Knowing the Costa Del Sol & Costa Tropical coasts very well we decided to try Costa Calida instead. We went blindly to Calabardina but it didn't disappoint us. The owner's photos show exactly the location but seeing it for real is breathtaking.
We are a hard-working couple in our 50's and wanted somewhere to rest and relax, and we certainly did this here. However, as it was mid October most of the bars & restaurants had limited opening times and not clear when they are open, but we did have a car to explore the town of Aguilas close-by (about 10-15 minute drive).
The apartment was very clean and had everything we needed for our stay. As the weather was still very hot we were grateful for the breeze on the balcony, which we spent most of time when 'home'.
It's very handy having the parking space close-by and only 1 flight of stairs up. There is a private secured gate down to the 'La Cola' beach, very handy, and short walk to a very small beach, and a 5 minute walk to the main beach (watch the steep climb back though!)
The beaches were very clean and safe to swim. A short drive to Cabo Cope reveals many many beaches, stony, but very private, and the sea was very calm to swim. Although we didn't use them the owner provides beach umberellas and chairs.
You can find a very good supermarket a short walk away in the village which sells everything you might need, but bigger super/hyper markets in Aguilas, even an Aldi!
The marina and beaches also in Aguilas were beautiful, and the town square is abundant with shops, cafes, bars & restaurants.
As this area is not as commercialised as some parts of Spain, most Spanish do not speak English and we don't speak any Spanish, but they are very helpful and loved watching our hand movements when trying to order something, sometimes we didn't know what would arrive, but were never disappointed with the food.
We flew into Murcia airport and the drive was about 50 minutes or so. One day we drove to Mazarron and Bolnuevo, the marina is quite new and very nice for a meal of fresh fish or seafood, and Bolnuevo is a very pretty coastal village with a long beach for walking, but we were glad that we booked this apartmnt in Calabardina.
We drove down to San Juan Los Terreros which again had become quiet due to the time of year, but a very pretty coastal village with very nice restaurants.
We stayed our second week further down the coast in Mojacar Playa, in contrast very commercialised with more English tourists, so if you want real Spain, Calabardina is the place to be!
The owner provided excellent directions to the apartment, payment was made easy, and we were greeted by his local English representative. We had no problems while staying there and would definitely return. …
This is our 4th time at Todosol Dream and our 7th year in that part of Spain. What can I say, except we just love the whole place.
The villa has always been a really great place to stay. The rooms are superb (as is the aircon!!) and the pool is superb, either for playing in, or just swimming. The addition of the new bathrooms since our last visit was a lovely surprise...the shower in the wet-room is heavenly! It was also a nice surprise to have Sky TV...especially as we got to see more of the Olympics than we'd expected!
The villa is very private and peaceful...but only a very short distance to nearby beaches and towns. If you're staying here, we would definitely suggest that you have a car.
The nearby town of Aguilas is great for whatever you need...shopping, beaches, sight-seeing, partying, night-life...but please remember that this is a very Spanish area and so being able to speak some Spanish will certainly help.
I would warmly recommend this villa to anyone!! …