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Lying between Andalusia and Valencia, the vibrant Spanish region of Murcia is the perfect destination for your next holiday in the Mediterranean. The average temperature is 21º C all year round with 300 sunny days each year, making it the perfect place to go for a summer beach holiday or even a winter break. The south of Spain offers plenty of destinations along the beach such as Málaga and Benidorm, but unlike the others, Murcia is not yet a tourist hotspot, with its unspoilt beaches making it a great location to book a private villa or holiday home.
Culture in Murcia is fascinating - one place you must be sure to visit is the Catedral de Santa Maria, the city of Murcia's most impressive monument of Spanish baroque architecture where you can take a guided tour around the Cathedral and visit the museum inside. Murcia is divided in the middle by the River Segura; here you can hire boats and canoe down the river for some fascinating views of the region. Also visit the main city in Murcia, Cartegena, with its fascinating history and architecture where you can rent a self catering apartment for your holiday. Murcia is home to 250km of sandy beaches; known as the Costa Calida or warm coast. Along the coast you will find picturesque fishing villages such as Cabo de Palos. The place to stay for a relaxing beach holiday in Murcia is La Manga del Mar Menor. This is the developed strip of sandy beach just 22km long where you can stay in a holiday apartment with a pool and have the luxury of the Mediterranean sea on one side, and the warm lake of the Mar Menor on the other. The Mar Menor has very warm, shallow waters and is great for a family holiday to Spain. This is the best place to practice water sports such as windsurfing, sailing and canoeing as the water is so shallow and calm. You can also hire a jet ski and race around in the deeper waters.
As is the case with most Spanish regions, Murcia offers plenty of local specialities when it comes to food and drink. From pastel de carne (a 'meat cake' made with puff pastry) to Borrachos de Ojós (cakes soaked in some local wine and syrup), there are plenty of little treats for the whole family to try, whether sweet or savoury. If you're looking for a souvenir why not purchase a bottle Monastrell wine to bring back home or enjoy it whilst relaxing in your Murcia apartments?
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