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Costa Calida


Costa Calida

The Costa Calida is situated, between the Costa Blanca to the northe and the costa Almeria in the south, in the south east of the Iberian peninsula . It has at least 315 days of sunshine a year and is approximately 155 miles in length. Winter minimum temperatures are around 12-14 C and maximum 20-22C and in Summer the nminimum temperatures are around 20-22C and maximum 30-35C.

Within this province lies the Mar Menor, Europe 's largest salt water lake which has over 170 sq kms of warm shallow water and is also rich in iodine. It is separated from the Mediterranean by a 13 mile peninsular of land. On the Mediterranean shoreline of this peninsular there is a rugged landscape of beach cover and sheltered bays with natural sandy beaches whilst the other side is the salt lake.

Many people visit the lakes daily and apply mud from the bed of the lakes to their bodies and then wash it off in the Mar Menor this process is believed to relieve aches and pains and is especially popular with those who suffer from arthritis and muscular problems. The lakes abound with wildlife and many thousands of flamingos stop there during their Autumn migration. Some of the most important villages are San Pedro del Pinatar, Los Alcazares, Los Narejos, Islas Menores, Mar de Cristal and Playa Honda.

Murcia is the capital of the region, which is surrounded by a cultivated fertile plain. The most important monument is the cathedral, whilst other outstanding monuments include the Episcopal Palace, the Casino, several churches and other 19th century architecture. Among the different museums there is one in particular, dedicated to the works of the image maker Francisco Salzillo.

La Manga is the most important tourist centre in the region and stretches between the Mar Menor and the Mediterranean . It consists of a narrow, sandy spit of land with 22km of double beaches and between 100 and 800m in width. It is cocooned by the pine-covered Murcian hills set amongst the lemon groves and thousands of plam trees. It is an area the size of Monaco and features 3 golf courses, one of Europe 's finest tennis centre and many other excellent sporting and recreational facilities. At the heart of the resort lies the stunning Hyatt Regency Hotel resort, whilst small ‘village' clusters of villas and apartments populate the surrounding hillsides.

The Costa Calida is just 25 kilometres from Murcia (San Javier) Airport and 120 kilometres from Alicante with the provinces of Alicante and Valencia to the north and Almeria and Granada to the west. The best way to explore the region is by hire car, giving you the freedom to come and go as you please.