Holidaymakers looking to get away to a warm climate at an affordable price might like to try the Upper Segura Valley in Spain. Located in the southern eastern Spanish province of Murcia, this is a fantastic location with pretty villages full of interesting things to do and see. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, apartments, villas and B&Bs.
The villages and towns of the Upper Segura Valley offer wonderful views of vineyards and the country making them ideal places for hiking and cycling. The Segura River is a good place for fishing and other watersports such as rafting and canoeing. There are several excellent golf courses in the region including Alenda Golf Club and at Altorreal.
Other activities in the villages of the Upper Segura Valley include horse riding and quad biking. The beaches at San Juan and Alicante are less than an hour away and offer a chance to swim in the Mediterranean Sea. Holidaymakers can try a variety of watersports on the coast such as surfing, diving, water skiing, wind surfing and paragliding.
There are a few restaurants, bars and cafes in the area offering traditional Spanish fare and good local wines. Numerous small arts and crafts shops can be found in some of the villages along with shops selling other souvenir items. Self catering holidaymakers can visit the local markets, where they can purchase fresh fruit, vegetables and meat.
There are numerous interesting buildings to visit in the area including the 18th century Church of La Asuncion and the Franciscan Convent in Cieza. Another pretty place to visit is the spa town of Fortuna, which is approximately 35 kilometres away. This is a wine producing region and visitors can head for the town of Jumilla, where this is a free wine fountain, farm shops and the Church of Santiago, which is a national monument.
There are many places of interest in Murcia such as the Cathedral of the Diocese of Cartagena. The province capital also houses the Salzillo Museum, San Juan de Dios church museum, Almudi Palace and Romea Theatre amongst many other attractions.
The warmest time of the year to visit the Upper Segura Valley is generally July and August when the average high is approximately 27 degrees centigrade. The summer is very dry with any showers very quickly passing. Even the winter months are quite mild with temperatures rarely falling below 10 degrees centigrade.
Alicante Airport (ALC) is approximately an hour’s drive from some of the towns of the Upper Segura Valley, and has flights to and from other Spanish cities as well as international destinations. Flights arrive here from Amsterdam, Belfast, Birmingham, Brussels, Geneva, Gothenburg, London, Moscow and Paris amongst other European cities. There are several car hire firms located here including Auriga, Avis, Centauro, Europcar and Goldcar Rental.