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.
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.
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