Summer is here and there will be plenty of people packing up their cars with towels and deck chairs and heading off to the beach.
The Costa Blanca is sure to be a popular choice for the majority of visitors, but what about the neighbouring areas? Just because you may not have heard of a town or resort, it doesn’t mean that its beaches are not as stunning. In fact, if you’re looking for plenty of nature, hidden coves and a certain magic in the air, the beaches on the following list might be just what you are looking for.
The region of Murcia is probably not the first place that you would think of when deciding to spend a day at the beach, but that’s because you haven’t discovered these beaches…
Playa de Poniente – Águilas
This urban beach is one of the most popular in the region of Murcia. It has a great number of services and is particularly favoured by families who visit the tourist resort of Águilas. The beach is just over 1km in length and some 40m wide in most parts. The sand is mainly fine and golden, although there are a few areas where the ground is made up of loose stones. The Poniente beach, which allows you to enter the water gradually, sits between the Casica Verde beach and the La Colonia breakwater.
Playa de las Palmeras
This beach is located in the area of Los Alcázares. It’s approximately 1km long and 30m wide. It is located within an urban area, and is very popular in the summer months.
Playa de Paraíso – Cartagena
The Playa de Paraíso, or Paradise Beach as it is translated into English, is a beautiful stretch of golden, fine sandy beach, with clean water that only gets deep after about 100m. It is located on the Mar Menor, an area of warm salty water known for its healing properties. Located close to the salt lakes, this beach and the water around it is also said to help those suffering from arthritic joints, inflammation and poor skin. This beach is excellent for families and offers a whole host of varied services including plenty of water sports activities and places to eat and drink.
Percheles – Mazarrón
Percheles Beach is a much quieter and peaceful location with plenty going for it despite its lack of services compared to the other beaches. It is one of the few virgin expanses left in the area and is surrounded by palm trees, sand dunes, rocks and grassy vegetation. There are no high-rise hotels lining the seafront or gaudy bars and restaurants. In fact, the only things that you can see around you are sea, sand and blue sky. The golden sand is very fine and the sea is generally calm. Percheles Beach is actually a fan-shaped cove and measures just under 300m long and 84m wide. This is a great place to relax, unwind and forget about your busy life elsewhere.
La Carolina – Águilas
The Playa de la Carolina, or de los Ingleses as it is sometimes referred to, is an extraordinary beach on so many levels. It has been designated as a Protected Area of Natural Landscape, and from the sand you can see the city of Águilas, which sits 5km south, and its castle. The surrounding rocks and dunes provide a natural barrier from the wind, which means that this beach is often much more pleasant than many others on a not-so-nice and windy day. The water is very warm here and entering it during the summer is like taking a hot bath! There is a bar there and a restaurant, but very little else. Nevertheless, this is still one of the prettiest small beaches on this stretch of coast.