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NORTHERN COSTA CALIDA SPAIN
The most southerly resort on the Orihuela Costa stretch of the southern Costa Blanca, Spain, Mil Palmeras is a popular and beautiful coastal resort with some fine sandy beaches. The main beach, Playa Mil Palmeras has fine white sand and the usual range of facilities, the more adventurous will find numerous rocky coves and bays with very few visitors except during the very busy months. To the south of Mil Palmeras lies the small town of Torre de la Horadada, then Pilar de la Horadada and beyond that the Mar Menor and the beautiful Costa Calida coastline of the Murcia region of Spain. To the north you will find all the popular resorts of the Orihuela Costa, Campoamor, Cabo Roig, La Zenia, Playa Flamenca, Punta Prima and beyond these, Torrevieja and Alicante. Mil Palmeras is located on the N-332 coast road is easily reached from both Murcia (San Javier) airport (about 15 minutes drive) and Alicante airport (45 minutes drive) by way of the AP-7 motorway.
The city of Pilar de Horadada is at the southern tip of the Costa Blanca region. Pilar de Horadada boasts a full five kilometers of beach for interested visitors. Pilar de Horadada is another fine destination for history buffs, as the area is home to some fine Roman ruins because of its placement between two major cities, Illici and Carthago Nova, during the time of the Romans.
Torre de la Horadada is situated at the southern most end of the Costa Blanca, next to the Costa Calida and Murcia. This means it is also close to the warm inland sea of the Mar Menor in Murcia, with its flamingos and therapeutic mud!
The resort is part of the renowned Orihuela Coast with some of the best beaches in Spain. It is just off the Motorway and coastal road that link it to the airports, towns and golf courses. There is even a bus route that runs from practically outside the house, through Pilar and all the local towns, all the way to Murcia (takes 1.5 hours to get there, mind!). Thus it combines the atmosphere of a sleepy seaside town while also being directly connected to all the local sporting amenities, facilities, restaurants, nightlife etc. There is a cinema in Pilar showing English-language films (on the weekend) and a municipal swimming pool with retractable roof, so it is available all year round.
In the summer the sporting activities are too numerous to mention. There are all the usual watersports available from the beaches and the marina, with beach football and volleyball pitches, even paragliding. All year round there's tennis, horse riding, rambling, golf, mountain biking etc. Take a look at the tourist office websites below. The nearest airport is Murcia (San Javier), which is only 15kms away. Flybe, Easyjet and Ryanair fly there among many others. Also, Alicante airport is only 60kms (about 45mins) away and flights there are cheap and plentiful. Both airports are linked directly to the resort by motorway.
Murcia region is situated at the south-est of the Iberian Peninsula. Mar Menor (Minor Sea) is at the south-est of the Murcia region, where Lo Pagan is located at the north, into the coast of Mar Menor, very close to the Mediterranean Sea.
Few regions have the fortune to have a salt water lake close to the Mediterranean Sea. This intimate sea, historically know, visited, receive the name of Mar Menor (translating into English, Minor Sea). In its litoral perimeter it has a 73 km coast in what there are transparent water beaches and with little deep waters (the maximum depth is not superior to 7 meters) and with an area of 170 km2, that it place the Mar Menor in the European greatest salt water lake.
The touristic and coastal area of the San Pedro del Pinatar municipality receives the name of Lo Pagan, in where are famous the mud baths that are taken in the area of Las Charcas de las Salinas, because their curative-beneficial effects for rheumatical type affections. This zone is dotated with innumerable services and touristic instalations, so it is a comfortable and animated place for the Summer Season, also to reside during all the year. The San Pedro del Pinatar municipality consist of 21.7 km2 and nowadays its census is 14,650 inhabitants. During summer it does three times its amount.
Facing the tranquil waters of Mar Menor, San Pedro del Pinatar is one of the main tourist destinations on the Murcia coast. Tradtionally a seafaring and agricultural centre, San Pedro del Pinatar has become one of the principal tourist towns on Murcia's Costa Cálida.
The main attractions of San Pedro are concentrated around the beach and shore. Here you will find Lo Pagán, a lively tourist centre which has all kinds of holiday facilities, such as hotels, bars, restaurants and shops. Next to the long promenade facing the Mar Menor are extensive beaches such as La Puntica or Villananitos. This watery setting, combined with the facilities at its marina, means you can do a great many sports, such as sailing, scuba diving or windsurfing. As well as one of the town's architectural symbols, the Quintín mill, the surrounding area contains the Salinas de San Pedro del Pinatar Regional Park, a space where a great many species of migratory birds come to nest. You can also benefit from the therapeutic properties of its mud, especially suitable for treating bone and skin ailments.
San Sebastian's House or "Clock's House" It is modernist style house and was built in the XIX century by the Server-Sporttorno family (very known one in Murcia). It is rounded by a little palm and eucalyptus garden and its name comes from the clock situated in its principal façade. In may 1889, D. Emilio Castelar y Ripoll, Spanish Republic President, died in this house, who used to stay long relax temps in San Pedro del Pinatar.
The coast line of the Costa Cálida situated in the province of Murcia and is approximately 155 miles in length. The Costa Cálida adjoins two different seas, the Mar Menor or (small sea) and the Mediterranean.This coast begins in the North with the beach of El Mojón, a quiet peaceful town which is split between Costa Blanca and Costa Calida. A former fishing village on San Pedro del Pinatar's coast, now a small, entirely modern resort with a fabulous beach, the last one in Murcia before you enter the province of Alicante in the south of the Valencia region.
The Mar Menor, Europe's largest salt water lagoon, over 170 square kilometres of shallow water surrounded by the districts of Los Urrutias, El Carmolí, San Javier, Los Alcazares and La Manga to name just a few. On the shores of the Mar Menor there are a great number of small towns with a truly traditional feel to them that are starting to build small intimate residential areas for people who look for a different way to spend time in the Sun in Spain.
Santiago de la Ribera on the Costa Calida, Spain. A popular seaside resort, Santiago de la Ribera is located on the Mar Menor in the Murcia region and grew due to the rich people of Murcia building second homes to escape the summer heat of Murcia. Santiago de la Ribera looks across the Mar Menor to the sports resort of La Manga, it has 4km of super sandy beaches and some excellent water sports faclities. Other popular resorts nearby include Los Alcázares, San Pedro del Pinatar and Lo Pagan.
South Costa Blanca
The South Costa Blanca region of Spain is a popular tourist destination, particularly for British and German tourists. Sandy beaches, lovely weather, and friendly surroundings make it the choice of many for a summer or year-round retreat. The Southern Costa Blanca region covers the area between Alicante and Pilar de Horadada.
Visitors to the South Costa Blanca region will find it quite easy to navigate. Access to the area is available by car, train, or plane, and the Alicante airport services the region. Car rental services available if you plan to explore the area, or bus service is available to the Alicante train station to allow you to travel around the region by train. Taxis to the train station are also available if you would prefer to avoid the bus trip. You will find excellent tourist facilities, including hotels, for longer stays. In the cities, English is commonly spoken language, making this a convenient destination for English speaking visitors.