The province of Múrcia is located between Alicante and Andalusia, in the purest part of the Mediterranean. Múrcia has a 274 kilometer long coastline, the so-called Costa Calida, which literally means 'Warm Coast'. Here you will find fantastic, unspoiled beaches and 19 protected nature reserves. The region has an average of 320 days per year of sunshine and the semi-tropical climate has an average temperature of 18 degrees and the mildest summers of Spain. This Costa has been named by the World Health Organization as one of the healthiest areas in the world (due to high concentrations of minerals and iodine). There is no mass tourism nor high-rise. At only 6 km from Múrcia, in the beautiful surroundings of the Sierra de Carrascoy, lies the Santuario de la Virgen de la Fuensanta (the patroness of Múrcia).