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Things to do in Murcia

Located in the south-east of Spain, Murcia has long been popular with British holidaymakers attracted by the region's sandy beaches, mountainous scenery and excellent range of visitor attractions and facilities.

The region basks in sunshine for over 300 days a year and holidaymakers visiting La Manga Club will find plenty to see and do during their stay. Murcia has something to offer everyone, from water parks promising family fun to museums and art galleries for those keen to soak up some culture on their break.

When it comes to beaches, holidaymakers will be spoilt for choice and as well as making use of La Manga's own La Cala beach, they can enjoy some of the region's other popular coastal haunts, which include Las Delicias, Levante and the Playa del Paseo Parra.

La Manga's famous Mar Menor is also a must-visit attraction, particularly for those keen to take part in water sports activities such as wind surfing and scuba diving. A natural wonder, the Mar Menor is a saltwater lagoon which enjoys average temperatures of 17 degrees C.

Murcia has a rich cultural heritage and is home to dozens of museums, historical buildings and monuments. Popular museums include the Museo Salzillo, which is dedicated to the famous sculptor Francisco Salzillo and the Murcia Cathedral Museum, which reopened in 2007 following an extensive refurbishment programme.

History lovers can also visit the ruins of Cartagena's Roman amphitheatre, which was discovered beneath another building, along with the nearby 13th century cathedral. Another popular attraction is the Museum Ramon Gaya, located in the Casa Palarea in the Catalina Square.

Murcia is home to several national parks and some of the most stunning scenery Spain has to offer. Located to the south of La Manga Club, the Calblanque Nature Reserve is a protected area dotted with natural rock formations, sandy beaches and walking trails. Other places of ecological interest include the San Pedro del Pinatar salt lagoons, which border Alicante and the Sierra de la Pila.

Those looking to indulge in a little retail therapy while on holiday in Spain will find everything from large shopping malls to specialist boutiques. Some of the shopping centres and department stores in Murcia include El Corte Ingles, Mandarache and Carrefour. Several weekly markets also take place.

Holidaymakers looking to soak up some Spanish culture and mix with the locals can attend one of the many festivals which take place throughout the year. The Spanish certainly know how to throw a party and the colourful carnivals that take place every February are sure to delight holidaymakers of all ages.

Spain is well known for the quality of its golf courses and for golf enthusiasts there is no finer place to stay than La Manga Club. The range of facilities on offer here are second to none and as well as playing for enjoyment, holidaymakers can put their time to good use by taking lessons from the professionals and brushing up on their skills at La Manga's prestigious Golf Academy. Players of all abilities are catered for and the resort is home to three championship golf courses.

Other activities on offer at La Manga include tennis, football, water sports, swimming and cricket.

One thing is for sure, holidaymakers will have no trouble filling their time in Murcia and with such a diverse range of attractions and facilities on offer, the region looks set to remain a family favourite for the foreseeable future.

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