The Costa Calida runs for 250km from the beach at Aguilas, a few kilometres from Almeria Province to the beach at El Mojon near Alicante. The Costa Calida (Warm Coast) is part of Murcia and is known for the Mar Menor (Little Sea) the largest saltwater lagoon in Europe.
The climate on the Mar Menor is reputed to be the healthiest according to the world health organization. With an average temperature of 17 degrees and on average 320 days sun per year.
A chain of mountains surrounds the plain which Murcia sits upon, a city of Arab origin whose existence is closely linked to the fertile lands around the river Segura. From among its streets of guilds emerges the tower of the Cathedral, one of the symbols of the city.
The old city stands next to the Segura, with historic streets which have retained the
names of the guilds which occupied them, such as the Platerķa (Silversmith), Traperķa (Old Clothes Shop) and Vidrieros (Glassmaker) shopping streets.
Santa Barbara Castle, Alicante City
You can't fail to notice this impressive castle situated on an outcrop over looking Alicante City. It's one of the largest medieval fortresses in Europe and covers the complete summit of the Benacantil Mountain.
Originally built by the Moors in the 10th century, the castle received its name from the conquest of King Alfonse the Wise that took place on 4th December 1248: Saint Barbara's day. Over the following centuries it was developed and extended leaving it with three main areas all dating from different eras.
Torrevieja Boat Trips!
Several boat trips are available from Torrevieja Fishing Port. There is an all day trip to the beautiful, unspoilt, Isla Tabarca (Tabarca Island), departing at 11.00hrs and returning 18.00hrs (every day except Friday). The crossing time is approximately 40 minutes. This departs from Torrevieja Marina, in the centre of town, opposite the fountain.
Also there are "coastline" boat trips lasting only 30 minutes, if you just want to get a view of Torrevieja from the sea. They depart at 11.30, 12.30, and 13.30 everyday, from Torrevieja Fishing Port.
Both trips are on large catamarans, with windows in each hull, so that you can view the under-sea world of the Mediterranean.
For more information or to book a trip
Telephone; 0034 965 717 447 or 965 716 661
The city has a very pretty roman port with a small tourist boat for an excursion round the harbour and gives a very good account of the history. The castle is also a must visit with spectacular views of the area and the roman amphitheatre. Many bars and cafes straddle the marina where you can relax and take in the views.
The area has so much to offer just look at some of the links for more information.