But there is so much more to this glorious stretch of coast than meets the eye with a host of exciting and interesting activities to suit all interests and ages while you're there.

Here are six of the best reasons to head for the Costa Cálida and make the most of the Spanish seaside.

1)       A whale of a time in Mazarrón

Sail the high seas on a schooner for an unforgettable adventure to track down dolphins, pilot whales and all kinds of other marine life in their natural habitat and marvel as they often swim so close to the boat, it's as if they are greeting their guests.

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2)       Ride the waves in Mar Menor

Prepare for lift-off with an introduction to the adrenaline-fuelled sport of kitesurfing. Whether it's a tuition course for beginners or advanced kitesurfers, combine the power of the wind with the freedom of the sea. 

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3)       Dive into the deep in Águilas

Go deep to find what's hidden beneath the surface with incredible natural wonders and historic shipwrecks at one of the world's leading diving locations. Beginners can sign up for a starter course with expert tuition in a safe but fascinating environment.

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4)       See history light up in Cabo de Palos

Dating back to 1865, but only open to the public late in 2018, the lighthouse at Cabo de Palos offers spectacular views for those who climb to the top of the 51-metre tower. Learn about the history and architecture of this iconic structure with a 30-minute guided tour. 

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5)       Spread your wings in Calblanque

Learn about the mysterious world of butterflies with beautiful colours and shapes just a few metres from the sea. See more than 30 species in a protected environment and observe without intrusion on these delicate and amazing insects.

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6)       Test your nerve in Mazarrón

The new sport of coasteering combines coastal hiking with sea jumps from cliffs, climbing, diving, exploring caves, crossing rope bridges and abseiling for a huge adrenaline rush. Challenge yourself with various levels suitable for all abilities and be brave - it's worth it!

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