One of Spain’s best-kept secrets, the beautiful Murcia region in south-eastern Spain is steeped in history, fringed with beautiful beaches, and dotted with spectacular national parks. Book any low cost airlines like Easyjet flight or Ryanair to Murcia and find yourself swept back in time to an era before high-rises and crowds crowded the coastline of this lovely Mediterranean country.
Towns and Cities
From sleepy rural villages to lively fishing ports and thriving cities, magical Murcia is brimming with enchanting towns, each with its own special charm. Featuring miles of sandy beaches, incredible restaurants and boundless water sports, La Manga’s location between lagoon and sea make it a unique European getaway, while Murcia City, best explored on foot, is rich in ancient churches, squares and cafés. Charming seaside resorts include festive fishing port Cabo de Palos, beach and scuba destination Calabardina and lovely promenade-lined l’Azohia with its south-facing beach and amazing fish restaurants. The tiny Mar Menor fishing villages of Los Nietos, Los Urrutias and Mar de Cristal are popular with families for their golden beaches, warm water and tiny marinas, while intriguing historic towns and villages include stunning medieval Caravacca de la Cruz, Islamic gem Lorca and pre-Roman maritime centre Cartagena.
Situated on the aptly named Costa Calida (warm coast), Murcia boasts over 200 kilometres of spectacular sandy beaches, from the magnificent Mediterranean shores of the Mar Menor to the picturesque bays of Aguilas and the dramatic cliff fringed coves of Calblanque National Park. With a wealth of flights to Murcia from UK airports, the enchanting Costa Calida is one of Spain’s fastest growing holiday destinations. Largest lagoon in Europe, the Mar Menor maintains year-round warm water temperatures perfect for water sports, and boasts a scenic coast lined with pretty resorts and ancient Roman and Arabian thermal baths. Dividing the Mediterranean and the Mar Menor, the unique La Manga strip’s endless miles of ocean and lagoon beaches are never crowded, while charming Calabardina has a gorgeous beach and adjacent nature preserve. The palm-lined promenade of lovely Los Alcazares’ beach is lined with quaint beach bars, perfect for sunset sangria and some prime people-watching.
Lavished with verdant vineyards, dramatic mountainscapes and spectacular national parks, Murcia’s countryside is among the loveliest in Europe. A haven for nature lovers and one of the few spots along the Spanish coastline where building is prohibited, Calblanque Nature Reserve encompasses a splendid stretch of mountains and Costa Calida coastal areas, rich in secluded beaches, mountain trails, birds and flora. The last Spanish stronghold of the Moors, the fertile river banks of the Ricote Valley are dotted with Arabian remains. Popular with cyclists and hikers, the Sierra Espuna is a magnificent mountain park in the centre of Murcia, notable for its dazzling mountain drive and abundance of wildlife.
From jet skiing to mountain biking and golf, Murcia offers a myriad of lively recreational opportunities. The region has become quite a golfing destination in its own right, starting with world-famous La Manga Club, one of the best known golf resorts in Spain. The area has drawn celebrity golf designers from Jack Nicklaus to Greg Norman, with world-class greens including lush Florida-style La Torre, exotic-desert style Terrazas de la Torre and Nicklaus masterpieces Condado de Alhama and El Valle. With amazing diving, superior sailing and endless water sports, the region is the perfect outdoor-lover’s getaway. The region’s largest Marina, Tomas Maestre Marina, is located on the La Manga Strip and offers boat hire for diving and fishing, as well as plenty of restaurants and ferry service to surrounding islands. After all this outdoor activity, many may want to make a visit to one of the area’s famed thermal baths, such as those in the lush oasis of Balneario Archena.
Visit the real Spain in Murcia, where you’ll find world-class beaches, restaurants and golf courses amid the incredible historic sites and natural parks of this scenic holiday destination. Whether you want to scuba dive off wild coastal parks, hike dramatic mountains or immerse yourself in ancient Roman baths, magnificent Murcia is the perfect Iberian getaway.