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Murcia Tourist Activities

Murcia Airport, also commonly referred to as the Murcia-San Javier Airport, due to its location in this area, lies in a triangle between three very popular cities in Spain for tourism. These cities are Murcia, the capital city of the Murcia region, Torrevieja, a favourite holiday resort area, and Cartagena, a city with many cultural and historical attractions. Nearby Murcia Airport, is the spectacular Mar Menor, an exclusive coastal lagoon measuring some 170 square kilometres, and the La Manga, which is the natural sand bank, 21 km long and 1.5 km wide. Murcia Airport provides the ideal arrival point for the thousands of local and international visitors who come to explore these areas along the Costa Cálida, the southern tip of the Costa Blanca, and the intriguing towns and cities nearby.

The city of Murcia has approximately 300,000 inhabitants, and is located 17 miles from Murcia Airport, and around 30 km from Torrevieja and Cartagena. Through the city runs the Segura River. The local people of Murcia enjoy spring-like weather throughout the year, with average temperatures of 19 degrees Celsius. As in many other regions of Spain, the sun virtually shines all year long, and provides enough warmth for swimming and water-related activities even in the winter. The city boasts a wide array of lovely terrace restaurants, which can found in the Squares of San Juan, Santa Catalina, Las Flores and Romea, and from where many traditional ‘tapas’ can be enjoyed, such as pulpo al homo (baked octopus), matrimonios (anchovy in brine combined with a fresh anchovy in vinegar) and ‘marineras’, which is a Russian salad on a breadstick with an anchovy. The area of Murcia is also well known for its fresh produce from its fertile lands, the Huerta de Murcia, and therefore the restaurants and bars of the city offer some exquisite Murcian cuisine, full of imaginative dishes of the raw materials produced.

With regards to shopping in Murcia, visitors will find unique handicrafts, made from clay, cardboard and iron, sold at the Regional Handicrafts Centre and in shops surrounding the city’s famous Cathedral. There are also many small ‘open’ shopping centres, with jewellery, clothes and glass works of art. Perhaps one of the city’s most famous attractions is the Cathedral of Murcia, found in Plaza Cardenal Beluga. It dates back to the 14th century, and displays examples of various architectural styles, but mainly demonstrates a splendid Baroque façade. One of its features is a tower of over 90 metres high, with Tuscan and Baroque influences. Tourists always mark the Cathedral as one of the highlights of their visits to Murcia. Within the Church there is also the Museum of Holy Art, and just opposite of the building, the Bishop’s Palace. Other interesting religious sights in Murcia include the San Juan de Dios, with its own museum as well, and the churches of San Nicolás and San Miguel.

The Romea Theatre is another very important building of the city, known for its excellent acoustics, while the Santa Clara Museum and Salzillo Museum are often visited as well. The Salzillo Museum is devoted to the work of the polychrome wood sculptor, Francisco Salzillo. In Murcia, local people and tourists, virtually throughout the year, enjoy many festivals. There is a very important fiesta held over the Easter week, which has been declared by law as a national tourist interest, and in September, is la Feria, or the Fair, featuring many entertaining street performances, such as the renowned bullfighting displays.

The Costa Cálida of Spain stretches approximately 250 km from the beach at El Mojon to La Carolina beach in Águilas. The beautiful coastline consists of interesting coves to explore and long, perfect beaches on which to soak up the sun. The most famous part of the coastline is the Mar Menor, which draws thousands of visitors to its sandy beaches every year. The Mar Menor region is completely given over to tourism, with top quality hotel, leisure and sports facilities. The Mar Menor is approximately 42 km of beach, alongside crystal waters which are warm throughout the year, even in winter. The waters are no deeper than seven meters, providing the ideal location for safe swimming, sailing, diving, motor-boating, canoeing, windsurfing and water skiing. At the Mar Menor Sea Resort, the number of sunken ships to explore, and the fascinating marine life will thrill scuba divers. On the landside, the resorts offer facilities such as tennis courts, and various areas can be seen on horseback as well. There are also numerous golf courses for enthusiasts of this sport, in particular at the town of Los Belones, which features three golf courses and 54 holes. The Mar Menor also attractions fishermen, as it is home to tasty prawns, codfish and mullets.

Nearby Murcia Airport, San Javier and Santiago de La Ribera are lovely areas for a holiday, with a number of interesting museums, mansions and religious buildings to explore. There is also a majestic lighthouse, of 51 meters in height, with naturally breathtaking views from the top.

The city of Cartagena is another popular area for visitors arriving at Murcia Airport, and is an area rich in historical evidence and monuments to admire, including the Roman Theatre, the remains of the city wall built between 589 and 590 B.C. and the ‘de Santa Maria’, or the ‘Old Cathedral’. The true fisherman’s district of the area is found at the barrio de Santa Lucía, and where visitors can enjoy the procession of colourful fishing boats preparing to go out to sea. Panoramic views of the town are seen by either a tourist bus or tourist boat, which allows an opportunity to discover the lively harbour area. Other attractions in Cartagena include the Municipal Archaeological Museums, the Naval Museum and the museum devoted to Carmen Conde. As in all other areas of the region of Murcia, Cartagena locals enjoy numerous fiestas at various times of the year.

Further information regarding tourism in the region of Murcia is available at the Murcia-San Javier Airport, and from tourist information offices within the main towns and cities of the area. The attractions of the Murcia region are endless, and the airport is one of the most convenient places at which to begin your memorable holiday.