Tourism and visit of the Costa Cálida
In the region of Murcia, the Costa Cálida, of which Cartagena is the largest urban area and the main port, extends over approximately 200 km. Precisely from San Pedro del Pinatar on the border of the province of Valencia to the old fishing village of Águilas to the south.
It covers the entire coastline of the province of Murcia in south-east Spain and includes the Manga del Mar Menor, a dune cordon some 20 kilometres long.
The Costa Cálida offers us varied landscapes in which we can see agricultural areas with orange orchards, mountains and protected areas such as the Las Salinas de San Pedro regional park or the Cabo de Palos-Islas Hormigas marine reserve.
GR 92, hiking on a Mediterranean path
The 179 km GR 92 runs along the coast from Playa del Mojon in San Pedro del Pinatar to Cala Cerrada in Águilas in the southwest of the Costa Cálida. This long hiking trail crosses the stages below.
Stages on the Costa Cálida
Manga del Mar Menor
The Manga del Mar Menor is a dune cordon protecting a small inland sea, the Mar Menor, from the waters of the Mediterranean.
The cordon stretches almost continuously over twenty kilometres, from the Regional Park Las Salinas y Arenales de Pedro del Pinatar to the Cape of Palos. It is traversed by a road bordered of a long beach on its Mediterranean facade and of dwellings, hotels, bars, restaurants… mainly on the other side.
San Pedro del Pinatar
With its beaches protected by the dunes of the Mar Menor, San Pedro del Pinatar is one of the major destinations on the Costa Calida. The seafront that borders the beaches of Puntica and Villananitos is furnished with shops, terraces and restaurants and on the beaches, the possibilities of nautical activities are numerous.
San Pedro del Pinatar is also known for the therapeutic use of marine mud in the open air.
Santiago de la Ribera
Located on the west bank of the Mar Menor, the city is made up of several districts including El Barrio de los Pescadores, that of the fishermen.
On the seafront, a vast promenade with palm trees accompanies the beach which, with four kilometres of fine golden sand combined with various water sports make Santiago de Ribera a very attractive town on the Costa Cálida.
Located 5 km from San Javier International Airport, the city of Los Alcázares offers 7 kilometres of beach along the Mar Menor and a marina with a nautical station.
On the north side of the port and feet in the water we discover the spa of La Encarnación.
From Bahia Bella to Cabo de Palos
El Carmoli, Los Urrutias, Los Nietos, Mar de Cristal, Playa Honda, from Bahia Bella to Cape Palos, the western coast of the Mar Menor presents a succession of small seaside resorts.
These all have more or less the same characteristics: beaches, seafront with residential buildings, shops and terraces, marina sometimes and water activities, always.
From Cabo de Palos to Cartagena Bay
This coastal fringe is characterized by mountain slopes descending to the sea, cliffs, and numerous coves and small beaches nestled in a rocky and wild environment.
Among these beaches that are difficult to access, as few roads lead to them, we can mention those of Calblanque, Punta Parreño or del Ricòn. The Regional Park of Calblanque is a hinterland whose paths and paths are ideal for hiking.
Of Punic and Roman origin, Cartagena is a port city with modernist architecture. Built on five hills, the city opens onto the Mediterranean through the bay of Cartagena.
The harbour has three zones: commercial, fishing and recreational. We visit the underwater archaeological museum and the naval museum.
To find beaches, you have to get out of town. The beach of Cala Cortina, relatively close, is located about 3 kilometers southeast of the city center. The beaches of Portman to the east or Portús to the west are about fifteen kilometres away.
Nestled in a bay to the west of the Roldan massif, 11 km southwest of Cartagena, the seaside resort of El Portús offers 2 beaches in the heart of the Muela nature reserve: El Portús, grey sand and gravel, and the Morena. Naturista El Portus campsite opens up to naturism, as its name suggests…
The seaside resort of La Azohía stretches for several kilometres to the east of the Gulf of Mazarrón protected by the heights of Cape Tiñoso. The road which follows the coast allows to discover 3 beaches of which that of Azohía, provided with sand and gravel, spreads out on approximately 1200 meters to 25 km in the southwest of Cartagena.
With a beautiful seafront, Isla Plana faces the rocky islet of the same name a few fathoms from the town’s shore. There are 2 beaches, on either side of the city centre, which are accessible by bus.
Puerto de Mazarrón
Second urban core of Mazarrón located 5 kilometers from the coast, el Puerto de Mazarrón Borde a coastal plain. The municipal coastline consists of 30 km of beaches, cliffs, coves and rocky bottoms.
The main beaches are Playa Grande near the center, the beach of La Isla, the canine beach of La Marena and, more off to the west, playa de Bolnuevo.
Puntas de Calnegre
Puntas de Calnegre is a small seaside resort with a sandy and gravel beach in the extreme west of the Gulf of Mazarrón. Puntas Calnegre beach stretches several hundred metres northeast from the tip of Calnegre.
From Puntas de Calnegre to Calabardina
The coast is bordered by the Cabo Cope-Puntas de Calnegre massif where you can see some isolated beaches: Calnegre Guapa, las Mujeres, El Siscal accessible by a single small road.
In the south of the massif, some beaches and coves follow one another parallel to softer reliefs: Playa el Melarco, Cala Blanca, Playa de la Galera, de las Huertas, del Pochico, de Rambla Elena, de la Tortuga Mora… These beaches remained rather wild are for the most part accessible by the small road RM-D15.
Well sheltered by Cape Cope and the tip of Caballo, Calabardina depends on the municipality of Águilas, 8 kilometres away.
The seafront is lined with palm trees and a small golden sandy beach which, 300 metres long, is ideal for a family holiday.
From Calabardina to Águilas, all along the coast, several beaches, sometimes sheltered in small coves, are discovered: Playa del Arroz, Barranco del Mar, Todosol, Calabrilla.
A small port city located around 3 small bays 75 km southwest of Cartagena, Águilas closes the western end of the Costa Cálida.
To the east of Águila we discover the Amarilla beach protected by the Mogote del Fraile point facing the Isla del Fraile. Sheltered in the Bay del Fraile, this rocky islet is open to diving enthusiasts.
Each of the bays of the city (Bahia de Levante, Hornillo, Poniente) has an urban beach. Águilas has a fishing port and a marina.
On the border of Andalusia, the urban centre of Calarreona, dependent on the municipality of Águilas, has two beaches: La Cabana and La Tortuga. Also, inscribed in the protected landscape of the Cuatro Calas, stretch several small wild beaches in the periphery of the Punta Parda point.