The coast line of the Costa CĂĄlida situated in the province of Murcia and is approximately 155 miles in length.This coast begins in the North with the beach of El MojĂłn, beside the border of the province of Alicante and ends in the South with the beach of La Carolina in Ăguilas, towards the border of AlmerĂa.
The Costa CĂĄlida adjoins two different seas, the Mar Menor or (small sea) and the Mediterranean.
The Mar Menor, Europe's largest salt water lagoon, over 170 square kilometres of shallow water surrounded by the districts of Los Urrutias, El CarmolĂ, San Javier, Los Alcazares and La Manga to name just a few. On the shores of the Mar Menor there are a great number of small towns with a truly traditional feel to them that are starting to build small intimate residential areas for people who look for a different way to spend time in the Sun in Spain.
Adjacent to the Mar Menor are natural salt lakes where people come daily to apply the mud from the bed of the lakes to their bodies. They then cross the road and wash it off in the Mar Menor.
The Spanish firmly believe that this process relieves aches and pains and is especially popular with those who suffer from arthritis and muscular problems. This theory is supported by many doctors and medical experts in Spain
and indeed across Europe.The world health council has stated that the region is one of the healthiest places in the world to live.
The city of Murcia has a historic centre that offers extensive shopping facilities, culture and a diverse cuisine, in short, everything that the heart desires. In the year 825, the Moors established a settlement on the spot where Murcia is now located. The square in front of the cathedral is the heart of the city. The entire population of Murcia seems to occupy this square in the evening, filling the pavement cafĂ©s, tapas bars, bodegas and restaurants with enjoyable hustle and bustle so typical of Spanish cities. Near the cathedral, the pedestrian street Calle de la TraperĂa begins.
This street has hundreds of shops, ranging from hyper-modern outlets for well-known brand names to traditional top-class Spanish shops selling articles such as hand-made shoes and bags.
There are plenty of historical buildings to be admired, including the Casino, which is itself a museum. Murcia will give you such a warm welcome that you will fall in love with this special city immediately. The landscape of the province of Murcia is largely defined by the cultural heritage of the people who once occupied this region: the Phoenicians, the Cartaginians, the Romans and the Moors.
Even Flamenco song and dance has its roots in Arabic culture.
In particular, the "Moros y Cristianos" celebrations generate extensive festivities in many towns and cities in the province of Murcia in the summer months. The Moorish influence of former days is still visible in this part of Spain and has merged with Catholic culture to some extent..The Spanish people definitely devote as much effort to pleasure as to work.
Their main concern is good food, preferably enjoyed in a social context, such as a gathering of friends or family. Spanish cuisine may not have the reputation and the finesse of French cuisine, but it has its own individual character that is expressed by a range of pleasantly surprising delicacies.
Tapas, jamĂłn Serrano, chorizo, gazpacho, conejo, pastel de carne - these are just some of the many specialities that raise Spain's national cuisine to gastronomical heights comparable to the best in Europe
Cartagena is worth a special mention because of its historical interest.
This town was for more than two thousand years a strategic Mediterranean port, surrounded by fortifications it encloses numerous fine archaeological remains and naval archives. The cities sea fairing history is present in every aspect of this interesting city.
Mazarron is located on the South Eastern corner of Spain, to the West of the historic city of Cartagena. There are excellent road links and airports at Alicante and Murcia (San Javier - Murcia Regional Airport) offer regular flights to Europe and beyond. Mazarron boasts some of the best beaches in Spain and a wonderful climate; the area is relatively undeveloped when compared to the more popular Spanish Coastal areas and as such provides an excellent location for a peaceful family holiday.Near MazarrĂłn, we will find the small fishing town of La AzohĂa. It is tucked in at the corner of a natural bay and is bordered by spectacular mountainous backdrop of the Sierra EspuĂ±a hills that end their trail in the Mediterranean beaches of La AzohĂa. There are several residential properties in the area that have maintained a discreet presence in the area so as not to spoil the natural feel of the village. At the end of the village, each evening the local fishermen unload their catch and start to repair their nets.
The Costa Blanca stretches from Valencia to Cartagena. To the north of Alicante, the region is a popular tourist region with (Benidorm) being the best known beach resort). To the south you will find beaches which the Spanish themselves visit, and where there is an authentic, unspoilt atmosphere, the most popular of them being Campomoar, Torre De La Horadada and El Mohon which is situated adjacent to the Mar Menor.
Almeria province, long appreciated by Spaniards from Madrid and the North, is now very much on the list of destinations for the discerning holiday maker. This is mainland Europe's warmest and sunniest region, with over 3000 hours of sunshine a year. Until recently Almeria was less accessible than some other Spanish destinations, a fact which has undoubtedly helped to shield it from the excess of tourism and let it to become the unspoiled, peaceful place it is today. The province is steeped in history which can be dated back to Phoenician times and before; a past reflected in its picturesque towns and villages. The whole area, with its unspoiled coastline, national parks, mountains and valleys provides an overwhelming sense of space, and offers an exiting new world to be explored. Inland Almeria has an almost lunar landscape of desert, sandstone and dried up river beds and has long been a popular choice for filming adventure and western style epics.
There is an airport at Almeria which receives flights from many UK airports on a daily basis. In 2006 the new airport in Murcia will undoubtedly boost the area as it will be easily accessible from Almeria via modern roads and infrastructure.
Carboneras has a population of around 7000 inhabitants it is located in the west of Almeria about 70 km from the capital of the province. The average annual temperature is 18ÂșC and this part of the Spanish southern coast is amongst the warmest in the whole of Spain
There is a recently constructed fishing port, and approved plans to develop a new marina at Carboneras.Costa Calida in general is fast becoming the place to purchase in southern Spain, this is mainly due to the saturation and enhanced property prices in neighbouring Costa Del Sol and Costa Blanca.