Average 3 hour flight
Time difference +1 hour(s)
Average temperature 23°C
Travel south from the Costa Blanca, and you'll arrive on the Costa Calida - the 'Warm Coast' of Spain, which lives up to its name with an average of 320 days of sunshine each year! Here, located on a strip of land between the Mar Menor, Europe's largest salt water lagoon, and the Mediterranean is the exclusive resort of La Manga. Catering for holidaymakers with a taste for the finer things in life as well as those that just want to lay back on the beach and soak up the sun, holidays to upmarket La Manga really are something special - they're perfect for couples that want an unforgettable beach break, although there's plenty for families and groups of friends to do here too.
With three world-class golf courses, a glamorous casino and a hillside dotted with luxury villas and hotels, plus an array of fine restaurants to tempt even the most discerning foodies, La Manga holidays are popular with those who want a different class of Spanish getaway. You'll have lots to entertain you, from watersports on the beautiful turquoise lagoon to designer shopping and a glittering nightlife, but if all you wish to do is sunbathe, you'll be thrilled to know that the Costa Calida benefits from its very own micro-climate due to its southeast-facing location - so even in the winter you can look forward to mild days and sunshine, and take a dip in the mineral-rich waters of the Mar Menor which seldom falls below 20°C.
Should you wish to explore beyond La Manga, take a trip to Murcia to visit the museums, see the 19th century architecture, or take a nourishing dip in the famous mud baths at San Pedro del Pinatar Salinas Park which is home to flocks of pink flamingoes! Alicante is around 1.5 hours away by car too, so you can see even more of what the stunning Costa Calida has to offer on a holiday in La Manga.
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The beaches along the La Manga Strip are an obvious draw during the daytime. The Mar Menor is safe for bathing and an ideal training base for those mastering the art of various sports including sailing, windsurfing, water and jet skiing. For the more adventurous there's a scuba diving club where PADI trained English instructors cater for complete beginners as well as competent divers. You can hire a boat or take an organised boat trip to explore the Mar Menor and its coastline. For golf enthusiasts there are three courses to choose from, including Roda Golf Course, Club de Golf Torre Pacheco and La Manga Club Golf, which are strewn with palm trees, lakes and pineclad hills. La Manga's tennis and leisure centre boasts excellent facilities with 28 floodlit courts, a Tennis Academy, two squash courts, a bowling green, swimming pool, gym and two paddle tennis courts. For youngsters there's the Fiesta Mini Club, which provides games and outdoor activities for children of all ages. La Manga Equestrian Centre offers tuition and rides for children, beginners and experienced riders. La Manga's nightlife is as varied and extensive as its sports and leisure activities. After the sun goes down you won't need to leave the resort to enjoy great entertainment until the small hours from pubs to clubs, youll find them all in La Manga. Theres also the lavish casino with 40 slot machines and 20 gaming tables for blackjack, poker and roulette and it also has a lounge area, tapas bar and regular live entertainment.
Dining out in La Manga is easy with so many restaurants and snack bars to choose youll never be stuck for somewhere to dine. All tastes are covered from Spanishstyle seafood and tapas to pizza and pasta, fine dining to fast grills. You can't visit Spain and not sample its famous paella. Enjoy a traditional jug of sangria or try the local wines and beers.