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    All our resorts are situated in the Murcia region of Spain. The Costa Calida, otherwise known as the "warm coast" benefits from around 300 days of sunshine a year and an average temperature of 18 degrees. It was voted by the World Health Organisation as the healthiest place on Earth. All of our resorts are within easy reach of 2 airports with a third opening next year. Flights are available from most UK & Irish airports and the flight time is around 2 and a half hours. The local airport is San Javier (Murcia) which is an average of 15 minutes from our resorts and Alicante, which is approx 1 hours drive away The area is a haven for golfers, although if you don't fancy golf there are numerous other things in the area which will be of interest. To get full enjoyment from your holiday and to make the surrounding area accessible, we highly recommend hiring a car. There is a great road networking linking all the major towns and cities. Other attractions include Water Theme parks, Water parks, Nature parks, ten pin bowling, quad biking, mud baths, water sports (many listed below), go-karting and shopping.

    Murcia City

    Murcia is the capital city of the region and the 7th largest city in all of Spain. It is significant both culturally and historically with some of the city walls dating back to 831. It is home to 3 Universities and has a lovely "old quarter" and beautiful Cathedral (which took 4 centuries to complete). Some things are just worth the wait.

    As you would expect, Murcia has a vibrant cultural life with many restaurants and authentic tapas bars and seemingly constant festivals and celebrations. The Holy Week Procession is among the most famous in Spain.

    If museums, theatres and art galleries are your thing, then Murcia is the place to visit. There is also a historic casino built in 1852.

    Over the last 3 years there has been major shopping centre developments built on the outskirts of the city. These shopping complexes house hundreds of International and local name shops. Ikea has also opened a large store in the area.

    Cartagena City

    Cartagena City is over 3,000 years old and is steeped in history. It is the main seaport of the Murcia Region and as you would expect is a very monumental city with numerous archaeological sites and historic buildings. Over recent years, Cartagena has been turned into a major tourist destination and is now a stop-over for cruise ships.

    Like Murcia there are many restaurants to sample the local cuisine and atmosphere. The best way to see the city is the open top bus which offers a guided tour. There is also a tourist boat, which takes you out around the port gives a historical commentary as you go.

    For nature lovers, the Regional Nature part of Calablanque is close to the city. This consists of 13kms of unspoilt, protected area and has many deserted beaches, cliffs, dunes, salt flats and hidden coves.


    The region has the luxury of having two seas on one coastline - the Mar Menor and the Mediterranean. With crystal clear waters, more than 3000 hours of sun a year and mild temperatures even in winter, with a yearly average of more than 18 degrees this is the Costa Calida, the ideal place to relax all year round.

    The Mar Menor (small sea) is Europe's largest salt water lake with an area of 170km2 and no deeper than 7 meters. The lagoon is formed by a narrow strip of land called La Manga (the sleeve) this piece of land is now covered by apartment blocks and hotels and is also close to the famous La Manga Sports Club. The Mar Menor is renowned for having a water temperature some 5 degrees warmer than the Med, this along with being calm all year round with no strong currents means it is very safe to swim.

    The Mediterranean stretches for hundreds of kms with golden beaches as far as the eye can see, all the way along the coastline there are hidden coves, cliffs with historic castles and watch-towers, picturesque fishing villages and beach side restaurants.

    Fans of water sports will find this area one of the best places in the world for practising sailing, canoeing, water-skiing, kite surfing, jet-skiing and every other type of water sport activity. There are numerous nautical clubs and ports where you can hire equipment and book courses at extremely competitive rates.
    Fishing as you can imagine is a massive industry and again there are plenty of opportunities to hire rods, tackle etc. as well as chartered deep or shallow sea fishing boat trips.

    Los Alcazares

    Los Alcazares is an expanding coastal town, situated very close to San Javier. Some of the best beaches can be found here, together with a huge range of restaurants, bars etc. There is a very pretty, palm tree lined promenade taking you from the old part of the town to the newer part. Again, festivals are very popular here, with a 3 day medieval market running the last 3 days of March and an International folklore festival and feast being held the last 2 weeks in August. This festival celebrates the regions status as the market garden of Spain.

    San Javier

    This town has grown enormously over the last decade with many nationalities enjoying the surroundings and close proximity to the beaches and international airport. The town has always been famous for the Spanish Air Force Academy with King Juan Carlos stationed here in his youth.

    In the centre of town you will find a beautiful church and square as well as a historic military museum, a large selection of shops, bars and restaurants. On the edge of town is a new commercial area with a large supermarket as well as eateries and bars.

    During July and August San Javier is host to the International Festival of Theatre, Music and Dance when world renowned artistes have played at both indoors and outdoor arenas.

    Wednesday is street market day where you can sample the local produce and enjoy the atmosphere of a typical Spanish market and atmosphere.


    This village has changed completely over the last few years with the influx of many nationalities moving into the area due to the new developments being built. Now having new banks, bars and restaurants in the village it has only improved the area yet it maintains the atmosphere of a quaint Spanish market village with a beautiful church and pedestrian area central to everything.

    San Pedro/Lo Pagan

    San Pedro is located on the coastal road just north of the Mar Menor. It incorporates Lo Pagan, a busy seaside village, which is also a popular Spanish holiday destination. Try out the fish restaurants or maybe you would prefer to go for the fabulous local paella. During the high season, craft stalls dominate the square with a funfair available for the children. It is also the home of a lovely Spa centre with treatments using the mud from its natural surroundings, jet pools and saunas.

    San Pedro is also famous for its Salt Lakes. Tourists are drawn from all over to try out the mud which rests at the bottom of some of the Salt Lakes. It is renowned for its therapeutic values and is used to treat muscle/joint pain, arthritis, eczema and many other conditions. Although it does smell a bit, you will feel fantastic after using it and it is FREE. The Salt Lakes are also host to much wildlife.


    Situated only five minutes drive from La Torre & El Valle Golf Resort, this village has a good selection of bars, restaurants and shops. A local fruit and vegetable market is held once a week. You can mingle with the locals and sample some local Spanish cuisine.


    This town has a wealth of historical buildings including churches, palaces, monuments and works of art. It is dominated by a hilltop castle looking down on a town, known for its hospitality, recreation, shopping and unique gastronomy. With a constant procession of fiestas throughout the year this town must be seen for those who want to sample the many sides of Spanish culture and history.


    Markets are part of Spanish life. There is always at least one market close by, every day of the week in one of the local towns and villages. Here you will find everything from clothing, ceramics and local crafts, freshly caught fish of all types and a vast selection of fruit and local produce, freshly picked from the surrounding countryside. It is a great day out for both the Spanish and tourists alike and is a place to sample the local produce as well as the culture and atmosphere.

    SPORTS ...


    The region is famous for its golf and with having over 30 courses in the area there is plenty of choice for golfers of all standards. These include courses designed by Steve Ballesterous, Jack Nicklaus and Dave Thomas.

    Water Sports

    From scuba diving to sailing the Mar Menor in particular is a fantastic place for all types of water sports. With its calm, clear and shallow waters it is perfect for the novice or accomplished water sport fan to practice their chosen aquatic preference. There are numerous Sailing clubs and Marinas dotted all along the coast where rental of equipment and the booking of lessons are available.


    Having large reservoirs and miles of coastline the region is the perfect area for both fresh and salt water fishing alike. There are numerous chartered fishing trips available or alternatively just pick up your rod and tackle and enjoy a relaxing days fishing in the sunshine.


     This is a very popular sport in the region either as a group or individually. Disused railway lines called Via Verdes allow you to explore beautiful areas normally not accessable to cars.

    Horse Riding / Walking & Hiking

    With its stunning mountains, forests and coastlines Murcia offers excellent opportunities for the outdoor adventurer. There are numerous natural protected areas where you will find stunning views, amazing scenery and a vast array of native wildlife.

    Skiing and Snowboarding

    Just two and a half hours drive away is the Sierra Nevada mountain range which has the largest and highest Ski Resort in Spain. Located in the most southern part of the region allowing the skier to have longer daylight hours to enjoy their sport.

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