Self Catering Holidays in Costa Calida in Murcia


The Costa Calida is located in the Spanish province of Murcia and bordered by the Costa Blanca to the North, and the Costa Almeria to the south. Pretty towns and villages dot the coastline of Costa Calida and offer miles of fine sandy beaches, marvellous promenades served by many bars and restaurants offering great views of the Mar Menor and La Manga.

The Costa Calida has great sports and leisure facilities, several riding stables, a joy for cycling enthusiasts, numerous golf courses one of being the famous La Manga Club, a famous 5-star luxury resort which is home to three 18-hole courses, situated close to the southern shores of the Mar Menor. A luxurious playground set in 1400 acres of lush, rolling countryside scattered with thousands of palm trees and surrounded by lemon groves.

There are several sports marinas where fishing boats can be hired, with or without crew. Water-sports a well catered for, with dive schools, windsurfing, sailing, and canoeing all available at different locations.

Try the famous “Jijona” ice-cream which is still made traditionally and “Nougat” ice-cream, made with the almonds of the region.

Costa Calida has around 315 days of sun per year, the average annual temperature is 18C. Minimum temperatures range between 12-14C and maximum temperatures between 20-22C in winter. Summer temperatures vary between 18-20C minimum and between 30-35C maximum. The Mediterranean seawater is warm and very pleasant for bathing plus the beaches slope gently, making them ideal for families with young children.

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Self Catering Holidays in Playa Honda in Costa Calida


Playa Honda is located close to La Manga, just off the Cartagena Road, and some 35 minutes’ drive from Murcia San Javier Airport.

The average temperature exceeds 20 degrees and it boasts 325 sunny days each year making it an ideal all year-round holiday destination

Playa Honda enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, with cool sea breezes in summer and protection by surrounding mountains against the cold North winds in winter.

Amenities and facilities in Playa Honda

There is a supermarket close to the seafront and many more shops on the main La Manga strip.

Within Playa Honda resort plus on the La Manga strip there are several restaurants and bars and many of the restaurants serve delicious and varied seafood from the Mar Menor and the Mediterranean Sea. The fine wines from Jumilla and Yecla are known throughout Spain and beyond for their earthy, full bodied, rounded, fruity flavours.

The La Manga market takes place every Thursday, offering fresh fruit, vegetables and local crafts.

Playa Honda is a quiet and relaxing place but nearby the La Manga Club, and the La Manga strip offer a variety of restaurants, vibrant bars and nightclubs.

Walks and runners will enjoy the traffic free promenades and the Mar Menor, and La Manga make for some very pleasant cycle rides.

How to get to Playa Honda in Costa Calida

To reach Playa Honda from Ireland you can either fly into Alicante Airport which is a 1 hour 19-minute drive away (123 km) or Región de Murcia International Airport is a 35-minute drive (50 km).

Región de Murcia International Airport, informally also known as Murcia-Corvera, is an international airport replacing Murcia–San Javier Airport. It is situated between the villages of Corvera, Los Martínez del Puerto and Valladolises within the municipality of Murcia.

There are a range of different airport transfer options to Playa Honda including private shuttle buses, taxis or car hire.

Day trips from Playa Honda

Calblanque Regional Park or Monte de las Cenizas y Peña del Águila is an 8-minute drive from Playa Honda, a regional park in Spain. The park is located in the municipalities of Cartagena and La Unión and it is part of Sierra Minera, a mountain chain in the Baetic System. Calblanque Regional Park, which has been a Protected Natural Area since 1987 and Nature Reserve since 1992. It covers an area of 2400 hectares and has 13 kilometres of coastline. Within its boundaries is an awe-inspiring collection of wonderful sand beaches, sandbanks, arid hills, cliff tops and salt flats all of great ecological value.

Cabo de Palos is 5 minutes from Playa Honda dotted with quiet coves and lapped by the crystal-clear sea. The sea bed has been designated an Integral Marine Reserve for its exceptional beauty and excellent state of conservation, and is considered one of the best scuba diving sites in Spain.

Sierra Mineras is a 13-minute drive from Playa Honda an area which had been mined since pre-historic times right up to the mid-20th century. The mine shafts, wheels, tunnels, trains, tracks and equipment have simply been abandoned. Discover the beautiful colours of the exposed minerals makes for an interesting day trip.

The port city and naval base of Cartagena is a 25-minute drive from Playa Honda. Founded by the Carthaginians around 220 B.C., the city boomed during the Roman period. Among its many Roman ruins are a 1st-century B.C. theater and Casa de la Fortuna, a villa with murals and mosaics. The Muralla Púnica (Punic Wall) interpretation center houses the remains of a 3rd-century B.C. defensive wall.

Nearest beach to Playa Honda

Playa Honda has a gentle shelving beach directly onto the placid Mar Menor. Mar Menor is a coastal saltwater lagoon in the Iberian Peninsula located south-east of the Autonomous Community of Murcia, Spain, near Cartagena. Four municipalities lie by the Mar Menor, Cartagena, Los Alcázares, San Javier and San Pedro del Pinatar.

Playa Honda beach has a short promenade with a number of facilities including a variety of water sports. Dinghy sailing on the Mar Menor is very popular as the sea is calm

There are dunes on the Mediterranean coast offer a wild and natural landscape for a pleasant day by the sea.

Golf holidays in Playa Honda

The famous La Manga Beach Club and Golf is a 9-minute drive from Playa Honda and it is also one of the best sports resorts in the world. The resort is home to three 18-hole golf courses, each with its own particular style, the North Course, designed by the renowned Robert Dean Putman in 1971, the South Course, designed by Putman and later remodelled by Arnold Palmer and the West Course, designed by Dave Thomas in 1991. Plus, there is a pitch & putt course, which was designed by Severiano Ballesteros in 1980. The magnificent golf facilities also include one of the best Golf Practice Centres in Europe, and the new Golf Academy, La Manga Club Golf Training Centre.

Playa Honda is a fantastic destination for golf enthusiasts with Club Golf Villamartín, Real Club de Golf Campoamor Resort and Ramblas Golf courses all within a short drive from your self-catering holiday home in Playa Honda.

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Self Catering Holidays in La Manga del Mar Menor in Costa Calida


La Manga del Mar Menor or La Manga is a seaside spit of Mar Menor in the Region of Murcia, Spain. It is narrow strip of land that separates the ‘two seas’ of the Mar Menor and the Mediterranean. The strip is 21 km long and 100 metres wide, separating the Mediterranean Sea from the Mar Menor lagoon, from Cabo de Palos to the Punta del Mojón.

La Manga is described by the tourist board as “A paradise between two seas”, famous for its clean air and salty water which is said to be good for rheumatism and skin complaints.

La Manga enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, with cool sea breezes in summer and protection from the surrounding mountains against the cold North winds in winter. The average temperature easily exceeds 20 degrees and on average it can boast 325 sunny days each year making it an ideal holiday destination all year-round.

Amenities and facilities in La Manga del Mar Menor

La Manga is very easy to get about for walkers and cyclists alike and you can hire all manner of water-sports equipment, including sailing dinghies from the harbour.

La Manga has a number of supermarkets and grocery shops plus there are a selection of small boutiques and souvenir shops.

The plains of Murcia produce a range of fresh fruit and vegetables plus the varied seafood from the Mar Menor and the Mediterranean make for an incredible selection of food both in the restaurant and local market.

The local market takes place every Sunday morning in Mercadillo de Cabo. Fruits of the region, local crafts and new and second hand goods are all available to buy from this lively market.

There are many excellent restaurants, cafes and bars serving both local cuisine and international fayre all along the 20-kilometre strip. Live music and energetic discos are plentiful and popular during the summer months.

The area is located 30 kilometres north of Cartagena on the Costa Calida in south-east Spain.

How to get to La Manga del Mar Menor in Costa Calida

To reach La Manga del Mar Menor from Ireland you can either fly into Alicante Airport which is a 1 hour 29-minute drive away (128 km) or Región de Murcia International Airport is a 45-minute drive (57 km).

Región de Murcia International Airport, informally also known as Murcia-Corvera, is an international airport replacing Murcia–San Javier Airport. It is situated between the villages of Corvera, Los Martínez del Puerto and Valladolises within the municipality of Murcia.

There are a range of different airport transfer options to La Manga del Mar Menor including private shuttle buses, taxis or car hire.

Day trips from La Manga del Mar Menor

The port city and naval base of Cartagena is a 28-minute drive from La Manga del Mar Menor. Founded by the Carthaginians around 220 B.C., the city boomed during the Roman period. Among its many Roman ruins are a 1st-century B.C. theater and Casa de la Fortuna, a villa with murals and mosaics. The Muralla Púnica (Punic Wall) interpretation center houses the remains of a 3rd-century B.C. defensive wall.

Calblanque Regional Park or Monte de las Cenizas y Peña del Águila is an 12-minute drive from La Manga del Mar Menor, a regional park in Spain. The park is located in the municipalities of Cartagena and La Unión and it is part of Sierra Minera, a mountain chain in the Baetic System. Calblanque Regional Park, which has been a Protected Natural Area since 1987 and Nature Reserve since 1992. It covers an area of 2400 hectares and has 13 kilometres of coastline. Within its boundaries is an awe-inspiring collection of wonderful sand beaches, sandbanks, arid hills, cliff tops and salt flats all of great ecological value.

Cabo de Palos is 6 minutes from La Manga del Mar Menor dotted with quiet coves and lapped by the crystal-clear sea. The sea bed has been designated an Integral Marine Reserve for its exceptional beauty and excellent state of conservation, and is considered one of the best scuba diving sites in Spain.

Sierra Mineras is a 17-minute drive from La Manga del Mar Menor an area which had been mined since pre-historic times right up to the mid-20th century. The mine shafts, wheels, tunnels, trains, tracks and equipment have simply been abandoned. Discover the beautiful colours of the exposed minerals makes for an interesting day trip.

Nearest beach to La Manga del Mar Menor

From the wild dunes to the south, to the gently sloping safe beaches of the Mar Menor, the choice of beaches is almost endless. The Mar Menor is often a little warmer than the Mediterranean due to its shallow waters.

Golf holidays in La Manga del Mar Menor

The famous La Manga Beach Club and Golf is a 17-minute drive from La Manga del Mar Menor and it is also one of the best sports resorts in the world. The resort is home to three 18-hole golf courses, each with its own particular style, the North Course, designed by the renowned Robert Dean Putman in 1971, the South Course, designed by Putman and later remodelled by Arnold Palmer and the West Course, designed by Dave Thomas in 1991. Plus, there is a pitch & putt course, which was designed by Severiano Ballesteros in 1980. The magnificent golf facilities also include one of the best Golf Practice Centres in Europe, and the new Golf Academy, La Manga Club Golf Training Centre.

Golf enthusiasts couldn’t hope for a better location, with Club Golf Villamartín, Real Club de Golf Campoamor Resort and Ramblas Golf courses all within a short drive from your self-catering holiday home in La Manga del Mar Menor.

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Self Catering Holidays in Mar de Cristal in Costa Calida


Mar de Cristal is a popular holiday resort situated in the province of Murcia in southern Spain. The region is known for its excellent beaches, exceptional golf courses and relaxed atmosphere. It’s also known for its crystal-clear waters, hence the name ‘Crystal Sea’.

Mar del Cristal is a short distance from the famous La Manga Resort, and situated along the Mar Menor, a beautiful and natural salty lagoon that lies along the Mediterranean Sea.

Mar de Cristal enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, with cool sea breezes in summer and protection from the surrounding mountains against the cold North winds in winter. The average temperature is 20 degree and on average there are 325 days of sunshine per year making it an ideal all year-round holiday destination.

Amenities and facilities in Mar de Cristal

Mar de Cristal is a small village that has grown up around the shores of the Mar Menor. It has a very small marina, a lovely fine sandy beach and a promenade with links via the beach to Playa Honda in the south. The village centre is relatively small with a selection of bars, cafes and shops, but the stunning views from the beach across to the La Manga Strip make it fantastic sun holiday destination.

In the local towns of El Algar and Los Belones you will find a larger selection of restaurants, bars, shops and cafes. Or visit the little fishing village of Cabo de Palos 9 km from Mar de Cristal has some amazing seafood, actually some of the best seafood restaurants in the Murcia region.

How to get to Mar de Cristal in Costa Calida

To reach Mar del Cristal from Ireland you can either fly into Alicante Airport which is a 1 hour 19-minute drive away (119 km) or Región de Murcia International Airport is a 50-minute drive (36 km).

Región de Murcia International Airport, informally also known as Murcia-Corvera, is an international airport replacing Murcia–San Javier Airport. It is situated between the villages of Corvera, Los Martínez del Puerto and Valladolises within the municipality of Murcia.

There are a range of different airport transfer options to Mar del Cristal including private shuttle buses, taxis or car hire.

Day trips from Mar de Cristal

The port city and naval base of Cartagena is a 25-minute drive from Mar de Cristal. Founded by the Carthaginians around 220 B.C., the city boomed during the Roman period. Among its many Roman ruins are a 1st-century B.C. theater and Casa de la Fortuna, a villa with murals and mosaics. The Muralla Púnica (Punic Wall) interpretation center houses the remains of a 3rd-century B.C. defensive wall.

Calblanque Regional Park or Monte de las Cenizas y Peña del Águila is an 8-minute drive from Mar de Cristal, a regional park in Spain. The park is located in the municipalities of Cartagena and La Unión and it is part of Sierra Minera, a mountain chain in the Baetic System. Calblanque Regional Park, which has been a Protected Natural Area since 1987 and Nature Reserve since 1992. It covers an area of 2400 hectares and has 13 kilometres of coastline. Within its boundaries is an awe-inspiring collection of wonderful sand beaches, sandbanks, arid hills, cliff tops and salt flats all of great ecological value.

Cabo de Palos is 9 km from Mar de Cristal in La Manga del Mar Menor. It is a peninsula, 400 metres wide, dotted with quiet coves and lapped by the crystal-clear sea. The sea bed has been designated an Integral Marine Reserve for its exceptional beauty and excellent state of conservation, and is considered one of the best scuba diving sites in Spain.

Sierra Mineras is a 15-minute drive from Mar de Cristal an area which had been mined since pre-historic times right up to the mid-20th century. The mine shafts, wheels, tunnels, trains, tracks and equipment have simply been abandoned. Discover the beautiful colours of the exposed minerals makes for an interesting day trip.

Nearest beach to Mar de Cristal

Mar de Cristal is situated along some of the best and safest beaches in Murcia. The area is perfect for families and for water sports enthusiasts. There are a number of water sports available in the local area such as sailing, scuba diving, kite surfing and windsurfing.

Mar de Cristal beach is a Blue Flag, awarded by the European Foundation for Environmental Education, due to the environmental quality and management of the beach.

Mar de Cristal´s beach has 1100 metres of thin golden sand offering a variety of services, such as first aid posts, security and a delightful beach promenade.

The Mar Menor Sea is Europe´s biggest natural spa and a warm saltwater lagoon. Due to being mineral salts rich, you can take advantage of the effects of its therapeutical muds.

Golf holidays in Mar de Cristal

The famous La Manga Beach Club and Golf is a 10-minute drive from Mar de Cristal and it is also one of the best sports resorts in the world. The resort is home to three 18-hole golf courses, each with its own particular style, the North Course, designed by the renowned Robert Dean Putman in 1971, the South Course, designed by Putman and later remodelled by Arnold Palmer and the West Course, designed by Dave Thomas in 1991. Plus, there is a pitch & putt course, which was designed by Severiano Ballesteros in 1980. The magnificent golf facilities also include one of the best Golf Practice Centres in Europe, and the new Golf Academy, La Manga Club Golf Training Centre.

Golf enthusiasts couldn’t hope for a better location, with Club Golf Villamartín, Real Club de Golf Campoamor Resort and Ramblas Golf courses all within a short drive from your self-catering holiday home in Mar de Cristal.

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Self Catering Holidays in Los Nietos in Costa Calida


Los Nietos is a small fishing village with its own individual marina on the Mar Menor, a busy community with many visitors and it is the largest of the three villages located on the southern shore of the Mar Menor, the other villages being Mar de Cristal and Playa Honda.

Los Nietos is 35 minutes’ drive from Murcia San Javier Airport. The average temperature exceeds 20 degrees and it boasts 325 sunny days each year making it an ideal all year-round holiday destination

Los Nietos enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, with cool sea breezes in summer and protection by surrounding mountains against the cold North winds in winter.

Amenities and facilities in Los Nietos

Los Nietos main attraction is the long sandy beach, with the warm water of the Mar Menor ensuring you can pop in for a swim in the sea at any time of the year. There are many water sports at the marina of Los Nietos, one of the main activities in the town throughout the year.

The town is well connected to the city of Cartagena – a very affordable local train service reaches the city centre in just 28 minutes – and the city of Murcia is also well under an hour away by car.

Relax and unwind in the village square with a cold drink or at one of the many beach front cafes. Spend a Saturday morning at the market in the inland town of Torre Pacheco before escaping to the tranquillity of Los Nietos for a dip in the Mediterranean Sea.

How to get to Los Nietos in Costa Calida

To reach Los Nietos from Ireland you can either fly into Alicante Airport which is a 1 hour 11-minute drive away (116 km) or Región de Murcia International Airport is a 33-minute drive (47 km).

Región de Murcia International Airport, informally also known as Murcia-Corvera, is an international airport replacing Murcia–San Javier Airport. It is situated between the villages of Corvera, Los Martínez del Puerto and Valladolises within the municipality of Murcia.

There are a range of different airport transfer options to Los Nietos including private shuttle buses, taxis or car hire.

Day trips from Los Nietos

Calblanque Regional Park or Monte de las Cenizas y Peña del Águila is an 12-minute drive from Los Nietos, a regional park in Spain. The park is located in the municipalities of Cartagena and La Unión and it is part of Sierra Minera, a mountain chain in the Baetic System. Calblanque Regional Park, which has been a Protected Natural Area since 1987 and Nature Reserve since 1992. It covers an area of 2400 hectares and has 13 kilometres of coastline. Within its boundaries is an awe-inspiring collection of wonderful sand beaches, sandbanks, arid hills, cliff tops and salt flats all of great ecological value.

Cabo de Palos is 12 minutes from Los Nietos dotted with quiet coves and lapped by the crystal-clear sea. The sea bed has been designated an Integral Marine Reserve for its exceptional beauty and excellent state of conservation, and is considered one of the best scuba diving sites in Spain.

Sierra Mineras is a 13-minute drive from Los Nietos an area which had been mined since pre-historic times right up to the mid-20th century. The mine shafts, wheels, tunnels, trains, tracks and equipment have simply been abandoned. Discover the beautiful colours of the exposed minerals makes for an interesting day trip.

Hop on the train and travelling into the city of Cartagena, the scenery on route is stunning as you go through the Sierra Mineras. Or the port city and naval base of Cartagena is a 23-minute drive from Los Nietos. Founded by the Carthaginians around 220 B.C., the city boomed during the Roman period. Among its many Roman ruins are a 1st-century B.C. theater and Casa de la Fortuna, a villa with murals and mosaics. The Muralla Púnica (Punic Wall) interpretation center houses the remains of a 3rd-century B.C. defensive wall.

Nearest beach to Los Nietos

Los Nietos has a sandy beach directly onto the placid Mar Menor. Mar Menor is a coastal saltwater lagoon in the Iberian Peninsula located south-east of the Autonomous Community of Murcia, Spain, near Cartagena. Four municipalities lie by the Mar Menor, Cartagena, Los Alcázares, San Javier and San Pedro del Pinatar.

Los Nietos beach has a small maria with a number of facilities including a variety of water sports.

Mar de Cristal´s beach has 1100 metres of thin golden sand offering a variety of services, such as first aid posts, security and a delightful beach promenade.

One of the great beaches of the Mar Menor which has warm, shallow waters which are fantastic for families and perfect for many water sports.

Golf holidays in Los Nietos

The famous La Manga Beach Club and Golf is a 11-minute drive from Los Nietos and it is also one of the best sports resorts in the world. The resort is home to three 18-hole golf courses, each with its own particular style, the North Course, designed by the renowned Robert Dean Putman in 1971, the South Course, designed by Putman and later remodelled by Arnold Palmer and the West Course, designed by Dave Thomas in 1991. Plus, there is a pitch & putt course, which was designed by Severiano Ballesteros in 1980. The magnificent golf facilities also include one of the best Golf Practice Centres in Europe, and the new Golf Academy, La Manga Club Golf Training Centre.

Los Nietos is a fantastic destination for golf enthusiasts with Club Golf Villamartín, Real Club de Golf Campoamor Resort and Ramblas Golf courses all within a short drive from your self-catering holiday home in Los Nietos.

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Self Catering Holidays in La Manga Club in Costa Calida


La Manga Club is located 7 km from Mar Menor in Costa Calida in the south east of Spain. In La Manga Club we offer a superb choice of self catering accommodation set on over 1500 acres. Our holiday homes and villas enjoy spectacular panoramic views over the three championship golf courses and the Mar Menor, La Manga’s inland sea. Mar Menor is a coastal saltwater lagoon in the Iberian Peninsula located south-east of the Spain near Cartagena.

The journey time from Región de Murcia International Airport to La Manga Club Resort is approximately 39 minutes.

The region enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, with cool sea breezes in summer and protection from the surrounding mountains against the cold North winds in winter. The average temperature easily exceeds 20 degrees and on average it can boast 325 sunny days each year, making it an ideal holiday destination all year-round.

Amenities and facilities in La Manga Club

Since 1972 La Manga Club has attracted Irish holidaymakers and sports teams to its outstanding facilities, all designed to the highest international standards.

La Manga Club offers guests an endless variety of sports and leisure activities, an exclusive holiday, sports and leisure resort. The main attraction is the 3 championship golf courses, but there are also six 1st class grass cricket pitches, 8 FIFA-standard football pitches, 28 tennis courts, dancing, rugby plus a 2,000m2 Wellness Centre

There are numerous swimming pools and spa treatments, plus a wide choice of restaurants to tempt the palate. Plus, road and trail runners and cyclists will enjoy the many paths, trails and quiet roads located in and around La Manga Club.

La Manga Club has more than 15 bars and restaurants, all of differ in style and dishes. The more traditional can be found in restaurants such as Amapola, La Bodega or La Cala. Other restaurant options which provide a wonderful culinary experience are Asia, Dharma and Luigi, all located into the resort.

In the summer months La Pérgola and Splash open and there are also a number of restaurants with open terraces such as Sol y Sombra and The Village Bistro Bar. The Piano Bar opens at night with an excellent atmosphere and a hand-picked assortment of cocktails.

How to get to La Manga Club in Costa Calida

To reach La Manga Club from Ireland you can either fly into Alicante Airport which is a 1 hour 19-minute drive away (119 km) or Región de Murcia International Airport is a 39-minute drive (50 km).

Región de Murcia International Airport, informally also known as Murcia-Corvera, is an international airport replacing Murcia–San Javier Airport. It is situated between the villages of Corvera, Los Martínez del Puerto and Valladolises within the municipality of Murcia.

There are a range of different airport transfer options to La Manga Club including private shuttle buses, taxis or car hire.

Day trips from La Manga Club

Visit Murcia for its excellent selection of shops or visit the many historical landmarks of Cartagena.

The port city and naval base of Cartagena is a 27-minute drive from La Manga Club. Founded by the Carthaginians around 220 B.C., the city boomed during the Roman period. Among its many Roman ruins are a 1st-century B.C. theater and Casa de la Fortuna, a villa with murals and mosaics. The Muralla Púnica (Punic Wall) interpretation center houses the remains of a 3rd-century B.C. defensive wall.

Calblanque Regional Park or Monte de las Cenizas y Peña del Águila is a 12-minute drive from La Manga Club, a regional park in Spain. The park is located in the municipalities of Cartagena and La Unión and it is part of Sierra Minera, a mountain chain in the Baetic System. Calblanque Regional Park, which has been a Protected Natural Area since 1987 and Nature Reserve since 1992. It covers an area of 2400 hectares and has 13 kilometres of coastline. Within its boundaries is an awe-inspiring collection of wonderful sand beaches, sandbanks, arid hills, cliff tops and salt flats all of great ecological value.

Cabo de Palos is 13 minutes from La Manga Club dotted with quiet coves and lapped by the crystal-clear sea. The sea bed has been designated an Integral Marine Reserve for its exceptional beauty and excellent state of conservation, and is considered one of the best scuba diving sites in Spain.

Sierra Mineras is a 9-minute drive from La Manga Club an area which had been mined since pre-historic times right up to the mid-20th century. The mine shafts, wheels, tunnels, trains, tracks and equipment have simply been abandoned. Discover the beautiful colours of the exposed minerals makes for an interesting day trip.

Or visit the nearby La Manga strip, a 15-minute drive which provides a wide choice of entertainment and restaurants.

Nearest beach to La Manga Club

From the wild dunes to the south, to the gently sloping safe beaches of the Mar Menor, the choice of beaches is almost endless. The Mar Menor is often a little warmer than the Mediterranean due to its shallow waters.

Golf holidays in La Manga Club

The famous La Manga Beach Club and Golf is one of the best sports resorts in the world. The resort is home to three 18-hole golf courses, each with its own particular style, the North Course, designed by the renowned Robert Dean Putman in 1971, the South Course, designed by Putman and later remodelled by Arnold Palmer and the West Course, designed by Dave Thomas in 1991. Plus, there is a pitch & putt course, which was designed by Severiano Ballesteros in 1980. The magnificent golf facilities also include one of the best Golf Practice Centres in Europe, and the new Golf Academy, La Manga Club Golf Training Centre.

Golfers and holidaymakers will enjoy 37 Spike & Sports Bar located next to the Club House. It opens for breakfast until early evening and offers a wide range of hamburgers, sandwiches and salads along with a selection of beers. Site back and enjoy the varied sports on the TV screens.

Another onsite option is La Princesa located next to the West Course serving snacks and provides magnificent views.

Golf enthusiasts can also venture further afield and visit the numerous golf courses in the region including Club Golf Villamartín, Real Club de Golf Campoamor Resort and Ramblas Golf courses all within a short drive from your self-catering holiday home in La Manga Club.

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Self Catering Holidays in San Pedro del Pinatar in Costa Calida


San Pedro del Pinatar or San Pedro, as it is more commonly known, is located on the Mar Menor, the natural lagoon created by the La Manga strip in Costa Calida. The town of San Pedro del Pinatar is a fishing port and a very popular holiday destination in Spain.

San Pedro del Pinatar is a small town and municipality in the autonomous community and province of Murcia, south-eastern Spain. The municipality is situated at the northern end of Murcia's Mediterranean coastline and borders with the province of Alicante.

The journey time from Región de Murcia International Airport to San Pedro del Pinatar Resort is approximately 35 minutes.

The region enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, with cool sea breezes in summer and protection from the surrounding mountains against the cold North winds in winter. The average temperature easily exceeds 20 degrees and on average it can boast 325 sunny days each year, making it an ideal holiday destination all year-round.

Amenities and facilities in San Pedro del Pinatar

San Pedro del Pinatar has a large selection of shops, cafes, bars, boutiques and supermarkets. There are a variety of local restaurants and several lively bars and discos in the area.

The town has been attracted Irish holidaymakers for many years. San Pedro del Pinatar offers guests an endless variety of sports and leisure activities, tennis and paddling. Hire a bike and enjoy the local scenery or jog along the promenade and beautiful sandy beaches in this region.

The main market takes place every Monday offering a selection of local fruits, vegetables or local crafts. Murcia is incredibly fertile, and produces an array of fresh fruit and vegetables so the market is a real treat for self-catering guests. Or check out the seasonal market of Mercadillo de Artesania “El Sal” an arts and craft market which takes place in Parque del Mar Reyes de España.

If you are a fish lover you will relish the variety of seafood from the Mar Menor and the Mediterranean, served in the local restaurants and available to buy in the supermarkets close to your Spanish self-catering accommodation.

For a real treat taste the local wines from Jumilla and Yecla, known for their earthy, full bodied, rounded and fruity flavours.

How to get to San Pedro del Pinatar in Costa Calida

To reach San Pedro del Pinatar from Ireland you can either fly into Alicante Airport which is a 51-minute drive away (78 km) or Región de Murcia International Airport is a 35-minute drive (44 km).

Región de Murcia International Airport, informally also known as Murcia-Corvera, is an international airport replacing Murcia–San Javier Airport. It is situated between the villages of Corvera, Los Martínez del Puerto and Valladolises within the municipality of Murcia.

There are a range of different airport transfer options to San Pedro del Pinatar including private shuttle buses, taxis or car hire.

Day trips from San Pedro del Pinatar

Visit Murcia for its excellent selection of shops, live theatres or visit the many historical landmarks of Cartagena. Hire a car and discover the alluring countryside and mountains of the region.

The port city and naval base of Cartagena is a 36-minute drive from San Pedro del Pinatar. Founded by the Carthaginians around 220 B.C., the city boomed during the Roman period. Among its many Roman ruins are a 1st-century B.C. theater and Casa de la Fortuna, a villa with murals and mosaics. The Muralla Púnica (Punic Wall) interpretation center houses the remains of a 3rd-century B.C. defensive wall.

Cabo de Palos is 40 minutes from San Pedro del Pinatar dotted with quiet coves and lapped by the crystal-clear sea. The sea bed has been designated an Integral Marine Reserve for its exceptional beauty and excellent state of conservation, and is considered one of the best scuba diving sites in Spain.

Calblanque Regional Park or Monte de las Cenizas y Peña del Águila is a 43-minute drive from San Pedro del Pinatar, a regional park in Spain. The park is located in the municipalities of Cartagena and La Unión and it is part of Sierra Minera, a mountain chain in the Baetic System. Calblanque Regional Park, which has been a Protected Natural Area since 1987 and Nature Reserve since 1992. It covers an area of 2400 hectares and has 13 kilometres of coastline. Within its boundaries is an awe-inspiring collection of wonderful sand beaches, sandbanks, arid hills, cliff tops and salt flats all of great ecological value.

Sierra Mineras is a 42-minute drive from San Pedro del Pinatar an area which had been mined since pre-historic times right up to the mid-20th century. The mine shafts, wheels, tunnels, trains, tracks and equipment have simply been abandoned. Discover the beautiful colours of the exposed minerals makes for an interesting day trip.

Nearest beach to San Pedro del Pinatar

San Pedro del Pinatar has 14 kilometres of glorious beaches, with both the Mediterranean and Mar Menor beaches.

From the wild dunes to the south, to the gently sloping safe beaches of the Mar Menor, the choice of beaches is almost endless. The Mar Menor is often a little warmer than the Mediterranean due to its shallow waters.

There is a selection of water sports which can be enjoyed at Mojon, and the sports harbour at Las Salinas.

Golf holidays in San Pedro del Pinatar

The famous La Manga Beach Club and Golf is a 37-minute drive from San Pedro del Pinatar, one of the best sports resorts in the world. The resort is home to three 18-hole golf courses, each with its own particular style, the North Course, designed by the renowned Robert Dean Putman in 1971, the South Course, designed by Putman and later remodelled by Arnold Palmer and the West Course, designed by Dave Thomas in 1991. Plus, there is a pitch & putt course, which was designed by Severiano Ballesteros in 1980. The magnificent golf facilities also include one of the best Golf Practice Centres in Europe, and the new Golf Academy, San Pedro del Pinatar Golf Training Centre.

Golf enthusiasts can also venture further afield and visit the numerous golf courses in the region including Club Golf Villamartín, Real Club de Golf Campoamor Resort and Ramblas Golf courses all within a short drive from your self-catering holiday home in San Pedro del Pinatar.

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Self Catering Holidays in Roda in Costa Calida


Roda is an inland village 3 km from Mar Menor, the natural lagoon created by the La Manga strip in Costa Calida. The town of Roda is located next to the coastal spa town of Los Alcázares, a former fishing village in the province of Murcia, south-eastern Spain.

The journey time from Región de Murcia International Airport to Roda Resort is approximately 29 minutes.

The region enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, with cool sea breezes in summer and protection from the surrounding mountains against the cold North winds in winter. The average temperature easily exceeds 20 degrees and on average it can boast 325 sunny days each year, making it an ideal holiday destination all year-round.

Amenities and facilities in Roda

Roda is a small village with a number of restaurants and bars with a great family feel. There is a large selection of shops, cafes, restaurants, lively bars and discos in the local towns in this very popular tourist destination. The village of Roda has been attracted Irish holidaymakers for many years.

The region of Costa Calida offers guests an endless variety of sports and leisure activities, tennis and paddling close by along the Mar Menor. Hire a bike and enjoy the local scenery or enjoy a walk along the beautiful sandy beaches in this region.

There a several markets that take place in the local towns and villages along the Costa Calida selling local fruit, vegetable and handmade crafts. Murcia is incredibly fertile, and produces an array of fresh fruit and vegetables so the market is a real treat for self-catering guests.

If you are a fish lover you will relish the variety of seafood from the Mar Menor and the Mediterranean, served in the local restaurants and available to buy in the supermarkets close to your Spanish self-catering accommodation.

For a real treat taste the local wines from Jumilla and Yecla, known for their earthy, full bodied, rounded and fruity flavours.

How to get to Roda in Costa Calida

To reach Roda from Ireland you can either fly into Alicante Airport which is a 1 hour 6-minutes drive away (94 km) or Región de Murcia International Airport is a 29-minute drive (34 km).

Región de Murcia International Airport, informally also known as Murcia-Corvera, is an international airport replacing Murcia–San Javier Airport. It is situated between the villages of Corvera, Los Martínez del Puerto and Valladolises within the municipality of Murcia.

There are a range of different airport transfer options to Roda including private shuttle buses, taxis or car hire.

Day trips from Roda

Visit Murcia for its excellent selection of shops, live theatres or visit the many historical landmarks of Cartagena. Hire a car and discover the alluring countryside and mountains of the region.

The port city and naval base of Cartagena is a 28-minute drive from Roda. Founded by the Carthaginians around 220 B.C., the city boomed during the Roman period. Among its many Roman ruins are a 1st-century B.C. theater and Casa de la Fortuna, a villa with murals and mosaics. The Muralla Púnica (Punic Wall) interpretation center houses the remains of a 3rd-century B.C. defensive wall.

Cabo de Palos is 29 minutes from Roda dotted with quiet coves and lapped by the crystal-clear sea. The sea bed has been designated an Integral Marine Reserve for its exceptional beauty and excellent state of conservation, and is considered one of the best scuba diving sites in Spain.

Calblanque Regional Park or Monte de las Cenizas y Peña del Águila is a 32-minute drive from Roda, a regional park in Spain. The park is located in the municipalities of Cartagena and La Unión and it is part of Sierra Minera, a mountain chain in the Baetic System. Calblanque Regional Park, which has been a Protected Natural Area since 1987 and Nature Reserve since 1992. It covers an area of 2400 hectares and has 13 kilometres of coastline. Within its boundaries is an awe-inspiring collection of wonderful sand beaches, sandbanks, arid hills, cliff tops and salt flats all of great ecological value.

Sierra Mineras is a 20-minute drive from Roda an area which had been mined since pre-historic times right up to the mid-20th century. The mine shafts, wheels, tunnels, trains, tracks and equipment have simply been abandoned. Discover the beautiful colours of the exposed minerals makes for an interesting day trip.

Nearest beach to Roda

Roda is a 9-minute drive from the glorious beaches of the Mediterranean and Mar Menor.

The local seaside town of Los Alcazares derives from the Arabic word ´Al Kazar´, meaning ‘palace’ or ´house of nobles’. These were buildings that were constructed by the Moors for their holidays and relaxation where they enjoyed the ancient Roman Baths. Thermal baths, which have existed since Roman times in the town, are still there today. The bay is especially well known for visitors with rheumatic, arthritic and skin problems, as there is an area of the beach where you find a natural mud bath, which supposedly gives therapeutic results, which compare to those of the Black Sea.

All the local beaches along the Mar Menor are connected by a superb promenade, fully equipped with showers, fountains, access for the handicapped, and also a host of activities such as water sports and beach games.

From the wild dunes to the south, to the gently sloping safe beaches of the Mar Menor, the choice of beaches is almost endless. The Mar Menor is often a little warmer than the Mediterranean due to its shallow waters.

There is a selection of water sports which can be enjoyed all along the Mar Menor and Mediterranean coastline.

Golf holidays in Roda

Our self-catering holiday homes and villas in Roda are located within the ground of Roda Golf Resort or closeby. Another option is the famous La Manga Beach Club and Golf is a 33-minute drive from Roda, one of the best sports resorts in the world. The resort is home to three 18-hole golf courses, each with its own particular style, the North Course, designed by the renowned Robert Dean Putman in 1971, the South Course, designed by Putman and later remodelled by Arnold Palmer and the West Course, designed by Dave Thomas in 1991. Plus, there is a pitch & putt course, which was designed by Severiano Ballesteros in 1980. The magnificent golf facilities also include one of the best Golf Practice Centres in Europe, and the new Golf Academy, Roda Golf Training Centre.

Golf enthusiasts can also venture further afield and visit the numerous golf courses in the region including Club Golf Villamartín, Real Club de Golf Campoamor Resort and Ramblas Golf courses all within a short drive from your self-catering holiday home in Roda.

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Family Friendly Attractions in Costa Calida, Spain


We have out together some of the top activities and best things to do with the on the Costa Cálida. Find the best family-friendly places and how to keep the children entertained on your holiday on the Costa Cálida.

Terra Natura, Murcia

The Zoo Immersion, Terra Natura, Murcia - is a new generation animal park where its main feature is the so-called "zoo immersion”. You can observe and make contact with animals in spaces designed to recreate the habitat of each of the species through barriers invisible to humans.
There are more than 1500 animal, Terra Natura Murcia introduces you to the exciting African Savannah and the Iberian Peninsula. You can visit America, Europe and Asia ... among others. Terra Natura is designed for the whole family, a place to learn and have fun.

Water Park, Terra Natura, Murcia - the only Water Park in the Region of Murcia: AQUANATURA. In the water park there are different areas for young and adults to enjoy of this refreshing emplacement.
In Aquanatura there are two snack bars and also the Kiwengwa Self Service with complete menus.
All water areas are always supervised by lifeguards and there is a medical service during the Water Park opening. Go and enjoy the amazing and refreshing adventure in Murcia, the city of sun and only a few minutes from the city center.

Pony Club, Terra Natura Murcia - an equestrian centre for teaching and practicing the sport of horse riding with ponies and horses.

El Valle y Carrascoy Regional Park

Located 6 km to the east of Murcia City and nicked named the ‘green lung’ of Murcia. The mountains within the park range in height from 200 to 1,000 metres and the park covers an area of 11,000 hectares. It has been a protected area since 1917 and was declared a regional park in 1992.
The park has many religious buildings to visit like the impressive La Fuensanta Sanctuary. There are two free visitor centres, one called the Centro de la Luz and the other the Centro Naturaleza El Valle as well as a fascinating Arboretum.
There is an abundance of signposted walking and cycling routes, a road to the top of El Relojeroat 609 metres and even a children’s play area with BBQ facilities and plenty of picnic tables positioned throughout the park.

Tentegorr Aventura - Parque Rafael de la Cedra

Love by families for over 60 years, find everything from treetop walkways and aerial assault courses to stupendously long zip-lines, beautifully engineered and fantastic fun. Here you will also find swimming pools, water-chutes, slides and rides perfect for a family day out.

Museo de la Ciencia y el Agua, Murcia - The Science & Water Museum

This museum has its own mini-planetarium, astronomy afternoons, telescope training, and workshops for everything from human biology to robotics. Tour the permanent exhibits or join in any number of activities from the museum’s year-round programme.
Language is seldom an issue and the Spring Science Festival is a riot of kid’s events and the Summer Museum is packed with stuff to do for nine to 12-year olds in July and August.

Dolphin Watching

Would you like to make a boat trip and see dolphins and whales? In the Mediterranean, specifically in the area of Mazarrón, many cetaceans make life very close to the coast and you can see them on a boat trip of a few hours or even a full weekend. Set sail for the weekend on a traditional schooner, spend days spotting dolphins, learn to sea kayak and hiking along the dramatic and lovely Murcia coastline.

Castle of Lorca

Castle of Lorca in Lorca, Murcia, Spain, is a fortress of medieval origin constructed between the 9th and 15th centuries. It consists of a series of defensive structures that, during the Middle Ages, made the town and the fortress an impregnable point in the southeast part of the Iberian Peninsula. Castle of Lorca in Lorca, Murcia, Spain, is a fortress of medieval origin constructed between the 9th and 15th centuries. It consists of a series of defensive structures that, during the Middle Ages, made the town and the fortress an impregnable point in the southeast part of the Iberian Peninsula.

Salinas de San Pedro Regional Reserve

This wetland is highly-important as it is a place where many species of bird’s rest and make their nests. If you want to see elegant flamingo and exotic wading birds in their natural habitat, spend the day exploring the salt flats and waterways of Salinas de San Pedro. Kids

Parque Minero, La Unión

Take a tour of the silver and lead mines which funded the Punic Wars waged by the ancient Romans against the Carthaginians. The park has a selection of excellent exhibits and guided tours. Plus there is a miniature train round the extensive mine complex which the kids will love!

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Local Tourist Attractions in Costa Calida


We have selected some things to see and places to visit on your next holiday to Costa Cálida. Positioned between Valencia and Andalusia you will discover famous cities, beach resorts, islands and stunning countryside. Enjoy 250 km of beautiful coastline, discover amazing beaches and coastal scenery which can be enjoyed year-round. Costa Calida has an endless array of both land and water-based activities from kayaking, to fishing, to boating - with all that coastline, there is plenty of adventure to be had! In the Region of Murcia there are also a total of 22 golf courses, a perfect holiday destination for golf enthusiasts.

Mar Menor

On the southeast of Murcia, Mar Menor is considered the world's largest natural pool with 170 square km of a shallow lagoons and a variety of water sports facilities. Mar Menor is one of the best locations in Europe for training and learning all kind of water sports.

Cuatro Calas

Four beautiful coves largely unmolested by tourist development (though they get very busy in summer). They have shimmering waters that merge into desert rock, a beautiful place to relax or go for a long walk.

Adventure

There is no shortage of adventure activities, from hiking in the rugged mountains, to beach walks along the picturesque coast. Hike or mountain bike the old roads used by miners and fishermen along the coast between Cabo de Palos and Portman, between Cartagena and the bay of Mazarrón, or in Calnegre Park and Cabo Cope. The trails between Cabo de Palos and Cartagena are ideal for mountain biking with spectacular landscape through the mountains. Cycle is one of the top outdoor pursuits in Spain and cycling enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice as there is plenty of terrain to explore.

Scuba Diving and Underwater Caving

The coast is ideal with its wide range of underwater settings with good visibility in its transparent waters. The best areas for diving are located on Cabo de Palos. There are variety of clubs that organise tours and underwater caves are located between Cartagena and LaAzohía. Cabo de Palos is one of the best sites in Spain for skin diving. Skin diving is a form of underwater diving that relies on breath-holding until resurfacing rather than the use of breathing apparatus such as scuba gear.

Fishing

Saltwater fishing is a very popular water sport all along the Costa Calida coast. The areas along Águilas and Mazarrón are ideal due to the depth and transparent waters.

Gastronomy & Wine

Spain is a food lovers paradise, taste locally inspired cuisine offering an excellent choice for both land and sea fare. There are three distinct wine regions, each producing several varietals worth trying! In addition to being an important regional city, Murcia is located in Spain's agricultural heartland. Fresh produce like tomatoes, peppers, lettuce and marrows are available during much of the year and are sold at supermarkets and local grocers throughout the region.

Shopping

Centro de Artesanía de Cartagena exhibits a wide range of handicrafts that are produced in the area. Experience how clay, glass, cloth, and esparto-grass are handcrafted.

Festivals

The Carnival in Aguilas in February is spectacular and worth a see. Spectacular parades and celebrations are held outdoors along with a National Contest of “Salsa” Music.
Cartagena is home to the world famous International Mar de Músicas festival which is held annually in July. It is considered to be amongst the best music festivals in the world. Cartagena is found along the coast, a great place to visit museums, cafes, markets and shops.

Termal Spa - Balneario de Archena

Visit the historic thermal spa Balneario de Archena, the minerals in the water have a therapeutic effect, a fanatic experience and well worth a visit!

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How to travel to and around Costa Calida in Spain


How to reach Murcia from Ireland?

Región de Murcia International Airport, informally also known as Murcia-Corvera, is an international airport replacing Murcia–San Javier Airport. It is situated between the villages of Corvera, Los Martínez del Puerto and Valladolises within the municipality of Murcia.

Murcia-Corvera Airport is located approximately 24 miles south from the centre of Murcia and can be reached by car and by public transport.

Flights from Dublin to Murcia are popular and there are direct flights from Dublin to Murcia, especially on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Airlines serving this route include easyJet, Ryanair, Aer Lingus and British Airways.

The flight takes 2 hours and 50 minutes and covering a distance of 1,798 km. The airlines that fly the most frequently between Ireland and Murica are Aer Lingus and Ryanair.

There is free Wi-Fi internet, baby changing facilities, cash machines, currency exchange desks, a children’s play area, car hire and car parking.

Getting to and from Murcia Airport

Taxi from Murcia City

Región de Murcia International Airport has a taxi rank for Murcia taxis. All journeys to or from the airport have a single fare of approximately 29 euros to the centre of Murcia.

Corvera Murcia Airport Buses

There are currently 5 bus services linking the airport to the region of Murcia and between them there are approximately 50 services each week.
There is a larger network of bus routes available in Murcia on the Interbus and Latbus and other destinations can be reached via Murcia or Cartagena main bus stations.

A bus service runs between the airport and the nearby village of Santiago de la Ribera 3 times a day, from where there are buses to Murcia and other locations. The 45-minute journey costs approximately €8 for a one-way ticket.

The below routes are the direct routes serviced by the airport:

Airport – Murcia City

  • Distance: 25km

Airport – Cartagena

  • Distance: 35km

Airport – San Pedro del Pinatar (via San Javier airport)

  • Distance: 50km

Airport – Aguilas – Mazarron

  • Distance: 97km – 122km

Airport – Golf Urbanisations & Los Alcázares

  • Distance: 60km

Car Hire in Murcia

Driving in Spain is easy, and it requires only a valid international licence. The following car rental companies all have physical offices on-site at the airport; Firefly, Goldcar, Europcar and Centauro. The main care hire companies are all based just across the road as you exit the main terminal building.

Murcia-Corvera Airport address for your Sat Nav is; Valladolises y Lo Jurado, Avda. de España Nº 101, 30154 Murcia, Spain

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Self Catering Winter Rentals in Costa Calida, Spain


Are you looking for a long-term winter let in Spain? All along the Province of Murcia we offer winter holiday lets at rates significantly reduced from the standard weekly short-term holiday rate.

Long term winter lets on the Costa Calida, are hugely popular due to the mild temperatures and fewer days of rainfall. Take advantage of over 300 days of sunshine, so you can enjoy good weather even in winter.

Do you want to talk to us about your individual winter holiday requirements by phone? From our Irish call centre located in County Wicklow, the ‘Beautiful Garden of Ireland’ we can help you find a longer-term winter let in Spain. We are the first stop in planning your next winter holiday, our knowledgeable call centre agents will assist you on your journey.

Long Term Winter Lets Fantastic Rates Available!

A winter rental can be anything from 4 weeks to 3 months in duration, between the months of October to March. We will listen to you to understand their needs so we help you find a long-term winter let at a great rate, for the duration you require.

Escape the cold climate in Northern Europe and wake up to the sound of waves crashing from your winter holiday let on the southern Mediterranean coast of Spain.

The Costa Calida has great sports and leisure facilities, several riding stables, a joy for cycling enthusiasts, numerous golf courses one of being the famous La Manga Club, a famous 5-star luxury resort which is home to three 18-hole courses, situated close to the southern shores of the Mar Menor. A luxurious playground set in 1400 acres of lush, rolling countryside scattered with thousands of palm trees and surrounded by lemon groves.

We have everything from studio apartments, country cottages and houses in the town centre to luxury villas with private pools in pretty towns and villages that dot the coastline of Costa Calida.

Click on the link below to see our list of winter holiday lets in Spain.

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