Places of Interest on the Costa Blanca and Costa Calida

Information on the main tourist attractions, places of interest and sights to see along the Costa Blanca and Costa Calida...

Below is information on a few of the natural attractions that can be found on the Costa Blanca. Visit the local tourist offices for more information on things to do in the region.

Beaches

Costa Blanca has many beaches and coves to discover.

Costa Cálida's beaches stretch along 250 kilometres of coastline. There are facilities for all sorts of watersports, including jet skiing, windsurfing, sailing, canoeing, water skiing and fly surfing. The nautical resorts on Mar Menor and around Mazarrón and Águilas, in particular, have equipment for hire and provide sailing courses.

La Manga del Mar Menor is recognised for its beaches, hotels and water sports facilities. Mar Menor generally has calm waters and is good for wind surfing and kayaking.

The Villa Nanitos beach, near San Pedro del Pinatar, is used for kayaking, beach volleyball, waterskiing and surfing.

The Punta del Fraile beach near Águilas has clear water, making it good for snorkelling. It is only accessible by foot.

Other areas of note are San Javier, Los Alcázares and Cartagena.

  • Find out more about tourism in Mar Menor
  • Murcia Turistica has details on the beaches, with pages of information on each
  • Find which of the beaches on the Costa Blanca and Costa Calida have been awarded the Blue Flag for cleanliness

Peñon de Ifach

The Peñon de Ifach is the site of Spain's smallest natural park. The Peñon de Ifach is a distinctive rock, which stands 322m high, adjacent to Calpe. It is an incredibly popular destination for climbers, and stands out as the pinnacle of any climbing holiday in the Costa Blanca. The rock is also popular with bird-watchers visiting the colonies of seabirds that live on the rock.

The Moors knew the rock as the "Northern" rock, with Gibraltar being the "Southern" one. It is joined to the mainland by a narrow sandy path, and can be ascended in about an hour via the pathway, which has been tunnelled out of the rock. There are excellent views from the summit, looking out in either direction: along the Costa Blanca coast, as well as inland to the hills and mountains, and on a clear day it is reported that you can see Ibiza.

Murcia

The capital city of the Murcia region offers many museums and sites of tourist interest. The Museo Salizillo, which houses the works of 18th century Murcian artist and wood sculptor Francisco Salzillo, is one of the city's most important museums. The Catedral de Santa María, an example of 14th to 18th century baroque architecture, and the Casino, are also recommended visits.

Cartagena

Built around a natural harbour, the city of Cartagena has several forts and castles of important historical and naval interest. There are also architecturally interesting buildings and museums, such as the Museo Nacional de Arqueología Marítima and the Museo Arqueológico Municipal.

Fortuna

To the north east of Murcia, Fortuna is well-known as a spa town. Its thermal hot springs, the Balneario, were used by both Romans and Arabs. The spa retains a late 19th century layout and the water is believed to be beneficial for sufferers of rheumatic and respiratory complaints. Hydrotherapy and beauty treatments are also available.

Sierra Espuña

One of the Costa Cálida's regional parks, the Sierra Espuña is a popular destination for outdoor sports in the province of Murcia, with places to walk, hike and climb, as well as fish, canoe and bridge jump.