Where is the Costa Cálida?
Costa Cálida (the Warm Coast) is in southeast Spain in the region of Murcia.
This famously beautiful coastline stretches for approximately 250 km and is bordered by Costa Blanca to the north and Costa Almeria to the south. The area includes the city of Murcia and the renowned, historical port town Cartagena.
It is home to the Mar Menor, Europe’s largest saltwater lagoon, and close to the world-famous, five-star luxury resort La Manga Club, making it a popular destination with tourists and Spanish alike.
With more than 320 days of sunshine a year, it’s easy to see why the climate and healthy lifestyle entice many ex-pats to either move here permanently or invest in a holiday home in the sun.
Why should you consider investing in a property on the Costa Cálida?
1. A fantastic range of first-class properties to suit all budgets
If you’re ready to move to the sunshine and find a home you love on the Costa Cálida, we’re here to make that happen. We will share our 20+ years of experience to ensure you get the home of your dreams.
Our aim is to find our clients the exact location and property to suit their needs and expectations – and to protect our clients from all the things that could go wrong when buying a property abroad.
We have a fantastic selection of properties to choose from, to suit most lifestyle needs and budgets, including:
- If you’re looking to retire in the sunshine, take a look at a selection of brand new apartments in Mar de Cristal – offering easy, maintenance-free living with a communal pool and close to the beach.
- We know only too well the requirements of a growing family, which is why living in a spacious townhouse, with all bedrooms boasting en suite facilities, in a central spot on the prestigious La Manga Club, is perfect for family living.
- If you’re looking for a sustainable and profitable business opportunity but also want to enjoy a property you can use yourself, we recommend investing in a bright and spacious apartment on La Manga Club, close to all the incredible facilities this prestigious resort offers to please even the most discerning visitors.
- For those seeking the ultimate luxury, we have a selection of exceptional properties designed and built to the highest standards. With space to lose yourself inside and out, luxuriously appointed bathrooms for every bedroom, and generously sized private pools for family and friends to enjoy – these properties really are a dream come true.
2. The cost of living in Spain
For ex-pats wanting to escape the soaring property prices in the UK and the high cost of living, along with the cold, wet weather, Spain has always been a popular place to start a new life in the sun.
Although inflation has risen across Europe, Spain remains a desirable proposition as it’s still one of the cheapest places to call home, with Costa Cálida and Costa Blanca considered two of the best places to live in Europe.
In our recent article, we show you why Spain is still one of the cheapest places to live compared to the UK.
3. A desirable, healthy climate
As we’ve mentioned, the Costa Cálida is considered one of Europe’s best places to live. The area enjoys a micro-climate (warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer) than many other parts of Spain. Daily average temperatures rarely dip below 18 degrees on the ‘Warm Coast’.
According to the World Health Organisation, it has a healthier climate than the Costa Blanca and the Costa Del Sol, perfect for a laid-back, relaxed lifestyle. Not only that, but the sun’s heavenly warmth is thought to increase the brain’s serotonin release, which boosts your mood – the feel-good factor!
If you want to soak up the sun on the beach, you’ll be spoilt for choice. There are plenty of options for enjoying a relaxing day in the sunshine on an unspoiled sandy beach with crystal-clear waters lapping at the shore. From Calblanque beach, for those who prefer peace and quiet in paradise, to the popular, more lively Playa La Cala offering various services such as restaurants and bars, sunbeds, and loungers.
4. Healthy outdoor living
Another appealing aspect of the healthy climate is the outdoor living, made so easy and pleasurable when you don’t have to contend with bad weather. Guaranteed, wall-to-wall sunshine for most of the year encourages you to spend a lot of time outdoors, whether relaxing on the beach, hiking in the hills, dining on a sunny terrace, swimming or enjoying a more gentle stroll along one of the beautiful promenades or marinas along this coastline.
Healthy outdoor living also extends to food choices where fresh, seasonal produce is always on the menu. Known as the region of 1,001 flavours and boasting an outstanding variety of food influenced by different cultures over time, it would be possible to dine out every day for a year and choose something different each time.
If you’re new to Spanish cuisine, you’re in for a treat! Costa Cálida is well-known for the exceptional quality of giant prawns, a selection of ‘arroz calderos’ (traditional rice dishes made with different kinds of fish, peppers, vegetables, and shellfish), and ‘pastel de cierva’ (pies stuffed with game, pork and ham or chicken and eggs).
Some of our favourite places to dine out as a couple and when we eat out as a family include:
1. Chiringuito El Lastre, Portman Bay – for a menu of local products, fish, meat, rice and incredible views of the bay.
2. Casa Valentin, Los Urrutias – one of the best places to eat on the Mar Menor for reasonably priced food, serving Mediterranean, Spanish and European food.
3. Los Molinos Restaurante, La Manga Club – a friendly restaurant with great service and first-class food, including tapas.
4. El Secreto Lounge – Mar de Cristal – fabulous food, extraordinary service, excellent wine, and if you are a sushi lover, definitely the place for you.
5. A real sense of community
This brings us to a sense of community, which is very strong not just in Costa Cálida but across Spain in general.
The Spanish culture places a huge emphasis on family and community life and, if you’re relocating with family, you’ll find Spain extremely child-friendly – with children regularly included in everything their parents and grandparents do.
Spanish people are very warm and welcoming and want you to feel at home and enjoy all the area has to offer. If you’re open to socialising and embracing their culture; you cannot fail to have an amazing social life amongst the local Spaniards.
In addition, there are thriving ex-pat communities in many of the towns and resorts in this area, making it easy to make connections and find the help and support you need as you settle into your new life.
6. A sports and leisure paradise
The Costa Cálida is one of the best places in the world for lovers of water sports, offering opportunities from sailing and canoeing in the Mar Menor’s calmer waters to windsurfing, kite surfing, jet-skiing, paddle surfing and water-skiing in the Mediterranean sea
With the largest concentration of shipwrecks in the Mediterranean, a wide variety of marine life, and 16 diving centres, the Costa Cálida is also a divers’ paradise. For beginners and pros alike, courses are available along the coast, with undersea adventures on offer for all levels.
A short drive from the coast, you’ll find the world-famous La Manga Club, one of the best sports resorts in the world, boasting three world-class, 18-hole golf courses along with an impressive array of prestigious sport and leisure facilities, including golf, tennis, cricket, rugby, football, swimming, cycling and much more.
As well as La Manga Club, there are other magnificent golf resorts in the area offering breathtaking views with spectacular properties to purchase.
If living directly behind the 1st hole of the championship golf course on the prestigious La Manga Club, with stunning views of the golf course and the picturesque mountains, all within a private gated community with use of a large communal pool sounds appealing, we have just the property for you!
7. A great location to work from home in the sunshine
One of the things that the last couple of years has changed is the need to head into an office every day. Working from home is now readily accepted for many rather than a privilege for a few.
Setting up an office with a sea view, warm breeze, and endless blue skies needn’t be a distant dream.
Living on the Costa Cálida means you are close to Murcia International Airport and Alicante, with an excellent selection of airlines operating from both. You can be in the UK in around three hours. Quicker and far less stressful than navigating the M25 in and out of London on a bad day! Car rentals are also available at both airports.
8. Less touristy
We have covered the main points as to why you should consider investing in Costa Cálida, but as a final word, it offers many areas that are much less touristy than the Costa Blanca and the Costa Del Sol, meaning it’s ideal for those seeking a more peaceful and unspoilt corner of Spain to relax and unwind.
All in all, Costa Cálida is an excellent place to invest and purchase your new dream home or second home in the sun.
Buying your home on Costa Calida
Our team is highly experienced in real estate and knows southeast Spain like the back of our hands. Between us, we have incredible knowledge of the local areas and developers and know all the pitfalls of moving abroad.
We can provide an end-to-end service including; free consultation with legal advisors, financial advisors, residency advisors, relocation advice, property consultancy to establish your right-fit property, exclusive property viewing trips to show you the area and suitable properties, and ongoing first-class after-sales service, and more.
The Costa Cálida truly is something special, and the team at Micasamo are too.
Get in touch today so we can help you start your exciting adventure to property ownership in beautiful Spain.