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Laid-back Murcia is so far off the beaten track, most tourists won’t even have heard of it. But if you’re one of the few that makes the journey to this cosmopolitan city in Spain’s southeastern corner, you’ll be rewarded with grand architecture, easy access to the Mediterranean, and more fresh seafood than you could ever need.
Pick up a rental car in Murcia and you can enjoy unrestricted access to the entirety of this pretty corner of Spain. Whether you want to cruise the boulevards of Alicante with the top down, roam the olive-covered countryside or simply hop between those beautiful beaches, you’ll find plenty here to keep you occupied.
Most visitors from the UK or mainland Europe will fly into Murcia-San Javier Airport, located a convenient 45-minute drive southeast. Your other option is Alicante Airport, which you’ll find about an hour up the coast. To get to Murcia, simply hop in your hire car and take the A-7 west.
There are loads of options when it comes to choosing your rental car in Murcia. Top brands include Interrent, Firefly EU and Hertz. Or, choose a more environmentally friendly option provided by Green Motion.
Murcia itself has plenty to see and do. Start your day with a visit to some of the many museums and galleries – the Museo des Bella Artes and Museo de la Ciencia y del Agua (a science museum for children) are two highlights – before a light lunch and a visit to the Gothic Catedral de Santa María. For evening entertainment, head to Real Casino de Murcia, an opulent 19th century gentleman’s club and place-to-be-seen for the local trendsetters.
You can’t visit Spain without hitting the beach, and the area around Murcia has a good few options to choose from. Foremost is Torrevieja, a resort town that sits between two lagoons, about an hour’s drive east on the A-7. Sunrise Beach, near Punta Prima a little further south, makes for a quieter option.
Make time to visit the two cities of Dénia and Cartagena. Take your hire car north on the A-7 for around two hours to reach the former. Dénia boasts the beautiful beach of La Marina and a charming old town to explore, while Cartagena is full of Carthaginian and Roman history, including Barrio del Foro Romano, a ruined city block dating from the 1st century BC where you can see a Roman arcade and bathhouse and fragments of ancient paintings.
Spain drives on the right like the rest of mainland Europe, and offers nothing out of the ordinary if you’re used to driving on the continent. Don’t expect clear indicating from other road users: locals can sometimes make turns without much warning, so keep a safe distance and allow for sudden manoeuvres, especially at junctions.
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