Murcia boasts some of the best beaches in Spain.
Below are a selection of both urban and rural beaches which we think are the best in the area.
Calblanque Natural Park - Beautiful natural beaches located between Cabo de Palos and Portman. These are rural beaches so pack plenty of food and water!
La Manga - Long sandy beaches along the Mediterranean sea. These are urban beaches with apartments, hotels and cafes.
Bolnuevo - Near Mazarrón - There is a wide sandy beach opposite a large car park, there are also great walks along the coast to secluded coves.
El Mojón - Long sandy beach on the Mediterranean with sand dunes. Plenty of convenient parking and close to the marina and salt lakes of San Pedro.
Mar de Cristal - Village beach on the Mar Menor, great for watersports and very suitable for small children as the beach is sandy and shelves very gently.
Los Alcázares - Long sandy beach and very long promenade which is great for a stroll in the cooler months. Urban beach with sun beds and cafes.
Lo Pagán - Mar Menor beach with free mud treatment to make you feel 10 years younger. Smother yourself in sulporous mud from the old salt flats and then enjoy a relaxing float in the Mar Menor. This is also a great location for cycling and walking.
A large area of gorgeous sandy beaches backed by rocky hills accessible only by a dirt track. Great for walkers and mountain bikers in the cooler months and for beach bums during the summer.
This park has some of the best beaches in Spain and is definitely a "must see" if you are in Murcia.
Three things to see in the Calblanque Natural Park are: Playa Larga which is a long sandy beach backed by steep hills,
Peña del Águila which is the highest peak in the area, a very steep walk with great views and Las Cenizas which is a gun emplacement high on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean.
Cabo de Gata is not located in Murcia but is in Almerá. If you want to explore a little further afield and enjoy getting away from it all this a beautiful place to visit. It is a wonderful area of wilderness with hidden coves and beaches. It is a popular tourist location as so there is plenty of accommodation available.
It is possible to visit in a day though I would recommend that you stay overnight to make the most of the area. A great place to spend the evening is San Jose which is a charming and characterful coastal town. It is located in the heart of the Cabo de Gata Natural Park.
The Mar Menor is a unique marine environment. Its shallow waters mean that the temperature fluctuates more than the Mediterranean and due to evaporation during the summer months it becomes 25% saltier than the Med. I have written articles about the many different species that live in the Mar Menor which describe the creatures that you may see while swimming, snorkelling or even just paddling, these include: Jellyfish, Seahorses & Pipefish, Gobies, Blennies, Bream, Mullet & Smelt.
I have also written about the geology of the Mar Menor, how it was formed and its history.
Regional Park of San Pedro - Area of salt lakes between the Mar Manor and Mediterranean with many water birds including flamingos.
Los Narejos - Area of scrub land just north of Los Alcázares and south of San Javier airport. Adjacent to the Mar Menor.
Calblanque Natural Park - A range of hills, and beaches long the Mediterranean coast. There are also salt flats with a hide.
I have written a number of articles abou the birds in the area including: Terns & Larks, Swallows & Swifts, Shrike, Wagtails, Redstarts & Robins, Hoopoes & Bee-eaters, Parakeets, Grey Herons & Flamingos, Egrets, Gulls, Avocets & Black-winged Stilts, Coromorants & Shags, Kestrels & Marsh Harriers, Buzzards & Black Kite, Zitting Cisticola & Cetti's Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Marmora's Warbler & Dartford Warbler, Chiff Chaff & Willow Warbler, Greenfinch and Goldfinch, Serin & Linnet.