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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.
For one of the most spectacular views on the Costa Cálida, try the walk up Monte las Cenizas close to the popular resort of La Manga. It's a round walk of around 6km. Up top are the huge Vickers guns, which belonged to the decommissioned military base.
The Mar de Músicas festival in Cartagena, which runs over a number of nights at the end of the month, offers a wide range of spectacularly good music. One of the stand-out shows is Bobby Womack on 24 July. lamardemusicas.com/2014
Have a break from the heat of the city on the coast at the Mar Menor, the vast, shallow lagoon that is fed with sea water from the Mediterranean. Try a mud bath at San Pedro or fresh fish at Santiago la Ribera.