Tourist info

Murcia, San Javier
Ctra. del Aeropuerto,30720, Santiago de la Ribera / MurciaAirport Code: MJV
http://www.aena-aeropuertos.es/csee/Satellite/Aeropuerto-Murcia-San-Javier/en/Page/1047570399237/Flights to Murcia from:Leeds – Jet2.com
Manchester – Jet2.com & Monarch
Newcastle – Jet2.com & Easyjet
Blackpool – Jet2.com
Birmingham – Bmibaby & Monarch
Gatwick – Easyjet & Monarch
Bristol – Easyjet
Cardiff – Bmibaby
Belfast International – Jet2.com
Edinburgh – Jet2.com

Alicante Airport

03071 Alicante, Spain
Airport Code: ALC
Website: http://www.aena-aeropuertos.es/csee/Satellite/Aeropuerto-Alicante/en/Page/1049437849176/
Number of Terminals: 1
Time Zone: GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October)

Location & Directions
The airport is located 11km (7 miles) south of Alicante. From Alicante, take the Autovia Alicante-Murcia and leave at the airport junction; alternatively, take the national road N-340 to the airport. From Benidorm, take the Autopista A-7.
Car Parking
Parking is available at the airport in two car parks with a total capacity of 2,000 spaces. One car park is located opposite the terminal building and the other next to it; long- and short-term parking rates are available.
Car Hire
Atesa, Auriga, Avis, Centauro, Europa Car, Europcar, Hertz, Record Rent a Car and Sol-Mar are all represented in Arrivals, next to baggage reclaim.
Public Transport
Road: Bus: The C9 public bus service runs every hour to/from Alicante central bus station.

Flights to Alicante from:

Blackpool – Jet2.com
Leeds – Jet2.com
Manchester – Jet2.com, Bmibaby & First Choice
London Luton – Easyjet, Monarch
London Stansted – Easyjet
London Gatwick – Easyjet, First Choice, Monarch
Bristol – Easyjet
Liverpool – Easyjet
Nottingham East Midlands – Easyjet, Bmibaby, Thomsonfly
Newcastle – Thomsonfly & Easyjet
Cardiff – Thomsonfly & Bmibaby
Glasgow International – Easyjet & Flyglobespan
Belfast International – Easyjet
Edinburgh – Easyjet & Flyglobespan

LA MANGA
The descriptive name of La Manga (the sleeve) holds an interesting geographical layout which has become one of the symbols that best identifies the coast of Murcia as a tourist resort: a chain that stretches along approximately 24 km from Cabo de Palos to the Punta del Mojón, and is the natural limit of the salt water lake known as the Mar Menor. Originally, what is now known as La Manga del Mar Menor was a bay open to the Mediterranean; at either end, volcanic reefs gradually held back the sand and sediment that was dragged along by the sea currents to form a sandy column of dunes and rock vegetation and long beaches in contact with two seas: the Mediterranean and the Menor. La Manga is a narrow piece of land with a width that varies between 200 m and 1 and a half km. It is cut off by natural channels that keep the two seas in contact with each other; the so-called ´golas´ allow water from the Mediterranean into the lake. As such, the space was kept virgin until the 60´s, when La Manga was ´discovered´ as a tourist resort and underwent a transformation which included the urbanisation of the area and the construction of tourist infrastructures.Nowadays, everything in La Manga has been designed to enhance the visitor’s stay. Complete hotel installations, with a network of establishments with maximum qualification (including a five-star hotel), located at strategic points, apartment complexes, sailing ports, sailing schools, recreational centres, supermarkets, shops, bars, discos… everything you need for a complete holiday. In winter and autumn, La Manga is kept open, since its population is constant all year round. Winter is an ideal period for those in search of peace and quiet, with the necessary services and infrastructures.Due to it being located between two seas, La Manga is also an ideal place for water sports. There are sailing and skiing schools that run periodical courses, as well as windsurfing and catamarans. The Mediterranean can be enjoyed by those who prefer high waves for windsurfing and the entire coast also offers a series of areas that are ideally suited and perfectly isolated for diving, such as Cabo de Palos and the rocky depths next to Isla Grosa.Furthermore, visitors to this area can enjoy all the advantages of the Sailing Station of the Mar Menor, which in keeping with the ski station concept, offers a set of sailing, sports and tourist infrastructures together with hotels, accommodation and establishments for leisure and learning grouped together in one place: the entire Shore area of the Mar Menor and La Manga. The exceptional climatic conditions of the area (315 days of sunshine per year and an average annual temperature of 18ºC) are ideal for the continuous practice of water sports.MAR MENOR

Large pond, Small sea, throughout history, the so-called Mar Menor has had different names, all of which coincide in the description of a phenomenon that nature designed as a great coastal lake (originally, an open bay) of 170 km2 of warm saltwater.

Since distant times, the wealth of its water, the kindness of the climate and the beauty of the area as a whole attracted many people. The Iberians and Phoenicians and, later, the Arabs have a part in the history of the Mar Menor. In the Moslem period, it was known as the Mar Chico, and the place known today as Los Alcázares (from the Arabic ´Al-Ksar´, literally translated as “place of residence”) was chosen for their recreational houses. The continuous skirmishes with pirates from Algeria led to the need to construct watchtowers, some of which are conserved today, such as that of El Ramé or Rami. Until the 18th century, the area was occupied only by inhabitants dedicated to fishing and to the exploitation of the salt flats. From the 19th century, these centres gradually became centres for recreation and relaxation for the inhabitants of La Huerta, who established their summer residence next to the coast, attracted mainly by the curative properties of its brackish water. Even today, the Mar Menor remains faithful to the concept of ´residential area´ characterised by rest and tranquillity.
The warm waters of the Mar Menor, with a maximum depth of 7 metres, hold the ideal conditions and means for those who enjoy open or group sailing. Furthermore, visitors to this area can enjoy all the advantages of the Sailing Station of the Mar Menor, which in keeping with the ski station concept, offers a set of sailing, sports and tourist infrastructures together with hotels, accommodation and establishments for leisure and learning grouped together in one place: the entire Shore area of the Mar Menor and La Manga. This large saltwater lake has ideal climatic conditions (315 days of sunshine per year and an average annual temperature of 18ºC) for the continuous practice of water sports.

LA MANGA CLUB
La Manga Club is one of the world’s finest resorts. Located in an exceptional setting, blessed by a year-round Mediterranean climate and covering an area of some 1400 acres it is truly a sports and leisure paradise, with a luxury spa, golf, tennis, a Hyatt hotel, holiday apartments, meetings facilities, over 20 restaurants and bars…Facts:
Location: South-east Spain, in the region of Murcia. 20 minutes from Murcia (San Javier) Airport; one hour from Alicante (El Altet) Airport.
Ownership: La Manga Club is owned by MedGroup.
Creation: La Manga Club opened in October 1972.Facilities & Services
Accommodation:
The five-star Hyatt Regency La Manga hotel.
Luxury, self-catering apartments in Hyatt Las Lomas Village & Spa. The Peninsular Club, a sophisticated members’ vacation club.
Approximately 1800 privately owned apartments and villas.
Sports & Leisure:
Three championship golf courses, Golf Academy and extensive practice areas.
28-court, multi-surface championship Tennis Centre and Tennis Academy.
2000-square-foot Spa La Manga Club, Fitness Centre and indoor swimming pool.
Mini-Club Fiesta for kids under 12.
Centre for Professional Football with eight pitches.
Two cricket grounds.
A wide selection of sports and other leisure pursuits available.
Meetings and incentive facilities.
Over 20 bars and restaurants.
Shops, banks, petrol station, pharmacy, Medical Centre.
Beach.
Casino.Recent Accolades
La Manga Club: ‘Europe’s Leading Golf Resort’, World Travel Awards 2001 and 2003.
Hyatt Regency La Manga: ‘Europe’s Leading Conference Hotel’, World Travel Awards 2003.
La Manga Club: ‘European Golf Resort of the Year’, Hertz International Golf Travel Awards, 1999.
Hyatt Regency La Manga: ‘Q for Quality’ accreditation since 2002.
Amapola: ‘Region of Murcia Restaurant of the Year 2003’, Ismael Galiano (restaurant critic).CARAVACA DE LA CRUZ

Caravaca de la Cruz is a town located on the border of Murcia and Granada. The Iberians, Romans and Muslims all passed through this town, which has developed around its Castle, built in the 15th century and commissioned by the Knights Templar. However, Caravaca is essentially the holy town, the town of the cross that carries its name. According to legend, in 1232 the Moorish King Abu Zeid was converted to Christianity when he saw how two angles brought a cross down from heaven to a priest held prisoner in the castle in order for him to give mass. This legend led to the construction, as from 1617 and on the site of the fortress itself, of the main monument of this town in the north-east of Murcia, the Chapel of La Vera Cruz. The most important feature of this building is its luxurious façade, made from red marble excavated in Cehegín and which offers a complete exaltation to the Holy Cross.
Caravaca de la Cruz, Holy Town . In 1998 the Pope awarded Caravaca de la Cruz the Jubilee Year, making this town the fifth in the world, together with four other cities (Santiago de Compostela, Santo Toribio de Liébana, Roma and Jerusalem), to be allowed to celebrate the Perpetual Jubilee . This means that the Holy See allows the town to celebrate the Holy Year every seven years in perpetuum at the Chapel of La Vera Cruz, the next Jubilee Year at Caravaca de la Cruz being the year 2010. However this Chapel, which also has an interesting Holy Art and History Museum, is not the only religious monument in Caravaca. There are interesting 16th century churches, such as: La Soledad, today converted into an Archaeological Museum; El Salvador, considered to be the most representative work of the Murcian Renaissance; La Purísima; and the Convent of the Carmelites. In terms of civil government, it is worth highlighting the Town Hall building, which dates from the 18th century.
Despite its small size, another very important monument in Caravaca is the Temple of the Holy Cross, where the relic is bathed each year on 3 May during the celebration of the popular Festivities of The Holy Cross. Another popular “fiesta” is los Caballos del Vino (Wine horses), in commemoration of a tradition that took place in the 13th century. On that date, the Christian besieged in the fortress by the Arabs managed to break the siege and search for water. When they failed to find any water, they returned to the fortress with the wineskins on their horses filled with wine. The commemoration consists in decoratively harnessed horses galloping up the steep slopes to the Castle. Together with the Moor and Christian processions, these are the main events in the festive calendar of Caravaca. The Uribe Palace (16th century) holds the Festivals Museum where you will be able to live them in first person.

Caravaca is also in a privileged position in terms of rural tourism, with a wide range of activities from hill walking to horse riding, giving the visitor the opportunity to come into closer contact with nature.

SIERRA ESPUÑA

Sierra Espuña contains Murcia´s largest extensions of forest, as well as being one of its most emblematic areas of outstanding natural beauty. Its modern verdure is due in large part to reforestation campaigns carried out towards the end of the 19th century by Murcian philanthropist Ricardo Codorníu, known by the nickname the Tree Apostle.
The districts bordering the area are Río Mula (Mula and Pliego) and Sierra Espuña (Alhama de Murcia, Totana, and Aledo). Mula and Pliego nestle between the Espuña and Ricote ranges and are places steeped in local tradition and culture, which, along with the area´s scenery make them an ideal stopping place on inland routes in the region. Alhama de Murcia, Totana, and Aledo are all within easy reach of these wooded uplands, which naturally form part of the identity of the towns themselves.
The district is also known for its pottery manufacturing, and Totana is Spain´s second most important area for pottery production. The district of Aledo has kept alive the tradition under the gaze of its Moorish watchtower and has dominated the valley since the days when it bore witness to skirmishes between Christians and Moors.

FUENTE ALAMO

The district of Fuente Álamo is roughly 35km from the regional capital, well-connected, and with its year-round pleasant climate, nearness to the coast and beautiful scenery make it an ideal place for rural tourism.

The district itself is large, half of it being open plains and the rest being rather hillier with the ranges of Algarrobo, Pinilla, Los Gomez, Los Victorias, Cabezos de Tallante and the Carrascoy National Park, whose highest peak is La Peña del Águila (1,066m). The area’s vegetation is mainly scrub and bush, although there still exist some pine forests in the area of Carrascoy National Park. Naturally, all this makes it an ideal area for hill walking, mountain biking and horse riding and have made the area an ideal stopping place for those interested in enjoying rural tourism, with the added attractions of its villages, country mansions and numerous traditional windmills.

The present town of Fuente Álamo goes back to the 16th C., though its fertile lands and excellent climate also attracted settlers in older, prehistoric times as well as in Roman times.
Both Christmas and Easter are celebrated with Fiestas, but the year’s main Fiesta is held on the 28th of August in honour of the town’s patron saint, St Augustine. The locals participate eagerly and many are members of associations or peñas, who always give a warm welcome to outsiders. These Fiestas are also of interest for a chance to sample the local gastronomy of hearty local dishes of roast lamb and the like.

AGUILAS

This town stands on a coastal area of 35 km, under the surveillance of its beautiful castle of San Juan de las Águilas and on the southern-most tip of the region. This municipality has been inhabited since the Palaeolithic age, and many other cultures, including the Argaric, Phoenician, Roman and Moslem people, have left their vestiges here. Of particular interest are the Roman remains, especially the baths, which date from the 1st to 4th century.
As a modern town, Águilas was born of the enlightened thought of Charles III and his ministers Aranda and Floridablanca, who sought a port for the export of the agricultural products of the river plain of Lorca, and Águilas was the natural departure point for the entire region. The new town, with its rectilinear layout, became a commercial enclave on the up, reaching its zenith in the 19th century with exploitations of silver, lead and iron and the construction of the railway line and the pier of El Hornillo by British companies. Nowadays, Aguilas conserves its seafaring tradition and its deep-rooted vocation as a tourist resort.
Of the town’s monuments, the Town Hall is of particular interest; it is a neo-Mudejar building from the 19th century, located in the Plaza de España, with age-old gardens and an old fountain dominated by a swan, popularly known as “the turkey on the pond”. The square is surrounded by a few Modernist buildings, the 19th-century church of San José, which contains the statue of Our Lady of Sorrows, who is the patron saint of the town. The historical quarter still has the atmosphere of the seafaring quarters, dedicated to fishing, and is crowned by the castle-fortress of San Juan de Águilas. This tower-fortress was built around 1579 for defence reasons and was later rebuilt in the 18th century. In the Paseo de Parra, there is a monument to the railway, proof of the importance this means of transport once had for the population.
Besides its wealth of monuments and archaeology, Águilas has a coastline with many points of interest. Thirty-five coves, rocky promontories that stretch into the sea and beaches of fine sand. The coves of Playa de Calarreona, Playa la Calabardina, Playa de Calacerrada , Playa del Arroz, Playa del Hornillo, are places where the protagonist is the countryside, still untouched in places. Indeed, the town has two protected natural areas: the Regional Park of Cabo Cope and the Protected Countryside of Las Cuatro Calas. The very centre of the town has beaches, such as that of Las Delicias. And nearby, opposite the breakwater of El Hornillo, lies the Isle of El Fraile, a small island covered with rocky slope sea bottoms and seaweed colonies for the special enjoyment of divers. These are joined by the interesting sea bottoms at the foot of the Crag of Cabo Cope. East of Águilas, in the municipality of Lorca, is a coastal area of enormous interest, where we find Puntas de Calnegre – literally Blacklime Points, so-called after the dark colour of the rocks. Together with Cabo Cope, Puntas de Calnegre has been a Regional Park since 1992. This is one of the least frequented areas of the coast, with clean, sandy beaches and crystalline waters. The Points end at the sea in high cliffs, between which lie the beautiful coves of Baño de las Mujeres, Siscal and Cala Honda.
The Mediterranean climate of Águilas, with almost no rainfall, 3,200 annual hours of sunlight and average temperatures of 25.2ºC make this place ideal for nautical and sub-aqua tourism. Everything the denomination of Águilas offers (Villa Náutica (sailing village)), has been designed for visitors to get the most out of their stay. Sailing cubs, diving clubs with light sailing boat courses, cruises, diving courses, hire of material, monitors and qualified teachers, tourist accommodation, apartments, hotels and camp sites, etc., all at the disposal of those who decide to pay us a visit.
The coastal town Águilas has even more to offer, given its wide range of choice and alternatives for the enjoyment of rural tourism, with 3 well-signposted walking routes for the more energetic types or long walks simply to take in the views of the spectacular scenery in the area.