Murcia is beautiful, vibrant and full of life (especially during the academic year). That being said, sometimes it’s nice to take a break from the city and explore what the surrounding region has to offer. There are villages and towns (and beaches) on the outskirts that demand attention and respect too. Fear not, we’re bringing the scoop to you, so you don’t have to search in the dark.
FOR THE EXPLORER
This small town has an amazing waterfall called Salto del Usero which is a definite adventure. You’ll have to roam through the outskirts of the town to find it and then work your way through the rocky terrain you’ll find yourself in an oasis.
FOR THE BEACH BUMS
Mazarron and Bolnuevo
Murcia region is filled with beautiful beaches but one of our favorites is Mazarron, more than anything for the diversity of the land. You can choose to go the more touristy part of the beach where you can soak in the sun and indulge in the seaside restaurants or you can head out to las calas where you can find everything from amazing rock formations to hidden nudist beaches.
FOR THE WINE LOVERS
This city is known for it’s wine and with good reason. You should definitely take a day to enjoy what the town has to offer, from it’s wineries to restaurant to even the castle that overlooks the city. Jumilla is the perfect day trip to get a better sense of small town Spanish life and it’s welcoming vibes.
FOR THE NATURE LOVER
The mountain nature park is the perfect place to get away and get active on a sunny weekend day. Whether you’re someone who loves hiking, biking or just being out in the open air, Sierra Espuna is the place to go. Climbing up the trails will definite give your your nature dose for the week!
FOR THE INSTAGRAMMER
Las Salinas de Torrevieja
Imagine submerging your body into a pink-water lake and being surrounded by pink flamingos? An improbable scene? Not at Las Salinas of Torrevieja! The tranquil and calm waters of Las Salinas de Torrevieja are pink in color due to a micro-organism and are so salty that you float on the surface. It is said that the lake has special healing powers and is popular amongst locals but unknown to most tourists. The therapeutic results will amaze you.
*Tip: Remember to bring your own water to rinse off your skin with after your day of relaxation since there no showers!
FOR THE BEAUTY QUEEN
San Pedro del Pinatar
These wetlands are a refuge for over one hundred bird species, including flamingos. But most people don’t come here to stroll along the beach or birdwatch, they come for the mud! The biggest outdoor mud therapy sight in Europe can be found in San Pedro. To come here and not cover yourself from head to toe with its famous therapeutic mud would be a crime! You can choose to do it yourself on the seafront or in the thalassotherapy centers on the coastline. Either way, you’ll be feelin’ yourself once you’re finished.
Y'all Murcia is full of wonders to see and experience. It may be a bit off the grid if you're following the run-of-the-mill travel guide books, but luckily you have LMDES to point you in the right direction!