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  • 10 Reasons to Holiday in Murcia, Costa Calida
    1. Murcia's great year-round climate

    Situated in the southeast corner of Spain and benefiting from temperatures in the mid 20s during the month of November 2009, Murcia's superb weather is something of a well-kept secret. Famous for being the agricultural heartland of Spain, its delicious produce is helped by a fantastic year-round climate that typically enjoys very hot dry summers (mid-high 30s) and mild winter months, ideal for pursuing sports such as golf, sailing, windsurfing, hiking and cycling. With a staggering 2800 hours of sunshine every year and an average temperature of 19-20 degrees Celsius, it is little wonder Murcia is becoming so popular for affordable family and villa holidays.

    2. Superb holiday resorts with family villas

    In recent years the region of Murcia in Spain has caught the British public's attention due to the phenomenal amount of building development work that has seen approximately 16 new golf resorts spring up in the area including Polaris World's Mar Menor Golf Resort, La Torre Golf Resort, Hacienda Riquelme and El Valle Golf Resort, all designed by golf pro Jack Nicklaus. Other superb family resorts also include Pereleja Golf, United Golf La Tercia, Roda Golf Club & Beach Resort and La Serena Golf. All these Murcia golf resorts over superb facilities for family villa holidays with spacious luxury villas with pools, modern golf apartments, plenty of communal swimming pools, play areas for children and on-site facilities including supermarkets, banks, travel shops, spas, restaurants and bars.

    3.Fabulous golf destination

    As a newly established year-round golfing destination, golf connoisseurs will appreciate that Murcia is fast becoming one of the best region's to play golf in Spain, with over 15 golf courses now available and many more golf courses still under construction. Of course, with Murcia golf resorts come luxury apartments and villas with pools that act as the comfortable holiday base for thousands of golfers and holidaymakers alike. There are many 9-hole and 18-hole golf courses in Murcia, which professional and aspiring golfers can play, including the most challenging perhaps being Hacienda del Alamo where many tournaments and golf competitions are held. Other popular choices include Mosa Trajectum, Polaris World's La Torre Golf Resort and the old favorite, La Manga golf Club.

    4. Affordable villa holidays

    One key element to the region's growing popularity is the fact many villas with pools in Murcia or family apartments are still considerably cheaper to rent in comparison to some of Spain's more established Costas such as the Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca and Costa Brava. In the Costa Brava for example a typical 3 bed villa with pool can, on average, fetch up to £1800, per week, in the popular summer months, where on average a 3 bed villa with pool in Murcia, including the Polaris World Resorts for example, generally rent out for £800-900*, per week, in peak season. Apartments in Murcia are also great value for family holidays with many renting from between £275-£375* per week for a family of 4. This incredible good value certainly puts Murcia on the map for British holidaymakers.

    *Prices taken November 2009 and subject to change.

    5. Great family beaches

    With 73 kilometers of coastline Spain's Mar Menor on the Costa Calida offers an abundance of great beaches for families, many with Blue Flag status for their calm shallow waters, clean beaches and wide palm-lined promenades. Some of the most popular include Los Alcazares, which has some of the finest beaches along Spain's Costa Calida including Playa de los Narejos and Playa del Espejo, which have won the famous Q Awards for their high standards. The beach of San Pedro del Pinatar is also very popular as are the beaches at Santiago de la Ribera, with it's wide promenade as well as Santiago de La Torre de la Horada.

    6. Great wilderness

    Surprising this flat agricultural region of Murcia is also home to the splendid and quite beautiful Sierra Espuna, a wonderful, undulating natural wilderness at the heart of Murcia that attracts hikers and nature enthusiasts looking to discover its unique flora and fauna. Also, approximately 2.5-3 hours away by car, holidaymakers and tourists can reach the dizzy heights of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Spain's most southernly ski resort.

    7. Murcia's historic cities

    Murcia is home to many beautiful and cosmopolitan cities such as the region's capital, Murcia and famous port city of Cartagena. Both offer superb shopping, giant Mediterranean malls and the urban café culture you would expect from any substantial Spanish city. Murcia's riverside architecture and stunning Cathedral and plazas are certainly something to see, as are Cartagena's Roman ruins and amphitheatre and popular marina, which attracts hordes of day-trippers in the summer months. Also within reach of most of Murcia's golf resorts are Alicante's waterparks and marina and the incredible historic city of Granada, home the breathtaking Alhambra Palace set against a beautiful backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

    8. Great roads and transport infrastructure

    Getting about in this newly discovered region is getting easier and easier with the Spanish government and overseas investors investing heavily in its infrastructure. Main roads are now generally quiet and easy to navigate and although the region already offers the San Javier airport and great link access to and from Alicante airport for European arrivals, the new and much anticipated International Corvera airport, near to Hacienda del Alamo Golf Resort is due to open in 2010, which will open up the region for international holidaymakers and globetrotting golfers.

    9. Murcia's events and festivals

    Like all Spanish regions and cities, Los Murcianos (people from Murcia) love their celebrations and festivals. One of the most popular being the Feria of Murcia in September and the incredible Easter processions of La Semana Santa, also known as holy week that take place in April. The carnival, Rio-style celebrations called 'The Burial of the Sardine' that take place after Semana Santa are also extremely popular with locals and visitors, as is the rather bizarre Baby Jumping Festival in the village of Colacho

    10. Sports

    With plenty of wide-open space and a superb year-round climate it is not hard to see why the region of Murcia is so popular with sports enthusiasts, from windsurfing, sailing and fishing to tennis, horse riding, golf and hiking, the region of Murcia in Spain is a huge playground for sports enthusiasts. La Manga Golf Resort in Murcia is also home to extensive international football training grounds during the cooler and more bearable winter months.

    Connect Rentals is a holiday rentals specialist, offering holidaymakers a wide selection of luxury villas with pools, superb golf apartments and beautiful townhouses throughout Spain, including Polaris World rentals on the Costa Calida, Murcia, and Costa Brava.

    Visit our website today at http://www.connectrentals.com/

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