Whether seeking relaxation, activity or culture, Easter is the perfect time to visit Región de Murcia - and a four-star, seven-night break will cost from as little as £166 per person.
Easter in Murcia is when the festivals and processions are at their most widespread. But it's also the time to enjoy the beach, the countryside, the charming villages, the varied culture and to, simply, just relax.
After all, one of the many reasons people return to Murcia year after year is that there are so many reasons to return, year after year …
The diversity of Murcia can be seen in its different cultural traditions, and the richness of its natural environs, both on the coast and the interior.
The coast is a paradise for lovers of water sports and traditional sun-seekers. The region offers two seas on a single coast - the Mar Menor and the Mediterranean - impressive cliffs, beaches of endless white sand, lively harbours, wild coves, more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year and mild temperatures, even in winter, with an annual average of more than 19°c.
There are also charming and picturesque fishing villages, such as La Azohía and Cabo de Palos; ports such as Mazarrón to spend a fun night and enjoy a great food after a day at the beach; natural paradises, unique in the Mediterranean, at the beaches of Calblanque and Calnegre ... and La Manga del Mar Menor, a paradise between the two seas, with endless beaches of sand and crystal-clear waters, and all with a varied hotel infrastructure.
The interior offers a mosaic of nature conservation areas and picturesque landscapes. Travelling inland, visitors will discover places of singular beauty where they will be able to practise a variety of outdoor activities and sports in fully equipped resorts, or allow themselves to be carried away by the lure of routes leading to key natural or cultural locations throughout the region.
Culture lovers are spoiled for choice. The ancient region boasts a rich heritage with the cities of Cartagena and Murcia alone providing culture galore, with a smorgasbord of Roman, Phoenician and Moorish history alongside all the trappings of these two modern cities.
The city of Murcia, the region's provincial capital, offers a host of such attractions including its internationally renowned and enchanting Catedral de Santa María. Its building started in 1394 and it boasts a blend of Gothic and Baroque-style architecture.
Cartagena's ancient Roman theatre makes an impressive sight alongside the numerous other archaeological delights in the historic port. For those holidaymakers who enjoy a walk and sweeping panoramic views, the city also boasts the impressive 11th century Castillo de la Concepción, which sits 70m above sea level.
The Underwater Archaeology National Museum (ARQUA) houses the world-renowned ‘treasure of Nuestra Sra de Las Mercedes frigate' - a booty including 570,000 gold and silver coins from the 18th and 19th centuries.
All of this and much more is available in Región de Murcia - and not just at Easter either. A seven-night, four-star break in the city of Murcia from April 8 to April 15 - taking in Good Friday - costs from just £166 per person, based on two sharing, on a room-only basis, at the Agalia Hotel, just 20 minutes' walk from the historic centre.
The same week in Cartagena will cost from £230.28 per person, based on two people sharing, on a room-only basis, at the three-star Los Habaneros hotel, opposite the ancient city walls.
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 and flights in April cost from just £81 one way.