Located in the Southeastern part of Spain, and with less than 200km of coastline, Murcia is a relativelly small region but has plenty to offer. Its coast is known as the “Costa Cálida” (literally “warm coast”), and with the marine reserves of “Cabo de Palos-Islas Hormigas” and “Cartagena-La Azohía-Cabo Tiñoso”, it is the perfect destination for diving and snorkeling. Here you will find dense seagrass meadows covering hidden bays, while curious groupers come to check you out.
But do not suffer if you prefer to be over the water! Murcia has also plenty of birdlife and marine mammals. Hop on one of the whale-watching trips leaving from the coast to spot pilot whales, common dolphins, or even the large sperm whale, while threatened Balearic shearwaters fly over you.
A unique feature in Murcia is the Minor Sea (Mar Menor), separated from the Mediterranean Sea by La Manga strait. The Minor Sea is the largest saltwater lagoon in Spain, and is included in Ramsar, where the most important wetlands are found worldwide. It contains three very important protected areas and is perfect for family sea-related activities, such as bird-watching or kayaking.