Guide to Costa Calida

The Costa Calida is a warm coast which has laid out a warm welcome to many visitors during recent years.

Located in the Spanish province of Murcia, the Costa Calida is thus named because of a micro climate which gives it year round toasty temperatures. Among the more popular tourist resorts of the Costa Calida is La Manga which has rapidly developed to accommodate all the visiting holiday makers. La Manga is beneficially close to the Mar Menor, an inland sea water lagoon which is good to swim in. The relaxing properties of the Mediterranean Sea, the Mar Menor and the climate in this part of the world are one of the reasons why the England football team holds its summer training here.

Car hire La Manga lets you explore this interesting region at your leisure. La Manga is Spanish for sleeve, and although this narrow strip of land is only 300 metres wide it is 24 kilometres long and stretches from the Cabo de Palos to the Punta del Mojon.

There is plenty to see and do in La Manga which has many excellent bars, restaurants and night clubs to try out. In the Mar Menor there is a wealth of water sports on offer such as sailing, swimming and jet skiing. There are even spots where you can go scuba diving in the nearby Mediterranean at the Isla Grossa, and taking out a catamaran or going windsurfing are possible here too.

These conveniences allayed with its unique geography have meant that house prices on La Manga have rocketed up over the years. They have also led to the construction of many five star hotels and luxurious apartment complexes. It is possible to pick up your Rhino rental car at the nearest airport, Murcia and make the short drive to La Manga.

Another Costa Calida location where having a car pays off is at Cartagena city. Cartagena is most renowned as a Spanish naval port but the countryside surrounding the city is incredibly rich in flora and fauna. Among the many animal and plant species to be found there are the Cartagena Cypress (tree), the Eurasian eagle-owl and the wild boar.

Car hire in Cartagena allows you to explore the charming towns built on hills which make up the city of Cartagena – Despenaperros, Monte de San Jose, Monte Sacro, Molinete and Monte de la Concepcion – and also explore the bio diverse countryside of the region.

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