The ‘warm coast’ boasts a micro-climate that gives it wonderful weather with high average annual temperatures, 320 days of sunshine a year, a warm sea temperature and low rainfall. The climate and natural features make it ideal for active outdoor pursuits. There are numerous prestigious sporting facilities such as La Manga Club, Camposol, Polaris World as well as well as numerous top golf courses and sailing facilities.
The Mar Menor is a shallow, warm salt-water lagoon that’s perfect for bathing and watersports. It is separated from the Mediterranean by a strip of land called La Manga. The mega-resort of La Manga Club has been attracting both professional and amateur sports players for 30 years.
Property prices are very reasonable along this section of coast including La Peraleja, La Torre, Mar Menor, San Pedro del Pinatar, Santiago de la Ribera and Sucina whilst Los Alcazares and Los Urrutias provide some old world charm.
The current main airport is Murcia-San Javier with frequent flights from across the UK. It is anticipated that the new modern airport at Corvera will take over at some point. 2015 was certainly a busy year for this area and with plans for a Paramount theme park as well as the new airport, it is anticipated that demand will only grow.
The coast will suit families that will enjoy the climate, outdoor life and sporting facilities whilst retirees will be charmed by the lifestyle, cost of living and inexpensive property.
San Pedro Del Pinatar
San Pedro Del Pinatar is a traditional working town resting on the north shores of the Mar Menor. It has many shops, a modern church and its main industry is fishing. There are some absolutely fantastic beaches here.
Drive out to the dunes of Playa de la Torre Derribada and Llana beach where there the views of the Mar Menor and La Manga are excellent. The town itself has excellent sports facilities. Runners and walkers alike will enjoy the promenade and beaches.
Los Alcázares lies close to San Javier Airport and the historical town of Cartagena. The town boasts nearly five miles of glorious beaches and is surrounded by the warm tranquil waters of the Mar Menor making it an ideal place for beach and water sports. There are numerous excellent restaurants featuring outstanding Spanish cuisine overlooking the sea.
Cartagena has a rich and eventful history, beautiful architecture and is famous for its Carthaginians and Romans festival held on the second fortnight every September. The town pre-dates Roman times and was established during the Phoenician conquest. Since the 16th century, Cartagena has been one of the most important naval ports in Spain and is now also a popular stop off point for cruise liners.
Isla Plana is a small and friendly costal village still mainly inhabited by the Spanish with a relaxed pace of life with bars and restaurants that offer good value for money.
Mar de Cristal
Mar de Cristal is a small village nestled around the shores of the Mar Menor. There is a small marina, a fine sandy beach and a promenade that links to Playa Honda in the south. The centre is small with a selection of bars, cafes and shops. The promenade and the stunning views from the beach across to the La Manga Strip make a visit worthwhile.
Mazarron is situated to the west of Cartagena. The climate of Mazarron is characterised by mild winters and warm summers making it ideal to exploit the great beaches, watersports and outdoor activities. There is a fish port and fish market, medieval castle and churches. You can use the outdoor activities to work up an appetite as the local cuisine and wines are as famous as its beaches. Nearby is the enchanted town of Ciudad Encantada.
Águilas, an old Roman fishing port, is a delightful town located at the southern tip of the Costa Càlida. A fishing industry now combines with a wide range of tourist facilities. The town center has a rich seafaring flavour and it is worth visiting the beautiful gardens at Plaza de Españas, the City Hall and the parish church of San José. At the top of the old town is the fortress of San Juan de Águilas.
The extensive coastline which stretches for over twenty miles offers crystal clear warm waters.
During the first two weeks in February, the city hosts one of the largest carnivals in southern Spain.