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Murcia is located in the south-eastern corner of Spain bordered by Almeria in Andalucia to the west and Valencia to the north-east and Castilla la Mancha to the north-west. Murcia used to be one of the less developed areas in Spain and the high rise tourism so characteristic of the Costa del Sol had passed over Murcia in favour of the Valencia or Almeria coastlines but over the last few years Murcia has begun to grow into more and more of a tourist destination in its own right.

Murcia has many flat plains and fertile lands making for a successful agricultural industry. Traditionally, much of the fruit and veg in the UK supermarkets originally grew in the fields of Murcia and giving it its nickname of the break basket of Europe and the “market garden of Spain”. On the plus side, it means that Murcia is far from over-developed and would still give you the feeling of being in the “real Spain” with traditional white-washed towns and villages, restaurants offering traditional local grown fare for very reasonable prices and the chance to practise your few words of Spanish with the natives who are these days more few and far between along the more over developed Spanish costas.

Over the last few years many eagle eyed developers have also spotted the charm of Murcia and what is has to offer and have brought a lot more tourism to the region making for a currently successful tourist economy. Developers such as Polaris World have built many luxury residential resorts with Nicklaus Design golf courses around Murcia, boosting the local economy and raising awareness of a formerly quieter region of Spain. And Murcia already had a lot to offer.

The Mar Menor lagoon is the largest saltwater sea in Europe and is almost landlocked by the La Manga strip, a thin and very highly developed stretch of land offering views of the Mar Menor on one side and the Mediterranean on the other. It is a popular spot for those interested in all types of water sports as the Mar Menor sea offers the perfect conditions for canoeing, snorkelling, jet skiing, kite surfing and much much more. There are chiringuitos along the beach offering cold drinks, ice creams and snacks and towns along the coast of the Mar Menor and many towns popular with tourists and locals alike.

Generally, the region of Murcia also has a fantastic climate, making the Mar Menor seem even more attractive. With over 300 days of sunshine per year and high average annual temperatures, not to mention over 150 miles of coastline along the Costa Calida – the warm coast – it is easy to see why Murcia has enjoyed vast amounts of tourists of late and why many decide to go back the following year.

Back in land, the capital city of the autonomous community of Murcia is also called Murcia and is located approximately 25 minutes in from the coast. One of the main places to visit within the city is the Cathedral. Almost synonymous with the city, Murcia Cathedral is Gothic in style and was built between 1394 and 1465. The tower was completed some centuries later and shows different styles including Renaissance and Baroque and there are a total of 25 bells in the Cathedral and each one has its own name, all making for a fascinating visit to this Cathedral. In the Cathedral area there is also the Casino, a social club dating from 1847 that has a very decorative interior and sumptuous rooms to wander around.

The city also has 3 universities so there is a young vibe throughout the city and many of the restaurants and bars are often buzzing of an evening as the students fill them up.

Beyond the city and back on the coastline the city of Cartagena is also very rich in culture and history and has a pretty portside location south of Murcia and continues to have a strong naval presence being the main military haven for the country and also has a large naval shipyard. It is well worth taking a stroll through the smaller backstreets in Cartagena to explore the best the city has to offer.

As the general public transportation system between the major cities, airport and beaches of Murcia is pretty non-existent it is advisable to use Murcia car hire to explore all the region has to offer. With a good infrastructure you can feel confident about taking to the Murcian roads and not having any problems. Use our simple search facility to see how much you could save booking your affordable and all inclusive Murcia car hire for your trip.

 

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