Car hire in Murcia
Hiring a car in Murcia.
Marketing itself as the Spanish city even the Spanish have yet to discover, Murcia is a fantastic place to visit for those who want a more authentic holiday away from other tourists. Although now is the time to visit, as Murcia gets more popular with tourists all the time. With a growing student population, Murcia also has an energetic and youthful feel that makes it feel exciting and alive.
With a hot climate throughout the year, Murcia is a fantastic location for sun worshippers, with its beaches among the very best to be found anywhere in Spain. It is also blessed with many great restaurants and a fantastic food market that is perfect for a wander around to sample some of the wondrous local treats on offer.
What you need to know
Murcia is well known as one of the hottest places in Spain, with temperatures often reaching in excess of 35C throughout the summer months. Couple this with its laid back attitude and generally quiet roads, and it's clear that driving is the most convenient and comfortable way to get around the city and to see what you want to see. You can save money on your car hire by making sure to book with Holiday Autos before you travel, securing yourself the best deal around through use of our easy to navigate website. We offer free cancellation, no credit card fees as well as a contact centre which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, should you need our assistance.
Where to pick up your car
On arrival at Murcia-San Javier Airport (MJV), you'll be able to pick up your car from our range of top car hire providers within the luggage hall itself, or in the long-stay car park located just outside the terminal for added convenience.
If you want to pick up your car at a later point in your holiday, you can also arrange to pick it up from a number of car hire offices located within the city of Murcia itself. This will mean you can get to your destination and hotel before deciding what you want to see and do. By booking through Holiday Autos you will get the best deals and award-winning car hire, which we've been providing for more than 20 years.
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Where to go
When you've picked up the car keys and have your hire car, the only thing left to do is to decide where and what you want to see in the sun-kissed haven that is Murcia.
Do you want to try the local delicacies of Murcia's signature omelette or its locally produced huevas de mujol caviar? Or perhaps you want to head straight to the beach to soak up the sun with the vibrant young locals? Either way, your car hire means you have the freedom to openly explore what Murcia and the wider region has to offer throughout your holiday, meaning the possibilities are endless.
If you want to start your holiday straight out of the traps, one hidden nearby gem is located right by the airport. Before heading to Murcia itself, why not make a point of stopping off at San Javier. This little delight is a coastal town largely unspoiled by tourism. Whilst there, take the chance to stop off at Museo de San Javier for a look at the history of the town, or if you're there on the right day of the week, visit the street market in the shadows of the Parque Almansa Auditorium for an authentic touch of San Javier and the crafts and foods it has to offer.
Other nearby towns worth paying a visit to include Punta Brava, which is famed for its fantastic views across the lagoon, or Lo Pagan, where you can join the locals in the natural mud baths, rubbing the mud into your skin to enjoy its enriching qualities before washing it off in the wonderful, clear warm waters.
It's also worth taking a day out to drive to Santiago de la Ribera, from where you can catch a 40-minute ferry trip to the other side of the Mar Menor. Here, you can enjoy some of the best restaurants in the region and really immerse yourself in the culture of a Spanish city that is not remotely influenced by the need to attract tourists.
While Murcia is a fantastic place to visit with lots to see and do, the benefit of enjoying car hire in the city is that you have the freedom to see more of what Spain has to offer, as well as taking in some of the beautiful coastal routes on the way.
One of the best trips to take towards the coast is from Murcia to Santa Pola, around an 80km drive that should take about an hour. Santa Pola is a perfect little fishing village where you can enjoy the sun away from the tourists. While here, try taking the boat trip to the beautiful and scenic island of Tabarca, or continue that party atmosphere you've picked up in Murcia and head to the marina, where you can try your hand at water sports such as kite surfing.
Or if you want to pepper your holiday with a little bit of history, it can also be worth setting off on the 50km drive towards the stunning natural harbour that is Cartagena. Drive up to the castle that overlooks the city, and from there you'll be able to see history on top of history, from Islamic Spain through the Roman occupation and beyond. It's a breathtaking step back in time that has to be experienced.
Top attractions to visit in Murcia
No trip to Murcia is complete without taking in some of the plentiful attractions and sights it has to offer, and when you have hired a car from Holiday Autos, the freedom to do so opens up a vast array of choices.
One of the best reasons for visiting Murcia is simply to experience the wonderful climate it offers, with temperatures known to reach the high 30s in the summer months. What better is there to do in such climates than head to the beach? Thankfully Murcia is unrivalled when it comes to beaches. With the combination of Mar Menor and Mediterranean coast, the Murcia region is home to as much as 200km of amazing beaches. Costa Calida beaches are easily reached by road and offer the chance to kick back and relax in peace and quiet, while the warm waters of the Mar Menor make it the perfect place for swimming and water sports.
Because Murcia is home to a rich student population, its nightlife is almost unrivalled in Spain, and the relative lack of tourists means you get a much more authentic experience. At the heart of the student region are rock and roll bars that are full of energy and makes for a great night out. Alternatively, the city is also the place to be if you like rum, although with more than a thousand varieties available at a range of bars, as well as hundreds of gins to pick from, you might have to spend some time making your choice!
Do you want to try something that lets you enjoy the sun and warm climate of Murcia but with a little twist? The scenic beauty of Jardín Floridablanca makes it well worth a visit, with a wide range of trees and plants that will have you just enjoying the miracle of nature and soaking up the beauty of everything on offer.