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The Costa Calida (literally translated ‘warm coast’) is located in the south of the Costa Blanca. That is in the north of the Costa de Almeria, in the Murcia region. Its main city is Cartagena, which also happens to have the region’s busiest harbour.

On Spain’s Warm Coast

Beaches
The coastline of the Costa Cálida can be divided into 2 parts: on the one hand the long stretch of the sand beach on the east side, whereas rock and stone formations can be found on the south side. The beaches on Mar Menor are all sandy beaches, with no tides, large waves or currents. One interesting fact: the beach runs so slowly that the first 50 meters from the beach the depth is only 1-1.5 meters, which is also suitable for children, elderly and disabled people for which there are also equipment’s to easily enjoy the water. Apart from this, are the beaches being guarded by lifeguards in high season to increase your safety.

Water
Costa Cálida is in Spanish terms a special phenomenon: You can choose between going for a swim in the azure blue or the Mediterranean Sea, or the crystal-clear waters of Mar Menor. This stretches about 170 km² with a coast of 70 km in total. Here, the water temperature is always 4 or 5 degrees warmer than in the Mediterranean one, due to it being closed in with land and its maximum depth of 7 metres. Therefore, is Mar Menor perfect for lots of different kinds of water sports.

Local Sights
Cartagena was founded in the 3rd century BC by Hasdrubal the Fair. During founding times, 5 fortresses were built on the surrounding hilltops. Four of these have been renovated, one left in its original state. One of Spain’s oldest structures, an amphitheater, was discovered here in 1987.

The city’s central point is the great Plaza Espana, a park within a large roundabout. In the city of Murcia you’ll find the Trapeia, an ancient street leading to the cathedral that took almost 500 years to build. The university of Murcia is an historic cloister with marble pillars. Near Murcia is the Santuario de la Fuensanta, a holy site ringed by lemon trees.

To find unspoiled beaches and bays you have to go towards Mazzarón, which is a harbour city with a burgeoning economy based on mineral-rich mountains. Many bays there have pebble beaches, this ensures the crystal clear water which is ideal for snorkelers and divers. Altogether, there are 90 shipwrecks to be found along the coast of Costa Cálida, most of which lie at the foot of Cartagena.

Unique Costa Cálida
Since this region of Spain is not overrun by tourists, the prices are lower than along the other coasts. And this is not only the case for second-hand properties, but also cafes and restaurants in this area. Furthermore, does the entire coastal region have a ban on high-rises (except for La Manga, which is the thin strip of land that separates Mar Menor from the Mediterranean Sea). But also, other aspects are special. For example, the 13 golf resorts in Murcia, which certainly are a paradise for every golfer!

Festivals
The Spanish residents have a solid reputation for knowing how to party. There are numerous small festivals, all year round, but the climax of course comes in summer. Especially beautiful are all the fireworks at the end of each festival, which is a Spanish tradition. The largest regional festival is the Carthaginese y Romanos festival in Cartagena, which is held every year in the last two weeks of September. During these two weeks, the city will be transformed and renamed into Carthago. Every evening, there is a parade with thousands of Carthagers in Roman clothes going through the city streets, which is certainly a special thing to experience for every tourist or resident here in Spain.

Service
In every town, you will find the basics already available. There are always supermarkets, a bar, a restaurant, and a pharmacy nearby. There are 3 major shopping centers, in San Javier, Cartagena, and La Zenia. The largest shopping destinations in the region are Cartegena, San Javier, and Mazzarón.

Time Zone
Costa Cálida is one hour in advance compared to the UK (GMT+2h).

Language
The official language is Spanish. But you will find that it will be easy to communicate there with English and/or German. Border Control: A valid passport or identification.

Climate
The average temperature in winter is about 16°C. In spring and fall, it’s around 20°C, and in summer 31°C.