Murcia, on Spain's southeastern coast, is a beautiful region. The Costa Calida - the hot coast - is lapped by not one but two seas! The Balearic Sea and the Alboran Sea sparkle and shimmer and wash the soft, sandy beaches.
The sun beats down on Murcia; it gets 3,000 hours of sunshine each year, 320 days!
The region is so well known for agriculture prosperity that it is also referred to as the “orchard of Europe”. The excellent fruit and vegetables of the area are even celebrated in a traditional festival named Bando de la Huerta, meaning Parade of the Orchard.
La Manga, the sports and leisure resort, is one of Murcia's greatest tourist magnets. It's beloved by footballers, sports stars and reality TV celebrities and has often hit the headlines for its guests' hedonistic holidays. However, the rest of the region remains under-discovered and quiet in comparison.
Murcia's also the name of the capital city of this region. It dates back to 831 AD and boasts a university, baroque churches and vivid folk festivals.
Don’t miss trips to sightseeing attractions such as the Baroque and Gothic Cathedral of Murcia, Moorish Monteagudo Castle, and stately Almundi Palace. Shoppers are sure to enjoy the many great shops of Calle Plateria and Calle Traperia in the Old Town, as well as the city's bustling street markets.
Further inland lies Lorca, which is renowned for its Easter Week processions and parades.
Cartagena, another city in this region, has been an important naval port for hundreds of years. A historic town, it's studded with Roman archeological sites. It's also known for its spectacular, colourful Holy Week ceremonies.