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.
Try the Tuesday-morning market in Benijófar for some bargains to take home. The market ground is located close to the church, and there are lots of bars and cafes in the area where bargain-hunters can refuel after browsing.
The pedestrianised area around the strapping cathedral is the heart of the Old Town and a wonderful place to stroll round. Expect historic buildings and great tapas bars aplenty.
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.