There are many atrractions besides golf, within driving distance of the vicinity of Murcia-Golf, such as historical sites, boat charters, fishing trips, scuba-diving, windsurfing, water-skiing, sailing, horse riding, nature reserves, water parks, department stores & local markets & even free therapeutic mud baths!
Our housekeepers will be pleased to enlighten you with further details of any of these attractions should you require more information
With its five main themes, based on the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean Sea - Greece, Egypt (Pharaohs), Rome, Iberia and the Mediterranean Islands. There are wild rides and over 80 different shows each day from May to September
The wildlife park, consisting of four themed areas - Pangea, America, Asia and Europe.
Open in the summer months from May to September. The water park is next door. Situated in Murcia city
A must for fans of water slides. The great range of attractions include the huge Atlantic wave pool, the springboards of Laguna, the beach and caves of Niagara and Adventureland open from May until September
This Torrevieja waterpark is one of the biggest in the region open during the summer
For watersports such as windsurfing, dinghy sailing and kayak safaris on the Mar Menor, visit www.aqua-adicta.co.uk.
For quad-biking - Try www.quad-espuna.com.
Golf Delux at the Poligono Industrial de Los Alcazares offers 18 holes of mini golf, Lawn-Ball and Golf-Curling. Adults 7 euros, children €5 Mini golf including putter & ball 3 euros. There is also a terrace for drinks & tapas & currenty in 2017 have food & golf deal for 14 euros www.golfdelux.es Poligono Industrial Estate, Calle Seneca, 1, 30710, Los Alcazares, Murcia Open 10am - 10pm
Great afternoon/evening out - turn off the AP-7 towards Torre Pacheco, a few kms down turn left into Poligono Industrial Estate then turn right when you see Golf Delux sign & go down to the end of the road where there is ample parking outside of the golf area
There are two tracks in the region, the largest just off the MU312 at the start of La Manga Strip, open til late with a pizzeria to boost your energy!
Leisure and sporting activities, such as sailing, jet skiing, scuba diving, paintballing and horse-riding.
Cartagena has a delightful 'Barco Turistico' which runs an informative boat trip around the large Cartagena Bay for a nominal €5.75 & lasts nearly an hour. During July and August they are also running night time trips for €12 which last for an hour and provides live music on board. The trips are on Thursday and Fridays from 21.00 and to book please ring 0034 968 500 093
All year round day cruises, boat charter, angling and diving trips.
Founded by the Moors in 825AD, the city of Murcia – the capital of the region – is a glorious reminder of Spain’s rich history and culture. Highlights include the magnificent Cathedral Church of Saint Mary - built between 1394 and 1465 in the Castilian Gothic style. The interior of the church is Gothic, but the facade is Baroque, with a design by Jaime Bort. There is a tower that is 93 meters high, the second highest, after the Giralda in Seville, and this took more than two hundred years to finish, being started in 1521 and completed in 1792. This involved many different architects, among them being Ventura Rodriguez. The first two stories of the tower are in the Renaissance style and the third one is Baroque. There is a bell pavilion that has Rococo and Neoclassical influences. There is a chapel with beautiful artwork called the Velez Chapel that is in the Flamboyant Gothic style, with a vaulted ceiling and star shaped skylights.
Travel back in time to Lorca, boasting many historical buildings, including churches, Roman villas and palaces. Lorca is the third largest city in Murcia, after the Cities of Murcia and Cartagena, with a population of about 90,000. It is located on the southwestern part of the province of Murcia, close to the boundary with Almeria. It is close to the Guadalentin River and is known as the City of the Sun. Lorca was a border city between the Kingdom of Castile and the Moorish Kingdom of Granada. After Granada was conquered, the city of Lorca became prosperous. The city is dominated by the Castle of Lorca, situated on the highest hill overlooking the city. This castle was built by the Moors in the 13th century.
Caravaca de la Cruz is a beautiful town in the northwest of Murcia, in the mountains, and it has about 25,000 inhabitants. It is one of only five Holy Cities of the world, as declared by the Vatican, sharing the honour with Rome, Jerusalem, Santiago de Compostela and Santo Toribio de Liébano.Towering above the town is the medieval Castle of Santa Cruz, that contains the miraculous True Cross, which is supposed to have a healing power, and in whose honor there is a yearly festival on May 3. The Museo de las Fiestas shows costumes of the Moorish king and queen and the Christian king and queen. These are beautiful costumes with embroidery and each costs about 18,000€. There is also a display of a horse with the beautiful blanket that it wears during the Wine Horse Festival One can ascend the hill on a small simulated train car to see the Castle of Santa Cruz. There is a Museo de la Vera Cruz, which explains the True Cross, with many paintings. The Sanctuario de la Santisima y Vera Cruz has a beautiful altar that is gilded. After the Mass, the priests shows the True Cross and the believers are allowed to kiss it. Another important church in Caravaca de la Cruz is the Church of El Salvador. This is considered the best example of the Renaissance in Murcia and is considered a Historic-Artistic Site by the Spanish government. The chapels are quite impressive and beautiful. The church was built between the 16th and 18th centuries, and the architect was Pedro de Antequera. It has slim ionic columns that sustain at great height the vaults. There are three naves with seven chapels. There is a Baroque main altar done by Jose Saez. There are many important paintings in the church. End your trip to Caravaca by having a good lunch at the Salon Castillo de la Cruz.
Alhama de Murcia is a small town of about 19,000 and is famous for its Roman baths. The Museo Arqueologico Los Baños is the name of the museum that shows the remains of the Roman baths, which were famous during Roman times. When the Moors came, they also enjoyed the baths. Later the Christians did not take baths, as it was not their custom, so the baths were abandoned and fell into disrepair until the museum restored it. There were separate baths for men and women.
The City of Aguilas is located at the southern end of Murcia and close to the border with Almeria. It has about 28,000 inhabitants. At the end of the 18th century, the city of Lorca needed a port to ship its products, so Aguilas was used for this purpose and it prospered. The hill overlooking the city is occupied by a castle called the Castle of St. John of the Eagles. At the end of the 19th century, the port was used to ship iron ore that a British mining company was exploiting. The British South Easter Railway Company built a special pier to load the ships with the iron ore and this started in 1903. The city has also many fine beaches. Of interest in the city is the Archaeological Museum.
The City of Mazarron is between Aguilas and Cartagena and is also a port and has beaches. It has about 19,000 inhabitants.The town has the Factoria Romana de Salazones de Mazarron, which is a museum that shows how the Romans made garum - a sauce that the Romans loved. First the insides of some types of fish were cut into small pieces and allowed to decompose partly, which was helped by the digestive enzymes of the fish. Salt was added to prevent decay. The pits and tanks were used to transform it to a sauce and then the sauce was filtered to separate the liquid, which was called garum. This was a very big business along the Mediterranean coasts. Today there are many restaurants in the bay of Mazarron.
Cartagena is located on the coast, an ideal location for walking, sight seeing & dining and has a naval base which has been strategically important for centuries as a sea port and ship yard.Originally an important Roman port, the historic city of Cartagena is now a busy cosmopolitan town. Take a boat tour of the bay or see the ampitheatre, Castillo de Concepcion on the hilltop & then enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants in the cobbled narrow streets of the old town or at the harbour. Large cruise ships are now regular visitors to Cartagena.
The rich Carthaginian heritage extends from the shore to the city centre which is dominated by the Town Hall, a gem of modernist architecture dating from the early 20th century. The Old Cathedral is the oldest place of worship in Cartagena and stands on the remains of a Roman Amphitheatre. The Roman Theatre was built in the 1st century B.C. and could hold 6000 people. It has been very well restored since discovery in 1987. The entrance to the Roman Theatre Museum of Cartagena is located in the Pascual de Riquelme Palace, which was a Baroque looking palace built by the architect Tomas Rico. The famous architect Rafael Moneo built a tunnel underground to connect the palace with the Roman theatre, which is more than a block away. When entering the Roman Theatre from the top of the stands, the theatre is very impressive, one of the best preserved in Spain. Towering above it are the ruins of the walls of the Cathedral of Santa Maria la Vieja.
Beside the port of Cartagena is the monument to the Spanish Heroes of Cavite. During the Spanish American War of 1898, many Spanish soldiers died in the Battle of Cavite in the Philippines, fighting against American troops. The artist was the sculptor Julio Gonzalez Pola. Beside the plaza is the bronze statue of a soldier, sitting down on a bench. Nearby is the bronze statue of a marine standing up. Also nearby are three bronze statues of young women who are in a Holy Week procession. Cartagena has many beautiful statues and the natives like this type of art.
Cartagena City Walls - The Muralla de Carlos III is the old city wall of Cartagena, built in 1781. The city walls are impressive and are very well maintained. Cartagena has been an important military city because of its past, its port being one of the best in Spain, and today the Spanish military forces are still present in the city.
Modernist Buildings in Cartagena - The city has some Modernist buildings that are very beautiful. The City Hall of Cartagena is called the Palacio Consistorial and was built in 1907 by the architect Tomas Rico. There is a street called the Calle Mayor that is adjacent. The architect of The Case de Cervantes was Victor Beltri and the palace was completed in 1900. It features many miradors, which are large enclosed windows that jut out of the facade. The facade is made of white stone. The Casino is a private club and the building dates from the end of the 19th century. Also nearby is the Gran Hotel, built by Victor Beltri in 1916.
In September each year, the locals reconstruct the Cartagenian & Roman battles in a week of festivals & attractions for all to come & enjoy.
La Patacha is a fine restaurant to visit when in Cartagena & is a permanently docked boat now converted to a typically Spanish restaurant serving tapas to full meals. Enjoy sitting on the top deck overlooking the sea - see their website at www.lapatacha.com
For superb walks – and some serious climbing – take the scenic drive to the Sierra Espuña national park.
Rising to over 5,200 feet, it is almost all forested and is host to lots of outdoor activities, including walking, mountain biking, rock climbing and horse riding. Southwest of Murcia city, the Andalucian sierras tail off into a series of rocky massifs, undeveloped and undiscovered. This is one of Spain's renowned natural parks, a wilderness area of dramatic peaks and pine forests offering scenic drives, serious climbing and superb walking. There are more than 178 million square metres among the municipalities of Totana, Alhama de Murcia and Mula. More than two hundred protected forms of life, from eagles or owls to different types of flora, live in this lush park.
The Carrascoy y El Valle Regional Natural Park has a natural area of more than 167 million square metres. Protected species living in the area include the Spanish royal owl (Bubo Bubo). The Sierra de la Pila mountains form a 78 million square metres Regional Natural Park, divided among the towns of Abarán, Blanca, Molina de Segura and Fortuna. Different birds of prey, such as eagles, falcons or owls can be found in these mountains.
Cabo de Palos, at the entrance to La Manga Strip, is a lively fishing port, with some of the best sea food restaurants in the region. Its 81m high lighthouse was built in 1865 & there is a lovely circular walk around the bay & the lighthouse passing the Mediterranean & taking in the Levante beach before returning back to the Cabo de Palos harbour. Weekdays the fishermen can be seen tending their nets along the harbour. The famous Sunday market is at Cabo & you can enjoy a morning shopping followed by a lovely Spanish lunch at the one of the many harbour side restaurants. There are also dive schools in this area for those wishing to explore the sunken ships off the Islas Hermegas. Cabo is approximately 30 minutes drive from the apartment.
Lo Pagan is a must see while staying with us at Murcia Golf & to fully enjoy the day we suggest you visit Restaurante Los Molinos (968 182 319) & enjoy their fabulous menu del dia for 12 euros. Book your table first then take a long walk along the promenade that divides the Mar Menor from the Mediterranean passing the free 'mud bath' area where anyone can enjoy the therapeutic muds of the salinas said to help with skin or joint conditions. Walk as far out as you please to build up a hearty appetite for your 4 course meal with bread, drink & coffee at Los Molinos or any of the other restaurants along the promenade.
There is also a nature reserve nearby which takes you down to a lovely beach on the Mediterranean & here you can walk right along the coastline in virtual solitude!
Located just off the C3319 opposite the big mountain in San Cayetano is this new sports centre with all year round swimming pool with retractable roof (€3 pp), 3 paddle tennis courts & 3 petanque courts available to hire.
Homemade food is available in their modern restaurant with 3 outside terraces serving food 9am - 11pm Monday - Saturday & 10 am - 11 pm on Sundays.
Exciting fun activities for all!
Quad Biking Horse and Pony rides Hiking Cycling Archery
Air rifle shooting Water ski-ing Canoeing Fishing Sailing Scuba Diving
Open all year round, 7 days a week - enjoy a drive out to the beautiful 'blue' lake and stop off for a light lunch or home baked cakes in the luxurious Grand Design House (featured on T V) just outside of San Miguel on the CV950 (30 minutes drive from the apartment) off the AP7 (junction 751 Los Montesinos) & choose your activity
Phone Jenni 660 816 620 or Derek 696 739 048
(drop off and collection service available)