Murcia - Spain - Costa Calida
Costa Calida - Murcia: Beaches and golf
Murcia on the Spanish Mediterranean coast is becoming increasingly popular, especially among the resident tourists.
In recent years, thousands of new homes has been built in Murcia. Not only that: 52 golf courses are planned and will soon be included in all the Spanish and European golf guides. But it is not just the city Murcia that is growing very fast but rather all the coast called Costa Calida. Costa Calida means in Spanish Warm Coast. Why? Murcia itself is often called Costa Calida. The province Murcia and Costa Calida are located south of Costa Blanca and stretches along 250 kilometers of the warm Spanish Mediterranean coast. The climate in Murcia is one of the best you can find in all Europe: 316 sunny days per year and an average day temperature of around 20 degrees Celsius.
Earlier Costa Calida was a somewhat an isolated area in Spain, with a quite poor road access and very few international flights. But now that Murcia and Costa Calida has started to attract Northern European tourism with focus on golf vacations and investments in vacation homes the region has turned into one of the most fast growing areas in Europe. A new modern high-speed train from Madrid and Barcelona is planed and will make it possible to reach Murcia from there in a couple of hours. A new airport is also included in the plans. The new airport will be built in Corvera. Today, the closest alternative is the airport of San Javier, in Alicante, Costa Blanca.
Murcia was earlier only known for its production and exportation of fruits and vegetables and the holiday resorts La Manga del Mar Menor and Cartagena, but since a few years tourism is growing tremendously in the area, just as the number of golf courses and new hotels.
Murcia is the name of the province and also the provincial capital located about 30 minutes drive from the coast, approx. 75 km south of Alicante and 30 km west of Torrevieja. The city was founded by the Moors. The old town is well worth a visit and the cathedral is visited frequently by tourists from all countries.
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The gastronomic offer in the city of Murcia and nearby locations is excellent: Fresh vegetables and delicious reap fruit are important ingredients in the local dishes as well as fresh fish and seafood from the nearby coast. Especially sweet red and green pepper, tomato, eggplant and zucchini are common ingredients in the local dishes, and often also served as main courses in the entire region.
The most traditional and oldest tourist resort in Murcia is undoubtedly Cabo de Palos where you find the unique "La Manga del Mar menor".
La Manga del Mar Menor is a very narrow 22 km long piece of land, extending along the mainland, forming a inland salt sea "Mar Menor - Minor Sea". The cape is only 200 meters wide at its narrowest point, the widest point of the cape is 1.5 kilometers. In La Manga del Mar Menor one finds popular tourist destinations like San Pedro del Pinatar, San Javier, Los Alcazares, Los Nietos, Mar de Cristal and Playa Honda.
The nature in the Murcia region is unique and fantastic. You will find everything from wild desert to untouched forest and fine white sandy beaches with steep cliffs. And not to forget the incredibly beautiful valley Ricote where you still can still find many typical small Spanish villages.
Cartagena is an important port city and the second largest city in the province, after the capital City of Murcia. Cartagena is a bustling city since Roman times when it was founded. Especially during the summer months, Cartagena has much to offer visitors and tourists. Places like Puerto de Mazarron, Aguilas and some smaller locations like La Azohia where tourism is growing attracted by the beautiful beaches and pleasant climate are well worth visiting.
The resident tourism and the property market on Costa Calida is growing very fast: maybe to fast! Nearly 50 new golf courses will be built in the area in the next few years. And of course, around the golf courses, many new residential areas and thousands of apartments, villas and new holiday homes.
British, German and Scandinavian tourism are growing very fast in Murcia: Low cost flights and many looking for lower property prices than on the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca makes Murcia a very attractive alternative to the already classic Spanish holiday destinations. Murcia is a place to keep in mind!