Murcia is a region that retains much of its traditional Spanish character. Known as the Costa Calida or 'balmy coast', it has average temperatures throughout the year of 211C. It is home to the city of Murcia as well as Cartagena, Lorca and Aguila and is a short distance from the Costa Blanca.
Murcia is sometimes known as Levante, the area of Spain that contains Valencia and the Balearics. Flights to Murcia-San Javier Airport (MJV) are available from UK airports such as London Heathrow (LHR), London Gatwick (LGW) and Manchester (MAN).
Murcia flights are also available from East Midlands (EMA), Edinburgh (EDI) and Liverpool (LPL). The airport is around 17 miles south of Murcia. On arrival in Murcia, look out for archaeological gems in the Old Town such as the Episcopla Palace and other religious buildings.
Most of Murcia is agricultural and you can see fruit and vegetables being grown throughout the region. The cuisine of the area, such as zarangollo, which is courgette, egg and onion, features local produce.
Murcia has a number of Blue Flag beaches and the Aqua Natura water park is a popular attraction with pools, chutes and sea-lion shows.
Cartagena is home to extensive Roman remains and visitors can learn more at the history and medieval centre at the Concepcion castle. There is also ARQUA, the marine archaeology museum, where you can view maritime artefacts as well as learn about underwater research, recovery and restoration.
La Manga del Mar Menor, or 'sleeve of the little sea', is a popular destination at the southern point of Costa Blanca where the Mar Menor (little sea) and Mediterranean Sea separate. In this area there is the La Manga resort, which contains the only high-rise buildings in the region. The La Manga club offers award-winning sports facilities, including tennis and championship golf courses. You can also take advantage of extensive spa facilities.
Playa Paraiso on the Mar Menor is where you will find salt beds which are now a nature reserve where you can watch thousands of birds (including flamingos) and other animals in their natural habitat.
Playa de la Canada del Negro Beach is situated in Aguilas and is popular with families. Aguilas was settled by different populations over the centuries and if you walk around the city you can see the evidence of this, such as Roman remains and Roman baths. Aguilas also has a rich maritime heritage and was once a British colony. El Castellar in Mazarron is home to the Cabezo del Castellar, an important archaeological site. You can see a number of archaeological remains and El Castellar also has a Blue Flag beach with calm waters.
Torrevieja is on the Costa Blanca, approximately 30 miles south of Alicante. Many British people now live there as well as Spanish people who have their second home in the city. You will find that it is a very family-friendly destination, with activities such as water sports, adventure and safari parks easily accessible.
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