|The Murcia region offers everything that you would be looking for in a holiday.|
|Whether you are looking just to relax and chill out, take in the culture of the area (which is still very much old Spain), or live life to the full with all the many different activities for all ages.|
|Mar Menor (Mini Sea)|
The Costa Calida is the coastline of the province of Murcia, including the Mar Menor, a vast, near land locked salt water lagoon.
The warm shallow waters of the Mar Menor make this a paradise for those keen on water sports of all descriptions. It is known as a fantastic natural swimming pool with temperatures on average 5 degrees higher than the Mediterranean - sometimes as high as 27 or 30 degrees in summer. It is a buzz of activity with lots of bars and restaurants along the promenade. Bikes can be hired locally too.
Visit Lo Pagan where the famous mud baths are situated said to have healing properties for aches and pains.
Nearby is Sierra de Columbares, Spain’s largest bird reserve and just 10 minutes away is another nature reserve at Salina in San Pedro Del Pinatar
Salt lakes and nature reserve are close to hand where Flamingo’s and other species of birds can be seen.
|Cabo de Palos|
|Ancient fishing port. Many gourmet restaurants. The marine reserve of Hormigas Isles lie a few miles offshore. || |
|Terra Natura / Aqua Natura Murcia|
|A combination of a zoo and new water park. A 30,000m2 park split into three different areas. One has the "Kamikaze" ride, one has the "Lazy River" where you can just relax and let the water take you along. There is also a swimming pool and solarium in this area.|
|For a more leisurely day out why not try one of the many historic places of interest.|
Nothing can detract from the beauty of historic cities – the capital city of Murcia , the ancient navel port of Cartagena and the lovely renaissance town of Lorca. All three cities are steeped in history and boast a wealth of fascinating museums, palaces, churches and ancient monuments.
The ancient seaport of Cartagena, where the Spanish Armada sailed from, is one of the world’s most fascinating cities with a history dating back more than
3000 years. A wealth of history and beautiful architecture.
If you explore the port area you will find a mixture of old and new. The large naval base occupies a large area and throughout the city, the importance of the port will become evident with numerous buildings belonging to the navy, as well as a good naval museum.
You must see the Naval Headquarters, Artillery Headquarters, Dockyard Gate and the Midshipman School. It has a lovely promenade with restaurants galore. Also shopping centre (for the Ladies) with a Cortes Ingles department store.
Its Roman history can be seen in the Amphitheatre, the Augusteum, the Roman road, the Roman theatre, the Colonnade de la morería baja...all in magnificant surroundings.
The Peral Submarine, built in Cadiz in 1884, the very first. The Cartagena born designer saw it launched in 1888.
This is now displayed along the Cartagena sea front.
|The capital of the region rivals the cultural experience you can find in any of Spain's renowned cities like Barcelona or Granada. Once a river port for both the Phoenicians and the Romans it became a major Byzantine province. Finally in 831 AD King Aberraman ordered a town to be built and thus Mursiya was founded, a strategic citadel on the banks of the Segura River. |
Today in Murcia every corner holds a sense of its varied past and vibrant present. Art and the Mediterranean essence spill out onto the streets of this delightful city. Great for strolling through the city hosts numerous shopping opportunities, cathedrals and art venues with everything in easy reach.
Relax in one of the many pavement cafes and do a spot of people watching.
|The lovely renaissance town of Lorca, is crowned with its eye catching 12th century castle, and the stunning Town Hall. || |
The best beaches can be found at:
- El Espejo los Alcacazares
- Playa de la Conch
- Los Narejos
- Carrion Manzanares
Many water sports are available at Mar Menor Lagoon/Loz Alcazares these include:
Windsurfing: 1 hour 20-25 euros
Powerboat trips: 20 mins 60 euros
Double canoe: 1 hour 10 euros
Pedalo: 1 hour 10 euros
Waterskiing: 10 mins 30 euros
For the more young at heart why not try:
- Quad bike riding (in the hills near Caraval). QUAD MURCIA http://www.quad-murcia.com/ 686 426 453
2 hours 50 euros OR, 65 euros for two on one bike
4 hours 80 euros OR, 100 euros for two on one bike
Horse riding EL PUNTO. TEL 639 684 237
Take exit for La Manga Golf Resort. Before you come to entrance of resort, follow sign on left for El Punto. Follow until you reach stables.
1 hour 20 euros
2 hours (on beach) 40 euros