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REGION OF MURCIA, SPAIN TRAVEL GUIDE
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A Day in Cartagena City   by Fay Oleary

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From Villa Martin just outside Torrevieja it takes around 40 minutes to drive to Cartagena city. The new motorway is often empty and takes you directly there although the tolls are quite expensive.

We usually park on the outskirts of the city by Cartagena port and walk in past the oldest Submarine in the world. The Peral Submarine is quite impressive to look at, built 124 years ago in Cadiz Spain, the first of its kind.
 
From the submarine we walk along the cities old defence walls into the centre past lots of Spanish boutiques, with great and unusual fashion accessories. This can while away many hours, but quite often when we are shopped out, we head of lunch on one the little narrow cobbled streets bustling with people where there are many restaurants, and cafes.

I always order and highly recommend the "menu de dia" or in English Menu of the day. For the price of a main course on the normal menu you receive three courses of freshly cooked fish, or meat with a salad to start and a local desert to finish and it often includes a glass of wine in the price. Very good value, and not too heavy if you are planning on a busy afternoon sightseeing or shopping!

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After lunch is it nice to go for a stroll along the central tree lined walkway with fountains and lots of children's climbing frames and swings. It is a beautiful area of the city an additional bonus is this esplanade leads to the El Corte Ingles. El Corte Ingles is Spain's equivalent to Selfridges. Not to be missed on any shopping trip in Cartagena!

There are also many sights to be seen in Cartagena including Castillo de San Felipe an ancient fort built in the 1600s. There are also a couple of museums, such as the Naval Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art.

When you feet are tired mid way through the afternoon popping into a small Spanish café often gives you a second wind. Some serve chocolate delicacies, such as chocolate fondue, hot chocolate and chocolate waffles. If almost every girls dream after a hard days' sightseeing and shopping!

For a real treat on the way home we have been known to stop for supper along the Mar Menor in a little seaside resort called "Santiago de la Ribera". It is well sign posted and situated quite close to Murcia airport. Santiago de la Ribera is a hidden gem on the Costa Calida. Miguel Pescaderia (fish restaurant) does not look very special at first glance. You walk through the fish mongers to the Restaurant. There are huge windows that open up for a feel of alfresco dining. There are also several tables 'on' the beach during the summer months. There are fantastic views of the sea and the little Spanish wooden fishing boats swaying by moon light. The service is excellent, and the fish is very fresh and cooked subtly to perfection. We have been there several times, with friends, family, and children, and also for a romantic evening.

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Fay Oleary is 28yrs old and lives in Essex with her husband and 2 boys.  Cartagena

Beautiful Murcia in Spain   by Robert Carlton

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Vacationing in Murcia, Spain may be just the type of vacation you have been looking for. With fun activities such as sightseeing, visiting museums, gambling at the casino, and walking through old churches and cathedrals, you will not have a moment to be bored during your vacation. Spain is a beautiful country that is filled with history and charm. Called the 'University City' because of the number of students who attend its university, Murcia can offer you a vacation filled with learning and leisure.

While visiting Murcia, you should visit some of their museums. If you are interested in art, the Almudi Art Palace houses some of the best known art from the region. The building used to hold corn given to the churches for the tithe, but in the 1980's it was renovated to house city archives and artwork.
 
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After visiting the art museum, you can visit the Museo de la Cuidad. This museum tells the story of the region through artwork, documents, artifacts, and other items. It sits on an old orchard that was used during the Moorish period. You will be able to learn more about cultures that inhabited the region many centuries ago while tracing artifacts to present day. This is a must for any first time travelers to Murcia.

After visiting the museums, you may want to visit some of the local churches in the region. There are many ornate, large churches and many smaller churches. Famous cathedrals include the Cathedral of Murcia. You can enter the cathedral from one of two entrances, the Puerta de Perdon, which is the front entrance, or the Portada de las Cadenas, which is located on the side. You can climb to the top of the tower to see breathtaking views of the city and the landscape.

In between sightseeing, you may want to have a little fun gambling, dancing, or spending time with other tourists and locals. Visit the Gran Casino Murcia and play the slot machines and other games the casino has to offer. You can also meet up with those in your tour group, or make new friends.

If you are in the mood to relax, visit the Spa La Manga Club for a massage, facial, and other spa treatments. You can spend some time in the pool and recharge for another day of sightseeing. Many tourists try to break up their vacation by spending time seeing the sights and relaxing when they can.

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A day out in Murcia   by Gary Cotter

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If you want to get away from the crowds on the coast of the Costa Calida or southern Costa Blanca, a picnic or just a nice walk in the "Parque Natural de Sierra Espuna" can't be beaten. I have lived just south of Torrevieja (in Villamartin) for six years and this is one of my favourite excursions, it takes about an hour to drive there from the coast and is approximately twenty minutes from Murcia. The drive into the park is breathtaking with fantastic views, as the road rises steeply up from the coastal plain. With hairpin bends and sheer drops, sometimes on either side of the road, it is not a drive for the faint hearted.
 
I always take food and drink with me as the only restaurant that I have found is always closed or packed. There are a few purpose built picnic areas and some have barbeque facilities and toilets. On my last picnic, in one of the main areas, we were the only people there and were visited by a family of wild boar much to my grandson's delight. He then spent the next half hour feeding the piglets from the safety of the picnic table! I am told there are many other examples of interesting birds and wildlife here including wildcats and eagles, although I haven't seen any myself. There are marked walks and trails through the pine woods so make sure you have some sensible shoes on. Due to the height and the inevitable breeze the daytime temperatures here are not as stifling as that on the coast, so it is a welcome respite. On bank holiday weekends the parking can be difficult as hundreds of Spanish families visit for family get-togethers and feasts.
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Although I would not dare myself, cyclists and climbers make full use of the parks tracks and cliffs. The easiest way to get there is to follow the motorway ( A - 7, E - 15) southwest from Murcia to Alhama de Murcia and follow the signs. You will see the mountain from miles away with its covering of pine forests and you will be amazed you can drive up there. There are no fees or charges to use the park so go and see it for your self and have a great day out away from the crowds and the beach.

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AGUILAS FEATURED HOTELS, MURCIA, SPAIN

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Hotel Don Miguel, Aguilas
Located near the beach in Aguilas, Murcia, the Hotel Don Miguel is the ideal place to enjoy your holidays or celebrate events. 15 minutes from the beach of Aguilas and 1 km from the old town, the hotel has been completely refurbished. Don Miguel Hotel offers two restaurants and a terrace perfect to drink a cocktail. Enjoy its outdoor pool, surrounded by pleasant gardens, or the wide range of sport facilities including 2 paddle courts, a gym and a kid's mini club. The hotel also has two lounges suitable to hold any kind of business or family events. Of modern style, it has 64 fully equipped rooms, with an attractive decor. 

ARCHENA (BALNEARIO DE ARCHENA) FEATURED SPA HOTELS, MURCIA, SPAIN

The Spa Hotel & Resort Balneario de Archena is a thermal complex covering more than 200,000 m2 located in the Murcia province, Spain. It is situated in Valle del Ricote, a privileged natural enclave found next to Río Segura (Segura River) where it flows through Archena; Archena Spa Hotel & Resort is a luxury spa hotel only 24 km from Murcia and 80 km from Alicante’s airport, close to Costa Blanca in Mar Menor, and next to Murcia’s airport in San Javier. 
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Balneario de Archena - Hotel León, Archena
Hotel León, like the other Balneario de Archena hotels, has indoor direct access to the spa. It has an entrance hall with a reception area open 24-hours, currency change service, lift and buffet restaurant.  Archena Spa Resort’s bars and restaurants offer an impeccable and varied gastronomical offer, based on a creative Mediterranean cuisine, conciliated with the traditional cuisine, making for a unique place to enjoy fine dining.  Archena Spa Resort’s cuisine is well balanced, creative and of a high quality. Its precise and avant-garde elaboration gives place to the healthiest and most harmonious variety of menus found in contemporary cuisine. We have at your disposal 3 restaurants, where you will be able to taste exquisite dishes, either in the “menu of the day”, “a la carte” or “buffet” modalities, and 3 bar-cafes, each of them with a terrace making for the perfect place to enjoy a good appetiser, snack or coffee in harmony with the environment.
Balneario de Archena - Hotel Termas, Archena
Constructed at the end of the XIX century, Hotel Termas partially maintains its original Mozarabic style, which is its main characteristic trait. It is the principal hotel in the spa, due to its elegance and tradition.  The hotel offers room service and has a restaurant. The hotel remains open all year round.  The cupola stands out, located in the mentioned Mozarabic area, as does the Roman tombstone from the end of the 1st century, and at the entrance of the spa rooms the fountain is found, a replica of the Patio de los Leones fountain in the Alhambra, Granada. The comfort of the rooms and the quality of the services guarantee an unforgettable stay.  Archena Spa Resort’s bars and restaurants offer an impeccable and varied gastronomical offer, based on a creative Mediterranean cuisine, conciliated with the traditional cuisine, making for a unique place to enjoy fine dining.
Balneario de Archena Termalium Hotel Levante, Archena
Totally refurbished, its spacious rooms and the comfort it offers turns Hotel Levante into a modern and functional establishment.  The Thermal Beauty Farm is next to the hotel’s hall. The restaurant service is carried out in Hotel Termas, located next to Hotel Levante. The comfort of the rooms and the quality of the services guarantee an unforgettable stay. The hotel remains open all year round. Archena Spa Resort’s bars and restaurants offer an impeccable and varied gastronomical offer, based on a creative Mediterranean cuisine, conciliated with the traditional cuisine, making for a unique place to enjoy fine dining. The hotel has 70 rooms, all with fully-equipped bathrooms, hairdryer, telephone, heating, air conditioning, Sat-TV with international channels and minibar.

CARTAGENA FEATURED HOTELS, MURCIA, SPAIN

A Day in Cartagena City   by Fay Oleary
From Villa Martin just outside Torrevieja it takes around 40 minutes to drive to Cartagena city. The new motorway is often empty and takes you directly there although the tolls are quite expensive... read more
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Hotel Husa Cartagonova & Spa, Cartagena
The Husa Cartagonova is a modern hotel set in the historic centre of the city, 200 metres from the ancient Roman amphitheatre, the Teatro Romano.  The city's museums are 500 metres from the hotel, and it is three kilometres to Cala Cortina Beach. Further afield it is 20 kilometres to the nature reserve at Calblanque and La Manga Golf Club. San Javier Airport is an approximate driving time of 25 minutes, and a distance of 30 kilometres. The hotel's restaurant serves buffet cuisine in modern surroundings, and guests can relax with drinks in the bar, unwind in the sauna, and enjoy a workout in the fully equipped fitness centre. The 24-hour front desk has a safe-deposit box for storing valuables, as well as concierge services, and there is nearby parking for a surcharge.
Intercontinental Mar Menor Golf Resort & Spa, Torre Pacheco
This hotel is located in Torre Pacheco. Santiago de la Ribera Beach is a local point of interest. Another local attraction is Archaelogical Museum. Dining options at Intercontinental Mar Menor Golf Resort & Spa include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. A complimentary breakfast is served daily. Recreational amenities include a golf course. Also located on site are an outdoor pool, an indoor pool, a sauna, and a fitness facility. This 5.0-star property has a business center. Wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Additional property amenities include laundry facilities. Coffee/tea makers and minibars are offered. Bathrooms feature bidets, bathrobes, and hair dryers.
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LA MANGA DEL MAR MENOR (COSTA CALIDA) FEATURED HOTELS - MURCIA, SPAIN
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Husa Doblemar, La Manga del Mar Menor
Husa Doblemar enjoys a seaside location, only 200 meters from Mar Menor Beach in La Manga Del Mar Menor, Spain. Tomas Maestre Port lies seven kilometers from the hotel, and Club Golf Hyatt stands twenty kilometers away. Moreover, Murcia San Javier Airport is forty-five kilometers from Husa Doblemar hotel. The nearby beach supplies swimming and sunning opportunities. The hotel also features an expansive outdoor pool with a unique curved design. Meanwhile, sun loungers furnish the garden area. The property also provides a children's play park. Husa Doblemar hotel also schedules live entertainment.  Among the hotel's dining amenities, Restaurant Doblemar presents a buffet of Mediterranean and international selections. The hotel also presents a daily breakfast buffet. 
Sol Galua, La Manga del Mar Menor
In a privileged setting, the Sol Galúa hotel is located right alongside the sea, on Galúa Beach and next to the Plaza Bohemia shopping center. Just 200 m distance from the Sailing Schools, 500 m from the Tennis Club with 8 tennis courts and 9 paddle courts, and 12 km from La Manga Golf Club. 30 km distance from the city of Cartagena and 75 km from Murcia.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet with show cooking service in the Restaurant Principal next to the pool. In high season, once a week, theme buffets with regional dishes served at midday. Pool Bar (in high season). Lounge bar facing the sea
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MURCIA CITY FEATURED HOTELS, MURCIA, SPAIN
Beautiful Murcia in Spain   by Robert Carlton
Vacationing in Murcia, Spain may be just the type of vacation you have been looking for. With fun activities such as sightseeing, visiting museums, gambling at the casino, and walking through old churches and cathedrals, you will not have a moment to be bored during your vacation... read more
A day out in Murcia   by Gary Cotter
If you want to get away from the crowds on the coast of the Costa Calida or southern Costa Blanca, a picnic or just a nice walk in the "Parque Natural de Sierra Espuna" can't be beaten...read more
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AC Hotel Murcia
Hotel AC Murcia is a modern hotel in a quiet location 3 kilometres from the restaurants, bars and fine baroque churches of Murcia town centre.  Murcia's cathedral, the pedestrian street Calle de la Trapería, the casino and Salzillo Museum can all be found within five kilometres of the hotel. Guests can relax in the air-conditioned hotel lobby and enjoy complimentary coffee and newspapers. Those in pursuit of health and beauty can work out in the gym, then steam up in the sauna or cool off in the pool. The hotel's Sala restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner, and there are several good restaurants in Murcia town centre. This four-floor hotel features 108 well-lit, air-conditioned guestrooms with neat, functional decor and oak furniture.
Hotel Campanile Murcia
The Hotel Campanile Murcia is a modern property set within a commercial district of Murcia, two kilometres from the Cathedral and the Episcopal Palace. In the Restaurant Campanile a wide choice of set menus, all-you-can-eat buffets and a la carte dishes are available in a relaxed setting; open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy a glass of wine or a specialty coffee in the café bar, or unwind in front of the television in the lobby area. Those wishing to explore the area can consult the multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk for tour assistance. Guests can also benefit from conference facilities and complimentary parking onsite. There are numerous attractions within eight kilometres of the hotel: the Cathedral, Romea Theatre, Episcopal Palace, Casino, Almudi Palace, Salzillo Museum.
Hotel Nelva, Murcia
The Hotel Nelva is located in the centre of Murcia, Spain, next to the Centre of Congress and Auditorium. The modern Hotel Nelva has an outdoor pool.  Staff at the concierge desk can provide information on local attractions, and there are high-speed Internet connections in public areas.  Mediterranean cuisine is served in the formal Nelva restaurant, with white-linen-covered tables and high ceilings. Breakfast (surcharge) is available, and guests can drink in the bar.  The hotel's meeting rooms have high speed Internet connections and views across the gardens. Banqueting facilities are available.  Hotel Nelva's 250 climate-controlled guestrooms are decorated in calming colours with wooden floors and oak furnishings.
Sercotel JC1 Murcia, Murcia
Set in the heart of Murcia, this hotel is close to University of Murcia. Another nearby attraction is Salzillo Museum. Dining options at Sercotel JC1 Murcia include a restaurant. Room service is available. Recreational amenities include a fitness facility. High-speed Internet access is available in public areas. Guest parking is available for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include laundry facilities. Bathrooms feature hair dryers. In addition to complimentary wireless Internet access, guestrooms offer phones and in-room safes. Air-conditioned rooms also include desks and minibars. 
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Parador de Puerto Lumbreras, Puerto Lumbreras
Located at a key point between Levante and Andalusia, the Parador de Puerto Lumbreras is an ideal spot to discover the beauty of the region of Murcia or to explore the paths of Andalusia. Its facilities include a complex suitable for rest and leisure, and houses guests both for business trips and summer holidays. The swimming pool and the well cared-for garden form the ideal space to enjoy a pleasant stay. The most noteworthy feature, however, is the light, which enhances the pastel shades of the interior. Regional characteristics are clearly reflected in its cuisine, which features among its dishes excellent salads, fish such as gilthead, 'llobarro' (bass), meat dishes such as Cabañil-style lamb in garlic, roast kid, and original desserts such as prickly pear sorbet and 'paparajotes' with honey (lemon-tree leaves rolled in dough and fried), etc

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