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Mainland Spain: top 5 activities

Mainland Spain: top 5 activities

29 Feb 2016 BY Dominique's Villas

 Mainland Spain’s popularity never seems to wane, and with a wealth of activities to suit all ages, it’s easy to see why. 

1. Explore charming hilltop towns

Just 50km from our 200-year-old mansion Finca Calderero del Saliente, the ‘holy city’ of Caravaca de la Cruz, where legend has it two descending angels convinced the 13th century Moorish King Abu Zeid to convert to Christianity, calls to pilgrims far and wide. Explore the many religious monuments, go horse riding in the surrounding hills, or just sip a coffee and gaze at the view.

2. Hike through gorgeous countryside


Hike CountrysideWith 320 sunny days per year, Murcia’s coastline of sandy bays is an undeniable draw. But inland, the opportunities for hiking through wonderful countryside offer just as captivating an experience. Coordinate your stroll to end near the old Arab spa town of Fortuna where you can bathe weary feet in its famous hot springs. 

3. Go on safari

Aitana Safari Park
Spend a day tiger, zebra and elephant-watching in Alicante. The Aitana Safari Park, 5km from our 19th-century country house La Torreta, promises to give the little ones an unforgettable day out.

4. Splash about in the world’s largest natural lagoon

Nicknamed ‘the largest swimming pool in the world’ by the famous swimmer and Hollywood actress Esther Williams, Mar Menor is a vast salty lagoon with a surface area of nearly 170 km². The waters are warm and clear, and the salty water aids flotation, making for a truly relaxing experience. Within easy reach of our converted Murcia farmhouse, La Umbria

5. Take a cultural day in Alicante



Start with a visit to one of the city’s many museums: the Gravina Museum of Fine Arts, or the splendid Contemporary Arts Museum with works by Picasso, Dalí and Miró. Stroll around the Cathedral of Santa Maria, whose sculptures date back to the 15th century. Finish with a visit to the spectacular prehistoric Caves of Canelobre, a magical spot for viewing glorious sunsets.