We all look for something different in a beach break – whether you’re an adrenaline seeker trying your hand at watersports, an explorer of no-name coves, or prefer taking it easy with a Mojito in hand. The Costa Cálida in Region of Murcia in the South East of Spain, which is one of our fastest growing destinations, has it all. Scroll down or choose from the list below to discover the best beaches the “warm coast” has to offer…
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The wild beach: Playa de Calblanque
Nestled within the Calblanque Regional Park in Cartagena, Calblanque Beach offers 300m of untouched natural landscape. This protected stretch of coast is one of the region’s best kept secrets, with only a handful of visitors exploring its vast wealth. Its ochre-coloured sands and rugged coves make for a stunning contrast with the blue hues of the Mediterranean, providing stunning scenery for a swim at what will feel like your own private beach. For long stays, be sure to pack a picnic because the amenities end at the car park!
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The family-friendly beach: Playa Mistral
Bang in the middle of La Manga, Mistral Beach looks out to the clear lagoon of Mar Menor. Its warm and shallow waters are ideal for the little ones to splash about in, while the range of services – from restaurants and a children’s play area, to hammock and parasol rentals – are enough to keep all the family happy. The golden sands are within easy reach as there are city bus stops by the beach. What’s more, Mistral Beach has earned quality distinction from the Spanish Tourism Quality Institute for its cleanliness and safety standards. So you can soak up the Spanish sunshine in stress-free comfort.
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The active beach: Playa Las Salinas
This 1km stretch of shoreline is ideal if sunbathing isn’t quite up your street. Located in Los Alcázares, the silver sands of Las Salinas Beach occupy plenty of options for beach fun. Try your hand at some surfing, canoeing or windsurfing, while sailing and kite surfing schools are also there to show you the ropes. Or if you prefer some group activity, keep it chilled out with a game of beach volleyball or football. When a well-deserved break is calling you, relax at one of the beach bars or restaurants overlooking the Mar Menor.
The accessible beach: Playa de la Colonia
Enjoy a day at the beach without barriers at one of Costa Cálida’s most accessible beaches. Not only does the laidback La Colonia Beach have a huge number of accessibility facilities, it is distinct in that it offers fully equipped assisted bathing. You’ll find three disabled car parking spaces, access ramps to the beach, accessible bathroom facilities, an amphibious chair and crutches, adapted shaded areas and a swimming assistance service during peak season.
This full range of services is matched in quality with the natural elements embodied in this beach. With calm waters and the cove providing protection from the winds, it is surrounded by palm trees and Águilas Castle to the east.
The diver’s beach: Cala Reona
Surrounded by volcanic coastline, you’ll get dramatic scenery along the shores as well as underwater in this southernmost corner of Cabo de Palos, Cartagena. The bay of Cala Reona is unspoilt and environmentally-protected, as well as being one of Europe’s main marine reserves, making it a truly unique beach in the region. Its pure waters make this beach a top pick for any keen divers or snorkelers visiting Costa Cálida. Bring your own diving equipment as well as snacks if you’re planning an extended stay at this hidden treasure.
The ‘a bit of everything’ beach: Cala Cortina
If you fancy a little bit of everything you’ve read about, luckily there’s a corner of coastline that combines all the best bits! As the only urban beach in Cartagena, there are plenty of amenities for sun-seekers to make use of. Be sure to check out the paella-serving restaurant, chilled out beach bars and picnic areas. For families, there’s even the play area for the kids.
Cala Cortina is also a protected area and prides itself on clear blue waters that make for stunning snorkelling. This beach tends to be popular in the summer months but retains a tranquil atmosphere, so you can relax as you enjoy its ‘little bit of everything’ vibe – the way beach holidays were meant to be!
Let us know in the comments below if you’ve found a beach that suits you best!