Discover the Costa Cálida, a destination you’ll fall in love with at first sight. Visiting this little corner of the Mediterranean is always a hit.
If you love the sea, you’re in luck if you decide on the Costa Cálida as your next destination. Choose between the Mar Menor and the Mediterranean, two seas where you can enjoy unforgettable experiences:relaxation, infinite strolls along the beach and watersports that’ll make you feel like a fish in water.
Despite its name, which means “little sea”, the Mar Menor is much bigger than you’d imagine. Explore it and you’ll discover hidden corners and endless nights. The largest salt lake in Europe at 170 square kilometres, its waters are warm, calm and not too deep—the best possible conditions for sports like sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking and kitesurfing. The choice is yours!
Activities for all tastes in four coastal locations
Explore the four towns in the Mar Menor region (Los Alcázares, San Javier, San Pedro del Pinatar and Cartagena) and prepare to be surprised! No-one who explores these places ever forgets them.
At Los Alcázares, the Municipal Aeronautical Museum is well worth a visit. From weapons to military memorabilia, plane propellers and anti-aircraft guns, don’t miss this collection if you’re a fan of military aviation.
For gazing at dreamy landscapes, visit the Parque Regional de las Salinas y Arenales de San Pedro, an incredible waterbird nature reserve on salt marshes and sands. Here you will find one of the best open-air mud therapy areas in the whole of Europe.
During your visit to the Mar Menor, you might also catch the fighter plane aerobatic display by the Patrulla Águila, who are based at the Academia General del Aire in San Javier. Once seen, it’s never forgotten.
Music and theatre at festivals in the Mar Menor
Experience an explosion of art, theatre and music at the festivals held in the Mar Menor region.
Discover the La Mar de Músicas festival in Cartagena, which has been labelled a “Fiesta of International Tourist Interest”. It is held in July and features art from all corners of the world. It takes place in city locations where you can enjoy leisure and culture activities with views over the Mediterranean.
If you like jazz, don’t miss the San Javier International Jazz festival. It has been declared a “Fiesta of National Tourist Interest” and is considered one of Spain’s best jazz festivals.
And if you’re excited by flamenco, you should know that La Unión is the scene of one of the world’s most important flamenco competitions, the Festival Internacional del Cante de las Minas—another Fiesta of International Tourist Interest.
The icing on the cake
Discover the perfect balance between tradition and modernity. Try the Mar Menor’s quintessential dish, the caldero, a stew made from rice and delicious fish. You should also sample the star appetiser: salt preserves such as hueva (roe) and mojama (tuna jerky) and, of course, Mar Menor langoustines. For dessert, sink your teeth into some pastel de cierva (a cake made with chicken) or tocino de cielo (a rich crème caramel). You’ll feel like you’re in culinary heaven. You’ll also realise why the Murcia region is known as the “region of 1001 flavours”.
Make the most of every moment in the Murcia region and make happy memories.