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.
Along the Costa Calida there are many towns, villages, sandy beaches, dunes and pine forests. It is also blessed with Europe’s largest saltwater lagoon. It is called the Mar Menor and it is separated from the Mediterranean by the stretch of land called La Manga. Throughout the coast there are the cities of Cartagena and Mazarron, as well as smaller towns such as Portman, La Azohia and El Portus.
Overall, the whole of the Costa Calida has millions of people, stretching from the Almeria border to the Alicante border. The city of Cartagena is one of the prime hot spots along the coastline, as well as the La Manga strip.
Cartagena, the Main City of Costa Calida
Cartagena is the largest area of Costa Calida, so much so that it is the only city located along the coastline. It is known for being a port city located to the south-east of Spain and for being one of the last areas to be taken over during the later years of the Spanish Civil War. To this day the city still boast one of the main Spanish Naval bases, due to its great position along the Mediterranean sea and the sheltering of the city by its bays. This allowed for its narrow entrance to be guarded by batteries and forts.
The city was founded by the ancient Iberian settlements and has since developed a rich history throughout different eras. If you’re ever in the city, relics of its past can be seen. Parts of the old castles and towers remain from its past along with an old Roman theater, which is now used as a museum and as a destination on many different city tours. Other relics of the past can be found in many of the museums around the city.
There are also many different activities for all scattered around the city. Experience many different water sports with the family, or take a guided tour. Visit the great beach or go on a night out. Find out more on our page dedicated to the city.
Towns of the Costa Calida
Along the Costa Calida coastline are many small towns and villages, each with their own individual character. The town of Mazarron is one of the largest towns along the coast, with a constant population of over 20,000 all year-round. This can grow drastically during the summer months. Aquilas is the southernmost town along this coastline. It is near the border of the Almeria province and is a very beautiful town. Los Alcazares is another large town along this coastline. It is located nearby the large town of San Javier.
Each of the towns offer many activities you can get involved in, including many different museums and sporting opportunities, including water sports. You’re never far from an airport – there is one located in San Javier and another in Almeria. Both take just over an hour to reach.
Many of the smaller towns and villages each have their own beauty and beaches. Each town and village boasts multiple bars and restaurants with many opportunities to take part in multiple water-sports. 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 glorious Mediterranean sea. As the area of La Manga stretches for 24 kilometers, there are many activities you can get involved in, from sports and sandy beaches to grand museums and fabulous restaurants.
La Manga is a unique selling point for this region of Murcia. The strip is a 21-kilometer stretch of land which divides the Mediterranean Sea and the Mar Menor bay. This lands itself as one of the most beautiful spots in Spain and it is one of the only places in the world you can get out of one sea and straight away find yourself swimming in another.
The entire length of the strip is riddled with world class beaches on both, the Mar Menor side and the Mediterranean Sea side. Each beach is unique, with some having their own sand dunes.
La Manga also has its very own resort for holiday makers and house owners a like. The resort offers many different style of apartments for holiday makers along with many different activities for everyone, ranging from sports, relaxation at the well-being centre and more recently a La Plaza Club for the younger ones. Homeowners can also purchase their own properties along the strip, ranging from apartments, studios and even large villas.
Sports in Costa Calida
Sports have always been a large part of daily life in Spain and the Costa Calida is no different. Throughout the Costa Calida coastline there are many golf courses, including some of the best in Spain. That means keen golfers will have no shortage of courses to try their skills on.
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. So if you’re up for trying new things La Manga resort will have you sorted.
Throughout the coastline, there are many different opportunities to take part in water-sports. Almost every town along the Costa Calida offer some sort of water-sports. Kayaking, jet skiing, diving, body-boarding, surfing and boating are some of the most popular water sports. If you have your own water sports equipment, you can even bring it to one of the smaller towns for some family fun.
Museums in Costa Calida
If you would 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 brilliant football museum. Many of the local history museums are popular with locals and are a great place to learn about the region.
In Mazarron there is a great Roman museum. Here visitors can learn about the history of the town and region, including the various civilisations that have occupied it. 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 are great.
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 museums, including the museum of San Javier: a museum dedicated to the town and its surrounding area.
Restaurants and Bars in Costa Calida
Throughout the whole of Costa Calida, there are hundreds of world-class restaurants and bars. One of the best restaurants is called ‘Restaurante Magoga‘. It is located in Cartagena and offers a range of Mediterranean, European and Spanish dishes. Not only is the food amazing, the atmosphere of the restaurant and the servers are fantastic. Other great restaurants in Cartagena include Vegetariano La Sella and El Barrio de San Roque.
Along the Mazarron coastline, there are many restaurants that are great for families and nights out. Restaurant Viggos situated beside the marina is one of the best in the town. From great European and Mediterranean dishes to wonderful classic desserts, you will not be disappointed at this restaurant. Other great restaurants include La Barraca in Mazarron, Amapola nearby and many others throughout the coastline.
One of the best-hidden gems along the Costa Calida is the Rock Coffee Plaza bar. The food, drinks and hosting are unbeatable.
Beaches, Coastline and Nature
The Costa Calida and La Manga is a beautiful Mediterranean coastline, with many sandy beaches lined up and down the coast. If you love a good sandy beach, you’re in luck – as you’re never far from one in this region. Most beaches are white sand and many are never that busy with other people. So you can find a perfect spot to relax easily.
The coastline is blessed with great little villages and stop-off points with their very own beaches.
Nearby the Costa Calida is the mountain park called Sierra Espuna. The park is filled with beautiful forests and walks for everyone. Experience the beauty from in the air, one of the many cycling and walking routes or from afar. There are many opportunities to take part in rock climbing and paragliding activities in this area of Spain.
Obviously you will also need to know about the likes of hospitals and schools within the Costa Calida. So its great to know that there are several medical centres throughout the whole of the area, including 2 in the towns of Aguilas and Mazarron. There are multiple hospitals within the city of Cartagena. It is also good to know that the region also has many police stations within it. There are multiple private and public schools in the area and the city of Cartagena also has its own 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 summer months.