Sun, Sea and Sangria

One of my favourite holiday destinations has always been Spain, and more particularly, the south-eastern region of Murcia. The city of Murcia has so much history, so many places to explore and the locals are always friendly and welcoming. Whenever I’ve visited here in the past, I’ve always stayed in the seaside town of Los Alcazares, which is about 30 miles from Murcia city centre. The town is full of whitewashed townhouses and apartments and has a real Spanish feel to it. I’d recommend it as a really good base for exploring the region, as San Javier airport is only a 5 minute drive away (direct flights to many UK airports) and there are plenty of buses to take you to various different parts of the region including the cities of Murcia and Cartagena, so no real need for a car if you didn’t want to hire one. The other real attraction of Los Alcazares is its proximity to the Mar Menor, which is the largest saltwater lagoon in Europe. The town is situated right beside the Mar Menor, and I love walking alongside the beachfront, surrounding by palm trees, in the evenings and watching the sun going down over the water. Between July and September, you can take a boat from Los Alcazares to La Manga on the other side of the Mar Menor. This area is more touristy (there’s quite a few hotels and holiday apartment blocks), but it’s well worth a visit as there are some really nice bakeries and restaurants over there.

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Beachfront Promenade in Los Alcazares

Whilst you’re in Los Alcazares, the old town is well worth a visit. It’s a short walk along the beachfront promenade as you come down from the high street with all the restaurants. It’s in the old town that you can lose yourself in the winding streets and really immerse yourself in the local Spanish culture. There’s several local tapas bars and ceverzerias dotted around, and for those who want a travel experience away from the main tourist areas, it’s a haven. If you were wanting to stick to the main high street during your stay, Internacional Veni does some of the best Paella I have ever tasted and if you were wanting to sample some proper sangria, I’d definitely head to Rocco’s bar (two pitchers for 6 euros- you can’t go wrong!).

I’ll be writing more about the region of Murcia in time. It’s one of my all-time favourite places to visit in Spain. I applied to do study abroad here whilst at university and didn’t get the opportunity to actually go, but I fully intend to make Murcia my home one day. It’s a truly beautiful part of the world and well worth a visit!

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