The region of Murcia is on the Costa Calida which, appropriately, means “warm coast”, reflecting both the climate and warm waters of the area.
It is a popular area for Europeans to live and visit, offering beautiful beaches and mountains for activities ranging from water sports to hiking.
Murcia City is a thriving municipality of 400,000 or so people with a wide range of places to eat, drink and shop as well as having the nearby airport.
The Costa Calida and Costa Blanca both have a number of golf courses, ranging from international standard to those more suitable for beginners.
La Manga del Mar Menor (usually just referred to as La Manga) is the major tourist destination on the coast of Murcia in south east Spain.
Described as a geographical oddity, it is a 24 kilometre long narrow spit of land that separates the Mar Menor saltwater lagoon and the sea.
This stretch is where the town has developed and it has done this very well, with the normal population of 14,000 or so rising to as much as 200,000 in the summer months.
Despite the fact it can get busy it remains a beautiful and unique spot with some of the best beaches in all of Spain, around 30 of them in total.
Some of these are protected and surprisingly quiet while others attract visitors but it is also here you will find a huge choice of shops, bars, restaurants and clubs.
The lagoon is a natural park and as such protected and well worth a visit while there is plenty for those who like getting close to nature around here.
The historic city of Cartagena is a short drive inland while Murcia City and airport are about 45 minutes away.
La Manga caters for all tastes, unless your ideal is a rural retreat. Sailors are well catered for and anyone who loves the sea and beach, while there is a huge array of night life and plenty of sporting and other activities.
The area is perfect for families, retirees and younger people starting out to make a new life, offering something for everyone, both inland and on the coast.