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Costa Cálida is 252 kilometres long and trimmed with some of southern Spain’s loveliest Mediterranean beaches. But good luck keeping kids on-shore when every sport imaginable is just minutes away in the warm, clear, blue and irresistible water. Fortunately, as well as being one of the country’s leading regions for diving and sailing, Region of Murcia’s great value too. So you could easily afford to try every single one of the top nautical adventures and here they are.

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1/8  Sea Kayaking, Mar Menor

Mar Menor might translate as, ‘smaller sea’, but it’s the largest saltwater lagoon in Europe and an idyllic marine micro-environment for all sorts of water sports. It’s also one of the few places in the world where you can still see traditional Mediterranean fishing techniques and the ideal spot to get good at sea kayaking. Trickier at first than it looks, basic paddle skills can be picked up in a few hours and there’s no shortage of great tuition for kids and adult learners in La Manga – the 22km long resort which separates Mar Menor from the Mediterranean Sea.

Find out more about sea kayaking in La Manga

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