South east Spain has long been a popular area for holidays to enjoy the sun almost all year round. The pretty Mula River Valley is a beautiful and unusually green area, with the high peaks of Sierra de Espuna contrasting with the lush fertile valley farmland.
The old town of Mula has a very well preserved historic city centre, full of alleyways and narrow cobbled street. It is a delightful step back in time. The historic castle, ‘Marques de los Velez’ stands above the town and has great views of the surrounding area. Visit on the second Sunday in the month and you will see the incredible local craft market. Mula is an important producer of local pottery and textiles which are reflected in the local handicrafts. Mula also has an Iberian art museum which is worth browsing. There are also several local bars and restaurants including ‘El Cristo’ and ‘El Hogar’.
Swimming - Travel to Mar Menor, Europe’s largest lagoon for an unforgettable swim in the warm salt waters. The Mar Menor is also the perfect palce for a whole host of watersperts, ideal for children or beginners due to the warm, calm waters.
Learn about Goats! - You will have noticed some of the 8000 or so local goat population in your travels. The Murcian goat is extremely important to the local economy. At the end of June there is a fiesta called ‘Expocabra’ which is held in Campos del Rio and celebrates this hardy animal!
Murcia - This typical Spanish town is just 39km pleasant drive from your Mula River Valley villa. It is famous for its Holy Week celebrations, which includes the ‘Burial of the Sardine’ parade! Murcia has a wonderful Rococo style Cathedral, a grand Bishop’s Palace and an extensive Town Hall. The casino is also in a beautiful building and there are some fine bridges, plazas and museums to enjoy.
Cartagena - A pleasant day can be spent on the coast of Spain at Cartagena, about 122km from your self catering villa in the Mula River Valley. It consists of a natural harbour which is large enough to accommodate cruise ships occasionally. The area around the port is rich in ancient maritime history. The town is walled and there are still several defensive forts in evidence. Visit the 13th century Cathedral de Santa Maria and the Roman theatre, only discovered in 1987. The local archeological museum has many artifacts from this incredible site.
National Parks - There are two national parks close to Mula; the Parque Natural Sierra Espuna and Parque Regional de Carrasco y El Valle. These two unspoilt areas are ideal for walking and exploring.
Temperatures in south east Spain remain mild and sunny throughout the winter with average daily temperatures reaching 60°F (16°C). During the summer, highs of 93°F ( 34°C) may be experienced. The area sees very low rainfall all year round.
Your self catering holiday rental is just 60km from San Javier airport at Cartagena, Murcia, Spain. There are plenty of low-cost flight to this area from all over Europe making this an easy and convenient place to stay.