Costa Calidia

The Costa Cálida extends from El Mojón in the north near the province of Alicante, to near the municipality of Águilas in the south bordering on the region of Almería province.

The northern end of this coastline includes the Mar Menor (“Lesser Sea”), a coastal saltwater lagoon which at around 170 km2 is Europe’s largest. The Mar Menor is separated from the Mediterranean by a 22 km-long spit of land called La Manga, on which most of the tourism development for the region has been constructed.

Cartagena and Mazarrón are two other important coastal towns in the region.

With a never-ending coastline,  Puerto de Mazarron are all about the beach.

Puerto de Mazarron is nestled into the mountain scenery along Spain’s Costa Calida – AKA the warm coast. It’s best known for its beaches, with a shoreline that unravels for more than 20 miles. But it’s got plenty of other strings to its bow, including an inland town, a Medieval castle and hiking trails.

Mother Nature gave Puerto de Mazarron its fair share of long, sandy beaches. In total, the area’s got over 30 to its name. The two main ones sit either side of the marina, boasting golden sands and shallow, paddle-friendly waters. As you move away from the centre, you’ll find people-free pockets of sand. That is until you reach Bolnuevo, where the stretch is famous for its oddly-shaped rock formations.

A short drive inland takes you to Mazarron’s old town. It’s a time-warp kind of place, with an abandoned mining complex and the ruins of a 15th-century castle. The hilltop castle is a great vantage point for views over the town, while the rust-coloured lakes and striped mounds of the derelict mines are a photographer’s dream. There are also a good amount of signposted walking trails.

Golf is a popular pastime for visitors and residents. There are many PGA championship courses such as El Valle which hosted the PGA European Seniors Tour in June 2011, Hacienda del Alamo which is the longest golf course in Spain and the famous La Manga Club.