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Costa Cálida is Perfect for Watersports Enthusiasts

If there's anything better than a great place for watersports, it's several great places for watersports. And, on the Costa Cálida, Región de Murcia, in southern Spain, the choice is abundant - with accommodation starting from just £32.56 per person, per night. 

With a superb year-round climate, glorious beaches, and calm and shallow conditions, all manner of watersports can be enjoyed, safe in the knowledge that there is also a wide choice of top accommodation and myriad options for dining out. 

The region even has the Mar Menor, Europe's largest salt-water lagoon - separated from the Mediterranean Sea by La Manga, a narrow strip of land 22km long - which is one of the most highly-regarded expanses of water on which to enjoy watersports, including sailing, canoeing, windsurfing, kite surfing, speed boating and stand-up paddle boarding. 

The Estación Náutica Mar Menor - Cabo de Palos provides partner schools for a variety of family water-based activities, in Mar Menor and La Manga, and also offers accommodation in hotels, apartments, campsites and youth sports hostels. Its travel packages include accommodation, nautical activities and rental equipment, if required. 

And, just down the coast at Mazarrón and Águilas, not only can one enjoy life on top of the waves, but also underneath them, with many clubs organising courses for all levels together, with diving expeditions to enjoy the beauty of the rocky sea bottoms, spectacular underwater caves and grottos. 

The Mazarrón marina also has 200 mooring points while the local club offers courses for both beginners and more experienced sailors. At Águilas, opposite the breakwater of El Hornillo, lies the Isle of El Fraile, a small island covered with rocky slope sea bottoms and seaweed colonies for the particular enjoyment of divers, while the fascinating sea floor at the foot of the Crag of Cabo Cope also attract divers. 

And, again, Águilas offers a variety of other watersports, with courses given in many of the disciplines by qualified teachers for those who are yet to master the waves. 

For the less active there are still thrills to be had, as whale-watching is possible offshore. With practically no continental shelf off the coast of Murcia, the deep water provides a good habitat for pilot, sperm, and, even, fin whales. Plus, striped, Atlantic bottle-nose and short-beaked common dolphins are a regular sight, with the trips available from the port of Mazarrón or Cartagena. 

A seven-night, self-catering break in La Manga in June costs from just £114 per person, based on two sharing, a one-bedroom apartment at the Apartamentos Olympia Center, just 100m from the beach. 

Meanwhile, a week in Águilas will cost from £222.25 per person, based on two people sharing a double or twin room, on a bed-and-breakfast basis, at the three-star El Paso, located in a lively area only five minutes from the beach and port area. 

Access to Costa Cálida, Región de Murcia, is simple as it is served by Murcia-San Javier airport all year round, while Alicante airport is also nearby. Both airports are served by numerous other airlines flying from a wide variety of UK and Irish airports and flights in June cost from just £26 one way. 

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