La Manga resort also offers fantastic facilities for many sports including football; basketball, golf, tennis, cricket, rugby, athletics and much more – including specialist sports such as Gaelic football, diving and netball. If you’re up for trying new things, La Manga resort is worth a visit.
Almost every town along the Costa Calida offers some sort of water-sports. Kayaking; jet skiing, diving, body-boarding, surfing and boating are some of the most popular choices.
Museums in Costa Calida
If you’d like to be a tourist for a day, there are many museums around the Costa Calida and La Manga region. In the town of Aquilas there are many museums including an Archaeological Museum, an Art Museum, many local history museums and a football museum.
In Mazarron there is a great Roman museum. Another great museum of the town is the Heritage Museum in the main part of the town. Exhibitions tend to change here, so visits at different times of the year provide great variety.
There is a Spanish Army museum located in the city of Cartagena alongside many more, including art museums and other military-type museums. San Javier also has many worthwhile attractions, including the Museum of San Javier.
Restaurants and Bars in Costa Calida
Throughout the Costa Calida are hundreds of restaurants and bars. One of the best restaurants is Restaurante Magoga, located in Cartagena and offering a huge range of Mediterranean, European and Spanish dishes. Not only is the food amazing, the atmosphere is fantastic. Other great restaurants in Cartagena include Vegetariano La Sella and El Barrio de San Roque.
Along the Mazarron coastline are many restaurants that are great for families and nights out. Restaurant Viggos, for example, is situated beside the marina is one of the best choices in the town. From great European and Mediterranean dishes to wonderful classic desserts, you will not be disappointed.
One of the best hidden gems along the Costa Calida is more in-land: Rock Coffee Plaza Bar. The food, drinks and hosting are unbeatable.
Beaches, Coastline and Nature
The Costa Calida and La Manga offer beautiful Mediterranean coastlines, with many sandy beaches lined up and down the coast.
The coastline is blessed with great little villages and stop-off points with their very own beaches.
Nearby the Costa Calida is a mountain park called Sierra Espuna. The park is filled with beautiful forests and walks for everyone. There are many opportunities to take part in rock climbing and paragliding in this area of Spain.
There are multiple hospitals within the city of Cartagena, as well as multiple private and public schools and a University. Other nearby universities include the University of Torrevieja and one in Elche.
It is also good to know that the area of La Manga has many medical centres and police stations. This area can be one of the busiest areas of the Costa Calida, especially in the summer months.