South of Costa Blanca is Costa Cálida. It is one of the least known costas but probably has the best climate of them all. It’s possible to find lovely quiet beaches as the resorts are smaller and therefore quieter than those aimed at the mass market.
In the north is the Mar Menor, a saltwater lagoon separated from the Mediterranean by a 30km stretch of land called La Manga. The 170 kms² of the Mar Menor is often called ‘The Largest Swimming Pool in the World’ because, being separated, it has higher temperatures than the Mediterranean, calmer waters and high levels of salts – thought to have beneficial qualities. The sea temperature fluctuates between 17°C in winter and 23°C in summer.
MAP OF COSTA CÁLIDA
In the north of the Mar Menor is Lo Pagán which is famous for it’s causeway containing healthy grey and black mud baths which attract many visitors from across Europe. People suffering from rheumatism and arthritis come to smear their bodies to alleviate their pain.The salt dunes form a shelter for the nature reserve where there are more than a hundred species of birds, including many flamingoes.
The Costa Calida has it’s own small airport at San Javier where there are regular flights from the UK.