Murcia`s Mediterranean coastline, the Costa Cálida, has 250km of beaches. Murcia region is famous for its orchards, olive groves and vineyards between the mountains, medieval castles and villages. It is one of the hottest regions of Spain and probably not explored and not known well enough.
Places to go and Things to do in the region
- Murcia Town – Murcia`s little streets remind me a bit of Barcelona`s hidden gems and the beautiful gothic quarters and a must see is the gorgeous Murcia cathedral and its baroque facade, a Gothic interior and a 90m-tall bell tower. If you are driving and using GPS probably the best thing to do is to search for Parking Plaza Santa Isabel, not far from Murcia Cathedral – there is an underground car parking near the square/plaza – keep in mind parking spaces are pretty small so its best when you have a small car and I am not the person parking 😊
- Santiago de la Ribera – quiet beaches, amazing ice cream shop and many bars and restaurant; 9 mins drive from Murcia/San Javier airport. One of my favourites bars is Mytika and Basti. There is also a bar with 24 hours roulette and slot machines for those who like to gamble or spend/win money while hiding from the heat
- Los Alcazares – A lovely little town near the seaside with lovely beaches, long promenade, high street with many restaurants and bars. It has that genuine Spanish feel to it, not too commercialised (except the English breakfast being quite popular around town) and very relaxing. I picked this place for my wedding where the first hotel complex on the Mar Menor was built next to the beach, also visited by Kind Alfonso XIII in 1924. At this time, it was next door to a magnificent sailing club which was unfortunately destroyed by a fierce storm in 1949.
- Lo Pagan – Walk down into the mud baths and collect some of the therapeutic mud, rub it onto your skin, let it dry and then wash it with the sea water. Strongly recommended that you wear dark swimwear, nice beach with inflatables in the sea; The mud baths are free to use and are open all year.
- Cartagena – Very pretty port city and naval base in the Murcia region. The city was founded in 220 B.C. and boomed in the Roman times. Among its many Roman ruins are a 1st century B.C theatre and Casa de le Fortuna (a villa with murals and mosaics); 27mins from Murcia/ San Javier airport
- Mazzaron, amazing beach Playa Bolnuevo and Erosiones de Bolnuevo (heavily eroded sandstorm formations along the beach of Bolnuevo) 43mins drive from Murcia/San Javier airport
- Terra Natura zoo and waterpark in Murcia city
- Aquopolis – waterpark open from June – August with pools, slides and relaxation areas, near Torrevieja
- Many golf courses in the area, some of them designed by Jack Nicklaus –Campoamor, Villa Martin, Campo de golf, Las Ramblas Paraleja Golf, La Finca, La Torre Golf Resort, Roda de Golf, Hacienda Riquelme Golf course – they are all gorgeous
- Villa Martin – urbanisation 20mins away from Murcia Airport/San Javier/ Los Alcazares – a lovely square with 2 floors of restaurants overlooking the plaza. My personal favourite – the steaks at The Fairway restaurant, the best steak you can get in Spain and amazing lobster dishes on the menu too
- Shopping centre in La Zenia – shops, restaurants, 5D cinema experience and a casino; free underground car parking available. If you are going to the casino, don`t forget the bring your passport
- Monteagudo statue of Christ – beautiful hidden gem and a good exercise going near it. It is a 20-meter statue of Christ on a rock – an impressive figure which you can see when approaching Murcia when coming from Alicante
- If you fancy a bit of shopping, tapas, need a super market or like bowling – I recommend Dos Mares shopping centre near San Javier
How to get there
Closest airports – Murcia (San Javier) airport, Alicante and Valencia
If you are coming from the UK, you can fly daily to Murcia, Alicante or Valencia airports from all London Airports with Ryanair, Easyjet, Jet2 or Norwegian air.
Recommended websites to compare flights prices are momondo.com and kayak.co.uk
You can check trains timetable on ww.thetrainline.eu or http://www.renfe.com. Advance booking is recommended as they might not be available close to the date. For trains and buses you can also use www.goeuro.co.uk to compare availability and prices.
I recommend car hire as it is the best way to get around. One thing to keep in mind if doing so is that sometimes depending on the car hire company you book with, there might be additional charges for returning the car to a different location from the pick up one.
Enjoy exploring Murcia as much as I do! 🙂