- Costa Calida
Property in Costa Calida continues to be in high demand. The region nestles between the Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol, in the Spanish province of Murcia. Costa Calida enjoys spectacular weather with over 300 days of sunshine a year and an average temperature of 22 degrees that ensures visitors won’t be disappointed. As one of the most secluded regions of Spain due to the surrounding mountain ranges of Andalucía, Castilla and Valencia, the Costa Calida is quickly being discovered as investors come south from the Costa Blanca in search of larger properties and a more authentically Spanish way of life.
The Costa Cálida (Warm Coast) is the coastline of the province of Murcia, a small and perhaps less known region of Spain. While citrus, almond and olive groves have been found here for centuries, the combination of mines, fertile lands, mountains and pine forests offer a sharp contrast to its two neighbouring coasts. The region is also known for its unique Mar Menor lagoon, while the castles of the inland valleys are clear history of the strategic importance of this region.
The last Moorish stronghold in Spain, the province’s capital of Murcia is a fine example of history blended perfectly with new commercial and shopping areas. Murcia has become a popular location for property buyers, as are the areas around the Mar Menor and Aguilas.
To the North where Costa Calida borders the Costa Blanca, Torrevieja continues to attract investors. The Puerto de Mazarrón that has been under development boasts beautiful beaches, bars, shops and restaurants. The port area offers excellent opportunities for purchasing a holiday home or investment property. Make the visit on foot to the old part of Cartagena, only 8 kilometres away after leaving La Unión. Finally, don’t miss Aguilas with its 28 kilometres of coastline offering many unspoilt, beautiful and secluded beaches. It is a paradise for diving lovers, and caters for all types of aquatic sports.
With the influence of the Renaissance, Murcia became one of the capitals of Baroque art, so magnificently represented in the entire region and best personified by the work of Salzillo, an artist of Italian origin.
Throughout the year there are festivities which are worthy of the traveller's visit. During the first two weeks of September, the Romería of La Fuensanta (pilgrimage), the International Folklore Festival and the Fiestas of Moors and Christians are held in Murcia. These festivities include a variety of activities. La Unión holds its festivities in October (from the 6th to the 12th).
For the gourmet in the group, the caldero (fish and rice dish) of the Mar Menor is not to be missed and deserves a place of honour. It originated as a fishermen's rice dish cooked in large iron pots. The wines of Jumilla, Yecla, Bullos, Aledo and Campo de Cartagena are recommended for those who prefer strong, dry and fruity wines.
HOW TO GET THERE
The region is serviced by three international airports, and can be reached from Alicante and Valencia airports with daily flights; and Murcia (south of Alicante) used by a smaller number of British operators.
The Airport of San Javier is located near the Mar Menor and has regular daily air service with Madrid in addition to some charter flights.
Just over two hours flying time from the UK, discount airline Ryanair flies to Murcia from multiple destinations including London Luton and Stansted, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Dublin, Glasgow, East Midlands, Leeds and Liverpool. Discount airline EasyJet flies to Murcia from London Gatwick, Bristol and Newcastle.