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.
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.
Calle Trapería, which leads off the cathedral square in the Old Town, is a wonderful pedestrianised street with boutique shops, historic buildings such as the elaborate Casino and top restaurants. Stop at a bar for coffee or tapas and watch watch the world go by.
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.
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