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With its blue flag beaches, ancient history, exciting attractions and natural beauty, Murcia is an ideal holiday destination with something for everyone...
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.
Flights to Murcia are quick and easy, meaning that your holiday can start as soon as you arrive at the airport...
There are a large number of flights to Murcia from around the UK.
For example, easyJet flies in from Bristol and Gatwick. Ryanair operates from Luton and Stansted as well as Manchester, Birmingham, Bournemouth, East Midlands, Prestwick, Leeds Bradford and Liverpool. And Jet2 has services from Belfast, Blackpool, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow.
There are also occasional charter flights into this Spanish destination, and you can connect to Murcia via Madrid and Barcelona on flights with British Airways.
Your arrival in sunny Spain is just the start of your holiday and you will want to get to your accommodation with as little stress as possible. But what are your options?
Murcia San Javier Airport is served by a bus route which takes passengers to Santiago de la Ribera. From here you can get buses to other parts of the region including Murcia City and Cartagena.
Alternatively, if you are hoping to explore Murcia independently, you could consider car hire which is available for pick up from the airport.
Murcia is a vast region with a variety of places to choose to stay. Here are some options...
If you are flying into Murcia to stay in the region's buzzing university town, you will have plenty of accommodation options to suit every budget. The old town is a popular choice where you will be able to wander down narrow winding streets and visit beautiful churches, museums and squares. Be sure to see the imposing cathedral, stop off for a tasty plate of tapas and admire the Islamic architecture.
Alternatively, you may be flying into Murcia to enjoy some well-deserved rest and relaxation on a sunshine beach break. In that case you may wish to book your accommodation in one of the resorts, such as Mar Menor, or in one of the more Spanish resorts in the south of the region. Golf enthusiasts may wish to book their accommodation in the upmarket resort of La Manga where you will also be within easy reach of beaches, restaurants and bars.