Hiring a car from Murcia airport

Whether you're a beach bunny or water sports fanatic, touch down at Murcia-San Javier airport and hire a car to check out Spain's sun-soaked Costa Blanca and Costa Cálida.

Hiring a car from Murcia airport

Whether you're a beach bunny or water sports fanatic, touch down at Murcia-San Javier airport and hire a car to check out Spain's sun-soaked Costa Blanca and Costa Cálida.

Why hire a car at Murcia airport?

That all-important first mile - driving out of Murcia airport:

60-second guide to Murcia airport

in its own head

"We're the Spanish city that even the Spanish haven't discovered yet. We've got stunning architecture and are surrounded by big, impressive mountains."

but more realistically

Murcia city is indeed a gem, but the region itself - with its great beaches and hot climate - is fast becoming a tourist haven. Go now and beat the rush.

the vibe

There's a friendly atmosphere, thanks mainly to the surrounding area being so totally gorgeous to look at. And the pleasant weather, of course.

the natives

A warm, sociable, fiesta-loving bunch. There's a thriving student population, giving the place a vibrant, youthful feel.

the weather

Known as the City of Sun, Murcia enjoys over three hundred days of sunshine every year, with temperatures soaring up to 36 degrees in summer.

the local speciality

Murcia produces its own caviar, called huevas de mujol. You'll find it in most supermarkets.

the celebrity

Juan de la Cierva, a civil engineer from the city was a pioneer of the helicopter rotor blade and built the first ever ‘autogyro’.

did you know?

Every May, Murcia hosts the Three Cultures International Festival, celebrating the fact local Christians, Jews and Muslims live happily side by side.

they say

"The only place Adam would recognise if he returned to Earth." - English writer and raconteur Augustus Hare

Murcia airport Q&A

Where are the car hire desks?

Car hire desks are located in the luggage hall and outside the terminal building in the long-stay car park.

What should I buy at duty free?

Stock up on seasonings - Murcia is renowned for its sun-roasted paprika and locally produced salt and olive oil. However, with only a couple of shops in the arrival and departure halls, you are better off stopping at a supermarket on the way to the airport.

Are there any cashpoints?

Yes, cashpoints can be found in the terminal building, alongside a bureau de change.

Where's the best place to eat?

Casa Tomas Cafeteria offers cheap and simple local dishes. Try ensaladilla - tuna salad served with lashing of mayo and crunchy vegetables - or tortilla murciana, the city's signature omelette is made with chunks of sweet red pepper and aubergine.

The secret tip

Take advantage of the airport's location and head to San Javier before take-off, you'll be rewarded with a charming coastal town without the tourist crowds of La Manga.

The big draw: Murcia airport

Distance: 32 miles

A 14-mile strip of land separating Mar Menor (the largest saltwater lagoon in Europe) from the Mediterranean, La Manga enjoys around 320 days of sunshine a year and is dotted with some of the most popular coastal resorts in the region. Don't forget to pack your swimmers - Mar Menor is the place to hone your sailing, windsurfing and kayaking skills. Looking for something a little less active? Soak in the lagoon's mineral-rich waters at one of La Manga's thermal baths.

Murcia airport the gateway to...

Cartagena

Distance: 19 miles

Steeped in Moorish, Roman and Phoenician history, the recently revitalised port city of Cartagena offers a great cultural diversion from beach life. Check out the hilltop La Concepción Castle. As the sun goes down, make for the buzzing seafront cafés and bars, or take an evening stroll along the harbour promenade Paseo de Alfonso XII.

Los Alcazares

Distance: 3 miles

Fishing village turned sun-seeker's paradise, Los Alcazares is all about the good life. Boasting a prime position on the Costa Cálida the town's waterfront is dotted with beach bars - set up camp under a parasol and tuck into plates piled high with delicious tapas. Hire a bike (the area is very flat) or jump into a pedalo to work off your gourmet indulgences.

Torrevieja Aquopolis

Distance: 21 miles

One of the biggest water parks on the Costa Blanca, ride the near-vertical slides or make a splash in the wave pool. For a more sedate watery afternoon, head to the salt flats on the outskirts of town - home to over 250 species of bird, including flamingoes.

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Local taxi driver Silverio Gonzalez on car hire in Murcia

The traffic in Murcia is normally pretty smooth, but the frequent roadworks on the main streets make driving round the centre of town a crazy adventure - I'd avoid it if you can. There are some free parking areas available around the city, so you can park in one of those and then walk to the areas you want to see.