La Manga Golf, Golf at La Manga, Costa Calida, Spain
Stretching from San Pedro del Pinatar to Mazarron, the Costa Calida is the stretch of coast belonging to the province of Murcia. The land here is mainly zoned for agricultural use, and indeed the province has a low population considering its size. Of course in recent years there has been considerable interest in the Costa Calida from native Spaniards and foreign nationals alike. This has mainly been concentrated on the Northern part of the Costa, dominated by the Mar Menor. Here you can now find established residential zones, in addition to sporting facilities (golf courses, tennis clubs etc), and entertainment options.
Though there has been a sharp increase in the population of the northern half of the Costa, it has in the main been driven by those (native and foreign) seeking permanent residency. This has injected a cosmopolitan feel to the area, while retaining much of its community atmosphere and traditional culture.
Already well known for being relatively inexpensive, and having excellent beaches, the Costa Calida has a lot to offer. A great deal of investment has gone into the preservation of its historical and architectural heritage (especially in Cartagena and Murcia). There are many fiestas (festivals) throughout its calendar, some of which are a real spectacle and well worth a look. The cuisine is another major bonus, with affordable good food available everywhere, alongside the middle to high end restaurants. Plenty of shopping opportunities also exist; ranging from souvenirs, local goods and handicrafts, to fashion items and modern shopping centres.
The Costa Calida is also 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).
This part of Spain is famous for its salt lakes (salt is a major export). This has a major knock on effect on humidity levels, and as a result the air is much dryer than in other parts of Spain and Europe. The low humidity levels coupled with a mild climate, mean the WHO (World Health Organisation) have rated this part of Spain one of the healthiest climates on the planet.