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.
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.
An exhibition of 133 photographs of artist Salvador Dalí in his beloved Cadaqués is on show until 27 April at Murcia Archaeological Museum. It is the first time the pictures by avant-garde film maker Robert Decharnes have been shown outside the Costa Brava coastal village (7 Avenida Alfonso X, murciaturistica.es).
The world-famous San Javier jazz festival takes place this month. It is an eclectic mix of blues, rock and, of course, top jazz. This year one of the highlights is Uriah Heep. jazz.sanjavier.es/en
The port city of Cartagena was founded by the Carthaginians and made great by the Romans. Walking round the historic quarter is like being in an outdoor museum. Important sites have been discovered in the last decade and are currently being excavated. One of the must-see monuments is the Roman Theatre, before heading off to the harbour for a spot of paella.