Getting around San Javier Murcia
Although Alicante airport is the biggest and busiest airport on the Costa Blanca many people travelling to the Orihuela Costa, Torrevieja or surrounding areas choose to use the quieter and for many closer Airport of Murcia in San Javier.
Although much more “off the beaten track” than Alicante there are still nearby and on the way up to the more populated Orihuela Costa areas some lovely places to visit on the way from or back to the airport or during your holiday.
Getting around San Javier Murcia, is our travelling guide for all those who are heading towards Orihuela Costa via Murcia Airport.
The town of San Javier itself is not so “touristy” as the Orihuela Costa and there are many picturesque golf courses nearby such as Roda and La Torre, making it a popular destination in autumn and winter when conditions are perfect for golf. Very nearby is the lovely resort of Los Álcazeres, very popular with “foreigners” and the Spanish alike. Pretty and intimate, it has a lovely walkway along the beaches and the very calm sea of the Mar Menor makes it a safe place to take young children to bathe.There are a nice mixture of bars and restaurants where you can sample authentic Spanish cuisine or tapas, international food such as Asian or Indian, and good old fashioned British Fayre such as fish and chips or a bacon buttie!
Travelling along the Coast Road (N332) direction Alicante will take you towards the Orihuela Costa. This is a much more enjoyable journey than the AP7 but it will take you longer. However, you will get to see much more and there are many places worth visiting. Along this road past San Javier you will pass an Iceland store where you can stock up on your British products for your holiday if you like to stick with what you know. A little further along you will find Dos Mares (2 seas) Shopping Centre where you can shop for clothes or be more adventurous in the Spanish Supermarket, go bowling, and even try the cinema if you want to improve your Spanish. It is worth knowing that in general the Spanish prefer to shop in the evening so day times even at the weekend are the best time to go shopping if you dont like crowds. “Siesta” time between 14.00 and 17.00 is particularly quiet as this is when the Spanish have their lunch and a quick power nap if they need it.
Carry on along the N332 and you will come to Lo Pagan, and following the sign for “playas” you will find the beach where the popular “baños de lodo” or mudbaths are. Smothering yourself in this black mud from the sea is said to have medicinal properties to alleviate arthritis, and it is quite entertaining to see all the blackened mud caked figures wandering around as if it were the most natural thing in the world.
Again continuing along the N332 and always worth a visit is the busy hub of Mil Palmeras. A strip of bars and restaurants right next to the beach and absolutely buzzing with atmosphere in the summer. However, winter autumn and spring is pretty quiet!! In the summer months there is a night market every evening, and the beach is well lit and popular with evening bathers and for midnight parties. Evenings on the beach during the hot summer are an experience not to be missed, and many people are still there as the sun comes up…
So the next time you are travelling to and from Murcia airport, or just looking for something different to do whilst on your holiday, why not visit somewhere you have never visited before. The Orihuela Costa of course is a beautiful place in itself, but there are so many different places to see and experience in Spain only a brief car ride away.
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