By now you probably know where in Spain is Murcia, and while there is plenty to see and do in Murcia proper, its location invites exploring nearby towns and cities. Taking day trips from Murcia is a leisurely way to spend all or part of a weekend. Here are a few of our favorite quick excursions (and a few more ideas to show how centrally located Murcia is).
Last Minute Travel: Drive 45 Minutes for Day Trips from Murcia
Cabo de Palos: Calling Conservationists + Scuba Divers
A short 45 minute drive from Murcia lies Cabo de Palos, a 400 meter wide peninsula full of coves and sparkling sea. In the sea, you’ll find the Hormiga Islands, declared an Integral Marine Reserve with some of the best scuba diving you’ll find in all of Spain (think shipwrecks, coral reefs, sunken boats, and more to explore underwater).
In 1998, jazz fans yearned to hear the music they loved performed live. This is the auspicious beginning of the San Javier Jazz Festival. Known affectionately as Jazz San Javier, for 23 years, it has been drawing jazz lovers and musicians who return yearly for a can’t miss experience set in the natural beauty of Murcia, Spain.
Jazz Goes Global
The San Javier Jazz Festival celebrates an international line-up. This year’s program featured renowned American pianist Brad Mehldau who blends classical with jazz, flamenco jazz with Spaniard Daniel García accompanied by Cuban musicians, Jamaican jazz pianist Monty Alexander who hails in Miami and has 75 albums recorded under his belt, and a special performance with the Jayhawks. This year’s festival also included a tribute to jazz great and friend of Jazz San Javier, Chick Corea, recipient of the Festival Award in 2018.
You may be familiar with the bomba rice dish paella, but get to know the caldero del Mar Menor or arroz caldero, a famous dish from Murcia with creamy rice cooked in sofrito with different kinds of fish. Literally translated, “arroz caldero” means rice cauldron and “caldero Murcia” is even more specific, Murcian cauldron.
History of Caldero Murcia
In the 19th century arroz caldero was prepared by fishermen on the beaches of the Mar Menor, which was in part a matter of economy as the small fish they were not able to sell went into the cauldron instead. You can see the kind of iron cauldron, used on fishermen’s boats, depicted by Spanish painter Joaquín Sorolla in his painting, “Meal on the Boat.” These days, October 12, National Spanish Day is considered “día de caldero” in Los Alcazares where you can make arroz caldero on … Read More
If farmer’s markets are top of your list, you’re in for a treat when in Murcia. Known as “the crop garden of Europe,” the semi-dry climate in Murcia enables crops to flourish with a particular focus on organic agriculture and water conservation. The season for growing produce is long, thanks to the geography and climate. Did you know Murcia exports 70% of its vegetable production and 34% of its fruit?1
When you think of the Mediterranean diet, look no further than Murcia. Here, fruits like citrus, grapes, and stone fruits, grow along with almonds, vegetables, and cereals such as rye and oats. Here are a few ideas of what to eat and make when in Murcia.
While not initially native to Spain, sour Seville and sweet Valencian oranges come to mind. Pairing salty and sweet citrus in salads like … Read More
Last year when we wrote about the expected opening of the new Murcia Airport outside Corvera, only one airline was slated to schedule flights in and out of the location. Now that the airport is open for business, we are happy to report seven airlines are operating from Corvera (officially called Region de Murcia International Airport).
The new Murcia airport is expected to handle six million passengers in 2019, so an increase in airlines means more available flights for Spanish property owners who want to come and go as they please (and it’s more convenient for their guests, too!).
The Region de Murcia International Airport is located just outside Corvera, around 30kms from Costa Calida. It replaces the old Murcia-San Javier Airport as a state-of-the-art property with more capacity for travelers. Considering the San Javier airport was one of Spain’s most profitable with more than a million passengers traveling … Read More
“I love golf, I love my life, I love my family and friends.” – Sergio Garcia
When you love the sport of golf, you’ll take any opportunity to play. Living on a golf course certainly improves your quality of life. It makes it easier to get on the green whenever you can – and it’s a good excuse for your family and friends to visit!
If you want to live on a golf course in Costa Calida, then you will be delighted to know there are numerous golf properties around the coast. Each property offers a unique location, housing options, and benefits to consider.
Upscale Living on Golf Courses
Owning a home on a golf course means you are never far from the course, giving you good access to tee times and reservations. This is a great benefit if you entertain clients, family or friends, or you want to … Read More
The future is bright for those who call Spain their home. By 2040, they are expected to surge past the Japanese as the longest-living people in the world. According to a recent study, the average lifespan of a person living in Spain will be 85.8 years – passing by Japan, Switzerland, Sweden and France, countries that have long been at the top of the list.
Why are Spaniards on track to become the longest-living people across the globe? The aforementioned study credits the eating habits of the Spanish people, as well as the culture – which includes plenty of time spent with family and friends.
The Impact of Community on Longevity
In Spain, it’s not uncommon to come across people gathering in plazas well after dusk, or in cafes and bars where comrades rendezvous. Rather than overworking, the Spanish prefer to spend their time outside of work with … Read More
With local festivities, traditional holidays and the New Year on the horizon, there’s never been a more magical time to visit Costa Calida. You’ll be greeted by friendly faces, the warmth of the Mediterranean, and a few other surprises when you make your trek to the coast. Let’s take a look at what’s happening in Costa Calida in the days and weeks ahead.
As of now, Jet2 is the only airline confirmed to be switching flights from San Javier to Corvera after 15th January 2019. Therefore, if you want to travel from the UK to Spain, you might want to consider the train. There are two train stations close to the “Polaris Resorts” – one in Torre Pacheco, the other in Balsicas – for your convenience.
It’s easy to travel from the UK to Spain by train. You can breakfast in London, lunch in Paris and have dinner in … Read More
Who doesn’t like something sweet after a meal, or any time for that matter? And when you buy a villa in Spain you will have many opportunities to ruin your diet with these Murcian Sweet Surprises.
Paparajote For foreigners this is a sweet surprise. It is a lemon tree leaf battered in dough of flour, egg, milk and shavings of lemon, which is fried and then dusted in cinnamon and sugar. Accompanied by a small glass of sweet wine it is a typical Murcian pleasure. However, don’t be deceived, the leaf CANNOT be eaten.
Asiático Dessert or coffee? Now there’s no need to choose as you can have both, thanks to this two-in-one Cartagena original. Delicious coffee with condensed milk and brandy, accompanied by a few drops of Liquor 43, cinnamon, lemon zest and coffee beans.
Pan de Calatrava This delicious dessert was born out of the Muslim influence in … Read More
Feast your eyes on these beach properties for sale in Murcia.
Ever daydream about what it would be like to live by the water in Spain? Your afternoons spent sailing in the sea, your nights in the company of Spain’s best wine region. It’s a romantic notion for sure, but the good news is there are some great properties for sale in Spain by the sea that could be the beginning of something amazing.
Let’s take a look at some of the beach properties for sale in Murcia right now.
Beach Front Properties for Sale in Spain by the Sea
Avenida de los Narejos
Located in Los Alcazares just 100 meters from the Mar Menor beaches, Avenida de los Narejos is one of the most highly anticipated new construction projects in Murcia. If you’ve been considering properties for sale in Spain that are by the sea, you’ll … Read More