We travelled north today up into Murcia and the Costa Calida to visit the Gulf de Mazarron.
We started out in La Azohia, which is a tiny and quite sleepy fishing village. A few people were fishing from the small pier and despite the dull weather it was quite quaint. Very quiet in winter though of course, not a place you could live on a full-time basis.
We drove back through Isla Plana, which is a small village with some beachfront villas and a couple of urbanisations. All developed for the holiday home market, mostly aimed at expats.
Next we arrived in Mazarron. Puerto de Mazarron is really quite smart and the beaches are stunning. It is not too built up and has its fair share of charm. The whole coastline is backed by the foothills of the Sierra de la Almenara mountain range. The marina is very pretty and is lined with lots of nice cafes, where you can sit and watch the world go by.
Sitting high on the top of Los Caballos peak is The Torre de los Caballos, which was built for the town’s protection against pirates from the mid-16th to the early 18th centuries.
Luckily the coastline is too craggy for serious development and not long enough for high-rise, hence it has escaped the plight of many of its neighbours.
Lastly in this area we visited Bolnuevo. There are lots of lovely villas here with amazing sea views. Again, this is a holiday town and right now it is quiet. There are miles of sandy beach and at the very southern end there is a small quiet cove, home to a nudist beach!
The rocks here have some interesting shapes, this might be what attracted the nudists! Nobody here today I hasten to add!
Las Gredas de Bolnuevo, also called Ciudad Encantada (enchanted city), are heavily eroded sandstone formations along the beach of Bolnuevo. The sandstone shapes are sculpted by water and wind over thousands of years and are considered as a monument of natural interest. (Wikipedia)