Cheap flights to Murcia
If it's a true slice of Spain you're after, then look no further than the city of Murcia.
That's because both the city, and its region have somehow managed to remain untouched by large-scale tourism. Add to this some 250 kilometres of beautiful and unspoilt coastline, a year round average temperature of 17 degrees and more than 3,000 hours of sun a year and you have a perfect holiday destination. So what's the catch? Well there isn't one, unless of course you don't like the idea of travelling to a region full of mountains, rivers, orchards, traditional towns and stunning desert. And there isn't a better place to base yourself than in Murcia City, or the 'Baroque capital of Spain' as it is commonly called.
Check out The Octopus Project at Sala REM on October 13. The American band, who 'blend pop and experimental elements in a combination of digital and electronic sounds and noises', are touring Spain. For more details go the Sala REM website at www.salarem.es.
Hurry to catch the wonderful Dalí exhibition at the Museo Regional de Arte Moderno in Cartagena. The exhibition offers a wide and eclectic look at one of the 20th century's greatest artists. It starts with a collection of sculptures and works that show his fascination with science. The depth of his thinking and the paradoxes that fuelled his creativity are on show too.
An exhibition containing 38 photographs by Pedro San Martín, one of the most important archaeologists to work in Cartagena, is taking place in the city's archaeological museum. Entitled La Otra Mirada de Pedro San Martín (The other view of Pedro San Martín), the exhibition features images portraying San Martín's vision of the historic port city between the years 1954-1958. Find the museum at Calle Ramón y Cajal, 45. The exhibition is on until 10 January.
Calle Trapería in the historic city centre is a wonderful old street with window shopping opportunities and bars and restaurants as you head for the strapping cathedral.
Calblanque regional park is one of the jewels of the Mediterranean. This protected coastline to the north of Cartagena city has sandy beaches, hidden coves and extraordinary rock formations. Be careful with the currents if you are tempted to swim.
The fishing fleet in Torrevieja brings in large catches from the Mediterranean, with some of the fresh fish ending up in the restaurants near the harbour. Experience a taste of this fishing town with a visit to the port, the sandy beaches and of course the restaurants, with the local speciality being sea bream baked in salt.
Murcia is a fantastic region for walking, with all sorts of routes available, ranging from the flat and short to all-day mountain hikes. Winter is the best time of year to do it, with agreeable temperatures often around 20c. For shorter walks try San Pedro del Pinatar salk lake park - or longer routes in the Sierra Espuña. All the details can be found at www.murcianatural.carm.es/senderos
Click on 'red de senderos naturales' for the walks