Murcia is a region as well as a city in south-east Spain. It is fast becoming a popular British tourist destination and its location and wealth of things to see and do across the region have led many Britons to purchase a holiday home here.
The old town of Murcia itself is home to many historic buildings, including the cathedral and is worth visiting. However, if you hire a car then there are many places in the surrounding area to explore, where you can find everything from secluded beaches to popular tourist resorts, fishing ports and various activities.
Flights into Murcia arrive at San Javier Airport (MJV), which is approximately 20 minutes drive from the centre of town. So if you are basing yourself in the town then Murcia car hire is recommended and cars can be picked up on arrival at the airport.
Car hire in Murcia is essential if you want to see everything that this region has to offer. Known as the Costa Calida, the region's stretch of coastline is significant for its contrasting landscapes, which vary between fishing villages on the one hand and the vegetable-garden cities on the other. Most of the land is cultivated and fruit and vegetable growing is a significant part of the local economy.
The Costa Calida has fishing ports such as Cartagena which is home to Murcia's maritime museum and Aguilas, as well as beaches such as Levante, El Castellar in Mazarron and La Canada de Negro. If you are looking for a traditional tourist resort then it is worth a drive to Torrevieja in neighbouring Alicante, which is also famous for its salt and has a fishing port and beaches.
One of the most popular attractions that this region of Spain has to offer is the La Manga resort, which is famous for its golf, tennis and other sports facilities. If you prefer relaxing to sporting activities, then spend some time in the spa. If you are holidaying with children then the Murcia water park and zoo is worth visiting and there are several large parks, including Salinas y Arenales Regional Park, which are worth visiting whether you have children or not.
The attractions that Murcia has to offer as well as the ease of getting around the region by car are reasons for its growing popularity. Added to this is the fact that with the exception of the La Manga resort there are no high-rise buildings here to interrupt the stunning views. This is why so many people are choosing to come here on holiday year after year.
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