La Manga Club Resort
A haven for sports fanatics and sun worshippers alike, La Manga Club Resort boasts outstanding facilities and access to Cala del Barco, a pretty shingle cove.
For a taste of the real Spain, look no further than Murcia. Beautiful beaches, delicious tapas and interesting history, this region of Spain is the real deal.
Laidback Murcia is less well-known than Spain’s more touristy regions, but the Costa Calida is just as stunning as the country’s other Costas. From beautiful beaches to charming medieval towns, Murcia has much to offer. The regional capital is a buzzy city with an excellent cultural and dining scene, as well as plenty of bars and clubs, while Cartagena is full of interesting history. Away from the towns, the region also has some excellent natural parks.
The beaches of Murcia’s coast, the Costa Calida, are some of Spain’s most quiet and beautiful. Here you’ll find some well-developed beaches, with beach bars and other facilities, and many that are still unspoilt. From long sandy stretches to little coves, you’re sure to find your favourite beach here. Some of the most popular can be found around Águilas, including Blue Flag beach Levante, while near Cartagena, Calblanque is a haven for wildlife including sea turtles and eagle owls.
Mar Menor is Europe’s largest saltwater lagoon and its waters are said to have healing properties. The regional capital, the city of Murcia has a laidback atmosphere and an excellent food scene. Eat your fill in the numerous tapas bars, and then walk off dinner with a riverside stroll. Don’t miss the beautiful Real Casino de Murcia, or the gothic and baroque designed Catedral de Santa María. Cartagena is a fascinating blend of Roman, Carthaginian and Moorish history, and a visit to the excellent Museo del Teatro Romano with its restored Roman theatre is a must. Inland, Lorca boasts one of Spain’s biggest castles, the Fortress of the Sun.
Often known as Spain’s market garden, you’ll find plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables on the menu in the Murcia region. The area is also renowned for its excellent tapas bars, particularly in the city of Murcia itself, and of course a wide selection of seafood. Regional specialities include artichokes with pine nuts, arroz meloso, a creamy rice dish similar to risotto, and Murcian-style octopus. Dessert can come in the form of paparajote, battered and fried lemon leaves, or leche frita, all washed down with Estrella Levante, the local lager.