Located slightly inland on the Costa Calida, holidays to Murcia offers the best of both worlds for tourists: the authentic charms of a historic Spanish town, complimented by 200km of beautiful sandy beaches within easy reach. Less developed than the areas of Alicante and Malaga, Murcia retains its distinctly Spanish flavour. Visit just after Easter and you could become part of the Burial of the Sardine festival, where the highlight involves the pelting of fireworks at a giant sardine until it catches fire! With easyJet holidays servicing Murcia airport directly, this beautiful town can be reached in just over two and a half hours.
The unique location of Murcia means it offers a wealth of activities for visitors. The area boasts both the waters of the Mediterranean and those of the Mar Menor. The Mar Menor is formed from a protruding sleeve of land, which encloses the largest salt-water lagoon in Europe. This has created a wonderful area for water sports enthusiasts, where you can try your hand at waterskiing, sailing, windsurfing or even power boating and the increasingly fashionable kite-boarding, making it a perfect place to keep the whole family entertained. Alternatively, relax in the mineral rich waters, renowned for their health giving properties. For those who enjoy the pampering of a spa, there are plenty to choose from in Fortuna. This spit of land also gives its name to the famous La Manga golf courses, a must for enthusiasts of the sport.
Murcia with its rich history and culture is also perfect for a city break. A dominant feature of the skyline is the 15th Century Cathedral Santa Maria with its 25 bells. Pay a visit to the Sisters of the Closed Order at the Santa Ana Church, where you can buy cakes by means of a revolving opening, so the Sisters can maintain their vow of non-contact with the outside world. The ancient naval port of Cartagena with its Roman Amphitheatre and the Renaissance town of Lorca are both beautiful places to visit.
Nightlife and dining in Murcia caters for all tastes and budgets. Choose the excellent value menus del dia or experience new tastes with a sample of tapas. With is proximity to the coast, seafood is abundant and delicious, why not try the arroz caldero or, for dessert, the paparajotes: lemon leaves fried in batter and then sprinkled liberally with sugar and cinnamon! In true continental style, children are always made very welcome in Spanish restaurants. For later in the evening, there are peaceful bars for those seeking a romantic evening and more lively venues for party nights.
With the great value deals available and savings on offer when you book your flights and hotel together with easyJet holidays, you can get away on holiday to Murcia for less. The flexibility provided by easyJet holidays means you can tailor a trip to suit your needs, whether you want a quick city break or a couple of weeks relaxing in the sun. Murcia, with its mix of old-world charm and adrenalin-fuelled water-sports, is a perfect destination for a complete break from the norm.