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Along the coast of the Mar Menor and Costa Calida are numerous sandy beaches, lively ports and deserted coves with impressive cliffs and crystal clear water, attempting families, couples and sports enthusiasts alike. The water is very clean and clear, with many beaches being awarded the BLUE FLAG.

There are two distinct parts to the coast. The east-facing part is dominated by the Mar Menor ("Little Sea"), a huge natural lagoon over 10 miles long by 6 miles wide. The waters of the Mar Menor are 5 degrees warmer than in the Mediterranean Sea, and also much shallower with a maximum depth of 7m. Great care and attention is paid to litter collection, and lifeguards/police patrols operate in popular spots. The long, thin strip of land between the lagoon and the Mediterranean is La Manga ("The sleeve") and the whole warm lagoon is lined with clean, gently sloping beaches and pretty, low-rise resort towns. It forms the perfect water sports environment, hence the wide choice of marinas, and is dotted with dramatic islands.

Murcia Turistica provides a comprehensive guide to beaches across the region

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