The region of Murcia is one of Spain’s hidden gems. Located in the South-East of Spain, between Andalusia and Valencia, it is well-known for its warm weather, beaches, natural parks, gastronomy and culture. With more than 320 sunny days per year, an average temperature of over 20ºC, a welcoming atmosphere and a slow-paced rhythm, the Region of Murcia is a great place to enjoy the Mediterranean lifestyle the whole year round. Though relatively small, Murcia is well communicated, with easy access to 2 international airports (Murcia and Alicante), the commercial port of Cartagena, public transport and a good road network. The Region of Murcia also offers a wide range of services: a robust healthcare system, international schools, universities, sports facilities and many opportunities for shopping or eating out.
The Region of Murcia has over 170 km of coastline, formed by beaches, coves, cliffs, small islands and many Protected Natural Areas. Besides the Mediterranean coast, Murcia offers the unique Mar Menor, the largest salt water lagoon in Europe, with very calm waters. The closest beaches to Alhama Nature Resort are on Puerto de Mazarrón, only 27 km away. Bolnuevo, Playa Grande or Bahía are popular tourist spots with stunning Mediterranean beaches and a thriving international population.
Known as the “Garden of Europe”, the Region of Murcia has a long agricultural tradition. Its landscape is full of contrasts: mountains, valleys, nature parks, vineyards, farms and towns. Besides visiting monuments, castles and picturesque towns, there are many options to spend a day out in Murcia: wineries and vineyards, thermal water spas, natural pools, music and folklore festivals, theatres, Michelin-awarded restaurants and many cultural events. Not to speak about its nightlife, with many bars, pubs and clubs available.
Sports lovers will love spending time outdoors in the Region of Murcia. There are many trails for hiking, running, cycling, horse riding, or just walking in nature. Golfers will find 22 golf courses within a 35 km radius. The more adventurous can also choose climbing, paddling down the river, kayaking, canyoning, potholing or sky-diving.
The coast of Murcia offers several marinas and fishing ports, plus endless opportunities for water sports: scuba diving, snorkelling, windsurf, kite surfing, jet skiing, water skiing, sailing, kayaking, etc.
Fresh, local products are the signature of Murcia’s cuisine. Fruits and vegetables from the plains, fish and seafood from the coast, rice, olive oil and meat are the base of a healthy Mediterranean diet.
There is a vast array of restaurants and cafés everywhere in the Region. The offer ranges from simple tapas to Michelin Star awarded restaurants in Murcia and Cartagena.
The local wines from the northern areas of Jumilla and Bullas are also remarkable. Several wineries are open to visitors and there are wine tours available.
Some of the most typical dishes are:
- “Caldero”: Rice cooked in a rich fish broth, typical of the Mar Menor area.
- Rice recipes similar to “paella”, with vegetables, seafood, ribs or rabbit.
- “Zarangollo”: Sauteed onion and courgette with eggs.
- “Cocido”: Rich stew with chickpeas, vegetables and meat.
- “Marinera”: Tapa of tuna salad on a crunchy bread stick with an anchovy on the top.
Many traditional Murcian recipes are vegan or can be easily adapted, such as “menestra”, “potaje”, “pisto”, “migas” or “olla gitana”.
SOME PLACES WORTH VISITING IN THE REGION OF MURCIA
- City of Murcia: There are many landmarks to visit in Murcia, such as the stunning cathedral or the Casino. The town is well known for its lively and welcoming atmosphere, as well as its nightlife. Murcia offers many cultural events, such as the Easter Processions, the Springtime Festival, the September “Feria”, and music festivals such as “Warm Up”.
- Cartagena: The 3,000 years old city. Cartagena boasts a Roman Theatre, one of the oldest Mediterranean ports, several archaeological museums and a beautiful Modernist town centre. It also offers many cultural events, such as Easter processions, the “Romans and Carthaginians” festival that recreates the Punic Wars and the music festival “La Mar de Músicas”.
- Caravaca de la Cruz: The fifth Holy City of Catholic Christianity. This beautiful town is crowned by a medieval castle and church, where the remains of the Holy Cross are guarded, according to the Holy Cross legend.
- La Manga del Mar Menor: Strip of land that separates the Mediterranean from the Mar Menor. Popular tourist destination, with access to both Mediterranean and Mar Menor beaches.
- Valle de Ricote: This beautiful Valley along the Segura river is formed by several picturesque small towns. Take a walk across the orchards or the riverbanks, enjoy the peach trees in bloom, paddle down the river, visit archaeological sites or relax in a thermal water spa.
- Parque Natural de Calblanque: A natural park where you can observe the wildlife and enjoy some virgin beaches listed amongst the most beautiful in Spain.
- Cabo de Palos: Popular tourist destination for divers, due to the marine reserve of Islas Hormigas. Not to miss the iconic lighthouse.
- Balneario de Archena: Thermal water spa with origin in the Vth Century B.C. Its modern facilities, pools and health treatments make the “Balneario” a popular destination for those wishing to improve their health.
The Region of Murcia offers many possibilities for a day trip or an adventure. It is also a good base for tourism in Spain, with many interesting destinations nearby: Alicante, Altea, the beaches of Costa Blanca and Almeria, Valencia, Granada, Madrid, Barcelona, etc.
Living in Alhama Nature Resort allows you to enjoy life in Spain to its fullest. Make the best of the endless opportunities that Spain has to offer: historical places, busy cities, ancient culture, delicious food and wine, beautiful beaches and breathtaking landscapes.
Enjoy life with less stress and more outdoor activities. Move to Alhama Nature Resort, where a healthier life is possible.