The Costa Cálida (Spanish for the warm coast) is located in the Murcia region. This Costa is located in the southeast of the Iberian Peninsula on the Mediterranean Sea and merges in the north into the Costa Blanca and in the south into the Costa de Almería. The most important place is the port city of Cartagena.
Murcia has a coastline of approximately 250 kilometers long: coves and narrow beaches with rocks. Here also lies, one as it seems a geographical accident, called La Manga. A narrow strip of land, intersected by several canals and openings, that closes off the Mar Menor saltwater lagoon from the Mediterranean Sea.
The majority of the Costa Cálida is very rough and therefore not as overwhelmed by tourism as the Costa Blanca. The most densely built-up area is around the Mar Menor and around Cartagena.
Tourism is concentrated in the places La Unión, Los Alcázares, La Manga del mar menor, Pilar de la Horadada, Torre de la Horadada, San Pedro del Pinatar, Santiago de la Ribera, Sucina, San Javier, Torre Pacheco, Fuente Álamo, Mazarrón, Águilas and Puerto Lumbreras.
The Costa Calida has a wonderful Mediterranean climate with more than 3,000 hours of sunshine per year. The summer months are warm with daytime temperatures that are on average just over 30 degrees Celsius. In the winter months the average temperature is 17 degrees, but the temperature here can fall considerably, especially in the evening and at night. The most precipitation falls here in the fall.
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