The coastline of Murcia is characterised by its sandy beaches. The most wonderful natural wonder on the coast is Mar Menor. The city of Murcia is located just over 30 kilometers inland and so does not have any beaches of its own. However Murcia province is home to the
Costa Calida, offering a multitude of blue flag options. The vast majority of the are sandy beaches, but there are pebbled beaches and rocky alcoves for those who want to do some snorkeling.
Mar Menor is a shallow lagoon or pool, which is the largest of its kind in Spain. The water in the lagoon is very salty and maintains a temperature 5C above the average Mediterranean temperature. It has four openings or passages that lead to the sea.
The La Manga del Mar Menor is a long thin strip of land which, at its narrowest points, is only around 250 meters wide. It is home to long sandy beaches and high rise apartment and hotel complexes. Bustling with activity in the summer months, it has large numbers of bars, restaurants, clubs, casinos and marinas.
Los Alcazares and Los Narejos sit in the center of the Mar Menor coast and are home to some of the best beaches on the Mar Menor and the shallow warm waters are perfect for children.
San Pedro del Pinatar is another of the more popular resorts and offers a good variety of restaurants and bars, as well as a small marina. Close by at Lo Pagan you will find the larges area of open-air mud baths in Europe. These mud baths help in the treatment of rheumatism, arthritis and skin conditions. The nearby wetlands play host to flocks of pink flamingos, which stop off at the end of the summer each year en route to North Africa.
Murcia and its surrounding areas are in the main sheltered by hills and high mountains. This limits rainfall, except sometimes during the early winter months when Murcia experiences a "Gota Fria", this happens when the temperature suddenly drops resulting in torrential rain and flooding. The province of Murcia is furthermore famous for its salt lakes. This has a major knock on effect on humidity levels, and as a result the air is much dryer than in other parts of Spain and Europe.
Summer temperatures in Murcia will mostly be between 25C and 35C during the day. In the summer temperatures rarely drops below 15C. August is the hottest months with some days reaching 40C or more. Because of Murcia's low humidity you won't feel the temperatures as high as they really are. There is hardly any rain in the summer period.
In winter the weather in Murcia is very mild, with an average temperature of 11C for the months of December and January. One day it can be 20C feeling warm and nice, on another day it can be 6C feeling very cold. April and October are the wettest months of the year.