Places of Interest on the Costa Cálida

Information about the main tourist attractions and places of interest in the Murcia region...

Below is information about some of the main tourist attractions on the Costa Cálida.


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.


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.


To the north east of Murcia, Fortuna is most 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.


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.

Blue Flag beaches

The Blue Flag is an internationally recognised award, given to beaches and marinas that fulfil certain criteria concerning facilities, water quality, environmental issues and public access and safety. The Blue Flag website provides details for Blue Flag beaches, including type of sand, whether there is wheelchair access, wind and water sports available, and whether cafes and bars are available.

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