Some of the finest award-winning beaches on the Costa Cálida are within a short 30 minute drive of Murcia-Golf at La Torre. The area is host to many blue flag beaches of wonderful, warm, clear waters, including the Mar Menor, which, at 26 km long and 7 km wide, is Europe’s largest lagoon & is a great place for families & water sport enthusiasts. Only 7m deep at its lowest point, the warm salt water lake is famous for its therapeutic mud baths at Las Charcas de Lo Pagan, Marchamalo salt flats in La Manga and Playa Paraiso. People can be seen covered in these healing black muds then baking in the sunshine to soak up the therapeutic properties for skin & joint complaints – all for free!
Some suggestions Within 15 minutes drive:
Los Narejos on the Mar Menor - children's play area, sunbeds & brolly hire, abundant parking & refreshments at Spinosa kite bar.
Santiago de la Ribera on the Mar Menor - children's play area on the beach next to Miramar restaurant.
Los Alcazares on the Mar Menor- Playa Espejo (Calle Espejo) playground behind the beach & some Chirunguitos (beach bars). Shallow waters for children & nice long sandy beach.
Torre de Horadada on the Med - casual beach bar Ramos Chirunguito where can order paella & a table for lunch! Waves but shelves gently for beach fun. Large carpark 1 euro beside the beach
Mil Palmeras - lovely sandy beach, 2 volley ball courts, 2 cafe bars & toilets. Not far from La Zenia shopping mall & selection of restaurants.
Blue Flag Beach! Long stretches of soft golden sand; a variety of water sports; marina; long palm-fringed promenade; migrating birds use the salt marshes as a stopover, making bird-watching very popular. Down by the windmill you can try the famous therapeutic mud baths at Lo Pagan, believed to prevent rheumatism and arthritis - for free.
Walking along from there you can enjoy the wide promenade, lined with benches, play areas for children and lots of restaurants and cafes. Or you can walk out on the promenade & link back to the nature reserve for those feeling energetic!
Villa Nanitos beach near the mud baths of San pedro del Pinatar has various sporting facilities - wind surfing, volley ball, kayaking and waterskiing
Blue Flag Beach! The largest resort town on the Mar Menor (‘Little Sea’), with a promenade stretching for more than 4 km & a beach that has fine sand & warm shallow calm waters. Walk along the promenade & enjoy the views of the Mar Menor & its islands or sample the beachside bars, cafes or restaurants selling tapas or menu del dia. The beaches at Playa de los Narejos and Playa del Espejo have won the famous Q Awards for their high standards. Wind surfing volleyball and kayaking available here.
A short walk inland leads you into the town centre area of Los Alcazares with a vast selection of bars & restaurants
Other local Blue Flag Beaches are San Javier, Aguilas, San Pedro del Pinatar & Los Acazares
Torre de la Horadada has small secluded coves, along the Mediterranean Sea. This is an ideal spot to visit for some solitude. Small private coves with fine sand and warm clear waters. Just a short stroll takes you to cafes and bars.
Torre de la Horadada is a quiet but popular coastal resort with some fine beaches, it basically grew as the coastal limb of the nearby town of Pilar de la Horadada which has a good range of facilities with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants and even a cinema which shows films in English (with Spanish subtitles!).
The strip, 21km long and only 200m wide in places, separates the Mar Menor from the Mediterranean; clubs, casinos, marinas. The strip gets extremely busy in the high summer months. The centre at El Zocco offers a selection of late night bars for those wishing to dance the night away.
At La Manga Strip you will be spoilt for choice with beaches on both sides stretching for miles & separating the Mar Menor on one side & the Mediterranean Sea on the other
At the far end is La Llana beach - long and sady with foot showers during main season. Another blue flag beach, with mild water and some waves in parts
Nearer the start of The Strip is Euromanga beach - sandy and pleasant with calm waters
At the start of the Strip the landmark of a historic lighthouse is situated in the region of Cabo de Palos. A pleasant walk along the harbour, cliff tops and various beaches such as Cala Medina, Las Melvas and Calle Levante give views of the Islas Hormigas, very popular with scuba divers. After the circular walk a great lunch or dinner can be enjoyed at the many good fish and paella restaurants on the harbour front such as La Tana, the Miramar and El Mosqui
Blue Flag Beach! To the south of La Torre and west of Cartagena lies the huge bay of Mazarrón; within the bay itself and immediately around are 30 beaches such as El Rihuete and Puerto de Mazarron with plenty of local shops and restaurants and a number of small but growing resorts, some of which will be linked by a new 9km seafront promenade with bars & restaurants. Bolnuevo beach is also popular
Further along the coast is the natural region of Aguilas
An area of exceptional beauty and tranquility with fine golden, sandy beaches and clear, sparkling waters; the 13km of coast consists of beaches, peaceful coves, ancient sand dunes, stunning rock formations, beautiful walking trails and pine forests. The local government have declared Calblanque a conservation area that can never be built upon. In high season cars park at the entrance and buses ferry beach goers to the various natural Calblanque beaches. Please note there are no services at any of Calblanque beaches so please take food and liquids with you.
Location: Approximately 45 minutes drive