Fantastic family fun in Murcia this Easter
Families looking for an Easter break with plenty to entertain the kids can take advantage of some fantastic packages to visit the marvellous Mar Menor in Spain's Region of Murcia.
A family of four can enjoy seven nights' four-star full-board accommodation for as little as €760 while exploring the wealth of family fun on offer in the area.
The Mar Menor, Europe's largest salt-water lagoon, offers wide expanses of shallow water with no tide or waves, creating the perfect environment in which children can safely splash around.
The still waters also provide the ideal setting for youngsters to get to grips with a host of watersports including windsurfing, waterskiing, jet-skiing, kayaking, sailing and scuba diving.
Away from the water, Cartagena's Holy Week celebrations combine to be one of the historic city's most impressive fiestas, with nightly processions featuring magnificent floral decorations. And, not to be outdone, the city of Murcia boasts a spring festival with locals donning traditional costumes as grand parades of floats take to the city.
Seven nights for a family of four - with two children aged between two and 11-years-old - staying in the four-star Hotel Cavanna during the Easter holidays, on a full-board basis, costs just €1,200, including a visit to Cartagena's Roman Theatre Museum, a catamaran trip, a sightseeing bus tour and hire of a class A car - Volkswagen Polo or similar to be collected from either Murcia or Alicante airports.
Alternatively an identical package staying in the three-star Hotel Londres is only €1,050.
Those looking for a bit more freedom to explore the beauty of Murcia in their own way can enjoy an Easter break, for two adults and two children aged two to 12-years-old, with seven nights' full-board accommodation in the four-star Hotel Costa Narejos available for as little as €760. Car hire can be added to the package from just €290.
This autonomous Region of Murcia is situated in the south-east of Spain and offers terrain ranging from mountains and plains to beaches and woodlands. A third of the region sits at an altitude of more than 2,000 feet while the Costa Calida (warm coast), is home to more than 100 miles of coastline and 200 beaches and the unique Mar Menor (little sea) boasts a coastal length of 70km and a surface area of 170km2.
The historic cities of Murcia, Cartagena, Lorca and Caravaca de la Cruz - one of only five places granted Holy City status by the Pope - offer culture aplenty as well as 300 days, and nearly 3,000 hours, of sunshine per year.
For more information on the Hotel Cavanna or Hotel Londres packages, or to book, visit olympiamar.com. To find out more about Easter breaks staying at Hotel Costa Narejos, visit turismowala.es.
For more information on the Region of Murcia visit murciaturistica.es.