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The Region of Murcia is small but intense. Its long beaches of fine sand and its interesting past make it a unique tourist destination. It has a pleasant Mediterranean climate in which the sun shines splendorous during most of the year. This is why its coast is known as the Costa Cálida. In Murcia we can also find offers to enjoy culture, art and fine dining. Traveling to Murcia is an invitation to discover this rich past in the form of monuments, customs and traditions.
The most peculiar of the Region of Murcia is the Manga del Mar Menor, an authentic whim of nature formed by a sand cord that separates the Mediterranean Sea from the Mar Menor. The latter is the largest salt lake in Spain and a lively tourist enclave.
The Cabo de Palos and the Hormigas Islands are also very attractive areas for diving and snorkeling. In the depths of its marine bottoms there are reefs of corals and remains of old shipwrecks. Mazarrón also has its own charm: the Castillo de los Vélez, the port fish market, the original sandstone formations of the Erosions of Bolnuevo, and what about Lorca with his impressive castle or Caravaca de la Cruz with its templar past?
We must also visit Cartagena, a monumental city in which we can contemplate impressive historical vestiges and elaborate modernist buildings. Finally, located on the bank of the river Segura and surrounded by a fertile landscape of orchards, Murcia is a charmingand very pleasant city. Do not miss its beautiful baroque buildings, such as the cathedral. All of this without naming the numerous spas scattered throughout the Region of Murcia.
For all those who enjoy good food, Murcia is an ideal destination. There is a great variety of restaurants in which you can eat very well, whether you are looking for traditional dishes or if you fancy the latest in international food. The traditional cuisine of Murcia is very varied, it is nourished by the tasty vegetables of its orchards, the rice of the region and the best products of the sea.
Some of the typical dishes of Murcia that you can try during your holidays are the Murcian salad, the zarangollo, the crumbs, the fish cauldrons, the Murcian meat pie or the garlic lamb chops. Accompany them with a good glass of Jumilla or Yecla, wines of the area with Denomination of Origin. And for the sweetest palates, the paparajote is a classic of the region that combines the aroma of lemon with the texture of the fritters.
Murcia is a region with lots of natural features that still retains many unspoiled spaces. Many experts have pointed out the importance of its biodiversity. Spaces like the Mar Menor, the Canyon of Almadenes or the Cabo de Palos are those that you never forget. In ancient times, the Region of Murcia was populated by Iberian tribes, and was chosen by the Carthaginians to who found their first colony in the Iberian Peninsula and later became an important Roman enclave.
Thanks to its magnificent beaches, Murcia is a top destination for family trips. Here the children will not have time to get bored. We can try one of the theatrical visits by the historic center of Cartagena organized by the theater company Ditirambo. In the same city, a visit to the Glass Museum will allow us to see and learn about the glass blow molding process.
And how about visiting some of the castles of the region? The Lorca is one of the most impressive and in its interior, in addition to visiting the towers, cisterns and dungeons, we can live interesting adventures, or observe the local flora and fauna, the salt flats of San Pedro del Pinatar which are all spectacular. Its waters also possess medicinal properties.
Another place that is going to leave the youngest people open-mouthed are the abandoned mines of Mazarrón. A landscape full of reddish colors due to the alum and the zinc, and that seems almost taken from another planet. Course, in Murcia there are also water parks such as Terra Natura or Aqualandia. The range of options to have fun in Murcia with the family is endless.
The airport of Murcia is San Javier, a small military airport in which commercial flights of the main airlines also operate. The Region of Murcia is also very well connected by road and with highways like the AP-7. It also has one of the largest motorway networks in Spain, so it can be reached comfortably by car or bus.
The train is also a good option to reach the main cities of Murcia like Lorca, Murcia or Cartagena from Madrid, Zaragoza, Tarragona or Valencia. And because of its privileged location on the coast, it also has several ports, among which Cartagena stands out, as it receives a good amount of international cruises each year.
In Murcia you will not be short of options to find a tourist accommodation to your taste. Whether traveling with family, couple or with a group of friends, there is a wide variety to choose from. One of the best options to make the most of your trip and at the same time not to spend too much is to rent holiday apartments in Murcia. Tourist apartments are usually cheaper than hotels and also allow you to explore the area without having to worry about schedules.