When it comes to sunny weather, you can´t get much better than Murcia and in recent years, we´ve found locals and holidaymakers hitting the beach in as early as March.
Whilst The Costa Blanca is a popular choice for the many of Spain´s visitors, but what about our region here in Murcia?
Playa de Poniente – Águilas
With a great number of services, this beach particularly favored by families who visit the tourist area of Águilas. For the majority of the year, parking is not a problem, as there are lots of residential roads surrounding the beach to leave your car. However, July and August can be a problem, as it will seem that the whole of the country has arrived. The beach is just over 1km in length and some 40m wide in most parts. The sand is mainly fine and golden, although there are a few areas where the ground is made up of loose stones. The Poniente beach, which allows you to enter the water gradually, sits between the Casica Verde beach and the La Colonia breakwater.
Playa de las Palmeras
This beach is located in the area of Los Alcázares. It’s approximately 1km long and 30m wide. It is located within an urban area, which means that houses and apartments are found just behind the beach leading to the town. The beach is pretty crowded in the summer and visitors have a wide selection of services, such as showers, sunbed hire, bars and restaurants.
La Azohía – Cartagena
This is also an urban beach and is busy during the summer months, but the little village of La Azohía on the Costa Cálida has retained its enchantment as a tiny fishing village sitting in an area of beautiful natural surroundings. The beach itself is only 800m long and 8m wide, yet it is an idyllic setting, and when contemplating its palm tree zones you could easily be transported to somewhere in the Caribbean instead. And just like in tropical climes, the water here in La Azohía is also crystal-clear and warm. This beach also provides visitors with numerous services and is therefore popular with families with young children.
Playa de Paraíso – Cartagena
The Playa de Paraíso, or Paradise Beach in English, is a beautiful stretch of golden, fine sandy beach, with clean water that only gets deep after about 100m. It is located on the Mar Menor, an area of warm salty water known for its healing properties. Located close to the salt lakes, this beach and the water around it is also said to help those suffering from arthritic joints, inflammation and poor skin. This beach is excellent for families and offers a whole host of varied services including plenty of watersports activities and places to eat and drink.
Cala de Los Cocederos del Hornillo – Águilas
This spectacular little cove shaped like a shell is only 150m long with 25m of fine, golden sand. The water is bright turquoise in color and very shallow. Cala de Los Cocederos is very isolated and out of the way, yet while the beach isn’t overcrowded by any stretch of the mind, people will take the trouble to drive down the dusty lane to the car park situated just 50m from the sand. The area is very sheltered from the wind and the waves, making it very peaceful and calm to come here for a few hours. What’s exciting about this place is that the surrounding rocks are all full of natural caves that used to be inhabited during the summer or used as shelter from the weather by fishermen. Nearby there are other coves and beaches, some of which are much larger, but Cala de Los Cocederos just has that extra something special. Despite the fact that it is isolated, there is a bar nearby and a few other services.
Calblanque – Cartagena
Anyone that knows this area of Murcia will have heard of this practically virgin beach. They will also know that it is one of the most favored beaches around. It is located a few kilometres south of the built-up resorts of the Mar Menor, and in comparison, the two areas couldn’t be more different. Calblanque is part of the Regional Park of Calblanque and is now a protected area after residents fought hard over the years to make it so. Nowadays, the number of visitors is limited, so you either have to get there early, or late, or head down to the beach by bike or on foot, which is quite a trek but great if you like walking. However, once you arrive you will see that this is one of the most natural and unspoiled parts of the coast and well worth the trek down. The beach is surrounded by hills and impressive rock formations, great for exploring, and the sea is often a popular choice for scuba divers and snorkellers. If you are looking for a haven of peace, tranquillity and beautiful surroundings, Calblanque is definitely the place to go.