Murcia is the Spanish Mediterranean region that has grown the more and the fastest during the past few years, due to the construction boom of accommodations, services and other mass tourist equipments. It is promoting and boosting its potential as a cultural destination thanks to historical cities like Murcia (the capital city), Cartagena or Lorca, notable monumental municipalities as well as cities of services, with a colorful local folklore and festivities.
- 1 Murcia — an important university town known for its fruits and vegetables, its folklore, its festivals and its several baroque churches
- 2 Caravaca de la Cruz — the fifth holiest place in Catholic Christianity in the world, dominated by the medieval Sanctuary of True Cross
- 3 Cartagena — an ancient port city full of monuments, with many archaeological sites and outstanding buildings of historical interest
- 4 La Manga — a major sports and leisure resort with shallow and protected waters
- 5 Lorca — a baroque and renaissance city overlooked by its castle with renowned Holy Week processions
- 1 Mar Menor is a salty lagoon separated to the Mediterranean sea by a 22 km (14 mi) long and 100 to 1200 m width sand stripe, in Southeastern Spain, within the Region of Murcia. It has a surface area of nearly 170 km², a coastal length of 70 km (43.5 miles) and warm and clear water which does not exceed 7 m in depth. It belongs to four municipalities: Cartagena, San Javier, Los Alcázares and San Pedro del Pinatar. Its relatively high salinity, which aids floatation, and remarkable sporting infrastructures make this one of the most popular places in Europe for the practice and training of all kinds of water sports.