Gone are the days when the most activity one would undertake on a holiday was a brisk swim and a turn on the waltzer.
Now, with the emphasis on personal fitness, holidaymakers are increasingly looking to supplement a few hours on a sunbed with some calorie-burning activity to assuage their guilt. And few places offer the variety of activities available in the Región de Murcia, in southern Spain.
From simple walking trails and pottery classes to paragliding or rock climbing – whatever the intensity of activity required, Murcia will provide. Its location, variety of terrain and temperate climate ensure nature provides a wealth of opportunity: hill climbing or mountain biking to the top of its towering massifs, scaling rock faces and limestone formations, or walking for hours on end along coastal footpaths once used by miners or fishermen … all are possible and invigorating.
Whether known as caving, pot-holing or spelunking, there are myriad options for enthusiasts with many caves and chasms containing interesting examples of pre-historic art. Caves can be found both on the coast and in the interior and offer a variety of difficulty ratings so that novices and experienced speleologists alike can participate.
With such a splendid coastline, two seas – the Mediterranean and the Mar Menor – and more than 3,000 hours of sun per year, it’s no surprise that water sports are so prevalent in the region.
The tranquil waters of the Mar Menor, a saltwater lagoon, are the ideal setting for sailing, kite surfing, kayaking or jet skiing, while these activities may also be enjoyed in other areas of the Costa Cálida including Águilas, Mazarrón, Cabo de Palos, La Manga, El Portús, La Azohía and Isla Plana.
For those who find their thrills under the water rather than on it, the coast is also a haven for scuba diving and cavern diving. And, thanks to the area’s numerous diving schools, even those who have never tried before will soon be able to dive among wrecks or in marine reserves.
If you prefer your water fresh, the River Segura is another great setting for adventure sports, offering down-river canoeing or kayaking and river rafting, as it flows through gorges and protected landscapes.
And, with its year-round sunshine, the Costa Cálida, Región de Murcia is suitable for any season … and for any budget, with a four-night break in June costing from just £22.50 per person, per night, at the three-star hotel in the picturesque city of Puerto de Mazarrón.
Access to Costa Cálida, Región de Murcia, is simple as it is served by Murcia-San Javier airport all year round, while Alicante airport is also nearby. Both airports are served by numerous airlines flying from a wide variety of UK and Irish airports with return flights costing from just £52.
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