Why hire a car at Murcia airport?
That all-important first mile - driving out of Murcia airport:
"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."
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.
There's a friendly atmosphere, thanks mainly to the surrounding area being so totally gorgeous to look at. And the pleasant weather, of course.
A warm, sociable, fiesta-loving bunch. There's a thriving student population, giving the place a vibrant, youthful feel.
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.
Murcia produces its own caviar, called huevas de mujol. You'll find it in most supermarkets.
Juan de la Cierva, a civil engineer from the city was a pioneer of the helicopter rotor blade and built the first ever ‘autogyro’.
Every May, Murcia hosts the Three Cultures International Festival, celebrating the fact local Christians, Jews and Muslims live happily side by side.
"The only place Adam would recognise if he returned to Earth." - English writer and raconteur Augustus Hare
Car hire desks are located in the luggage hall and outside the terminal building in the long-stay car park.
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.
Yes, cashpoints can be found in the terminal building, alongside a bureau de change.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.