Costa Calida Tourist Information, Tourism in Costa Calida, Costa Calida, Spain
Until very recently the Costa Calida was seen by many as an untouched coastline. Today it is a popular travel destination for many European citizens whether for holidays or permanent residence. This has injected a cosmopolitan feel to the region, while still retaining much of its tradition and culture. Positively affected by the rise in visitors is the commercial sector. A wide array of sporting pursuits are now on offer (especially for golfers), as well as more cultured choices; such as a mix of established and recently regenerated museums, galleries, and sites of great historical importance.
The Costa Calida is unusual in that its northern section not only offers a choice of beaches, but a choice of Sea. Featuring are the popular Mediterranean Sea, and the lesser known Mar Menor (little sea). The Mar Menor is an inland sea/salt water lake separated from the Mediterranean by La Manga (the sleeve) del Mar Menor; otherwise known as the La Manga strip. It is favoured amongst families with small children due to its warm, shallow and salty waters (salt makes you float more easily).
Cuisine is another major draw, with an array of affordable local and international restaurants serving a mixture of dishes. Fresh fish is a major delicacy (similarly to many other coastal areas), but meat and rice dishes also feature prominently.
The summers here are hot and the winters mild. This coupled with the irrigation provided by the rivers Segura, Murdo and Sangonera, make for ideal citrus fruit growing conditions. The region exports many tons of oranges and lemons; much of it to the German market. To a lesser extent olives and vines are also grown.
The Costa Calida is well known for its mild climate and enjoys sunshine for in excess of 320 days per year. The sun is at its hottest during the summer months, with temperatures rarely falling below 30°C (86°F). Winters are typically very mild with averages hovering around 18°C (64°F).