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Located in South Eastern Spain lies Murcia, a region which has combines 200km of sandy beaches with a number of medieval towns and villages, and compared to other Spanish regions, still relatively undiscovered by masses of tourists.

Stay within Murcia city itself for a laid back city break with lots of historical churches and architecture which highlights the city’s Moorish past. Head down to the picturesque Plaza del Cardenal Belluga where you can relax in one of the square’s terraces or visit two of its architectural treasures the Gothic Cathedral and the 18th century Episcopal, or Bishops, Palace. A short walk away lies another of the city’s iconic buildings, the Real Casino de Murcia. After a period of decline, the casino was fully restored and now gives visitors a glimpse into the grandeur and beauty of the time of aristocracy.

If you take a stroll down the narrow streets of the Old Town, you will find there are lined with an array of excellent restaurants serving Spanish cuisine and some of the best Tapas which Spain has to offer. Found here are the two inviting streets of Traperia and Plateria, also home to some quaint shops and cafés so is an ideal way to spend an afternoon. Despite its small size, for those who like their nightlife Murcia has a vibrant bar and clubbing scene due mainly to the bustling student population of the city.

If you want to venture outside of the city, there are plenty of beautiful towns and villages nearby to choose from for a relaxing family break. One of the top choices is the coastal resort of La Manga where the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean meets the calm, warm waters of Mar Menor, Europe’s largest salt water lagoon. A great destination to practice water sports all year round and has lots of schools giving lessons on sailing, surfing, paddling boarding and more. Not to mention the region has a collection of major spas resorts and a Waterpark and Zoo to make it a truly unforgettable holiday.

Fly directly from Edinburgh to Murcia-San Javier Airport on the NEW twice weekly, on Mondays and Fridays from 31st March 2017.

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