Murcia Cities, Towns and Villages
The Cities, Towns and Villages in the Region of Murcia are like a box of chocolates they may look similar from the out side but in the centre each one has something different to offer. We have visited all the places listed and each one is very special, in general their charm is not always obvious to the new visitor (that is why we decided to make this website), it is only when you venture into a restaurant which may look like a transport café and point to the Menu del Dia (Menu of the day) that you begin to taste the real Spain. A meal that Gordon Ramsey would be proud of, washed down with some local wine, for much the same price as a sandwich and coke in the UK, makes you realise why the Spanish way of life is so enviable. We hope that you have fun discovering the Real Spain
Aguillas Tourist Information
Aguillas is a thriving Spanish sea side town, yet to be discovered by the UK tourist market. Aguillas in the Southwest area of Murcia where the climate is very dry. There are plenty of restaurants, shops and nightlife. Although Aguillas has a Blue Flag Beach, it is well worth hiring a car to visit the secluded beaches in the area. Of particular not in February Aguilas hosts the largest carnival in mainland Spain.
Alhama de Murcia Tourist Information
Alhama de Murcia is on the foothills of the beautiful, mountainous Sierra Espuna Regional Park , it is shrouded in history. The Arabs built the castle on the hill to defend it from the Christians, and gave it the name of Alhamman. Today Alhama is a busy town with a bustling street market.
Archena and Baneario Archena Tourist Information
Archena can be found to the north west of Murcia city, this is an amazing place. It has several top class hotels and thermal baths. After the dry landscapes surrounding Murcia City, it comes as a surprise and delight to see the rich vegetation and lush green palms over hanging the Segura river
Bolnuevo Tourist Information
Bolnuevo is a popular seaside town, near Puerto Mazarron, it has one of the most recognisable landmarks of Murcia – the weathered sandstone formation that adorns most of the region’s brochures and tourist guides. Bolnuevo is also home to a Rock festival during the summer
Bullas Tourist Information
Bullas is in the heart of the North West Region of Murcia, famous for its wine. It now boasts a new wine museum which is well worth a visit. The small town, which has been bypassed by the new motorway, has some lovely buildings of different architecture and colours surrounding its central square
Cabo de Palos Tourist Information
Cabo de Palos can be found at the entrance to the La Manga Strip. It is a lively fishing port and has some of the best fish restaurants to be found in the Region of Murcia. It is lovely to stroll along the port looking at the fishing boats and watching the scuba divers return from a trip to the Islas Hormigas Natural Marine Reserve or why not have a go yourself!
Calabardina Tourist Information
Calabardina is one of those little seaside towns that once discovered you will want to return to. It is on the Mediterranean coast line north of Aguilas and has a one of the nicest beaches in the area . It is famous for the adjacent Cabo Cope nature reserve and is also a very popular place for scuba diving as it has a Marine Reserve around Cabo Cope.
Calasparra Tourist Information
Calasparra is a pleasant little town which is known through out Spain for it rice. It is set in beautiful rolling countryside, with the Segura river meandering past, filling the paddy fields on its way. It has a lively community and some wonderful fiestas
Caravacca de la Cruz Tourist Information
Caravaca de la Cruz is a beautiful medieval (12th and 13th century) town, with many historic, traditional properties along side the narrow roads that lead up to the Sanctuary Vera Cruz. The town has been declared by the Vatican as one of the worlds’s five Holy Cities, along with Rome and Jerusalem and is a fascinating place to visit.
Cartagena Tourist Information
Cartagena is a famous naval port which in recent years has been turned sympathetically into one of the regions major tourist attraction. Its history dates back to pre Roman times and is renowned for being a resting place for Hannibal and his Elephants on his journey to conquer Rome. This is now celebrated in a fantastic Roman Fiesta held in September – not to missed
Cehegin Tourist Information
As with several of its neighbours, Cehegín is a medieval town comprising narrow streets and sand coloured buildings. From the main road it looks like a picture postcard with its two churches on the top of the two peaks and the array of different shapes and colours of the tiles roofs. At night the town looks spectacular with the effects of the floodlit monuments and churches
Fortuna Tourist Information
Fortuna is famous for its thermal springs. The water quality is amongst the best in Europe for easing rheumatism and arthritis, originally used by the Arabs and the Romans. The spring has waters deep underground, surfacing at temperatures of 53°C, transported straight to the treatment rooms.
Fuente Alamo Tourist Information
Fuente Alamo is a rural town, largely dependent on the agriculture and market garden products that are grown and distributed in this area. It has the rustic charm with all the modern facilities needed for modern living
Jumilla Tourist Information
Jumilla is set in the mountainous area to the north of the region, the flat fertile land at the bottom of the wide valleys is idea for growing vines and soft fruit. Jumilla wine is becoming famous throughout Spain and you can even buy it in the UK. The surrounding area is particularly beautiful in Spring when the blossom is out and in Autumn when the leaves are a blaze of colour on the fruit trees.
L’Azohia Cove Tourist Information
L’Azohia is one of Murcia’s best kept secrets, nesting between the mountains that are south of Cartagena and lazing on the shores of the Mediterranean. This sleepy little fishing village is a favourite with the Spanish tourist, it has a long promenade, cafes, fish restaurants and a south facing beach , but shh don’t tell any one!
La Manga del Mar Menor Tourist Information
La Manga for me is paradise it was love at first sight. It is unique in Europe as it is a long strip of land which has the Mediterranean on one side and the Mar Menor on the other. Miles of sandy beaches, lots of international restaurants, a dream for water sports enthusiasts and a wonderful place for a relaxing summer holiday or winter break
La Union Tourist Information
La Union is a lively market town that has sprung up out of the old mining industry in the area. The region used to mine the mountain ranges which were rich in lead and silver and you can still see the remnants of the mining industry in the area surrounding the town. They are very proud of their heritage and this is now preserved in the mineral and mining museum
Lo Pagan Tourist Information
Lo Pagan is a seaside town at the northern end of the Mar Menor, with therapeutic mud baths, a long sandy beach and calm waters which shelve gently. It is next to a protected area for migrating birds and the man-made salt pans where salt has been harvested since Roman times. Also a lovely promenade with shops and restaurants as well as a marina.
Los Alcazares Tourist Information
Los Alcazares has been a traditional Spanish seaside town since Roman times, with evidence of this at the Hotel Encarnacion, a delightful, unspoilt hotel on the promenade which still has the thermal baths. This fast expanding town also has a wealth of diverse restaurants, shops and has the added bonus of several golf resorts in the surrounding area. It is a short (5 minute) drive from San Javier (Murcia) airport
Lorca Tourist Information
Lorca is the third City in the Region of Murcia, it is a medieval town built in the shadow of the Islamic fortress, it has many beautiful building of architectural interest as well as many fabulous shops. The Fiesta at Easter (Santa Semana) is one of the most impressive in Murcia, which legions of Roman soldiers and Chariots with white horses racing through the narrow streets.
Los Nietos, Los Urrutias and Mar de Cristal Tourist Information
Los Nietos, Los Urrutias and Mar de Cristal are a cluster of small villages on the south shores of the Mar Menor. They come alive during the summer months with the influx of holiday makers. The small marinas, golden beaches and the warm crystal clear water of the Mar Menor makes this a popular and safe area for family holidays
Moratalla Tourist Information
Moratalla is an old town of Arab origin with narrow streets, rambling up a steep hillside. The town is capped by a castle with excellent views to the surrounding countryside and forest. It makes a good base for walking and cycling. Not to be missed is the famous bull running fiesta in September
Mula Tourist Information
Mula is found to the west of the city of Murcia on the river Mula, and is another hillside town topped with a castle. A traditional sleepy Spanish town where the pace of live is slower, where you can find all the amenities, but you sometimes have to look a bit harder for them
Murcia City Tourist Information
Travelling into Murcia city you would be forgiven for thinking it was a bit ‘uninteresting’, however once you have parked and are on foot, there are many ‘treasures’ to discover. As well as the obvious tourist attractions of the Cathedral and the main high street shops, if you venture off the grand via, you will find a wealth of churches, squares and cafes. Also the Theatre Romeo , the Casino, many museums and excellent restaurants, makes this a wonderful place to visit.
Puerto Mazarron Tourist Information
Not to be confused with Mazarrón (an inland mining village) this seaside town is the centre of much of tourism on the south coast and Mediterranean, with its long sandy beaches and fabulous fish restaurants, it is a favourite with holiday makers. The long promenade takes you to the marina a great place to watch the world go by
San Javier Tourist Information
San Javier is probably best known as the local name for Murcia airport which is 2 miles away. Since 1998 San Javier has been the home of an increasingly popular jazz festival in late June. San Javier itself is just off the coast, a well–established town with a long history illustrated in its museum. It has excellent shopping and leisure facilities, including an impressive sports centre.
Santiago de la Ribera Tourist Information
Santiago de Ribera is one of the most attractive resorts on the Mar Menor coastline. With its palm lined promenade, which stretches for 2 km, beautiful sandy beaches, shops and tapas bars, it is easy to see why it is such a favourite with the Spanish and UK visitors alike
San Pedro del Pinatar Tourist Information
San Pedro is a traditional working town resting on the north shores of the Mar Menor. It has many shops, a modern church and its main industry is fishing . You can see the fishing boats unloading their catch at the fishing port which overlooks the north end of the La Manga Strip
Totana Tourist Information
Totana is a large town nesting on the slopes of the Sierra Espuna (the National Park). In the past it has gained its wealth from the ceramic industry, now it is bustling with shops, restaurants and has some fabulous fiestas. Nearby is the Monestario de Santa Eulalia which is a very special place to visit.
Yecla Tourist Information
Yecla is the northern most town of Murcia, it is a pretty town nesting in green undulating countryside. Yecla is one of the three wine producing regions with its own DOC (Denominacion de Origen) in Murcia (the other two being Bullas and Jumilla).It is also famous for furniture making and boast 40 furniture shops in one road