La Torre Golf Resort is on the Costa Cálida of sun-soaked Murcia, in south eastern Spain (see map). The Murcia region has one of the most agreeable climates in Spain, with temperatures averaging 21º C and around 320 days of sunshine every year.Murcia and Costa Cálida have much to offer in the way of rest and relaxation, as well as the luxury of sunshine all year round. The massive coastline is lined with beautiful beaches consisting of soft white sand and wonderful little coves, giving the feeling of an undiscovered land and is indeed seeped in history and heritage. There's plenty to see and do in Murcia and along with the vast water sport activities that are on offer, including fishing, water skiing and wind-surfing, there is the opportunity to sample some truly amazing local cuisine.
Murcia is an up and coming holiday destination, with great plans in the pipeline. It was recently announced by the film giant Paramount that plans had been approved to open a new theme park in Spain. A date has yet to be set for the opening, but if it is anything like the huge theme park Paramount runs in Benidorm, then it will definitely be worth a visit.
Along with the impressive theme park plans, there are also plans for a new airport to be opened in Corvera. This is anticipated to be amongst the largest of Spain's airports. The two other airports that serve the region of Murcia are San Javier and Alicante, but the addition of the new airport will ensure that Murcia and Costa Cálida are even more accessible.
Certainly, for those golf lovers amongst us, this is great news, making one of the world's leading luxury golf holiday company properties even more easily accessible. La Torre Golf Resort can already be reached easily from San Javier and Alicante, so the additional airport facility will be a real bonus for those of us who are looking for holiday rentals in a luxurious golf resort.
Murcia region is well known for its beautiful and breathtaking monuments. Undisputedly one of Murcia's most amazing monuments would be the Cathedral de Santa Maria. This outstanding architectural design was completed in the 15th Century and stands magnificently alongside the City Hall and the Palace Episcopal, where the Bishop of Murcia lives. There are also many art galleries and museums that are worth taking time out on your holiday to visit.
The Murcia region is also well known for its healing springs and muds. There are some fantastic thermal baths offering all manner of pampering treatments, so if it is a bit of relaxation you desire, then look no further!
If you are holidaying in La Torre Golf Resort, there are many beaches and other surrounding areas to visit. All are easily accessible, but it would be recommended that you hire a car if you truly want to take in all that Murcia has to offer. Local car rentals can be quite cost effective and will ensure that you have the capability to travel the region and explore all the nooks and crannies of the beaches and coastline. Some of the best travel deals may already include this facility, but if not, just ask your tour operator to recommend a reputable company.
Although there's a free shuttle bus service throughout the summer to the other Polaris resorts, we still strongly recommend you hire a car to make the most of your holiday break (we use www.carjet.com), as there is no other public transport at present from the Resort and using taxis everyday would work out very expensive. To help you, we've left a sat nav at the house, with a number of recommended restaurants, bars and beaches already programmed in.
The Resort is a 20 minute drive from the safe, sandy beaches of the Mar Menor ('Little Sea'), a warm natural lagoon sheltered from the main Mediterranean Sea by a long sand bank. Along the coastline of the Mar Menor and the Mediterranean you will find miles of golden sand, shallow waters and hidden coves, enough to try a different beach for every day of your holiday.
Los Alcázares, on the Mar Menor, has some of the finest beaches on the Costa Cálida ('The Warm Coast'). Several have won awards for their high standards. Along the promenade there are various bars, cafes and restaurants selling local tapas, along with play areas for children. A short walk inland is the centre of Los Alcázares town itself.
Further along the Mar Menor are the fine sandy beaches at San Pedro del Pinatar. If you’ve had enough sand, try the village’s famous therapeutic mud which are believed to prevent rheumatism and arthritis.
Or there’s Santiago de la Ribera, whose wide, newly refurbished promenade leads on to a sandy beach, with many beachfront cafés and restaurants to sit and relax. You can also take a relaxing ferry trip from here across the Mar Menor to La Manga.
For a little more seclusion, try the hidden gem of Torre de la Horadada, characterised by small private coves and warm clear waters.
Sights & Shops
For a glimpse of authentic Spanish urban life, take a 20-minute drive to Murcia, the bustling capital of the region. Murcia is full of interesting cultural and tourist places to visit. Its glorious cathedral is a powerful reminder of Spain’s rich history, while the region’s artistic and historic wealth is on display at the city’s numerous museums, such as the Archaeological Museum, the Fine Arts Museum or the Salzillo Museum.
For less lofty desires, Murcia’s wide sunny avenues are lined with a great selection of both Spanish shops and familiar European high street names. Alternatively, around the backstreets towards the cathedral is a network of winding lanes brimming with exclusive little shops and charming boutiques.
Also well worth a visit is the historic port of Cartagena. Originally an important Roman port, it is now a busy cosmopolitan town. You can take a boat tour to see the ancient maritime sights, historic fort and hilltop castles, amble around the town taking in its numerous cultural and historic landmarks – or just head to the shops: Cartagena offers a selection of typical Spanish shops and high street brands.
The long tradition of tourism in this part of Spain means that visitors are well catered for. There are numerous theme parks, natural attractions and tourist centres suiting all tastes and all budgets. They include:
Lorca Castle, where you can travel back in time and encounter the Roman world. It is a Roman-themed day out for the family that both kids and adults will enjoy. Educational as well as entertaining, there are many things to discover, learn and interact with.
Sierra Espuña, south west of Murcia city, is one of Spain's renowned natural parks. It is a wilderness of dramatic peaks and pine forests, offering scenic drives, serious climbing and superb walking.
For a classic theme park experience, visit Terra Mitica. It is full of rides, stalls, shows and other entertainment for all the family – but be prepared to get wet! There's five main themes to the park, based on the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean Sea - Greece, Egypt, Rome, Iberia and the Mediterranean Islands.
The action at Terra Natura is split in to four different areas, America, Asia, Europe and Pangea. You can see how animals live in there natural habitat and discover the people and places of each region. There are also various shows and entertainers and an aqua park that is open in the summer.
Aqualandia, as the name suggests, is a water park, with rides for all ages. There is a children's water Adventureland that has numerous slides and activities. For the adults, there's a selection of more daring rides.
Plans are at an advanced stage to build a Paramount Studios theme park in Murcia.
For watersports such as windsurfing, dinghy sailing and kayak safaris on the Mar Menor, visit www.aqua-adicta.co.uk. Fancy quad-biking? Visit www.quad-espuna.com. Want to try go-karting? There's two tracks nearby. Interested in fishing? Costa Cálida is ideal for both sea and fresh water fishing. You can charter a boat: www.charterlamanga.com. For scuba diving, check out www.adventuredivers-spain.com.
Of course, we can’t include information about all the fantastic attractions and great places to visit in Murcia – there just isn’t enough room on this page! If you want to find out more, take a look at the website for the local tourist office.