The superb year-round climate on the Costa Cálida, Región de Murcia, in southern Spain, means visitors can continue to enjoy watersports even into October – and with accommodation starting from just £20 per person, per night, there’s never been a better time to dip your toe in the water.
With the Costa Cálida’s climate, glorious beaches, and calm and shallow conditions, all manner of watersports can be enjoyed, safe in the knowledge that there is also a wide choice of accommodation and plenty of options for dining out.
The region even has the Mar Menor, Europe’s largest salt-water lagoon – separated from the Mediterranean Sea by La Manga, a narrow strip of land 22km long – which is one of the most highly-regarded expanses of water on which to enjoy watersports, including sailing, canoeing, windsurfing, kite surfing, speed boating and stand-up paddle boarding.
Amazingly, the water remains warm enough for the Surfari Mar Menor to take place in October (13-15), an event which attracts enthusiasts of all ages and levels including world and national champions. This year sees the 20th running of the windsurfing and kitesurfing extravaganza which also features music and parties on the beaches on the western shore of the Mar Menor, at Club Nautico Mar Menor, Los Alcazares.
Elsewhere, the Estación Náutica Mar Menor – Cabo de Palos provides partner schools for a variety of family water-based activities, in Mar Menor and La Manga, and also offers accommodation in hotels, apartments, campsites and youth sports hostels. Its travel packages include accommodation, nautical activities and rental equipment, if required.
And, just down the coast at Mazarrón and Águilas, not only can one enjoy life on top of the waves, but also underneath them, with many clubs organising courses for all levels together, with diving expeditions to enjoy the beauty of the rocky sea bottoms, spectacular underwater caves and grottos.
The Mazarrón marina also has 200 mooring points while the local club offers courses for both beginners and more experienced sailors. At Águilas, opposite the breakwater of El Hornillo, lies the Isle of El Fraile, a small island covered with rocky slope sea bottoms and seaweed colonies for the particular enjoyment of divers, while the fascinating sea floor at the foot of the Crag of Cabo Cope also attract divers.
And, again, Águilas offers a variety of other watersports, with courses given in many of the disciplines by qualified teachers for those who are yet to master the waves.
A three-night, self-catering break in La Manga from October 13 costs from just £60 per person, based on two sharing, a one-bedroom apartment at the Apartamentos Olympia Center, just 100ms from the beach.
Access to Costa Cálida, Región de Murcia, is simple as it is served by Murcia-San Javier airport all year round, while Alicante airport is also nearby. Both airports are served by numerous other airlines flying from a wide variety of UK and Irish airports and flights in October cost from just £37 one way.
Press release written and distributed, on behalf of the Instituto de Turismo de la Región de Murcia, by Azalea.
About Región de Murcia
The Costa Cálida, Región de Murcia is an ideal leisure and sport destination for UK travelers. The area offers year-round sunshine with an average temperature of 19.4°c and 315 days of sunshine per year.
The picturesque region is just two hours from the UK by plane, in the south-east of Spain. Región de Murcia is in a privileged setting within the Mediterranean basin and includes 252km of coastline, known as the ‘Costa Cálida’ or warm coast. Visitors can take their pick from numerous sandy beaches; a variety of water sports and diving locations; 22 top-quality golf courses, all within easy reach of each other; delicious culinary delights; relaxing spas; and the opportunity to explore the beautiful countryside and regional parks.
The Mar Menor is a saltwater lagoon with warm shallow waters, gentle wind, sheltered coastline and many hotel facilities and sports infrastructures, which make it the ideal setting for water sports at any time of year, for all tastes and ages. Here, visitors can enjoy kite surfing, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, water skiing and much more.
They can also enjoy diving in the marine reserve of Islas Hormigas, settled in Cabo de Palos, which has been recognised as one of the best places for diving anywhere along the Mediterranean and where you can explore everything from historical wrecks to amazing underwater landscapes.
The port of Mazarrón offers visitors a rich artistic heritage and a range of interesting leisure options, with more than 35km of beaches, unspoiled coves and rocky sea beds. Mazarrón Bay is sheltered by the foothills of the Sierra de la Almenara, while the port offers visitors many opportunities to learn about the town’s seafaring tradition.
And just half-an-hour along the coast, another delightful port city, Águilas, blends a tradition of seafaring with a wide range of tourist facilities, making the most of one of its main attractions, the extensive coastline. There is much to remind visitors of its 19th-century heyday, when it was a major mining enclave, such as the Hornillo jetty, where iron, lead and silver were loaded on to ships.
Región de Murcia is the perfect holiday destination – for sea, spa, or sport, countryside, culture or cuisine – at any time of the year, whatever your passion.
For more information, please visit www.murciaturistica.es/en