You’ll find sandy beaches, and over thirty small calas (coves) in the vicinity – those to the north are rockier and more often backed by low cliffs, while the best are the wonderful, fairly undeveloped cuatro calas south of town. Aguilas is located at the southernmost point of the Costa Calida and has two sandy beaches, a marina and a fishing harbour. Aguilas also has a thriving all year round town with shops, restaurants and bars. In February, Aguilas is also home to one of the largest fiestas in Spain.
Bolnuevo is a popular seaside town, just south of Puerto Mazarron on the Costa Calida. It has one of the most recognisable landmarks of Murcia – the weathered sandstone formation that adorns most of the region’s brochures and tourist guides. The long beach has also added sports facilities for beach volleyball etc. Bolnuevo is also home to a Rock festival during the summer.
Calabardina is located in the southern part of Murcia just north of Aguilas and has a one of the nicest beaches in the area. It is famous for the adjacent Cabo Cope nature reserve which also includes a marine preserve which is one of the best diving locations in the Med.
Isla Plana is located between Puerto Mazarron and L’Azohia. This sleepy little village has a “hidden” promenade that skirts Roman ruins with beautiful coastal views towards L’Azohia and Puerto Mazarron. It has several sandy beaches and rocky headlands.
The La Manga Strip is a narrow strip of land that divides the Mediterranean sea from the Mar Menor. It is the northernmost point of the Costa Calida. As the La Manga Strip is quite narrow, you are never far from the beach. Within a few minutes walk you have the choice of the warm, crystal clear waters of the Mar Menor or the rougher waves and sandier beaches on the Mediterranean shore line. Because of the large expanse of coastline the beaches never get over populated even in the height of the summer.
The beautiful L’Azohia Cove nessles in the foothills of the mountans south of Cartagena. It has a small fishing harbour and a sweeping bay of sand and pebbles. Located on the Costa Calida with crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean it is an excellent location for diving. It is a very relaxing place with a few bars and restaurants overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Just a few kilometres up the road you will find the L’Azohia Cove four star hotel with Spa facilities
These two stunning beaches on the Mar Menor are ajoining and provide hours of enjoyment for the whole family. There are parks for the children, tapas bars and seafood resaurants on the beach as well as a wealth of water sports including canoeing. And kite surfing. From the yacht club in Santiago you can take the ferry to the Tomas Maestre Marina, on the La Manga strip. This is a very pleasant 30 minute journey, and runs every tour.
Los Alcazares has one of the most beautiful Blue Flag beaches on the Costa Calida. It’s palm lined promenade stretches about four kilometres to Los Narejos and is blue flag beach all the way. Los Alcazares is very popular with the Spanish as they love to ‘promenade’ on a warm summer’s evening. Dotted along the Losa Alcazares and Los Narejos prominade there are several wooden beach bars, so the weary can take a rest, as well as jug of sangria and watch the world go by.
Los Nietos is located on the shores of the Mar Menor on the Costa Calida. Los Nietos is divided into an ‘old town’ just off the coast and a newer resort area with a very good beach, Los Nietos is another Mar Menor town with a popular marina. Big enough to have a life all year round, it is popular with buyers seeking a place to live, as well as holidaymakers. Linked to the city of Cartagena by a narrow gauge (though moodern) rail link, it is especially suitable for those who prefer to travel by public transport.
Los Urrutias is a relatively new resort, Los Urrutias has almost a mile of golden beach with good facilities, enhanced by an unusual offshore marina in a hexagonal shape. Behind the beach is a modern, spaciously laid out small town with an attractive promenade and public spaces. The coast either side is protected land, preserving the quality of the environment.
Mar de Cristal is separated from Los Nietos by a small river and is located on the shores of the Mar Menor ion the Costa Calida. Mar de Cristal is a compact and friendly little resort with three good beach areas and a new, pretty promenade with bars and restaurants. A good sized marina adds to the charm as well as it’s proximity to the famous La Manga Golf Resort, which boasts many restaurants and a casino in addition to 3 up market golf courses.
Playa Honda & Playa Paraiso are located at the very southern end of the Mar Menor on the Costa Calida. Playa Honda and Playa Paraiso are beach areas which have seen quite a bit of expansion in the last few years and have evolved into fully–fledged resorts. They are nestled with the hills of the Calablanque Nature Park behind, the protected Marchamalo salt flats to the side and the whole length of the Mar Menor in front.
Puerto Mazarron is located on the Costa Calida south of Catagena.
The lovely sandy beaches and promenade lined with restaraunts, make Puerto Mazzaron a very popluar resort with the Spanish and Visitors alike.