Regional Information Costa Calida
CARTAGENA: Allows you to experience life in one of Spain's most important ports, which is considered as one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world. It is situated on the coastline of the province of Murcia, part of the Costa Calida (Warm Coast), which is about 165 miles long and enjoys around 315 days of sunshine a year. With average annual temperatures of 17 degrees, and some of Spain's mildest winters, Cartagena pre-dates roman times and has a rich historical past, having been ruled over the centuries by Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantinians, Arabs and Castillians. The places of interest to visit reflect this colourful history – there is a wealth of fascinating architecture, museums, gardens and churches. Plus, of course, a myriad of places to sample a range of cuisines. When you have had your fill of culture you can head off to the coast – the Mar Menor resort of La Manga is only 20kms away and the Costa Calida is blessed with some beautiful, peaceful beaches and gorgeous coves – all with clean white sand and sparkling waters. Cartagena is easily accessible from Murcia (St Javier) Airport and is around 45 minutes drive from Alicante.
MAR MENOR: The unique peninsular of La Manga divides the Mediterranean from the large inland lagoon – The Mar Menor. Positioned as it is on the Costa Calida, the Mar Menor is always around 5 degrees warmer than the Mediterranean – so it's rather like being a warm bath. The Mar Menor is renowned for its marinas and impressive variety of water sports. It also boasts the La Manga sports club – almost a resort in its own right, with 17 tennis courts and a 27 hole golf course. This attracts international soccer teams from all over Europe, as it has world-class training facilities. Even if you are not the sporty type you will find plenty of tranquil beaches and hidden coves – all with clean, white sand and sparkling waters.
SAN PEDRO DEL PINATAR: At the top of the Mar Menor/Costa Calida the historical fishing village of San Pedro has much to offer the discerning holiday maker/property purchaser. The famous Monday street market provides a gentler pace than others, with time to shop at a street-side. A visit to the mud baths is also a must!!
SAN JAVIER: A property in San Javier would place you amongst excellent facilities – banks, supermarkets, shops, plenty of places to eat, a weekly market and a hospital. San Javier itself is a pretty Spanish town, with a lovely Church and narrow winding streets. Tourism has brought many benefits to the Costa Blanca, which has always been an area of outstanding beauty, with a diverse terrain of mountains, islands Blue Flag beaches, nature reserves and typical Spanish villages. You will never be at a loss for things to do – water and land sports, museums and art galleries to visit, tackling mountain trails or lazing on the beach.