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One thousand worlds in just one world. Enjoy and explore a great variety of districts and municipalities in our region: a territory full of contrasts, where there are no long distances.


Two seas, more than 300 days of sunlight a year and a whole bunch of beaches make the Costa Cálida a destination with almost endless possibilities. The area of La Manga and Mar Menor -the region's tourist icons- is a vacation paradise where great hotel complexes coexist with bohemian areas and hidden, crystal clear water beaches. If you head to the south, you will find a wonderful series of slate cliffs and secluded coves before reaching Cartagena and its urban coast. The next relevant spot is Mazarrón, a day and night destination: it is perfect for a day on the beach, as well as for staying awake until dawn. Águilas is the southernmost town of the region; its shores invite you to discover bays, harbours, rocky headlands and fine sand beaches, and to get the most out of nautical and underwater tourism. SEE MORE
The Region of Murcia has four must-see cities for urbanites. Murcia, the capital city, is both exciting and comfortable; perfect to wander through its streets and enjoy its terraces. Highly recommended to taste its tapas, visit its museums and go to several of its evening shows. By the shores of the Mediterranean you will find Cartagena, a port with more than 3,000 years of history which today is, ironically, one of the most striking examples of a contemporary city. Its Punic, Roman and military heritage constitutes a unique ensemble which you won't be able to find anywhere else. Lorca is the monumental place par excellence: a Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque city. A tour through the old part of the city is a real delight, as well as a visit to the Fortress of the Sun, the Holy Week processions and the beaches and rural areas. Caravaca is one of five Holy Cities in the world; a goal for pilgrims and an old Templars place. Difficult to find such a magnetic and welcoming atmosphere out of this spot. SEE MORE
The less known part of the Region of Murcia is, without a doubt, the interior of the region. The Valle de Ricote is a fertile meadow with palm trees and fruit trees, keeping intact the Moorish culture atmosphere. This oasis is the best place for you to recharge batteries and catch up with authenticity. Sierra Espuña Nature Park is the region's green lung, perfect for nature sports enthusiasts and for those who are keen on forests and homemade dishes. The highlands of the Northeast, in the Altiplano, are known for their wine, culture and cave paintings. Their landscapes are so beautiful that they look like a work of art; good taste and hospitality are always present. To the opposite side, in the Northwest, the traditions include going along the Vía Verde "Green Way", going up to the region's highest summit, having a look at the old Iberian world and savouring one of Spain's best arroces "rice dishes" next to the fireplace. SEE MORE



The Mar Menor is -in spite of its name- Europe's biggest salt water lagoon, and it is separated from the Mediterranean Sea by La Manga, a strip of land which is 22km long. This natural setting has an idyllic microclimate and perfect conditions to enjoy nautical sports. Moreover, here you will find a very particular combination of fishing traditions and modernity, impossible to find anywhere else.
The Mar Menor is one of Spain's most appreciated race courses. Thank to its warm, shallow waters and its mild temperatures, one can enjoy the sunshine and nautical sports 365 days a year. Estación Náutica del Mar Menor-Cabo de Palos provides several schools for you to enjoy sailing, canoeing, windsurfing, kite-surfing, SUP paddle, motorboat racing, etc. no matter what your level is and no matter what your age is.
Las Salinas y Arenales de San Pedro Regional Park is an unblemished paradise of primitive nature, perfect for those escaping from overcrowding and tourist resorts. At this migrating water bird reserve you can watch flamingos, walk along tracks, take a refreshing dip in the Mediterranean and admire one of the most outstanding coastal sunsets.
The Mar Menor is a big open-air spa. Its mild temperatures throughout the year, its many hours of sunshine and its high mineral concentration make it the perfect place for treatments against physical and psychological exhaustion. The coastal thalassotherapy centres offer a wide range of personalised treatments based on sea water (hydrotherapy), sea air (airtherapy) and solar radiation (heliotherapy). Europe's biggest open-air mud therapy area is in San Pedro. It is a big mistake to come here and not to cover oneself with the famous mineral medicinal muds. It is your decision to do it by the lagoon or at the hotels or centres that offer specialised treatments. If you wish to take paradise home, don't forget that you can purchase some mud at thalassotherapy centres.
Very popular festivities such as the Semana Internacional de la Huerta y el Mar -International Week of the Orchard and the Sea- are celebrated at Mar Menor: this festivity takes place on the second fortnight of August in Los Alcázares, paying homage to the connection that has always existed between the huertanos and the sea. In the same locality, now with a secular character, the Berber Incursions are celebrated in April, and the Day of Caldero -typical rice dish- is celebrated October 12th. In San Pedro del Pinatar, the Holy Week and the Virgen del Carmen Festivities stand out. The second ones are celebrated on August 15th, revealing the connection between the people from this town and the sea, as well as their worship of this virgin that protects fishermen and seamen. The virgin is taken on a procession on the Mar Menor waters; carnations are thrown to pay homage to seamen who never arrived in port. On February 3rd every year, San Blas pilgrimage takes place in San Javier, including a carriage parade and a typical rice contest.
During the summer, kiosks and chiringuitos -beach bars- are waiting for you on the beach or, more precisely, on the beaches. You will realise that typical tapas such as octopus, marineras, matrimonios and steamed mussels are much more delicious when you eat them in front of the sea. When the evening falls, some of the chiringuitos at Mar Menor organise parties with live music, turning into night pubs where you can continue to have fun with your friends.
There is something you can't miss by the Mar Menor: a walk along any of its seafront promenades at dawn, when colours are merged on the horizon. Going along the coast among palm trees and enjoying one of the best gifts of nature is a real pleasure for your senses. When the daybreak show ends, the time has come for you to enjoy a pleasant, refreshing dip. Don't worry if you aren't an early bird: the sunset also offers a light and colour combination that will enrapture you.
Mar Menor destinations have various museums from which culture, history and creativity spread in all directions. Among them, for instance, Los Alcázares Aeronautical Museum stands out: it was Spain's first seaplane base and one of the pillars of Spanish Military Aeronautics during the first half of the 20thC; it houses one of the most comprehensive collections related to military aviation, including weapons, military clothing, airplane propellers, antiaircraft guns and hundreds of pictures. In San Javier, the Local History Museum shows objects related to people's family, social and cultural aspects, to the agricultural and fishing traditions and, of course, to the development of aviation. Last but not least, the Barón de Benifayó Palace in San Pedro del Pinatar, housing San Pedro Municipal Museum, is a must. It has exhibitions concerning terrestrial and underwater archaeology, fossils and ethnography. Nevertheless, the most touching elements which are shown belong to the old toy collection and the film material.
Due to its beauty and nice weather conditions, the Mar Menor has become the natural set of a great number of festivals. San Javier celebrates one of Spain's best jazz music events: San Javier International Jazz Festival. In July, it offers a month of concerts with the most important representatives of this musical genre. In August, the same locality celebrates the Theatre, Music and Dance Festival, which is a meeting point for enthusiasts of these arts, including classical and modern theatre, ethnic music, prestigious soloists, as well as internationally well-known classical and modern dance groups. From January to May every year, the Músicas del Alma Season takes place at Parque Almansa. In San Pedro del Pinatar, on different months during the summer, the Feria de Sevillanas del Mar Menor, the Flamenco Festival and the Folklore Festival are celebrated. Furthermore, all Mar Menor destinations prepare parades, marches and shows for Carnival, and all of them save surprises for Midsummer's Eve.
We suggest you enjoy golf next to Mar Menor beaches in the finest Mediterranean style. Many hours of sunshine, together with mild temperatures throughout the year, make this coast the perfect place to enjoy this activity in harmony with the landscape. Just choose your course and be prepared to experience the exclusiveness of our resorts, in a paradise where the golf course green merges with the sea blue.
The Mar Menor dish par excellence is caldero, a truly marine dish made with rice, good fishand a secret ingredient: ñoras. As appetizers, nothing better than salted fish such as hueva -roe- and mojama -salted tuna-, or the exquisite Mar Menor langostines. As a dessert, we suggest pastel de cierva, so that you can try a delicious contrast between the sweet and salted tastes; if you have a sweet tooth, we recommend tocino de cielo. Don't forget that you can enjoy them at restaurants and pastry shops in the area and, in addition, you can buy them as souvenirs. When you're back home, they will make your mouth water and you will definitely miss our region a little bit.
The Northeast serves as an excuse to come to the interior of the region and enjoy great wines and experiences. To be more precise, the wines from Jumilla and Yecla -both with a Guarantee of Origin- are the leitmotif in our routes including visits to wineries, museums and wine cellars, wine tastings, walks through some vineyards, workshops, concerts, and numberless activities to make your stay an unforgettable episode. A trip reserved for gourmets.
The Northeast offers delicious rice dishes and gazpachos, grilled meat and cold cuts, good wines such as those from Jumilla and Yecla, and typical pastries such as aniseed ring-shaped pastries, pirusas and sequillos. It is one of those places where the gastronomic wisdom has been marked by centuries of history and traditions. The wisest thing to do is not wander anymore, sit down and taste our delicacies.
In Fortuna is the balneario -thermal spring spa- of Leana, which is among the oldest of its kind in Spain. Rebuilt on Roman baths, it constituted the area's biggest healing centre at its time, together with the Cueva Negra -Black Cave- sanctuary, famous for its Tituli Picti. Previous peoples, such as the Iberians and Greeks, also knew about the healing properties of these waters. If everybody continues to come here in order to recharge batteries, it must be for a reason.
This castle, commissioned by the Marqués de Villena in 1461 and built on a Muslim fortification, is nowadays a restoration example and a busy cultural centre. In order to get to it, you should go through the Camino del Subidor, a natural viewpoint from which you will enjoy one of the most amazing panoramic views in the region. It has been declared a National Monument.
One of Yecla's most appreciated natural settings is Monte Arabí. Known as the magic mountain, this spectacularly beautiful place is supplemented by many legends and myths. It is really worth going on a trip in order to admire these wonderful landscapes. The walls of the Cantos de la Visera and the Cuevas del Mediodía still conserve some Neolithic cave paintings. Moreover, among Yecla, Jumilla and Fortuna are the regional parks of Sierra del Carche and Sierra de la Pila, where you can enjoy astonishing geological formations, nature routes, hang gliding, paragliding...
El Greco Replica Museum in Yecla has a collection of 73 oil paintings; all of them are shown on the second floor of the locality's Municipal House of Culture in the Ortega House-Palace. If you come and see works such as 'The Apostolate', 'The Despoilment' and 'The Nobleman with his Hand on his Chest', you will probably doubt whether they are replicas or not.
A great uproar of drums and harquebus announces the arrival of hundreds of tiraores -shooters- wearing dress coats and two-cornered hats. These are the Patron Saint's Day Celebrations in Yecla, declared to be of National Tourist Interest. These celebrations -which are more than 350 years old- take place in December every year, honouring the Virgen del Castillo and thanking Her for the safe and sound return of the people from Yecla who fought in the War of the Spanish Succession.
If you are lucky enough to come to Abanilla towards the end of April and the beginning of May, you can participate in the Festivities Honouring the Holy Cross and of Moors and Christians, which are among the most traditional ones in the whole region. It is worth watching the colourful parades while listening to the pasodoble, witnessing the salute of the harquebusiers, or going in a procession with the Holy Cross to Mahoya Hermitage among the cheers, emotions and promises of the crowd. These festivities have been declared to be of Regional Tourist Interest.
In mid-August, Fortuna is invaded by legions of Iberians and Romans, nymphs, ballerinas, fire eaters and mythical characters. The Iberian-Roman Sodales Festivities, which are celebrated to honour San Roque and where some historical passages are recreated, have their high points at the Kalends of August, the Pursuit of the Lucerne and the magnificent parade of August 15th, declared to be of Regional Tourist Interest. You will be surprised by the brightness and energy of one of the region's youngest celebrations.
Coinciding with the Grape Harvest, the Ntra. Sra. de la Asunción Festivities are celebrated in mid-August in Jumilla: thousands of wine litres and typical products are distributed among the people. According to tradition, everybody wears a white shirt which will be dyed purple as the day goes on. Very important too is the locality's Holy Week, declared to be of National Tourist Interest. It stands out for the solemnity of its processions of a Franciscan origin, its proclamations and its procession starting at Santa Ana Monastery.
Are you looking for fresh air, a scent of resin in the morning, walks in the middle of nature? Come to Sierra Espuña Regional Park and enjoy any of the routes through this legendary setting: hiking and orienteering activities are very popular here. And if you come across an arrui -barbary sheep- or a wild boar, you should remember that they have right of way over you.
Alhama is one of the best places to fly. The take-off runway is a slope of the mountain, and the landing runway is the surrounding multicoloured field. There are tandem flights available, so you don't need experience; all you need is enthusiasm. Flying without any engine noise, with the art of thermaling, and enjoying the air around you will leave you speechless. If you experience it in the afternoon, you will never forget this special sunset.
Some of the most popular curiosities in Sierra Espuña Regional Park are its snow wells. These constructions have been used from the 16thC to the 20thC in order to keep snow and supply ice to people in Alhama and the surrounding areas. Now in disuse, they act as witnesses for a way of life from the past. There are 25 of them among the summits of the Regional Park but... You have to climb up 1,400m to enjoy them. Quite an experience.
Rock climbing shoes are frequent in Sierra Espuña. At the Leyva Ravine, a spectacular limestone wall -almost 200m high- is waiting for you. It has more than one hundred climbing tracks; climbers of all levels come here since this place is considered to be an important climbing school, due to the variety of the tracks, the quality of the stone and the beautiful scenery. This will definitely give you a rush of adrenaline.
If you enjoy being at one of the most active handicraft and pottery centres in the Iberian Peninsula, you are at the right place. Don't miss the opportunity to witness an exhibition at the various workshops of the Ollerías Quarter in Totana, where some of Spain's most important pottery craftsmanships used to be in the past.
In La Bastida de Totana site, the continental Europe's most powerful city during the Bronze Age -4,200 years ago- is waiting for you, as well as is a fortified square, comparable to Troy's second city. Of special interest are the dwellings, graves and ceramic objects found. A classical touch characterises Los Villaricos old Roman villa in Mula. The site is divided into a residential area -with thermal zones and domestic spaces -and a working area -with remains of wine and oil mills-.
Mula has one of the most important museums of Iberian culture in the world: El Cigarralejo. It has a collection of 80 grave goods from a nearby Iberian necropolis, as well as other ceramic pieces, stone sculptures and weapons. Another emblem of this locality is the Casa Pintada -Painted House-: a house-palace of 1770, now the Contemporary Art Interpretation Centre. It is one of the four venues in the world, together with the ones in New York, Valladolid and Barcelona, exhibiting sculptures and paintings by Cristóbal Gabarrón, the famous artist from Mula.
Santa Eulalia Monastery in Totana, known by locals as La Santa, is one of the municipality's treasures. The shrine's Baroque altarpiece, the Mudejar coffered ceiling and the 17thC paintings make this church a great treasure within the Region of Murcia's artistic heritage. It is 7km away from the town and surrounded by big pine forests, vegetable gardens and orchards; once you are here, you will definitely understand the true nature of this special place. We recommend you go to the Virgen Blanca Viewpoint, from which you will admire one of the most wonderful views in the area.
At midnight on Holy Tuesday every year starts a drum roll in Mula which is prolonged until 4 pm the following day. This is the Night of the Drums: everybody can take part in the celebration, as long as they bring a drum and wear a black tunic. Other festivities in the area which have been declared of Tourist Interest are the Holy Week in Totana and Los Mayos in Alhama de Murcia.
The more you explore, the more unique spots you find in Sierra Espuña, such as the Torre del Homenaje in Aledo, the Castle and Calle del Agua street in Pliego, the Castle in Alhama de Murcia, El Berro small village... Indulge yourself and visit these charming places where time has not passed; take the opportunity to taste this area's excellent cuisine.
We do not have proof that Jules Verne ever was in the Region of Murcia, but we are sure he would have appreciated the fact that Calasparra has something similar to the entrance to the Centre of the Earth. The Cueva del Puerto, with a distance of 14km, is a reference cave if you enjoy spelunking, stalactites and stalagmites. Adventure, sports and science, all in one.
Visiting this area is a piece of cake. In addition, it has one of Spain's best rice types: Calasparra rice, with guarantee of origin. It combines perfectly with wines from Bullas, also with guarantee of origin, and famous for their taste and intensity. Moreover, adding a wide range of stews, such as empedrao and rin ran, and some typical pastries, such as yemas from Caravaca de la Cruz, you get a quite tasty route.
One of the excuses to visit the Northwest is going up the region's highest peak on the Macizo de Revolcadores in Moratalla, which seems to have been created for mountain climbers. The difficulty is moderate and the views from the top are outstanding. At about ground level is the Sabinar -savin forest-, a place to dream: it is a forest with centenarian savins which will take you millions of years back in time. If you don't feel like hiking, you can admire the mountain beauty from one of the neighbouring villages, while you enjoy a traditional rice dish.
Caravaca de la Cruz is one of five towns in the world with the privilege of celebrating the Perpetual Jubilee. It was comfort for templars and knights, and is filled with the scent of thyme, olive trees, centenarian holm oaks and natural springs, such as those at Las Fuentes del Marqués natural setting. The town is one of those special places to which travellers come from all over the world; everybody should experience its atmosphere at least once in a lifetime. Which is the best way to get there? As a pilgrim, going along the Camino de la Cruz -Way of the Cross-, which starts at Roncesvalles and goes through five different Spanish autonomous regions. SEE MORE
The Almadenes Canyon is one of the region's most beautiful and remote natural settings. Its walls, some 120m high at some points, are full of caves and caverns with cave paintings which have been declared to be a World Heritage by UNESCO. La Serreta Cave-Chasm is a reference: it has 50 figures inside, and the view from the heights is overwhelming. The Canyon is also perfect to enjoy rafting, canyoning, bird watching, and hiking on its summits. Going down the zip line will be an unforgettable experience for the daring ones!
Cehegín's historic district is one of the nicest and best preserved in the whole region. It is highly recommended to lose oneself in its narrow streets with a Medieval air and to enjoy its manor houses, palaces, squares and churches. It is quite a ritual to arrive to Plaza de la Constitución square and stick out the Mirador -viewpoint-, in order to admire a wonderful panoramic view of the town and the neighbouring huerta.
If you enjoy sports and nature, indulge yourself with a healthy day on foot, by bike or on horseback along the Northwest Greenway. It is one of the nicest walks in the area: it is surrounded by nature and history, and it has been developed from the old railway lines linking the towns of Murcia and Caravaca de la Cruz. A 78km distance with deserted settings, badlands, mountains, pines and almond trees...
Two of the most emblematic craftwork street markets in the region take place in the Northwest: El Zacatín in Bullas and El Mesoncico in Cehegín. The first of this two is celebrated on the first Sunday of every month, being the only one to take place all over the year; it includes traditional exhibitions of old trades. The second one takes place on the last Sunday of every month, except for the summer period.
Whether you fancy a long health care stay or you just have a couple of hours to spare, we recommend you take advantage of one of Spain's best balnearios -thermal spring spas-, which is only a few minutes away from the capital city. Being under mineral-medicinal water jet streams, surrendering to the best massagers' hands and enjoying the latest health and wellness treatments are the best ways of improving your quality of life.
In Blanca, at Valle de Ricote's heart, you will find an excellent museum which houses the collection by Pedro Cano, the great Murcian painter. It is definitely an unexpected delight for those who are keen on beauty, peace and understanding, in a place where the Christian, the Jewish and the Muslim cultures lived together for centuries.
Another place which is worth a visit is Medina Siyâsa Arab deserted spot, one of the most important sites of the western Islamic world. You can still visit the inside of its houses to see how its people used to live. Don't forget to take some water, comfortable shoes and a cap with you for this excursion. The second part of the experience will take place at Siyâsa museum, housing remains from the Paleolithic period until the Andalusi period, and where the life-sized reproduction of two houses of the deserted spot stands out.
One of the best ways of experiencing Valle de Ricote is by walking along its paths and discovering its best panoramic views. We suggest you follow this route and enjoy the dreamiest viewpoints of the valley in Abarán, Blanca, Ricote, Ulea, Ojós and Villanueva.
If you enjoy love stories, you can't miss the Salto de la Novia in Ojós. A legend tells of how a noble Christian girl threw herself down the rocks of this beautiful setting after losing her lover, who was an officer of the Castilian troops fighting against the Moorish army which tried to conquer Ulea. Due to its hauntingly beautiful views and its special charm, this is one of the most splendid places in Valle de Ricote.
Abarán is well known for its waterwheels, being the Spanish municipality with the biggest number of still working waterwheels and also the municipality with the hugest working waterwheel in Europe. Don't forget that, next to waterwheels, you will have the privilege of admiring the huertas -irrigated areas-, irrigation ditches and palm groves. A treat for your senses.
Going down the river on a raft, a canoe or a kayak is here one of visitors' favourite activities, since the river Segura is perfect for it in this valley. You can choose between tourist, quiet stretches and rapids such as the ones in Almadenes Canyon, which will give you a rush of adrenaline. This valley is also the perfect place for a peaceful beach day away from the coast: Abarán and Blanca have river beaches with facilities and even a chiringuito -beach bar-.
If you want to have a stunning experience, don't miss the Almadenes Canyon in Cieza, which is one of the region's most beautiful and hidden natural settings. Its walls, some 150m high at some points, have lots of caves and caverns covered with cave paintings which have been declared to be a World Heritage by UNESCO. The La Serreta Cave-Chasm is here a reference, with 50 figures inside it and a view from the heights that will leave you speechless. If you combine this with a river descent, a zip line ride or any other active tourism activity available in the area, you will enjoy an unforgettable visit.
Wherever you are, you can't miss this route. Between February and April, Cieza celebrates one of nature's greatest shows: the blooming period. Fruit trees such as plum trees and peach trees give colour and multiple scents to valleys and landscapes of the huerta. This is a wonder of nature, brief but faithful to its appointment every year. During this period, plenty of activities related to blooming are celebrated, aimed at visitors and locals.
The Moorish sensitivity of Valle de Ricote can still be found in its cuisine: you won't be able to come back home without taking some of this place's delicacies with you. Some of the souvenirs which will make you miss your journey once you are back at home are the following: borrachos from Ojós -sponge cakes soaked in syrup and wine from the area-, picardías from Abarán -made with sugar and hazelnuts-, cordiales made with almonds, and homemade honeys. The area's best-kept secret is Ricote wine, a short crop wine with little commercialisation but really unique scents and flavours.
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