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A well-kept Spanish secret

Located in the region of Murcia, this 250 kilometre long coastline stretches from Europe’s largest saltwater lagoon, the Mar Menor, to the edge of Andalucia.

It’s known as the Costa Calida, or warm coast, thanks to the hot, dry climate it enjoys for most of the year. As well as the usual sandy beaches you’d expect to find along the Mediterranean coast, the region is also dotted with charming fishing ports and traditional villages surrounded by citrus groves.

It’s also a well-kept secret and is visited by far fewer tourists than most of the other costas!

Aguilas in the southern corner of the province makes a good base for exploring on your Costa Calida holidays. The town is guarded by an 18th-century castle and has a scattering of Roman remains, including some baths dating back to the first century. Follow the Ruta por el Barrio de los Pescadores – the Route through the Fishermen's Neighbourhood – and pause for some paella made with ingredients fresh from the sea, or perhaps head to the beach.

Playa de las Delicias is great for water sports and watching the sailing boats in the marina, while Playa La Carolina just a short distance away is said to be the most attractive cove on the costa - and well worth a visit during your Costa Calida holiday.

From Aguilas you can also visit the wilderness of Cabo Cope (great for spectacular sunrises), immerse yourself in the culture and history of the region’s namesake capital, or explore Cartagena, Spain’s premier naval port.