The Area

COSTA CALIDA & MAR MENOR



The coastal area of Murcia is known as the Costa Calida (or warm coast) and stretches some 250 kilometres south from the Costa Blanca.
It is home to the largest salt-water lagoon in Europe called the Mar Menor (little sea) which is separated from the Mediterranean by a 22 kilometre sandy strip of land called La Manga (the sleeve) and is usually 4/5 degrees warmer than the Mediterranean.

With its wide sandy beaches, gently shelving shoreline and a maximum depth of only 7 metres, the warm and tranquil waters of the Mar Menor are ideal for safe swimming and water sports such as sailing, jet skiing, scuba diving and snorkelling.

The promenade on the western side of Mar Menor is home to many beachside restaurants & bars where good quality food & drink is available at reasonable prices.

The eastern side of Mar Menor is bounded by La Manga which has many high quality hotels, restaurants and sports facilities.

The southern end of Mar Menor has the unspoiled Regional Park of Calblanque with its deserted beaches, cliffs, dunes and hidden coves along a 13 kilometre stretch of protected coastline.

At the northern end of Mar Menor is San Pedro del Pinatar, which is a traditional fishing village surrounded by salt flats which were first worked in Roman times and are still productive today. There is also the oldest of the Regional Parks in Murcia at La Llana which is a wetland refuge for over one hundred bird species including flamingos.


SIERRA ESPUNA NATIONAL PARK

Only 45 minutes drive form Las Terrazas is the 25,000 hectares Sierra Espuna range of mountains.

Approximately 10,000 hectares have been designated as a National Park with protected status and since 1973 14,000 hectares have been declared a Natural Hunting Reserve.

This is an ideal area for climbing, mountain biking, quad biking, hang gliding, walking and bird watching (this is a home to golden eagles).
There are many specialist centres offering accommodation, facilities and expert advice for these activities.


MURCIA

35 minutes by car from Las Terrazas.

Founded in 820AD by the Moors, Murcia is the regional capital located on the river Segura.

The city has an excellent University and an exceptionally grand Cathedral (Cathedral de Santa Maria) which was completed in the 15th century and is famous for having 25 bells.

A fertile plane surrounds the city, so it is no surprise to find that the local food and wine is of the highest quality.

With an active student population the city also boasts a diverse artistic and cultural life with many fine restaurants and bars.


CARTAGENA

30 minutes drive from Las Terrazas.

Cartagena is an historic port and is the second largest town in the Murcia region. It was founded by the Carthaginians in 223BC and is still the largest Spanish Naval base on the Mediterranean.

The town still shows evidence of its occupation by both the Moors and the Romans and offers many places of interest to visit. The best way to view the city’s fortress and batteries is to take a trip in the tourists’ catamaran around the coast and harbour.


TORRE PACHECO

15 minutes by car from Las Terrazas.

Las Terrazas is located in the municipality of Torre Pacheco and the town is the local centre for one of finest agricultural areas in Spain renowned for the quality of its oranges, lemons, melons and almonds.

There are a number of banks located in the centre of town together with the usual shops and services that are required by the local community. There is a weekly market where local produce can be purchased. There is also the nearest railway station to Las Terrazas.


LOS ALCAZARES (los-alcatha-res)



15 minutes by car from Las Terrazas.

Los Alcazares was founded when Romans built salt-water spas on the coast of the Mar Menor. These were added to and improved during the Moorish occupation between the eighth and thirteenth centuries.

The 7 kilometres of promenade along the eastern side of Mar Menor gives easy access to the wide sandy beaches and many beachside bars and restaurants.

There is a wide selection of good quality shops and restaurants within the town itself.

The main tourist information office for the area is located on the northern edge of Los Alcazares with a smaller local office in the town square.

 




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